World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:55:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Muaythai Gala in Barcelona Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:55:56 +0000 The highly anticipated Spanish super Muaythai gala organized by the WMC, IFMA and Asociacion WMTC Del Mundo Hispano (All Hispanic World WMC Asociation), will commence tomorrow in Tarragona, near Barcelona, Spain. WMC Vice President and IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox will be at the event representing both world-recognized organizations for the sport of Muaythai.


The evening will be filled with an action packed fight card featuring an Intercontinental fight between local superstar, Martin Vellasco and Kunchit Nutong from Thailand. There will also be a special women’s bout to promote Muaythai’s support of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign featuring Spanish female superstar Sarai Medina and Thai champion Suphisara Konlak. There will also be plenty of amateur bouts as well as three Spanish National Titles on the line. Saturday evening will be an excellent opportunity for growth and promotion of Spanish Muaythai as both a sport and a cultural art form.

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One Month to the Asian Beach Games Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:07 +0000 This year’s highly anticipated 4th Asian Beach Games will be held in the beautiful city of Phuket, Thailand.The event will be held from the 14th to the 22nd of November 2014 where 45 different Asian nations will be gathered in the heart of the famous beach city and will proudly walk around the stadium representing their national and Olympic flag.

Muaythai is one of the most anticipated sport of the event with a 6 day competition schedule planned out, from the 17th to the 22nd of November, for male athletes from around Asia.

Mr.Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and President of Federation of Amateur Muaythai of Asia (FAMA), recognised for the Sport of Muay and Muaythai under the OCA, stated that the Asian Beach Games is an important event in the sporting calendar and that Muaythai will be one of the most popular sport during the games as it is the national sport of Thailand.

Dr.Sakchye Tapsuwan, President of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) recognised by the OCA, said that 2014 was indeed a successful year for Asia with the wonderful IFMA World Championships in Malaysia, the Arabic Championships in Lebanon and now with the Asian Beach Games in Thailand.

We are very much looking forward to this wonderful event and we hope to see you there!


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Technical Tuesdays: The Art of Wai Khru Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:59:52 +0000 Many people may wonder what “Wai Khru Art” or “Ram Muay” is? And why is it so important that every Muaythai fighter must perform it before starting the fight? Well, here are some clues for you to understand more about this intangible cultural tradition – Wai Khru Ceremony.

Muaythai Art and its intangible cultural tradition

For thousands of years Muaythai has been known for its unique styles and magnificent techniques. Tracing back to the time of Ayuttaya, the era where Muaythai was created by a group of Thai warriors using their own bodies as weapons to win battles and protect their loved ones. Muaythai was not only a martial art that most Thai men had to learn and train for war time, but it became common among the community for those who wanted to show their strength and fighting skills in order to be accepted in the society.

Since 1947, Muaythai has spread to many more countries and has been imitated. But all the styles and techniques which represent the significance of Thai culture has also been changed or erased, such as, the performing of Wai Khru art or Ram Muay which is one of the most important element of Muaythai.


Many people may wonder what “Wai Khru Art” or “Ram Muay” is? And why is it so important that every Muaythai fighter must perform it before starting the fight? Well, here are some clues for you to understand more about this intangible cultural tradition – Wai Khru Ceremony.

Wai Khru Art or Ram Muay is a traditional Muaythai dance ritual performed by the two Muaythai participants on every side of the ring to show their courage to the crowd. It is a form of warm up exercise for the two participants before the fight starts and is counted as a holy warship. Wai Khru Art or Ram Muay can be accompanied by thai classical Music called “Piphat” consisting of 4 instruments – Pi (Oboe), Ching (small cymbals) and two Kong Kaek (double-headed drum). Also, the purpose of Wai Khru or Ram Muay is for fighters to pay respect and express gratitude of the boxer toward their Master.


“Wai” refers to the action when one bows or puts their hands together as if they are praying. “Khru” means teacher and, in this case, it refers to Muaythai master who teaches and trains Muaythai techniques and strategies as well as indoctrinates the different beliefs of Muaythai to their student.

The performance of Wai Khru makes Muaythai become distinctive and differentiates itself from other Martial arts, especially, Kick Boxing, who’s technics and styles are very similar to the ones of Muaythai. The only aspects differentiating these two combat sports are the rules defining that the boxers are not allow to use elbow for Kickboxing and no Wai Khru or Ram Muay is performed before the fight.

The main idea of Wai Khru or Ram Mauay is not only for Muaythai fighters to express their gratitude toward their Master, but it is also to help them calm their minds and achieve a better focus for the fight by reminding themselves of the holy spirit and the teaching of their Masters and parents.


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Motivation Monday: Fierce Rajadamnern Battle – Petchboonchu FA Group vs Yodvicha Por Boonsit Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:17:33 +0000 One of the biggest local Muaythai events, promoted by Nattadet Wachirarattanawong and Mitnakorn, was held at Rajadamnern boxing stadium, the Petchwiset-Wanchai Fight just last week. Various Muaythai superstars from all regions of Thailand were present at the event to compete and perform at this explosive venue. Due to the official Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, WMC sanctioned events in the Kingdom are now getting a definite boost in interest as the already popular cultural and national sport is being taken to even higher levels.

Our featured fight today is between Petchboonchu FA Group, in the red trunks, and Yodvicha Por Boonsit in the blue trunks. The highlight features the both fighters masterfully using the art of eight limbs and utilizing their clinch game in a tactical bout of offence and defense. After 5 full rounds of going back and forth, Yodvicha was awarded the decision and he was crowned the victor with the coveted 2 million Baht winner’s purse.

Video courtesy of SiamSport.

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Top King World Series Round Two Set for France Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:03:24 +0000 The next leg of the 16 man Top King World Series will be held near Versailles, France at the Vélodrome National events hall on November 15th. After an exciting and successful first round in Minsk, Belarus last month, the next round will definitely be a promising showdown with many current and former WMC champions as well as IFMA champions competing for the coveted 5 million Thai baht prize, which will be given to the final winner at the final showdown in Thailand.

In case you missed the first round in Belarus, you can check out the highlights below, courtesy of Top King World Series.

The 70kg tournament fight card will feature the following fighters:

Crice Boussoukou (France), Hicham Chaibi (Morocco), Marat Grigorian (Armenia), Reece Mcallester (United Kingdom), Abraham Roqueni (Spain), Niclas R.Larsen – (Denmark), Arman Hambaryan (Belgium) and Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia).


Super Fights:

Buakaw Banchamek vs. Steeve Moxon

Jomthong Chuwathana vs. Dylan Salvador

Pakorn P.K Saenchai Muaythai Gym vs. Jimmy Viennot

Thongchai Sitsongpeenon vs. Djime Coulibaly



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Thai Fight Setting up for an Explosive Night Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:20:16 +0000 The well-known Muaythai promotion, Thai Fight, will be putting on two special eight man tournaments on Saturday the 25th of October as the MCC Hall at The Mall Bangkapi in Bangkok, Thailand. Well known Muaythai superstars such as Thailand’s Yodsaenklai Fairtex and Saiyok, France’s Antoine Pinto, and America’s Michael Corley will be competing in the events.

The tournaments will be split into two competitions. The first eight man tournament featuring Yodsaenklai and others will be a 70kg, Muaythai “Kard Chuek,” or rope-wrap tournament with a specially designated Royal Trophy awarded to this unique bout. The second eight man tournament will be a strictly Muaythai 72.5kg tournament and will feature Muaythai standouts like Antoine Pinto and Michael Corley, with the winner also receiving a specially designated Royal Trophy awarded for the bout.


Stay tuned for an explosive night of fights, and if you’re in the area during the 25th, drop in to see some exciting Muaythai action!

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70kg Kard Chuek Tournament Lineup

  1. Yodsanklai (Fairtex) – Thailand
  2. Christophe Pruvost – Switzerland
  3. Alex Oller – Brazil
  4. Batyr Korgoloev – Russia
  5. Naimjon Tuhtobaev – Uzbekistan
  6. Takeru Shimitsu – Japan
  7. Too Too – Myanmar
  8. Mohammed El Mir – Denmark

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72.5k Muaythai Tournament Lineup

  1. Antoine Pinto (Siangboxing) – France
  2. Saiyok (Windy sport) – Thailand
  3. Alka Matewa – Belgium
  4. Ben Hodge – England
  5. Sen Bunthen – Cambodia
  6. Michael Corley – United States
  7. Hiroki Nakashima – Japan
  8. Millad Farzad – Australia
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Throwback Thursday: EPIC 9, Perth, Australia Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:52:45 +0000 As we anticipate October 12th and the EPIC 12 Muaythai event, let’s take a few minutes to look back at a few highlights from their EPIC 9 event.

Video courtesy of Kennedyboy Productions.

EPIC Fight Promotions will certainly be putting on another stacked card and as the countdown to the fight day continues, it will definitely be an event to watch.


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WMC/IFMA Meeting with Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:39:43 +0000 A special meeting was arranged by the new Minister for Sport and Tourism, Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. The meeting was attended by the President of the World Muaythai Council under patronage of his Majesty the King General, Chetta Tanajaro, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, the President of IFMA and President of Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand under patronage of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Stephan Fox, the International Vice President of WMC and General Secretary. The international office team also attended the meeting, led by Charissa Tynan, the Sports Director.

A congratulatory letter from His Excellency Karim Massimov, President of the Asian Muaythai Federation, FAMA and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan was presented to the Minister. General Chetta congratulated her Excellency for her newly appointed position and he is looking forward to a close cooperation in order to continue to foster and promote Muaythai as a cultural heritage towards a worldwide recognition because through Muaythai, the world has come to learn cultural values passed down from generation to generation for over a thousand years.

Dr.Sakchye Tapsuwan, presented his most respectful greeting as the President of IFMA and the sole recognised National Federation of Muaythai of Thailand. He promises to continue, through the National Federation, to promote Muaythai as a cultural art form, a self-defense, a competition sport and a Thai way of life.

Later on, Stephan Fox made a detailed presentation on behalf of the International Muaythai community showcasing the work that has been done in the past as well as our current status with the inclusion of Muaythai into the World Combat Games and the International World Games both under the patronage of the IOC. Mr.Fox also presented the on-going process that Muaythai is in for the IOC recognition.

Her Excellency stated that as a Thai, she is truly proud of her ancestors but it also fills her with pride to know that Muaythai has gained such recognition within the world sporting community and that WMC and IFMA has done so much to spread the Thai cultures and values to all parts of the globe. She also added that as Minister she will her do her best to support Muaythai but most importantly, as a Thai, she feels obliged in doing so.

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¡Viva España! Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:31:32 +0000 SpainLogo

This Saturday, WMC and IFMA in conjunction with Asociacion WMTC Del Mundo Hispano (All Hispanic World WMC Asociation) is organising a super gala in Tarragona near Barcelona, Spain.Inline image 1Heading the fight card will be the Intercontinental fight between Martin Vellasco and Kunchit Nutong from Thailand. Promoting female muaythai and muaythai’s UNiTE End Violence Against Women will be Spanish female superstar Sarai Medina and Thai champion Suphisara Konlak.

There will be three Spanish National Titles up for grab,including a Spanish Super-Four. Muaythai in Spain is getting stronger and stronger and IFMA Executive Board member, Emilio Becker, stated that this would be a fantastic promotion for both the amateur and professional muaythai and that Spain is a stern supporter of muaythai’s social initiative such has Sport is Your Gang and the UNiTE Campaign.


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Super MTC to Light up London Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:37:13 +0000 Team Tieu Promotions will be putting on another excellent event, the Super MuayThai Championships on October 19th at the famous Koko venue in Camden, London. The fight card will feature many talented Muaythai athletes hailing from the UK, Italy, France and other nations.

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The UK’s Champion, Matthew Tieu will be taking on Italy’s Champion, Ivano Siviero for a title fight which promises to be an exciting matchup. The main card will also feature a woman’s fight with the UK’s reigning No.1, Christi Brereton against the French No.1 Soraya Bucherie, as both women will be competing for a title belt in an explosive fight.  Other featured fights will include Adam ‘the Shrek’ Hart verses Carlos Graca,  Micheal Pham verses Ryan Ward, Reece Thompson ( England) verses Joseph Lasri (England/Italy), Ash ‘the pocket rocket’ Uddin (England) verses Hugo Estrela (Portugal), and many more talented Muaythai athletes.

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European Championship Final Set Krakow on Fire Thu, 02 Oct 2014 04:06:13 +0000 DSS_6013One of Europe’s most modern arenas the Krakow Arena, was chosen for the 2014 European Championship final and it was a night to remember for the approximately 10,000 spectators, teams and representatives from the neighbouring European countries.

The evening started off with a welcoming speech by the mayor of Krakow, Mr Jacek Majchrowski, followed by a welcome speech by H.E. Mr Bansarn Bunnag, the Thai ambassador to Warsaw, Poland. Then, a thank you speech by the IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox was presented to the city of Krakow, the athletes, the officials, the spectators and the volunteers who all made this event a successful European Championship.

A special plaque of appreciation from IFMA was given to Rafal Szlachta, the Polish Muaythai Federation President, and Mr Szlachta thanked everyone involved, and to the roaring applause of 10,000 people, Krakow really showed hospitality and the spirit of sport. Famous Polish musicians performed, the famous Muaythai live show from Bangkok made a spectacular Muay Boran performance, a Polish orchestra played the traditional Muaythai music.

The final was then televised live on Polish Television, on the internet, and on the World Games channel. The final events featured many exciting bouts; some of the stand-out fights were Mateusz Kopiec from Poland verses Itay Gershon from Israel, a great Muaythai fight, an intense fight with an indescribable atmosphere, and it was Poland in the end that took the fight on unanimous decision. The female final saw Semail Katia from France meeting Anastasiia Sharmonova from Ukraine, with the French ambassador present, a fight to prove the female muaythai has become as popular as male, and it was Ukraine taking the close decision at the end.  A further outstanding match was multiple IFMA world champion Andrei Kulebin from Belarus, squaring off against Marcin Lepkowski from Poland, which truly was the fight of the evening with a world-class performance from both fighters and at the end of the fight, a standing ovation was given by the nearly 10,000 spectators and VIPs present and it was Kulebin who won a the close decision.

There was also a professional fight with Oskar Staszczak from Poland verses Jimmy Vienot from France, with the two fighters going to battle and employing the 8-weapon arsenal of muaythai, and to the delight of the entire nation, it was Poland’s own Oskar Staszczak that won the fight. To promote Muay Boran, a fight was held between Rafal Simonides from Poland, who over the years has been one of the most outstanding Polish fighters and is also the face of the Polish “Muaythai Against Drugs” campaign, against Tawatchai Budsadee from Thailand, and it was Safat Simonides who won the fight to finish off a night of fantastic excitement.

IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox stated in an interview that the European Championship in Poland was truly a success and looking at the junior division, one can say that the sport is safe; but also with the popularity through live TV and internet streaming, the legacy will continue to take Muaythai in Europe to the next level.

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EMF General Assembly Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:23:26 +0000 40 countries participated in this year’s EMF General Assembly, which was chaired by the new president of the EMF and the mayor of the beautiful city of Odessa, Mr Gennady Trukhanov . A special letter was sent from the National Olympic Council of Ukraine and International Olympic Committee Executive Board Member and one of the Olympic legends, Sergey Bubka.

EMF President, Mr Trukhanov, welcomed everybody and talked about the achievements of IFMA and EMF, especially within the World Combat Games and the inclusion of Muaythai into the World Games. He then outlined the future plan for European Muaythai and, as the IFMA Vice President, he also underlined again the close cooperation between the International Federation and the Continental Federation. EMF Vice President, Mr Detlef Turnau from Germany stated that in the last 4 years, European Muaythai has become very strong, especially in the youth development program, fantastic work has been done.

Rafal Szlachta the General Secretary of EMF, welcomed everyone to Poland once again, and hoped that everyone enjoyed the Polish hospitality and that this year’s European Championship was the biggest so far in participating countries and athletes. Dr. Mieczyslaw Biegoszewski, the representative of the Polish NOC and representative of the Ministry of Sport welcomed all the delegates, presidents, general secretaries from all parts of Europe, outlined the close cooperation between the NOC, the ministry of sports, and the Polish National Muaythai Federation, and that all of Poland is excited for the upcoming 2017 World Games and Muaythai proudly will be one of the participating sports.


Mr Rafal Simonides made a heartfelt presentation on the Muaythai Against Drugs Campaign, and every delegate received a special banner with their country name and the campaign. The IFMA General Secretary, Mr Stephan Fox, made a detailed presentation on the achievements of Muaythai from 1995 to the present, and the plans and structure for Muaythai for the next 4 years.


Mrs Anna Melo, the President of the Portuguese Muaythai Federation,  has been appointed into the EMF Executive Board and was presented a special token by President Trukhanov. Special appreciation was also given to the Turkish Muaythai Federation, the Russian Muaythai Federation and the Portuguese Muaythai Federation for organizing World and European Championships, to Detlef Turnau President of the German Federation and Vice President of EMF, to Olivier Muller President of the Swiss Muaythai Federation for organizing the past Saint Tropez FightNight.


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