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Muay Thai

With fighters allowed to inflict damage with anything but the head, muay thai (Thai boxing) is reputed to be the most brutal of all martial arts. But it's also a fine spectacle of ritual, in which boxers initially perform a wai kru (a bow to their trainer) followed by a ram muay (literally, "boxing dance") to warm up, seal the ring from evil spirits, and honor their families and gods.

Updated: 2014-03-04

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