Buakaw Banchamek performs Wai Khru Muay Thai
Buakaw Banchamek performs Wai Khru Ram Muay at the 13th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony on March 17, 2017 in Auytthaya, Thailand / Pic: Facebook @BanchamekGym

Buakaw Banchamek headed the thousand at the 13th World Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony.

Famed character out of Thailand Buakaw Banchamek was in the center of attention when numerous fighters and practitioners gathered on March 17 in Ayutthaya. The 13th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony featured on the program at “Thaifest”.

The World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony is an annual event. It aims to develop interest in the national sport of Thailand among the local as well as the international audience.

The event was organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Martial Art Institute Association, World Muay Thai Federation, Professional Boxing Association of Thailand, The Fine Arts Department and Kru Muay Thai Association. Wat Mahathat and Wat Langka Khao accommodated the happening.

Wai Kru Ram Muay is a ritual performed by muay thai fighters before the bout. They pay the respect and show the gratitude to their training and those beloved. “Wai” means greeting in Thai. “Kru” is the master. The translation of “Ram” is dancing while “Muay” means boxing.

Buakaw appeared on the stage executing his Wai Kru, while the thousand assembled around carrying out theirs. Banchamek Gym has posted a set of photographs from the event.

In addition to the ceremony the program included a series of international bouts. Thai fighters faced off international competitors. As well, an exhibition of ancient weapons, demonstrations by famous training camps as well as sword and knife making. The attendees also had a chance to meet-and-greet Buakaw Banchmaek and others boxers.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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