Who Is The Father of Muay Thai?

By | November 11, 2017

Among the large number of kick boxers within the prisoners there was a man named Nai Khanomtom. He was the son of the chief of his village and he saw his family getting slaughtered by the Burmese when he was just a little boy. He grew up in a hardened way, always with the shadow of fear of the Burmese troops.

Nai Khanomtom, like any other Thai prisoner, was deeply rooted into Thai culture and values. Proud of his own country and people, he would never give up easily nor accept to be defeated.

That year the Burmese king wanted to organize a 7 days long religious festival with many forms of entertainment and for the occasion he wanted to compare the Burmese boxing with the Muay Boran fighting style from Siam. Nai Khanomtom was selected to fight against the Burmese boxing champion.

On the ring placed in from of the throne of the king, Nai Khanomthom begun the Wai Kru to pay respect to his teachers and ancestors by dancing around his opponent. While the dance is a traditional ritual for the Siamese and also to respect the spectators, the Burmese were surprised and perplexed by the dance and they believed that it was some sort of Thai black magic.

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