Thai Boxing
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is a national sport of Thailand that involves punches, elbows, kicks and knees. In Thailand, the sport is immensely popular and boxing matches are regularly shown on Thai television. Practitioners of the full contact sport use training methods to improve their speed, muscular strength and high impact strikes. The fighting style has proven effective in fighting tournaments and has gotten international fame. Since the twentieth century the sport became more widespread and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people globally.

In Thailand, the Muay Thai fighters perform the Wai Khru Ram Muay before the match in a tournament. This dance ritual is a way for the fighter to show respect to their teacher, their parents, and their ancestors. The ritual is performed by circling the ring in a counter-clockwise direction and bowing their head three times in every corner in salutation to Buddha, Rama, and the sangha of monks. It is followed by a personalised arm and leg movement that symbolises the fighter and his training school. The entire ritual is accompanied by traditional Thai music.

Where to watch Mauy Thai

Lumpini stadium:

Address: Rama IV Road, Bangkok, tel. +66 (0) 22528765. Fight schedule: Tuesday and Friday from 6.30 pm until 11 pm. Saturday from 4 pm until 8 pm and from 8.30 pm until 12 pm.

If you want a taste of the spectacle before you buy a ticket for the big matches, then you can watch free boxing matches at the MBK shopping Mall. Every Wednesday from 18.00 till 21.00 outside the MBK shopping Mall in Bangkok there will be junior matches for fame seeking potential fighters. These boxers hope to kickstart their boxing career and they attract a large crowd.

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