muay boran trainers

Kru Soleh and Kru Padu


Muay Boran means “ancient boxing” and refers to the various styles of Thai martial arts before modern gym equipment was introduced in the early 20th Century.¬†Each area of Thailand has it’s particular style of Muay Boran. Southern Thailand is known for Muay Chaiya and Krabi krabong (weapons-based martial art). In Central Thailand you find Muay Lopburi. Eastern Thailand has Muay Korat which can trace its origins to the Angkor Wat area in Cambodia. In Uttaradit province, in the Northern Thailand, you find Muay Tha Sao.

The most famous ancient fighter was Nai Khanomtom. It is said that in 1774 he fought 10 Burmese fighters, one after the other, and beat them all. The Burmese King was so impressed that he freed Nai Khanomtom and allowed him to return to his home in Thailand where he quickly became well known and spread his new fighting style. In the early 20th century, Muay Boran was modernized with the introduction of rules, boxing rings and training equipment and has become the current Thai Boxing sport that we see today in boxing stadiums in Thailand and around the world.

Boxers practicing Muay Boran do not use gloves. They use ropes around their fists and arms. They also use arm amulets and Mongkol, head amulets, for luck and to show respect to their teachers. Muay Boran techniques have persisted to this day, although they have been simplified to be most effective in fights.


Today, very few Muay Boran teachers are left who can teach this ancient martial art. Rawai Muay Thai is one of only a few gyms in Thailand that offers Muay Boran classes. Our trainers Tuk, Chanchai, Lemsing, Soleh and Padu are certified Muay Boran teachers. You can take private lessons with them to learn some aspects of this beautiful martial art. You can book classes in the gym office. Each private lesson costs 600 baht.