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Thailand to Organize World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony

March 4, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Ayutthaya province, the old capital of Thailand, is preparing to hold a World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony to protect and promote muay thai, or Thai boxing.

An ancient martial art of the people of Thailand, muay thai has become world famous, especially among martial arts and boxing enthusiasts.

According to the Director of the TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office, Mr. Pramoth Supyen, the World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony will be organized jointly by Ayutthaya province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The event will take place at Wat Mahathat in the Ayutthaya Historical Park on 17 March 2014.

The event will start in the morning, with a ceremony to pay respect to the Nai Khanomtom statue at the Ayutthaya Sports Stadium. Nai Khanomtom was the most famous muay thai warrior of the Ayutthaya period and is greatly respected by Thai boxers to this day. In the afternoon, the Amazing Thai Boxing Tournament will take place at Wat Langkhakhao, located opposite Wat Mahathat.

Muay thai is different from Western boxing in the diversity of offensive and defensive blows, thus making the art more challenging for the boxer. Moreover, cultural and psychological elements are added to Thai boxing, as the boxer has to perform a traditional ritual of “paying respect to the teachers,” or the wai khru ceremony, complete with rousing Thai music accompaniment.

Around 800 foreign boxers from 60 countries will join the World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony this year. The objective of this event is to provide people with better understanding about the wai khru ceremony, which is an important element of Thai boxing.

This sacred ritual is part of the festivities for Nai Khanomtom Day, which will be held from 13-16 March 2014, at the Ayutthaya Sports Stadium. Throughout the three-day period, visitors will be able to see other forms of Thai martial arts, as well, including an ancient Thai boxing competition. There will an exhibition to teach people about Thai boxing and other arts, such as Thai tattooing and weapon making.

In addition, there will be presentations from various muay thai camps and gyms, with Thai cooking shows and plenty of Thai food stalls. The TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office believes that Ayutthaya will welcome more than 10,000 visitors in March 2014 for this event.

Muay thai is taught in many countries, which have introduced it as a sport. It is also considered part of the identity of the country in terms of both sport and tourism. A great number of foreigners are interested in muay thai contests, and many of them have also attended muay thai training. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is attaching great importance of making Thai boxing better known worldwide.

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