A brief introduction of Muay Thai apparel
Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing or Thai kickboxing, is a martial art of Thailand. It is a full-contact combat sport that combines the use of two fists, two elbows, two knees, and two shins, and is thus, sometimes known as “the art of eight limbs”; however, nowadays along with different striking techniques of the hands and legs, it also combines various clinching techniques.
Traditionally, a Muay Thai warrior (known as “nak muay”) used bare fists and wore a cloth wrapped around the abdominal and groin area, in a particular traditional style. Thin strips of cloth were torn off from a close family member’s clothing (generally from the “sarong” of the fighter’s mother), which were used as a headband (known as “mongkhon” or “mongkol”) and as armbands (known as “pra jiad”) to ward off evil spirits, boost confidence, and as lucky charms. A Muay Thai warrior also performed a ritualistic prayer (known as “wai kru”), before going to battle.
With the passing of time, the bare fists were covered with lengths of hemp rope, which were wound around the hands and forearms. Nowadays, gloves and shorts are worn; nonetheless, the tradition of wearing a headband, armbands, and performing wai kru is still practiced. The headband and armbands are usually given by the trainer of the Muay Thai practitioner, when the trainer thinks that the practitioner can be promoted as a fighter.
Choosing Muay Thai shorts
Due to the rising popularity of Muay Thai, several sports garment manufacturers are offering a wide variety of shorts. With such a huge variety in the market, sometimes it becomes difficult to choose the best Muay Thai shorts. The following points may be considered before making a choice.
Muay Thai shorts are generally made from satin, or silk, or nylon, or cotton, or a blend of polyester-satin or polyester-silk.
Silk shorts and Satin shorts provide a smooth feeling and a glossy finish; however, they are more prone to tearing. Nylon shorts are lightweight; however they tend to become almost see-through during an intense workout. Cotton shorts are comfortable, but soak up sweat, which makes it somewhat heavy.
Largely, Muay Thai practitioners favor a blend of polyester-satin or polyester-silk as the chosen material for their Muay Thai shorts, because it offers the best of silk, satin, nylon and cotton materials. A blend of polyester with satin or silk, offers a smooth feeling like silk, a glossy finish like satin, is lightweight like nylon, is comfortable like cotton, and dries quickly by wicking up sweat like polyester. Moreover, it offers more resistance to wear and tear, which makes it more durable and lasts over a long period of time.
Cut and Stitching
The cut of the Muay Thai shorts is much higher up the knee to facilitate easy movement of the legs, due to which all types of kicks can be easily executed. Moreover, the sides are also cut so that greater range of motion can be attained. High quality shorts feature reinforced stitching to avoid tearing at pressure point areas.
Muay Thai shorts come in a variety of attractive colours and designs. Popular designs feature “Muay Thai” written in English or Thai languages. Some shorts have the letters embroidered on them, while some have heat stickers pasted on them. Some shorts also have printed designs and the polyester blended material sublimates any printed design, so it does not wash off or fade away. Muay Thai shorts should be washed by hand in normal temperature water for better durability of the colors and designs.
The shorts should fit comfortably so that the training can be done uninterrupted. A wide elasticated waist band with inner drawstring helps to keep the shorts in place even when the body undergoes various complicated martial arts movements.
Ease in buying
There are various online and offline options for buying a Muay Thai shorts. Nowadays, online buying is most preferred as it offers easy viewing of the shorts, easy payment via credit/debit cards or other payment gateways, and easy doorstep delivery by courier or post. Moreover, the shorts can be returned if required. Additionally, attractive discounts may also be availed.
At Pacific Sports, we offer the highest quality of shorts that are reasonably priced, so that every Muay Thai practitioner can afford it.
Pacific Sports Muay Thai shorts
Pacific Sports offers a wide range of Muay Thai shorts. The outstanding features and benefits of Pacific Sports Muay Thai shorts are:
- Available in attractive colors
- Thai Lettering and design
- For Muay Thai/MMA/Kickboxing/Gym & Fitness, running, crossfit, boxing etc.
- Made from Polyester-Satin or Polyester-Silk
- Highly comfortable with sweat-wicking material
- Secure fit with elasticated waistband and inner drawstring
- High-cut at sides for complete freedom of movement
- Excellent quality
- Reasonably priced
- Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL. See size chart for your size
Pacific Sports quality
All products sold at Pacific Sports undergo rigorous testing. Numerous gyms and martial arts schools of Australia and the world, rely on the Pacific Sports quality for tough and long-lasting products, which includes uniforms, jackets, pants, belts, shoes, rash guards, compression wear, protective wear and training gear. Additionally, products offered on sale carry this same high quality but with drastically reduced prices. Moreover, if the monthly newsletter is subscribed, then an additional 10% discount is also offered.