The Muay Kaad Chuak (Bound Fist Boxing)
By Scott Mallon
Every April in Thailand there’s a relatively unknown sporting event unlike any other in the world. Known in Thailand as the Muay Kaad Chuak, it is also known by some as the Bare-Knuckle and uses brutally simple rules abandoned in 1923. Bound Fist Boxing is technically illegal in Thailand however once a year fighters from Thailand and Burma come together to participate in an event which has taken place for hundreds of years.
The Muay Kaad Chuak parallels Burma’s Leth Wei style of fighting. Elbows, knees, punches, kicks, throws and even head-butts are allowed. There’s no hitting an opponent while he’s down, poking in the eyes is not allowed nor is biting.