The traditional close fighting method of Thailand is called Muay Thai. Within the country, it is also called the Art of 8 Limbs. Unlike most traditional kickboxing, Thai fighters use many different parts of their body to mimic the weapons of war. The hands and feet are used in the same manner as other kickboxing sports from different countries. Where Muay Thai differs is in the use of shins, knees, legs and elbows for defense and attack.
One of the most important facets of this traditional Thai fighting method is constantly testing an opponent's defenses. The elbows and knees are used to seek an opening against an opponent during wrestling moves. Once an opening has been found, the legs and elbows are used like a hammer to fell the opposition. The trainer works to help the fighter harden their shins and forearms to take blows from their opponent without losing fighting strength. These traditional methods have been taught by Thai masters for hundreds of years.