Australian team takes part in 2016 IFMA Muaythai Youth World Championship that is held from August 24 to September 1 in Bangkok, Thailand.
IFMA youth world championship is the major event for junior muaythai. This year Team Australia reportedly brings over 80 members to the annual competition. Fighters, trainers and officials as well as parents, fans and supporters will gather at Bangkok’s National Stadium to cheer for the gold and green colors.
The junior-competitors are divided in four groups. The youngest ones are from 10 to 11 years old. The 12-13 and 14-15 are in between. The eldest of the young guns aged 16 and 17.
“Most Thai kids start competing at around eight-years-old, but we can’t start until the age of 12 in Western Australia,” said Chantel Green to Mandurah Mail while talking about her protege Shannon Gardiner. “So a lot of the kids have a big jump on Shannon, which we’ll have to work hard to bridge”.
Alongside the actual bouts, the nine-day program includes the Muay Boran and Wai Kru competitions. ‘Youth and Sport’ conference is also on the list of happenings. In addition the event will stage a muay aerobics challenge. Indeed, muaythai is a popular fitness workout for both women and men of all ages. In conclusion, a friendly environment, fair competition as well as the ‘Sport is Your Gang’ social campaign promise a spectacular event building the next generation of Muay Thai.
The event aims to continue the development and exposure of Thailand’s national sport known as the Art of Eight Limbs.