If you’ve ever watched a muay Thai match, then you know at the beginning of every bout you see the fighters perform a ritual dance. For Westerners, it may seem strange or tedious, but this dance has deep meaning to muay Thai practitioners. It is called the wai kru ram muay, and is generally referred to as the wai kru.
How do you do wai kru?
The fighter performs the Wai Khru by circling the ring three times before kneeling and bowing three times as a sign of respect to God and man. He also bows to Buddha (traditionally) to ask for protection for himself and his opponent and for an honourable fight.
Why do Muay Thai fights have music?
The music that they play reflects what is going on in the ring, and sarama is an integral part of every Muay Thai match. During the Ram Muay, the music is usually slow and haunting, but becomes faster and even frantic during the most exciting parts of the fight.
Why do Thai boxers do a slow dance?
The wai kru is performed by fighters in order to pay homage to their teachers and family and to bless themselves with victory in the ring.
Do you bow in Muay Thai?
In muay thai, the martial arts bow of respect is known as the wai. The wai is also done as a respectful way to greet others in everyday Thai culture as well. Across different martial arts, bowing is performed differently, but most commonly bowing is performed: On entering your school, dojo or gym.
What does Sawadee ka mean?
1. Sawadee krap/ka: Hello. A cheery greeting can go a long way in the Land of Smiles.