The Reason Why Muay Thai Shorts Look That Way
Muay Thai shorts form part of the distinct look of a Muay Thai fighter. Although the shorts themselves are considered unofficial uniform, they also help identify a stand up fighter’s background and training. The shorts are unique in the martial arts world. For one, they tend to be shorter compared to shorts worn for boxing, kickboxing or MMA fighting. They also tend to have flared legs to provide the fighter with more room to move, jump, and kick.
The length of the shorts is also explained in part by the prevailing climate in the fighting style’s country of origin – Thailand. The hot, humid temperatures in Thailand make it necessary for the shorts to be shorter and more flared to allow the fighter to cool off more efficiently. Short shorts also help show off the muscular legs of Muay Thai fighters, which help showcase their strength, power, and kicking prowess. This is why fighters roll up the hems of the shorts, particularly the one around their dominant leg.
The shorts are typically made from satin or nylon and are often adorned with stylized illustrations and graphics. The colors and images used are usually bright and contrasting to make the apparel more eye-catching. These colors and patterns are even better appreciated when the fighters are in action, when their speed and agility make the shorts appear like they are on fire in the ring.