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15th World Wai Kru MuayThaiCeremony
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Name : Tourism Authority of Thailand Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office

Address : 108/22 Mu 4, Tambon Phratuchai ,Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, 13000

Telephone : +66 3524 6076-7

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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Date 16 - 17 Mar 2019


15th World Wai Kru MuayThaiCeremony

16-17 March, 2019

Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park,

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand



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For Muay Thai training, the first thing all boxers need to do is to perform “Wai Kru” or respect paying ceremony which has long been observed until this day. The Wai Kru ceremony is to show the boxers’ regard and gratitude towards their parents, the sacred objects, and the masters who have taught them, which brings auspiciousness to the boxers and makes their minds calm and mindful.





As for Muay Thai dance, it is to convey the specific characteristics of a Muay Thai master or camp. Muay Thai boxers who perform the same style of Wai Kru and Muay Thai dance will usually not fight each other since they understand that they have learned from the same master. Moreover, the dance serves as a way to observe the adversary’s tactic, and warm up the boxers to relax from stress in body and mind, as well as making them ready for a fight or competition.





The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is home to the annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony and Miracle Muay Thai Festival. For individuals trained in the ancient Thai art of boxing or ‘Muay Thai’, the annual Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony held during the annual Thai Martial Arts Festival is the most important date on their calendar. Muay Thai boxers from around the world will return to 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 around the world will participate in the World Wai Kur Muay Thai Ceremony and Miracle Muay Thai Festival and show their appreciation for the beautiful art of Muay Thai at Ayutthaya World Heritage Site. In addition, there will also be many activities held.



 

Program



16 March 2019



(Public)



14.00 - 18.00 hrs. Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite to Wat Maha That), jointly organized by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and TAT.



16.00 - 18.00 hrs. Demonstration of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, Aranyik swords making, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through ancient Muay Thai boxing drills, such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc. In the event, you will also find Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs.



Thai martial art performances: sword, polearms, and sword fighting.



17 March 2019



(Public and Invited Guests)



13.00 hrs. Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite to Wat Maha That), jointly organized by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and TAT. (13.00-17.00)



15.00 hrs. Demonstration of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, Aranyik swords making, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through ancient Muay Thai boxing drills, such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc. In the event, you will also find Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs.



Thai martial art performances: sword, polearms, and sword fighting. (15.00-17.30)



17.00 hrs. Thai martial art performances: sword, polearms, and sword fighting. Meet and greet with famous Muay Thai boxers.



17.30 hrs. The procession of the Chairperson of the ceremony, Muay Thai masters, and Muay Thai boxers to the ceremonial pavilion.



18.00 hrs. The respect-paying ceremony to ancient Thai kings and warriors who protected the sovereignty of the land, namely King Naraesuan the Great, Phrachao Suea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak, with Wai Kru dances performed by all participating Muay Thai boxers.



(Invitation Only)



19.30 hrs. Welcome reception.



20.30 hrs. Thai cultural performances “Amazing Thailand.”



21.00 hrs. End of the ceremony.



 



 


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