I love Muay Thai Boxing

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Saturday, July 16, 2011

I have found a new love, Muay Thai Boxing.

Before this evening i didn't know much about Thai Boxing, but i now know it is mixed martial art, involving grappling, throws, kicks and punches, i still have no clue about the rules. i did learn that appearences are decieving, and that it is all about technique.

Even though i think where we went was very touristy, they still had traditional elements, before each fight the fighters perform a traditional dance called the Wai Khru ram, which looks a little silly at first, but then you realise that it shows how agile they are, i am sure that this is not the purpose for it but nevermind, also thai fighters pray before each match.

Right, back to this evening. we got a little lost trying to find the stadium, but went and asked the man handing our flyers and he led us to the door, we walked down a brightly lit corridor lined with mopeds and came out into a large warehouse with a brightly lit ring, complete with flashing lights in the centre, surrouded by colourful bars, and lots of people.

It was a really atmospheric place, perhabs due to the many westeners downing chiang beer, but whatever the reason it felt exciting walking in.

we were shown to our seats and waited for the fights to begin. there are three men playing traditional music, that sounded like snake charmer music, that built in tempo and intensity as the traditional dance began and continued to add a soundtrack to the fights as they progressed.

the first two fights were woman, who seemed to do less kicks and more grappling, and the fights were not very dramatic but acted as a good warm up.

the men on the other hand, well, it was all flashing feet and knee strikes.

i didn't expect to enjoy it as much as i did, but i got really sucked in to it, and wanted to run up into the the ring and join in, much like two silly french people did between matches, they were promptly forced back to their seats.

i'm going to tell you a little secret now, cheesy motivational music, like, eye of the tiger and final countdown do something weird to me, they make me feel like i am in a rocky training montage, like i could run up a thousand stairs and pump my fists in the air. so when the final countdown came blaring over the speakers i was a little beside myself with excitement.

the last few fights were amazing and all ended with a knockout. it was great to see the sportmanship between the fighters, they all went and checked on the knocked out opponant and helped them up before doing their victory bows.

i should be sleeping now as it is late here, but i am too keyed up! this is by far the best thing i've seen/done so far in thailand. i loved it, and wish we could go again!
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elaine on

i liked this blog, especially the thought of you running into the ring and kicking all around hilst acting out eye of the tiger.......he he he eh he he... I'm really laughing now at the thought of it.... oh dear I am getting beside myself with giggles....xxxxxxxx

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