After increasing success with the International Thai Boxing Association in England, MTIA officially began in the United States in 1993.
The Thailand government wanted to create an official Muay Thai system. The system was to focus on teaching and track success of training. In doing so, students could see their progression and rank, and the system could be used officially worldwide.
The MTIA system helped to approve official rules to include knees and elbows (whereas traditional kickboxing rules forbid it). MTIA became the forefather for incorporating full Muay Thai rules into combat sports instead of using the older kickboxing rules that had been originally implemented.
The goal of MTIA is to teach a specific curriculum of Muay Thai, directs how to grade students under the MTIA guidelines, explains business management strategies, and gives students more rigorous and pertinent training according to their increasing level of Muay Thai.
MTIA focuses on creating and maintaining successful schools by ensuring that schools are licensed, have teachers that are knowledgeable, and teaches how to receive extra income.
Most importantly, the MTIA system ensures student retention because of its grading system. Any gym who does not grade will not grow large. Grading ensures student interest because there is a feeling of achievement and proof of success as students rank and progress in training.
Since the creation of MTIA in 1993, hundreds of new gyms working under the MTIA system have opened. Some of the most successful fighters in the world have been trained under the MTIA system.
MTIA receives prestigious awards every year for having the best educational system and the most successful system in Muay Thai.
Now the MTIA system is being taught throughout Universities of Muay Thai in Thailand. Police learn Muay Thai to help them in dangerous positions.