Vintage: denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind. Vintage is a word that can have several meanings. Its primary definition is “of old, recognized and enduring interest, importance or quality.” It is usually associated with the quality of aging, enduring or improving over time.
In Muay Thai our opinion is that a “vintage” expression of this wonderful Martial Art corresponds to a specific 50 years time span, between 1925 and 1975 (King Rama VI to King Rama VII eras).
During those years the change from Muay Kard Chiek (wrapped hands boxing) to Thai Boxing happened slowly and, for a brief time span, fighters showed the best of two worlds: the ancient one (still linked to Muay Boran) and the modern one (coming out from a mix of western boxing and ancient Muay).
All Khru Muay belonging to IMBA must study in deep the training systems, fighting strategies and special techniques of those great thai fighters of old; Vintage Muay Thai represents a precious technical heritage that must not be lost no matter what direction Thai Boxing will take in its future development.