Why do Thai fighters dance before a fight?
The Muay Thai Dance or the Wai Kru Ram Muay is a pre-fight ritual used to warm up and stretch and for fighters to pay respect to their teachers and other people who helped them on their fight journey. “Wai” is a Thai greeting and “Khru” is teacher, “ram” means dance, and “Muay” means Boxing.
How do you do Wai Kru?
This action requires arms to be fully stretching forward, hands pressing together, and then lift up to touch the forehead with the thumbs between the eyebrows, bending the elbows as the body lean slightly backwards and the head looking up. Then lower the hands to the chest, and repeat two more times.
Why do Muay Thai fighters bow?
The traditional gesture used to show respect in Thailand is called the “Wai”. It consists of a slight bowing of the head, with the hands pressed together in a prayer-like fashion in front of the face. The higher the hands in relation to the face, and the lower the bow, the more respect is being given.
What do you call Muay Thai instructor?
In the Muay Thai world, instructors are called Kru and Arjan. (also ajaan, ajarn, acharn, and achaan). These words do not by any means mean “Master.” Quite simply, they both mean “teacher.” They do not differ from society to the gym.