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World Muay Thai Festival and Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

March 17 - 23, 2012

Date: March 17 - 23, 2012
Venue: Nai Khanom Tom Monument, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Stadium

The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is home to the annual World Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony. For individuals trained in the ancient Thai art of boxing or 'Muay Thai', the annual Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony held during the annual Thai Martial Arts Festival is the most important date on their calendar. Muay Thai boxers from around the world return to Ayutthaya to pay respect to their teachers, and to pay homage to the legendary Muay Thai folk hero, Nai Khanom Tom.

Each year, more than 300 boxers from 30 countries including the UK, Canada, Russia, Korea, France, Ukraine, and South Africa, participate in the festival and show their appreciation for the beautiful art of Muay Thai.
There will also be a Muay Thai tournament with boxers contending for the Nai Khanom Tom belt with a cash prize for the weight divisions of 60, 65, 70, and 80 kilograms. There will also be a Wai Khru competition for students.

Highlights and Activities:
- Muay Thai exhibition
- Muay Thai performance
- Muay Thai tournament
- Visitors with a special interest in the art of Muay Thai will have an opportunity to learn about this combat sport.
- Live demonstration of the making of Thai handicraft, and Thai cuisine.

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