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10th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony
10th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

Published date : January 20,2014

The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is home to the annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, Muay Thai boxers from around the world return to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya to pay respect to their teachers, and to pay homage to the legendary Muay Thai folk hero, Nai Khanom Tom.

Each year, Muay Thai boxers from more than 40 countries including United Kingdoms, Canada, Russia, France, Japan, Korea, Italy, Vietnam, USA, UAE, Spain and South Africa, participate in the Ceremony and show their appreciation for the beautiful art of Muay Thai. There will also be a Miracle Muay Thai Festival, the championship match to win the W.P.M.F Belt and the professional Muay Thai competition of Thai and foreign boxers including the Beautiful Muay Thai or women match.
 
 There will also have many activities such as :
: Muay Thai Demonstration by Buakaw Banchamek : , K-1 Champion. 
: Muay Thai tournament with boxers contending for the W.P.M.F. belt 
: Learn and enjoy the demonstrations of Thai arts, handicrafts, and culture, including the Traditional Thai Tattoo, making of swords, performing of Thai martial arts, and an exhibition of ancient weapons.
 
 
Programme on 17 March 2014
07.00 am :  Attend the rituals to worship Nai Khanom Tom at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Stadium.
01.00 pm :  Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langka Khao, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park.
 :  The championship match to win the W.P.M.F Belt, Super Welterweight (69.8 kg.) of World. Professional Muay Thai Federation and the professional Muay Thai competition of Thai and foreign boxers.
 :  Muay Thai Demonstration by Buakaw Banchamek : , K-1 Champion.
04.30 pm. :  Learn and enjoy the demontrations of Thai arts, handicrafts, the traditional Thai tattoo, making of Aranyik swords and performing of Thai martial arts.
06.00 pm. :  Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony.
07.30 pm. :  Welcome reception, enjoy “Amazing Thailand” Show.
 
Muay Thai
 
Muay Thai or Thai boxing has long been Thailand’s cultural heritage. There is no evidence to identify the time of its origin. Being one of Thailand’s identities, Muay Thai is not a thing for others to easily imitate. Thai forebears used the art of Muay Thai to defend themselves and fight their enemies and invaders to maintain the national independence to this day. In the Ayutthaya period (around 1774), a Thai native named “Nai Khanomtom” used Muay Thai in his solo fight against 10 invaders whose king who saw the fight said that “Thais without a sword but bare hands are still dangerous to be defeated”. Nai Khanomtom is therefore praised as the Father of Thai Boxers and renowned to this day.
 
Muay Thai training begins from Thai courtesy, peace of mind, discipline, manhood, and sporting spirit. Every boxer will wear a “Mongkhon” (crown), which is made of a bunch of raw thread bound with cloth and formed into a circle. To wear the Mongkhon before a fight is a Thai tradition. The Mongkhon is a sacred crown consecrated and blessed with auspiciousness by the revered masters. Boxers will wear the crown throughout the respect paying ceremony accompanied by a Muay Thai dance, and take it off just before the beginning of the fight. During the period of the Wai Kru ceremony and throughout the fighting, Thai music will be played. Muay Thai is not only an art, but also a graceful tradition of the Thais since ancient times, and it cannot be lost in time.