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Pattaya Daily News

18 January 2010 :: 18:01:09 pm 8636

Muay Thai Promotion Plans for the USA

The Ministry of Commerce Thailand are making plans to protect the Thai martial arts from being adapted by foreigners and taught abroad.
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Pattaya, 18th January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News] The Ministry of Commerce Thailand’s administrator has come forward in a bid to protect the Muay Thai (Thai boxing martial art). He stated that he had noticed that Thai boxing is being taught abroad in a very different way to the unique and authentic way in accordance with the Thai culture.
According to the government, plans for conservation of the art will start with the topping up of the Thai teaching careers abroad and will be represented by the famous Thai star “Ja Panom” (Tony Jaa) in promoting the plans in the USA.


Mr. Alongkorn Phollabut, (The Ministry of Commerce, Thailand Deputy Minister) has revealed that the Thai boxing nowadays has been adapted by foreigners who have directed it away from the authentic martial art as we know it. This may cause the boxing students to misunderstand the Thai culture and to solve this problem, the Muay Thai creative committee will be put in charge of the regulation and conservation of it.


Mr. Phollabut went on to explain that in addition to developing the performance of Thai workers in the field of Muay Thai sport, in this country and abroad, the Mua Thai schools will be advanced with re-standardizing the curriculum.. At the start, Muay Thai school operators and their instructors, both Thai and foreigners will be expected to complete the education curriculum training which will be certificated by Thailand before the start of a business. Also, the ministry will offer support in the expansion of Muay Thai schools abroad. This is expected to bring it up to the same standards as the international Thai establishments that have expanded abroad and will be another way to increase the economic value of Thailand besides the export industry.

Mr. Phollabut continued by saying, around the end of this month he and Tony Jaa will travel to the USA to promote Muay Thai. It had been planned to meet with a Hollywood movie production company for Tony Jaa’s participation in the Hollywood Entertainment community. This will increase understanding in Muay Thai worldwide. They will also consult with the Muay Thai clubs in USA to raise the opinion of plans and development whilst at the same time approving the image of Muay Thai education to be more modern and international. We may organize the Muay Thai training centers which are well known abroad.

According to the foreigners who are interested in studying, the numbers had decreased. In varies schools they do not have Muay Thai instructors, but they provided another kind of martial arts instructors to teach the students ultimate fighting which includes kick boxing, mixing it with the Thai boxing art. This varied very slightly from the original Thai martial arts. For example, they are not taught the master respect dance and the unique postures of Muay Thai including the elbow- knee rising. Moreover, the decision rules have been changed from the original.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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