Muay Thai: The Most Distinguished Art of Fighting (9th Re-Print, Revised Edition)
This is a very comprehensive book covering the origins, techniques, tactics, training regimines, and rituals of Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing. This book is lavishily illustrated with numerous photographs (both the “how-to” as well as “action” variety) which allows increased understanding of the wide variety of punches, elbow strikes, knee strikes, and kicks, and how these techniques are strategically applied. In addition to the mechanics of Muay Thai, the author also provides several historical and mythological accounts to highlight the development of this art, and further reveals the importance of factors other than the physical skills, such as courage and determination, intelligence and wisdom, and discipline and sporting spirit. For example, an interesting section on the “Wai Khruu,” or ritual dance/warm-up exercises, reveals an integral component of the fighter’s overall preparation. Several pages of photographs and text explain what the movements are and their significance. This book is an excellent resource.