March 13, 2015
World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony (part of Nai Khanom Tom Day) The grace and power of Muay Thai, in numerous separate event’s.
When: Annually in March (Normally around the 17th March – Which is Thailand’s National “Boxer’s Day” or “National Muay Thai Day”)
Where: Ayutthaya Historical Park 85 kms North of Bangkok
Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony 2017
Ayutthaya will host a total of 800 Muay Thai fighters from 60 countries for this year’s 13th Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, in March 2017, as part of the legendary ‘Nai Khanom Tom’ day.
The Ceremony is being held to showcase some of the sacred rituals of Thai boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”.
This ancient martial art form, was used through-out Siam by its warriors as a practical fighting technique for use in warfare. It now commands a huge following across the world as a contact sport. The event is to help people understand, the meaning of the Wai Kru ceremony, which is a ceremonial dance, honouring ones teachers and an important element of Thai boxing
What else is Happening
Muay Thai events are also held in March at Wat Chula Mani, Wat Maha That and Wat Langkhakhao all situated in the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Plus the Ayutthaya Provincial Sports Stadium, will host presentations and classes from various Muay Thai camps and gyms, from across Thailand. Demonstrating the finer points of this ancient art, including many different aspects of its long and colourful history. There will also be cultural displays in Yantra tattooing and Aranyik sword-making.
That’s not the end of it, there is also the ‘Amazing Mauy Thai Tournament’ taking place at Wat Langkhakhao, along with a mini marathon along with a ceremony to pay respect to Nai Khanom Tom (see more below), at his statue located in the provincial sports stadium.
Last but not least, there will be a full on, Muay Thai tournament, featuring some of the countries top exponents of the sport.
A little on Nai Khanom Tom
“Nai Khanom Tom, was a warrior from Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya, who was captured after the Konbaung (Burmese) army sacked the city in 1767, ending the Kingdoms 400 year rule. Legend has it the Burmese King Bodawpaya (Padung) was so impressed by Nai Khanom Toms fighting style he demanded he fight in a tournament.
Nai KhanomTom dazzled his first opponent with a pre-fight ritual called Ram Muay and then by quickly knocking him out, the Burmese fighter cried foul, claiming Nai Khanom Thom’s pre-fight dance distracted him.
King Bodawpaya set Nai Khanom Tom a challenge, if the young Thai warrior could defeat nine more consecutive opponents, he would be set free. Nai Khanom Tom did just that and so earned his freedom. His feat is celebrated each year in Thailand on the 17th March as “Boxer’s Day” or “National Muay Thai Day”.
How to get there from Bangkok: Click here
Whether you like the idea of physical contact sports, this event is a time to celebrate the long history of this land of many cultures and to witness first-hand the importance of the rituals of Muay Thai and how they bind the athlete to their mentor.
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