Know more about Wai Kru Ram Muay (ritual dance before the fight)
As mentioned earlier that Wai Kru ceremony and Wai Kru Ram Muay is different in terms of usage and occasion of use. However, it is quite definite understanding of the objective of Wai Kru ceremony, but if we talk about Wai Kru Ram Muay ritual dance, the fundamental knowledge of its objectives that widely recognised is to let boxers have a chance to pay respect to the teacher and bless him a victory before the fight.
Now we are getting to know more about it, of course there are some more objectives of Wai Kru Ram Muay apart from the one mentioned earlier. According to there are other forms of Muay Thai in the past until today, such as Muay Boran, Muay Kad Chuek, Muay Chaiya, or even other regional style of Muay etc. The forms and practice of Wai Kru Ram Muay are also depends on the form of Muay itself and it is also believed that depends on teacher as well.
Although the primary objective of Wai Kru Ram Muay has been widely recognised among western boxers who learn Muay Thai. But there are some other benefits and objectives of Wai Kru Ram Muay, which have been taught over years, especially in Thailand.
* 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.
* During Wai Kru Ram Muay, boxers may have opportunity to observe their opponent’s ability, strength and weakness through the Ram Muay postures and form of ritual dance as well as to assess to find out how to beat the opponent.
This is actually quite difficult to get the information only from watching the initial ritual dance. But this is only one chance that boxers will have an opportunity to assess their opponent before the fight begins.
* Vice versa, if boxer perform a perfect ritual dance, in the way that opponent may assesses that represents aggressiveness, this will bring benefit to the boxer who perform perfect ritual dance that they can psychologically agitate the opponent and make them be frighten.
* Ritual dance also benefit boxers in terms of being a kind of warm-up before the fight.
Here above are other benefits of Wai Kru Ram ritual dance. However, for modern Muay Thai, even though the original concept and objectives of Wai Kru Ram Muay still being taught to new generation boxers, but to perform full performance and original ritual dance take quite long time, so it is very rare case to see modern boxers perform original ritual dance today, but the original concept still exist.
There are variety of the form of ritual dance, depends on the form of Muay and teachers. However, there are some ritual dance performance that are widely used. The terminology of Wai Kru Ram Muay postures are Thai words that generally based on the physical dance postures. For example;
Pra Ram Plaeng Sorn (พระรามแผลงศร)
This term use to describe the god Rama is performing archery shooting arrow to opponent.
Pra Ram Plaeng Sorn ritual dance is an aggressive posture, which believed that benefit to the boxer in terms of making their opponent be frighten.
Sod Soi Mala (สอดสร้อยมาลา)
This term use to describe the action that making a flower garland. This ritual dance posture does not intend to represent the aggressiveness of the boxer but represent the beautifulness of the ritual dance itself.
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First Ever Fight At New Lumpinee Stadium 11th February 2014
Muay Thai fight -Yokpet Yodasawintransport (red) vs Jomhod Sagami (blue) at 116lbs. First ever fight at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Ramintra Road, Bangkok Thailand on the 11th February 2014
Credit by Live Muay Thai Guy