How did Muay Thai come to Brazil?
A Taekwondo black belt named Nelio Naja is credited with bringing this art to Brazil. Nelio learned Muay Thai during a trip to Thailand and took to it quickly. At the time, Taekwondo did not have the Olympic point-sparring aspect influencing it and was a much harder art which included leg kicks and elbow strikes.
Why do Muay Thai fighters bow?
The traditional gesture used to show respect in Thailand is called the “Wai”. It consists of a slight bowing of the head, with the hands pressed together in a prayer-like fashion in front of the face. The higher the hands in relation to the face, and the lower the bow, the more respect is being given.