) But when it comes to a good old combative sport, with rules, tradition, skill, fitness and determination – count me in and get me a ringside seat! Muay Thai is a combative sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
Make sure you get the adequate travel insurance, should you be brave enough to take up the sport while over here.
I was informed by a local that the traditional ritual is known as ‘Wai Kru Ram Mua:’ During Wai Kru Ram Muay, boxers may use this time to motivate themselves to be courageous and to make emotional preparation for the coming fight. Before the next opponents were flourished to the blood-thirsty crowd I took a look at my paper to see their weight class and I thought; And then to my horror, these cute little kids were displayed: The children seemed unfazed and performed the ritual accordingly.
(why would you want to punch someone’s face in, when you could just chat to sexy people instead?
This was my first witnessing of the endearing ritual that takes place, before the guys kicked the snot out of each other.
The opponents dance around the ring, peacocking and showboating with dance moves before kneeling down and doing something that resembles praying.
Their bodies were pretty evenly matched – impressively ripped from head to toe, I had a feeling that this one was going to be a good fight.
(Sorry ladies, I missed the snap of their physiques – I was too much in awe myself!