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Muay Thai Shorts 101: What You Need to Know

Muay thai has a long-rooted history going back over 2,000 years ago when the Thai military developed the skills and techniques as a form of self-defense. When weapons weren’t available, soldiers would rely on hand-to-hand combat against their opponents similar to the fight sequences we see today.

Though military uniforms did not reflect modern-day apparel, the inspiration allowed muay thai to evolve from a militaristic endeavor into a sporting one. The long, loose shorts reflect the design of boxing shorts and are often accented with bright colors and symbolic graphics. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss muay thai short basics, including how they should fit and how you should care for them to keep the materials intact. Read on for all you need to know about muay thai shorts.

How Should Muay Thai Shorts Fit?

Boxing muay thai shorts should fit loose in the legs but snug enough at the waist to stay in place. Muay thai is a full-body activity, including high kicks. Therefore, it’s best to have enough coverage to feel comfortable but with a streamlined design that won’t be distracting or restrict movement.

Muay Thai shorts: Loose fit for mobility, snug waistband for stability during high kicks.

Choosing a Waistband

Consider if you prefer a traditional tie or elastic waistband. Both can help to ensure a customized fit. However, because of the close contact of muay thai, an elastic waistband is best to prevent injury. 

Loose ties, particularly those with metal caps, can be easy to snag or grab. Moreover, due to the quick movements in muay thai, the tie can loosen and become distracting during combat.

Achieving an Accurate Measurement

To ensure the best fit, measure at the waist and hip. For the waist measurement, place the tape four fingers beneath your belly button and keep it level around the body. For the hips, measure around the widest part, ensuring it stays level across the butt. 

Hayabusa Sizing Guide breaks down measurements so you can achieve a personalized fit and get the proper care instructions to prevent shrinkage and damage to your shorts.

Can You Wash Muay Thai Shorts?

Yes. It’s important to wash your muay thai shorts after every use. This promotes material durability and freshness as you train and compete. 

Due to the lightweight material, wash muay thai shorts separately from heavy loads. Though hand washing is best, you can also use the gentle cycle of your washing machine to preserve the integrity of the material and construction. 

Opt for a cold water wash using a mild detergent that won’t shrink your shorts or break down the fabric. Then, to dry, lay your shorts flat and allow them to air dry in an area away from direct sunlight.

Top Muay Thai shorts: versatile for boxing and MMA, breathable, roomy legs for agile movement

Can You Wear Muay Thai Shorts in Boxing?

Yes! The best muay thai shorts are versatile enough to be worn interchangeably when boxing and other MMA training. The breathable fabric helps to keep you cool and comfortable for long, intense sessions. 

Meanwhile, the roominess in the legs of muay thai boxer shorts gives way to kicks and speedy footwork necessary for combat sports.

Choosing the Right Muay Thai Shorts: Features to Consider

The general look of men’s muay thai shorts is similar between brands, but you’ll instantly notice a difference between a well-constructed pair versus a cheaper version. 

Here are a few factors that make Hayabusa Fight Shorts stand out from the rest:


The sheen of satin and the durability of polyester or polyester-blend materials is the perfect combination when in search of the best muay thai shorts. Satin gives a flashy edge to the design, while polyester aids in wicking away moisture during combat.

Reinforced stitching ensures durability, while wide leg openings offer mobility for fighting


Reinforced stitching adds another element of durability so you feel confident as you fight. Additionally, wide leg openings provide unrestricted mobility so you can kick and pivot with ease.


Muay thai shorts typically have traditional Thai prints or symbols to honor the history of the sport. Also, bright, bold colors can help you make your mark when competing.

Brand Reputation and Quality

Stick with brands that place a focus on quality and innovation. Knowing how products are made and reading customer reactions are a key part in a brand’s reputation.

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Hayabusa Muay Thai Shorts: A Cut Above the Rest

Hayabusa maintains award-winning boxing, muay thai, and MMA apparel, equipment, and gear that fighters appreciate and rely on. We draw inspiration and gain insight from fighters as we perform design and technology research. It remains important for us to prioritize:

  • High-quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Innovative designs that are competition-compliant
  • Performance-enhancing features and technology 

Hayabusa also adds fun to fighting through various collaborations. The Hayabusa Marvel Fight Shorts remain a fan favorite, though we are always adding new editions to our collections. Check out the latest styles to secure your ideal fight fit.