Muay Boran (Thai: มวยโบราณ, lit. “ancient boxing”) is an umbrella term for the unarmed martial arts of Thailand prior to the introduction of modern equipment and rules. It is the ancestor of modern Muay Thai. The word muay which means boxing comes from the Sanskrit term mavya, while boran or boraan means ancient in Thai. The art is significantly different from its modern descendent. Whereas Muay Thai is often called the “science of eight limbs”, muay boran is said to make use of nawa awut which means nine weapons and refers to the hands, legs, elbows, knees and head.
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