World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony – 2019
Following an age-old tradition, hundreds of practitioners will thank their martial art gurus for their dedication at the Wai Kru ceremony which starts with Wai, a friendly greeting carried out with folded hands in front of the Kru, the teacher. The Thai society gives a good amount of respect and regard along with a high status to such teachers.
What is Muay Thai?
Also known as Thai boxing, Muay Thai is the cultural martial art of Thailand, involving stand-up fighting but it is different from kickboxing. Also known as, the “art of eight limbs,” this ancient martial art is based upon the usage of the human body as a weapon.
Many movies have been based on this 2000 years old martial art, namely, A Prayer Before Dawn, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior and The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra. Headquartered in Bangkok, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur is the highest governing body for this type of martial arts.
Schedule for March, 2019
The Thai and foreigner fighters will have the privilege of paying respect to the figure of Nai Kanom Tom, a Thai freedom fighter who fought his way out of the Burmese imprisonment in 1774, using this technique of martial arts.
|17 March, 2019
|01:00 PM to 07:30 PM Indochina Time
|Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
01:00 PM to 05:00 PM – Miracle Muay Thai Festival
The first event of this festival will be organised by Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
03:00 PM to 05:30 PM – Unique Thai traditions
1. Thai craftsmanship
2. Ancient sword-making
3. Thai tattooing and calligraphy
4. Live music
5. Muay Thai shows and exhibitions from various training camps and gyms
6. Ancient Thai martial art shows
05:30 PM onward – The actual ceremony
The procession of the chairperson of the ceremony and the gurus will be paid at this step of the event. Performers will pay regards to the valiant kings from the history of Thailand such as King Naresuan the Great, Phrachao Suea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak. Muay Thai boxers will perform a special dance for the same.
For any doubts, you can contact the organizer, TAT Ayutthaya Office.