Thai Boxing in Bangkok
Bangkok Muay Thai
Bright neon lights flood the ring, just like the sun scorching down onto the battleground, revealing two men going through their spiritual 'Wai Khru' (a ceremony to thank their revered teachers, spirits, boxing ring and the sport itself). The blaring sound of Thai classical instruments and the deafening cheering of ecstatic spectators in the stadium don't seem to distract the two 'warriors'.
Following the 'Wai Khru' ritual, they go straight into 'Ram Muay', a dance where each boxer demonstrates his skills and style. These pre-match ceremonies are believed to bring good luck, protection, respect, and a fair and honourable fight to the boxers. Once all the formalities are out of the way, it's time for action. But watch out, things can get bloody and gory...
Where To Learn Muay Thai in Bangkok
Although Muay Thai seems like a violent sport, learning it properly can be a fun and worthwhile experience. Many people, regardless of age and sex, turn to Muay Thai for self-defence and several martial art schools in Europe, America and Asia have added it to their courses. If you're in or planning to be in Thailand, why not take lessons in Muay Thai's homeland itself? The best place to go is probably the Muay Thai Institute, which is located in Rangsit, just north of Bangkok International Airport.
The institute was established to preserve and promote the art of Muay Thai and it offers accredited training courses for boxers, instructors and referees. Rest assured that you'll be learning from the best as all of the instructors are former champions who hold at least a bachelor's degree in physical education and speak good English. Graduates will receive a certificate recognised by the Thai Ministry of Education and the World Muay Thai Council - a very unique souvenir to take home!