Sport in Kenya is more than just football, rugby and athletics.
It’s a point that we tend to forget sometimes, judging by the importance to which we give the three, in mainstream conversation.
Muay Thai, a martial art form that found its roots in Thailand and has steadily been gaining traction across the globe, is now becoming big business here in Kenya as well.
The sport is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kick boxing.
Ultrafitness Gym is one of the top training facilities for fighters looking to get involved in the sport, and is the organizer of the Ultra Fight Series – an event that brings together all those who practice it across Kenya and the wider region, allowing for fights and the ultimate growth of a community.
Muay Thai in Kenya
This past weekend saw the second edition of the series – featuring fighters from Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom – held at the Arboretum grounds.
The Madaraka Weekend fight special saw victory for a number of top billed Kenyan athletes, including Stephen Kimani (the current East and Central African champion) as well as Tedd Murimi.
The event was graced by international fighters Craig Dickson, Martin Avery and Lea ‘The Pirate’ Pederson and Malaysian fighter Kai Chee.
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