Thai Kick Boxing

This fighting style, called Muay Thai in Thailand, was developed sometime before the end of the 16th century, but records of the art have been lost and so it is not known just how long ago the art was developed. Refugees from the Yunnan province of China fled south and merged with the Khmer people; as the populations merged, so did their two forms of unarmed combat, which became Muay Thai. Today Thai Kick-Boxing is practiced in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia both for fighting and as a sport; it is also taught to the Thai military in a form called ler dit.

This is a very brutal, punishing fighting style, one which is very lean and economical. It uses blocks, punches, elbow-strikes, knee-strikes, kicks and foot pushes. It has no throws. Some maneuvers, such as the knee strikes, often involve jumping up to add force to the blow and to allow the fighter to strike targets in the upper region of the body. In times past, fighters sometimes wrapped their hands in horsehair wrappings which would be stiffened with glue; for some fights ground glass was mixed in with the glue. Treat the latter sort of hand-wrapping as a form of cestus (refer to the "Weapons" section of Chapter Three for details on cesti).

Muay Thai is a popular sport in Thailand. Before each scheduled bout the fighters go through a ritual with components known as wai kru (obeisance to the master) and ram muay (a sort of dance). Knowledgeable fighters can often learn something about an opponent's fighting style and prowess by observing how he performs the ritual; allow kickboxers with KS: Analyze Style to make rolls after observing their opponent's ram muay ritual. During the ritual the fighter wears a cord around his head which is called a mongkon; after the ritual the fighter's master takes it off of him. Professional Thai fighters use special fighting names which include a boastful nickname and the name of the fighter's training camp or school. In the ring, Thai kick-boxers wear gloves and shorts (with athletic cups); they go barefoot and wear no other armor.

Muay Thai fighters often learn a related form of weapons combat, called Krabi-Krabong, which involves the use of swords, staffs, polearms and clubs in various combinations. Rather than writing this up as a separate style, it is sufficient for HERO System purposes to simulate Krabi-Krabong as Weapons Elements for Thai Kick-Boxing.

Optional Rules: The Punch and Elbow Strike take a location roll of 2d6+1; the Low Kick takes a location roll of 2d6+7; the Roundhouse Kick, Knee Strike, and Elbow/Knee Killing Strike take a location roll of 3d6. The other maneuvers require no location rolls.

Special Abilities: Thai kickboxers are well-known for their ability to withstand tremendous amounts of

damage. This can be simulated with a high PD or a small amount of Damage Reduction with appropriate Limitations (see Chapter Two of this book or Dark Champions, page 32, for examples).

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