Muay Chaiya is an ancient style of Muay Thai. Historical records reveal the art to be at least 200 yrs old, but it is believed the art originated and has evolved along with the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) some thousands of years ago.
The art flourished most during the years of Muay Kad Chuek (Hemp bound fist fighting) where opponents were allowed to use any technique they see fit. In addition to Muay Chaiya, the other notable styles of ancient Muay Thai are Muay Korat (Northeast), Muay Ta Sao (North), and Muay Lopburi (Central) – each representing the best of their respective regions. Due to its name “Chaiya” (a province in the South of Thailand), most recognize Muay Chaiya as the Southern style of boxing, but in fact – Muay Chaiya originated within the royal compounds and was brought to the South by a warrior general-turned-monk named Tan Poh Ma. Thus, it can be said that Muay Chaiya actually a style of boxing as used by elite generals and warriors close to the royal family. Given the continual deterioration of the modern Muay Thai techniques and rituals, we hope to provide to the public a true picture of the greatness of Muay Thai as it once was.