Hi Spartiates: Just an answer to your MT question
Here is a good book for Muay Thai that I own, its got a lot of the basic moves to more complex ones. Its great having the Pictures, but its actually practicising them in practical situations is slow going.
My advice for any aspiring Muay Thai enthusiaste that wants pure Muay Thai untainted by western adaptions would be, Watch Pure Muay Thai that the Thais watch on their Sports channels. In Thailand there are 3 thai sports channels and they have Muay Thai fights screened live just about everyday of the week. There you have the up and coming fighters, fighting against the best fighters in thailand. You can get them from your local Thai DVD shop. Most thai communities that stay abroad are pretty tight, and they love watching Muay Thai. So they get them sent over. My fighters and Myself watch nothing but fights that come from Thailand, I dont like watching western fighters unless they have the muay thai flavor, or if one of my boys are fighting them. Most western fighters (Not All) are still kick boxers, dont like grappling, limited clinch vocabulary and prefer fight on the outside. Might as well watch kick boxing (Yawn)
So my friend to fight muay thai, watch muay thai,,,look,,,imitate,,,,adapt,,,,apply to your sparring,,,refine what works,,,disgard what doesnt. You will learn so much more watching and doing. Have fun