800 fighters from over 60 countries came to Ayutthaya
Muay Thai boxing is an international phenomenon that’s gained a lot of die hard fans in recent years. In Thailand, March 17 is an important day for the ancient tradition. It’s Nao Khanom Tom or as it’s known in English, Boxer’s Day. That’s why 800 fighters from over 60 countries came to Thailand to celebrate the 11th Annual Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony.
iTravel Channel headed down to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, about one hour north of Thailand’s present-day capital Bangkok. It was a chance for people to learn about the deep and sacred meaning behind the Muay Thai ritual known as Wai Kru.
Wai Kru is a way in which fighters pay respect to their masters. It’s commonly performed at the start of every match as a show of gratitude and merit-making. All 1,200 Muay Thai fights, both Thai and international, performed Wai Kru for an intrigued crowd.
Young Thai students also paid respects to their Muay Thai teachers. Famous welterweight kickboxer Buakaw Banchamek led the Wai Kru ceremony. Afterwards, the audience was treated tos pectacular presentations of martial arts fighting and craftsmanship. There was also Yantra tattooing and writing and Aranyik sword making. Well-known Muay Thai camps and gyms answered questions about the history and current practices of kickboxing to help everybody learn a little more.
The event wrapped up with a sumptuous dinner and a cultural performance about the fascinating history of Ayutthaya. For those who came from far and wide, this year’s Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony was an unforgettable experience.