Muay Thai Wai Kru..Why?
Muay Thai Wai Kru..Why?
Related article: Know more about Wai Kru Ram Muay (ritual dance before the fight)
Wai Kru is a specific Thai phrase, which consist of two words: “Wai” refers to an action that Thais press the hands together at the chest or forehead in sign of respect, Wai is used in main several occasions. First is to present respect to others, second to thank and third for greeting and fair well. “Kru” is the Thai word refers to teacher, then the phrase Wai Kru means a kind of ceremony or specific activities that is done for students to express their respect to teacher.
Many of Thai arts, not strictly with Muay Thai such as Thai dance, Thai music etc. also has Wai Kru ceremony. The ceremony generally be done in several occasions, which mainly are before the teacher accept individual to become his/her students and when student have to organise Wai Kru ceremony on annual basis in order to remind themselves to respect to their teacher’s instructions.
The original concept of Wai Kru was derived form Thai moral and ethics along with Buddhism instructions. The objective of Wai Kru is actually for students to always maintain their moral and ethics as well as teacher’s instruction not only to pay respect to teacher.
In ancient time, it is compulsory for boxers or Thai arts students to become professionals, they have to complete kind of supreme Wai Kru ceremony as a sign and approval from their teacher that individual student is qualified enough to become professional.
Wai Kru ceremony VS Wai Kru Ram Muay (ritual dance before the fight)
These two things are a bit different in terms of time of use and activities involved, but both still generally based on the same objectives . Even though most of Thais also called ritual dance before the fight as “Wai Kru” but there still difference from Wai Kru ceremony. There are many people still misunderstood about the meaning of the terminology, especially boxers who are not Thai. The perception is that Wai Kru Ram Muay is the same thing as Wai Kru ceremony.
Wai Kru Ram Muay (ritual dance) is a compulsory activity that boxers have to perform before the fight to pay respects to the teacher, parents and anyone who are boxer’s respect to regard for their kindness and instructions. Wai Kru Ram Muay itself has different postures, which is believed that depends on the boxer was trained from which teacher. In the past, if two boxers are performing the same Wai Kru Ram Muay posture, they are assumed that they were taught by the same teacher and it is impossible for them to fight with each other. Wai Kru Ram Muay is the activity that can be done regardless the nationality and religious without breaking any rules and practice of the religious. So every one can perform Wai Kru Ram Muay before the fight.
Wai Kru ceremony is the activities that occasionally organized, when
1. Before students are accepted by a Kru and before they start to learn Muay Thai.
2. Wai Kru ceremony that arrange on annual basis, both students and teacher will be participating the ceremony. In this the occasion that student will have a chance to pray and blessing for their teacher and reminded about what teachers have taught them during the year.
In Thailand, Wai Kru ceremony for Muay Thai is generally has an additional ceremony about spiritual activity. This is due to the Thai customs that believe in superstitious and would want to pray for spirit to bless them a good luck. Therefor, an additional ceremony to inform spirit will always be seen in Wai Kru activities in Thailand but found in rare case in other region.
In summary, it is very important for Muay Thai boxer to perform both Wai Kru ceremony and Wai Kru Ram Muay before the fight to express their respect to the teacher. Unfortunately, the original Wai Kru Ram Muay is rarely found these days even in Thailand, but it is good to encourage to younger generation to practice and perform the correct form of Wai Kru Ram Muay.
By Isara Sukgrarongka