The annual Wai Kru Muay Thai ceremony has become a firm fixture on the calendars of Muay Thai fans all over the world. It takes place on 17th March 2017 in Ayutthaya Historical Park. The Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony enables boxers to pay respects to their masters, and to pay homage to Nai Khanom Tom at his statue in Ayutthaya. Nai Khanom Tom was the legendary Muay Thai folk hero who was the most famous Muay Thai warrior of the Ayutthaya period and who remains a hero to Muay Thai boxers to this day.
The day starts with payng homage to the statue of Nai Khanom Tom at the provincial sports stadium. There will then be Muay Thai fights at Wat Langkhakhao (see map) from 11am until about 5pm. This is also the venue for the Miracle Muay Thai Festival during the afternoon where you can see demonstrations of Thai martail arts. The Wai Khru ceremony starts at 6pm.
The following is the schedule. Times are subject to change.
13.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Miracle Muay Thai Festival at Wat Langkha Khao (opposite Wat Maha That), organized jointly by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and TAT.
15.00 – 17.30 Hrs. Demonstration of Thai handicrafts including Yantra tattooing, Yantra writing, making Aranyik swords, Thai martial art performance, and energy testing through Muay Thai Boran boxing drills; such as, kicking a banana tree, punching limes, chopping water, etc., Thai food stalls, and Muay Thai boxing souvenirs.
16.30 – 17.30 Hrs. Thai martial art performances: sword, pole, and sword fighting. Meet and Greet with famous muay thai boxer (Buakaw Banchamek)
17.30 – 18.00 Hrs. The procession of the Chairperson of the ceremony, boxing masters, and boxers to the ceremonial pavilion.
18.00 – 19.30 Hrs. The respect-paying ceremony to ancient Thai kings and warriors who protected the sovereignty of the land; namely, King Naresuan the Great, Phrachao Suea, and Phraya Phichai Dap Hak, with a Wai Kru dance performed by all participating Muay thai boxers.