In an event hosted by the World Boxing Council Muaythai Youth Cares programme at the Moscow Residence of the Thai Ambassador to Russia, Grand Masters of Muay Thai from the Kingdom and a host of young local enthusiasts gathered with former WBC Muaythai champions to showcase the sport’s ancient tradition of the Wai Kru Ceremony.
Fabio Chinda, an official at the Thai embassy in Russia, said: “In Thailand, the martial art of Muay Thai has existed throughout the country’s long history and has evolved over centuries to become one of Thailand’s national sports, a source of pride for the entire nation.
“The number of Muay Thai activities, competitions and training camps spread across more than 80 regions of Russia proves that Russian people share affection for Muay Thai, and I sincerely hope that Muay Thai, as a sport and cultural art, will continue to link our people and nations.”
Nabiraks Bhakdibhumi, chairperson of the WBC Muaythai Youth Cares, added: “Muay Thai is considered an intangible cultural asset, and today, we are introducing the Muay Thai Wai Kru ritual, which pays respect to the Masters by the next generation of Muay Thai practitioners in Russia.
“To convey the long history and tradition of Muay Thai, and to carry out thIS beautiful ceremony by Muay Thai grand masters or Kru Muay Thai, and to show respect to the mentors by the boxers, we believe that we will be protected from harm and danger.”
Also in attendance was former WBC Muaythai world champion Artem Levin, a famed Russian fighting superstar, who made a rousing speech to inspire the junior athletes.