Unlike most martial arts, Muay Thai has developed a unique but basic form of block and defense against a variety of offensive techniques. Many martial art systems have over the years begun to adapt much of the Thai fighting system, many calling it their own. Many new fighting arts have contributed much of the martial arts of Thailand including Muay Thai to their newly developed system... 
The fighters protective stance, shown here from forward, left, and right views. The fighter attempts a low right kick, but the opponent counters with a raised right shin block.
The fighter attempts a high left round house kick to the opponents head, but the opponent counters with a double hand block. The fighter attempts a high right round house kick to the opponents head, but the opponent counters with a raised left knee and forearm block.
The fighter attempts a high right round house kick to the opponents head, but the opponent counters with a raised right knee and double forearm block. During a clinch the fighter attempts to execute a  right knee to the opponents stomach, but the opponent counters with a raised left knee block to the shin of the fighters leg.
During a clinch the fighter attempts to execute a  left knee to the opponents chest or head, but the opponent counters with a double hand block to the knee of the fighters attacking left knee.

The fighter attempts a low right kick, to the calf of the opponents left leg, but the opponent counters with a raised left shin block.

This can only benefit the continuing growth of Muay Thai, as many have begun to return to the basic format of Thai boxing once realizing that without proper instruction and or with out the correct concept, the simplicity of Muay Thai cannot be accurately achieved.

Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000

  

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