Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is likely one of the most exciting martial arts. This book traces the development of the art from its beginnings to its spread all over the world. The book provides valuable advice on choosing a school, and the etiquette and traditions enthusiastic about becoming a student. From the crucial Wai Kru (respect to teacher) and Ram Muay (ritual dance), through the basic techniques of punching, elbow, knee and clinching and kicking and on to advanced techniques, this book attempts to respond to each and every question a new student of the art might ask. The book also looks at Muay Thai’s effectiveness as a system of self-protection, the use of the tried and tested methods in use these days as a in reality awesome contact sport. Also covered are mental and physical preparation for competing in Muay Thai bouts, a summary of the rules, collection of rounds and the scoring of bouts.