The World Wai Kru Muay Thai 15th has finished with the great memorable spirit of Muay Thai practitioners from around the world to express their gratitude to their masters on 16-17 March 2019 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
The ceremony which annually organized by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is popularly known as an important event that Muay Thai practitioners must attend at least once in a lifetime.
The World Wai Kru Muay Thai is time-traditional ceremony allowing Muay Thai disciple to express their gratitude to their master and to pay respect to the ancient martial art of Muay Thai. The word “Wai” means paying respect or worship by hands, sometimes with flowers and incenses. “Kru” means Teacher or Master who intently give their knowledge to their disciples. Wai Kru Ceremony reflects the spirit of Asian who praise knowledge and are respectful to their teachers.
This year, The event was great as before. It consisted of many activities. Boxing matches of international Muay Thai fighter “Miracle Muay Thai Festival” had taken place at Wat Lankhakhao. They also demonstrated the arts of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, Aranyik swords making, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through ancient Muay Thai boxing drills; such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc., Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs, Meet and greet with famous Muay Thai boxers, Thai martial art performances: sword, pole, and sword fighting.
The event processed with the environmental campaign by reducing plastic usage. They encouraged all attendants to use natural materials like cloth bags, canteens, and banana leaf instead of plastics.
The main activity was on the last day, They had the ceremony to pay respect to ancient Thai kings and warriors who protected the sovereignty of the land; namely, King Naresuan the Great, Phrachao Suea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak, with a Wai Kru dance performed by all participating Muay Thai boxers and end the ceremony with the Thai cultural performances “Amazing Thailand”.