Worlds Deadliest Martial Arts
One of the fastest growing versions of martial arts, Muay Thai traces its roots to Thailand. Known as the art of eight limbs due to its use of fists, elbows, knees, and feet, Muay Thai has a stronger focus than other dangerous styles on clinch fighting in which opponents grapple in a clinch position, sometimes resulting in a takedown or throw. During battles between Burma (Myanmar) and Siam (Thailand) in 1767, legendary Siamese fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured. His captors mistake was allowing him to fight for his freedom. He easily won the match and, upon returning to Siam, his fighting style was soon declared a national sport.