Muay Thai Rope Binding

Traditional Muay Thai Rope Binding The rope binding or fist binding is a unique character in Muay Thai varying in pattern and style of each region. Korat Boxing: The swing of each punch and kick is wide in angle, commonly known as “Wieng Kwai” or Buffalo swing. The raw thread is used to wind up […]

Pre-Competition Rituals

Pre-Competition Rituals Before any Muay Thai contest can commence, a series of traditional rituals have to be undertaken: Approaching the Ring Rites (Kuen Suu Weitee) Ritual Dance of Homage (Wai Khru Ram Muay) Removal of the Head Circlet (Pitee Tod Mongkon) These are all described in this chapter, along with “do-it-yourself” instructions and photographs, and […]

Muay Thai Music

Musical Accompaniment to Muay Thai In Muay Thai, rhythmic music accompanies the Wai Khru Ram Muay rituals as well as the actual contests themselves. This music is referred to as wong pee glong and is performed by four musicians, each with their own instrument: pee chawaa (Javanese oboe), glong kaek (a pair of Thai drums […]

Women And The Muay Thai Ring

Women & The Muay Thai Ring Traditionally, women were banned from entering the Muay Thai ring. This originates from the belief that the presence of a woman in the ring would be tantamount to a curse, destroying the fighters’ skills and making them vulnerable to injuries, It was also believed that a feminine presence would […]

Teacher Initiation

Teacher Initiation (Krob Khru) In the Krob Khru ceremony, Muay Thai students who have all the necessary qualifications are elevated to the rank of teachers themselves. The teacher has first to consider which students are sufficiently knowledgeable and technically skilful to be worthy of promotion to the ranks of instructor. After the selection has been made, […]

Teachers Day

Annual Homage-Paying Ceremony (Wai Khru Prajam Pee) This ceremony is held annually throughout Thailand in schools, universities or wherever else learning, of whatever sort, takes place. Where Muay Thai is concerned, it is held either on Muay Thai Day (1 7th March) or any other traditionally propitious day, and requires the trainee fighters to show […]

Trainee Fighter Initiation

Trainee Fighter Initiation (Kuen Khur,Yok Khur) In the past, before a teacher accepted a new student, he first spent a great deal of time considering the proposition, trying to ascertain whether or not the person was really worthy of becoming his student. Some young fighters even initially had to act as servants to their prospective […]

Informing the Spirits Ceremony

Informing the Spirits Ceremony (Buwong Suwong) The enduring belief of the Thai people in the unseen, the spirits which inhabit all places and which have to be kept happy or, if necessary, appeased when they are angry, is mentioned several times elsewhere in this book. There are visible signs of this redolent animism, which coexists […]

Why Wai?

Why Wai? The reader who is unfamiliar with Thai culture may well be thinking, “What is wai?” and “Why wai?” What follows is, therefore, a brief “beginner’s guide” to this gracious custom and its usage in everyday life, as a basic understanding of the wai and its functions in Thai society will enhance the Muay […]

Traditions of Wai Khru

The Traditions of Wai Khru The following heading will present you with an in-depth incite into the unique tradition of Wai Khru (Paying Respect to the Teacher). Three forms of the ceremony – initiation as a Trainee Fighter, Annual Homage-Paying Ceremony and Initiation as a Teacher – are detailed here, while the fourth form – […]