Why do Thai fighters have gym names?

Why do Muay Thai fighters take the name of their gym?

There is a reason why we use the names of our gyms in lieu of our surnames when we fight (at least in Thailand), to proudly acknowledge and represent who made us and where we come from.

What does Oi mean Muay Thai?

Essentially, by shouting “OH-WAY,” Muay Thai fighters are able to stiffen in the last possible moments of the strike enhancing their effective mass of the strike and therefore, how hard they hit.

Why do Thai fighters change their names?

When he begins his fighter’s career, the Thai boxer changes his born name to bear the name of the camp which is going to form him. … The nickname in Thai says to “Chaya”, and every great champion had during his career his “Chaya” which marked the spirits of the enthusiasts of the Muay Thai!

What is a Muay Thai master called?

In Thai, the literal meaning of Kru is teacher or instructor. A Muay Thai Kru is a Master of Muay Thai who teaches new generations authentic Muay Thai traditions and techniques.

What does Sok mean in Thai?

Namsaknoi Muay Thai

You might have heard your Thai trainers call these commands to you during padwork and understand that they want you to throw knees (khao) and execute elbows (sok).

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Why do fighters yell when they punch?

The sound comes from a small exhalation at the throat squeezing air through closed teeth, and timed with a slight force from your core. Some fighters who close their lips will get a “BEESH” sound. It uses only a tiny bit of air so you can throw many punches with this sound without running out of breath.