Muay Thai is the cultural martial art of Thailand that dates back several hundred years. It was created as a form of combat that uses the entire body as a weapon. Referred to as "The Art of Eight Limbs" because it focuses on using eight points of contact that mimics weapons of war. While the body operates and moves as a single unit, the hands are the sward and dagger, the shins and forearms are hardened in training to resemble armor, the elbows act like a heavy hammer, and the legs and knees become the axe and staff.