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14 September 2010 :: 12:09:48 pm 38610

Thai Senators Trade Blows in Muay Thai Promotional Bout

Two Thai senators fought it out in the ring on Monday as part of a promotional campaign by the government aimed at raising the profile of the popular Thai sport.
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Bangkok, the 13th of September 2010: Payap Tongchuen [59] and Direk Tungfang [64], both lawmakers sitting in the Upper House of Thai parliament, on Monday went head to head in a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) exhibition bout in front of parliament house in Bangkok.

The two-round fight between two of the nation’s prominent lawmakers, also former professional Muay Thai fighters, was organised to aid promotion of the popular Thai sport to a wider international audience.

At the end of the bout, which was declared a dead heat by judges, Tongchuen joked, “It’s good that I can still stand”. Spectators at the event however declared Tungfang the victor, stating he outclassed his younger opponent, knocking him down once over the two-rounds.

“The aim is to market Thai boxing, as Muay Thai at the international level,” said Direk. “It is also to campaign for the younger generations to maintain this traditional sport.”

Prior to the parliamentary bout, spectators were privy to a full Muay Thai bout staged between two local boxers, both 8-year-old boys, aimed at promoting the sport to the youth of the Kingdom.

Muay Thai, similar in form to many varieties of Indochinese kickboxing, is Thailand’s national sport. Its origins can be traced back over 400 years, however many stipulate that the traditional sport has been practiced for much longer.

It is commonly referred to in Thai as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” due to opponent’s employment of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes in their attacks (eight points of contact) as opposed to other kickboxing and traditional ‘western’ boxing varieties, which employ only four or two points of contact respectively.

Over recent times, largely due to the inception of mixed martial art tournaments and full contact competitions onto mainstream international television, Muay Thai has grown significantly in popularity. The increased attention on Thai boxing has prompted both private and government initiatives to help support the spread of the sport both in Thailand and internationally while maintaining traditional values and customary training and development requirements involved with the sport.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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