iPhone App Review: Muay Chaiya

iPhone App Review: Muay Chaiya

February 10th, 2011 by

Muay Thai Chaiya is a form of Thai kick boxing that is also sometimes referred to as the “Art Of Eight Limbs” or “Science Of Eight Limbs”, and has been represented in movies and video games with increasing popularity. Those wishing to become more familiar with it can now purchase and download a video introduction to this martial art that has been developed by Buffy Studio along with Master Lek of Baan Chang Thai. The intention of the app is to help you learn the techniques by watching fighters from different perspectives and in slow motion, and listening to the teachings of Master Lek.

How It Works

The app itself is very simple, consisting primarily of a sequence of videos featuring fighters using the techniques of Muay Thai Chaiya. Masters introduce the concepts and then they are demonstrated in video form, sometimes from different angles and in slow motion. The videos are entirely contained within the app, meaning you do not need an internet connection to watch. There is also some biographical information on Grand Master Khet and Master Lek., as well as some basic background info on Muay Chaiya. After watching the intro video, you then can browse the ten training videos included.

Once you select a video to watch, you’re given the option to watch the movie or watch the training. The difference is primarily whether you hear the master’s words as he describes the techniques while the movie plays in a corner window, or you simply watch the techniques from the corner window demonstrated in full screen mode without the master speaking.

Pros And Cons

The beauty of an app as simple as this is that there is so very little that can go wrong. It is basically a wrapper to watch high-quality training videos of this form of martial art. The talks by the masters were produced specifically for this app, which elevates the project above what it would be if it were simply an assembly of found martial art footage that someone had slapped together.

The design of the app itself also shows care and attention to detail. While the menus are primarily composed of your typical iOS user-interface elements, the artwork and presentation of the other artistic elements of the app are beautiful. The video footage is clear and easy to follow, and the voiceover translation is understandable.


While I think anyone would agree that you cannot learn a martial art from simply watching videos on your phone, this app should serve as a good, in-depth introduction for anyone interested in the art of Muay Thai Chaiya.

  • Dan

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