World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:12:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Muaythai is Getting Ready for the IF Forum Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:12:49 +0000 Muaythai is one of the 109 of world recognized sports by SportAccord and this year will be in in the 2014 IF Forum in Lausanne held from the 3rd to the 5th of November. The Forum will be opened by the IOC president, Thomas Bach, and will feature many guest speakers focusing on the theme of Innovation and Technology.

This will be a great opportunity for Muaythai to mingle with all the other sports. Muaythai will also be able to discuss the upcoming World Combat Games with the colleagues of the other 14 SportAccord and/or IOC recognized combat sports.

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Throwback Thursday: Challenger Muaythai Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:53:28 +0000 For today’s Throwback Thursday, we look at the International Emmy-nomitated show, The Challenger Muaythai sanctioned by the World Muaythai Council,the sole recognized professional sport governing body for the art and spirit of Muaythai.  Along with being nominated for an International Emmy, the reality Muaythai show was also awarded the Formats Asia Award for Best Original Asian Format. The show was able to take Muaythai and all its traditions and values to over 400 million households contributing to the further popularity of Muaythai as a martial art and as a cultural heritage.

View the clip below to see what made the show such a big hit. Video courtesy of Imagine Group.

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IFMA President Chairs the Meeting for Muaythai’s UNiTE Campaign Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:34:08 +0000 altAtV7auB3HIYS4R19ZouRc2nFe5C4sg4XcjsUl2skBJvD

Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan President of IFMA and General Secretary of WMC chaired the meeting of the Social Responsibility Unit. November will be an important month as it will be the official launch of the campaign which is held in cooperation with UN Women’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, the World Muaythai Council and IFMA.

Mexico City will be the opening of the launch with special forums for women and youth taking place as well as a special “Carrera Azteca” marathon run. Then Bangkok will launch the campaign on the 29th with a special marathon as well, followed by the King’s Cup in December, which includes a special launch and a female Super Four event. After that, the project will move to all the member countries in a united campaign.



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MAX Muaythai in Lumpini Stadium Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:55:49 +0000 Starting from November, the well-known promotion, MAX Muaythai, will be covering events at the world famous Lumpini Stadium via “MAX Lumpini Live.” All veterans and true fans of Muaythai are familiar with the name and prestige of Lumpini stadium, one of the meccas of Muaythai.


Along with hosting their regular shows at their MAX MT Stadium in Pattaya, MAX Muaythai will now be airing “MAX Lumpini Live” every Saturday on Thai satellite CTH, Channel 55 MAX Sports, and will cover weekly events from Lumpini Stadium.

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Technical Tuesdays: Paksa Waeg Rang Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:25:09 +0000 Our Technical Tuesday article for this week focuses on the next defensive technique called “Paksa Weak Rang” strategy, or “Bird Peeping Through the Nest.” This is one of the strategies used in defending a punch. It is one of the basic strategies the fighter uses to evade out of the attacking range of the opponent so that the fighter can apply other countering strategies afterwards.

Basically, this strategy is used while the two opponents are in the clinch, which is also the fundamental technique enabling boxers to practice further strategies. Let’s take a closer look how you could perform “Paksa Waeg Rang” correctly and understand more about the sense and art of Muaythai.

As the attacker steps forward with right punch throwing directly at your face and the left hand guarding steadily, you should step with the right foot diagonally forward to the right side and at the same time shift your weight to your right foot. Then, use your left hand to parry the attacking punch and, immediately, strike back with the straight forward punch.


If the opponent approaches with the left punch, then, defend the attack with the opposite side of your body.

So now that you know one more defending technique of Mauythai, try practicing it and see how Paksa Waeg Rang helps you develop your defending skill!

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

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Motivation Monday: Roadwork Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:44:25 +0000 All hardened, veteran Muaythai fighters are well conditioned to the grind of waking up early in the morning, putting their running shoes on and jogging at least 4-5 miles everday. We all know how much help putting in the roadwork helps, so in today’s article lets go into depth in regards to the real benefits of roadwork, why we need to do regular roadwork and how you can do effective roadwork that really pays off from your devotion and tolerance.

The first simple answer that you may already know is CARDIO. We can all affirm the fact that cardio is the heart of almost every sport especially for Muaythai. Doing roadwork helps developing cardiac power that makes your heart get stronger and pump more blood effectively to all of the organs when exercising. Also, it makes your body more efficient at recovering from activity. On the other hands, our body consists of three different energy systems that we use in the different type of activities and exercises. The first two, ATP-CP and the Lactic Acid System, are used for the fast bouts movement like sprinting really fast or throwing punches rapidly at your top speed. These acts are called Anaerobic and can only last in the short period of time – commonly, not longer than 3 minutes. The third system, the Oxidative System is used for low intensity activity like jogging, walking and slow movement.  This kind of activities is known as Aerobic and can last indefinitely.


Therefore, when fighters are on the ring, they require both Anaerobic and Aerobic systems like when they are throwing punches or striking each other at their top speed and when they are moving around the ring trying to circle the opponent. That means in the battle field there are times that boxers need their intense movements as well as low intense moves.

But when you go jogging, you only train your Aerobic stamina, not your Anaerobic stamina.  It means jogging at the same speed for 4-5 miles can only give you a one-sided benefit.


The question is how could you turn a normal roadwork program into the effective training for your next fight? 

We suggest that instead of only jogging at the same speed for 30 minute, try changing it into the ANaerobic/recovery/ANaerobic demands. Do the mix between slow Jogging as a recovery and Sprinting real fast and maybe add weight exercise to your schedule like working on the tractor tires, kettlebells, sandbags, sleds and other things enabling you to use all of your body strength.  Basically, jogging and roadwork will prepare you for the intense workout afterwards and the HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) will again help you ready for your Fight.

Now that you know waking up early in the morning to have your daily Roadwork is not just the waste of the time, we encourage to continue your routine but maybe you add this extra Anaerobic workout schedule into your working out program too.

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Angel Fight Extreme in Bangkok: Female Power Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:42:01 +0000 Bangkok will come alive , October 27th,  as the World Muaythai Angels promotion will be holding a special press conference followed by eight fights featuring world class Muaythai athletes. The press conference and special event will be held in one of Bangkok’s popular hotspots, the Asiatique theatre, home of the widely popular Muaythai Live show from 13:00 to 17:00. Limited free tickets will be available at the Muaythai Live counter for those that show up early to watch the event.

The fight card will feature many talented angels like Chomannee, the current WMA Champion, which also  has represented Thailand at the WMC event in St Tropez  and other WMA finalists like Duannapa and Theresa Wintermyr. Good luck to all the talented athletes, and congratulations to World Muaythai Angels for organizing a spectacular event that will absolutely light up the evening. It will be Thailand versus the world in this spertacular event

Fight Card
1. Saifah (Thailand) vs Theresa Wintermyr (Sweden)
2. Saengdow (Thailand) vs Martyna Krol (Poland)
3. Chomannee (Thailand, WMA Champion) vs Miriam Sabot (Italy)
4. Nong Amp (Thailand) vs Shauna Restivo (USA)
5. Chalam Noi (Thailand) vs Melissa Reaume (Canada)
6. Peach Purahong (Thailand) vs Kelly Creegan (Ireland)
7. Jade Marissa Sirisompan (Thailand) vs Irine Plaza (Spain)
8. Duannapa (Thailand) vs Juliana Rosa (Brazil)

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Warrior Wednesday: Samart Payakaroon Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:21:50 +0000 If you are the real fan of Muaythai, then you must know about this Legendary Muaythai boxer we are going to present you – Samart Payakaroon

Samart Payakaroon is known as the Jade Faced Tiger. He is one of the greatest Muaythai Fighters of all time, becoming a world champion in both Muaythai and Boxing.

Samart PayakaroonSamart Payakaroon, real name Samart Tiptarmai (born 5th December 1962, Chachoengsao Province) was convinced to train Muaythai when he was 11 years old by his older brother. By the time he was 16, he won many fight and gained enough experience and confidence to step into the bigger ring in Bangkok – Lumpinee Stadium, the ring that made him a renowned World Muaythai Fighter.

He was considered as one of the best Muaythai boxers because of his calm and collective style as well as his clever strategies he used in the ring. Samart is best known for his timing, and his ring smarts of knowing exactly when he needed to attack aggressively, and when to evade.  Also, his steady focus on the opponent’s attacks was one of the finest weapons he used to avoid getting hit, which also enabled him to win many hard won victories in different battles within the ring. His success as a World Muaythai fighter was proved as he won 129 victories from a total of 150 fights in his professional career.

Because of his regular hard training and utmost determination and devotion to success, he became the Lumpinee Stadium Champion in 4 different divisions, 3 times Thailand fighter of the year and also a two time world featherweight boxing champion.

Watch the clip below for highlights from this Muaythai warrior’s storied professional career, and his journey to becoming one of the world famous Muaythai fighters.

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Technical Tuesday: Salab Fan Pla Strategy Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:59:10 +0000 salab-fan-plaToday’s technique is a defensive technique called the “Salab Fan Pla,” or Cross-switch. This is a series of fundamental movements to defend and avoid the straight punch from the opponent by stepping aside to make him miss. Although a lot of these moves and techniques are quite basic, it’s good to break them down and really understand the spirit of Muaythai and what goes into the isolation of each move and step.

As your opponent steps in to strike you with a left punch,  this is when the Salab Fan Pla becomes handy as you would take a right step forward and to the side all the while shifting your weight to your right foot and bending your right knee. This will allow you to parry the punch and step away from your opponents attacking range in order to eventually counter-attack and come back with your combination.

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If your opponent approaches with a left knee, you would then have to defend with the opposite side of your body. Practice on both left and right sides until your body moves instinctively, skillfully and fast. This cross-switch movement is one of Muaythai’s basic skills.

“I fear not the man who practiced ten thousand kicks once. But I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times.” – Bruce Lee

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Muaythai Mania taking over Hungary Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:40:15 +0000 The popularity of Muaythai in Hungary is growing rapidly. The promoters of “Muaythai Mania,” who run full muaythai rules event around Hungary, have been working on becoming a part of the bigger international Muaythai community and family. After succesful negotiations earlier this year, their upcoming shows will be sanctioned by the World Muaythai Council.

The first event will be held this coming weekend on the 25th October 2014, in Szentendre, near the Hungarian capital. The concept of the next gala is to team up fighters from Budapest and its surrounding areas against fighters from the city of Debrecen (the “capital” of Eastern Hungary). We all look forward to this great event that is only the beginning of a new era in Hungarian muaythai.


Szentendre – 2014.10.25

Event start time: 19:00 CET

Debrecen (Red corner) vs. Budapest (Blue corner)

  1. Horváth L. Tamás (Taskó Fight Debrecen) vs Ambrus Krisztián (Ali Boksz Club) 69,85 kg
  2. Varga Gyula (Taskó Fight Debrecen) vs. Dobos Mátyás (Tong Thai Gym) 69,85 kg
  3. Kovács Krisztián (Taskó Fight Debrecen) vs. Bereczki Dominik (Perfect Fight) 72,58 kg
  4. Majzik Norbert (Majzik Team) vs. Kissfalvi Milán (Szentendre VSE) 79,38 kg
  5. Berényi Roland (Taskó Fight Debrecen) vs. Sebők Máté (White Brutal Warrior) 69,85
  6. Kiss Sámuel (Taskó Fight Debrecen) vs. Albrecht Péter (Szentendre VSE) 66,68 kg

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Motivational Monday: Proper Nutrition Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:44:41 +0000 Always wondered how all the athletes like boxers, manage to look good at all times? How do they look after themselves? Truth is, there is no special or top-secret method to their success in maintaining their physical ability and perfect look. Besides all the regular hard training and high determination for their success, there is of course another essential key to help keep their bodies in shape and rise up their performance.  It is Proper Nutrition!

Have you ever heard the saying “You are what you eat”. I bet you have. And here are 5 Nutrition Tips for you to feel and look stronger and healthier as well as and get fired up for your next performance.

  1. Put more Carbohydrate foods on your check-list

good-carbs-picture1Carbs are an athlete’s main fuel. When you exercise, your body changes theses Carbohydrates into glucose and collect them in the form of glycogen in your muscles. After a while of working out, the glycogen will be changed into the form of energy for your muscle.  And when I’m talking about Carbohydrates, I mean the Good Carbssuch as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. These are refine Carbohydrates and it can be absorbed slowly into your system. So if you have a choice, do go for the good Carbohydrate foods with high fiber than the bad crabs such as white bread and white rice.



  1. Consume enough Protein, but do not Over-eat!

variety-of-protein-sourcesUsually, your body requires about 1.2 to 1.4 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily. A professional athletes may need the protein up to 1.7 grams per kilogram of their body weight. Instead of consuming the Protein powder or other Supplements, try to consume more of high-quality protein such as nuts, beans, eggs, lean meats, fish, poultry and milk.     Milk is commonly known as a super boost for athletes as it contains both casein and whey protein. Furthermore, it implements the balance of Protein and carbohydrates to your body. So, instead of buying an expensive bodybuilding supplements, try eating more natural foods which contain Protein or add a big bottle of milk in your fridge before your next workout time.


  1. Avoid all those Fatty foods!

French fries, chips, morning fried bacon and Double Cheese Burger, are serious nightmares! We know that all these foods sound tempting and are hard to avoid, but these foods contain of saturated fatty acid which raises the level of cholesterol in your blood cell and definitely bad for your heart. Most of the athletes would avoid all saturated foods since it has many negative effect to their body. Believe me, good athletes take care of their body by choosing foods which contain good and unsaturated fat such as avocados, olives, vegetable oils, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna

  1. Drinks more fluids to avoid Dehydration

FluidsYour body consists of 70% water and it uses water in all of its organs, cell and tissue. In order to keep your body functions properly, nutritionists suggest that we should drink water at least 2 liters everyday. The simple reason you should drink enough water is that during the day your body loses water a lot through sweating and digestion. Especially, after the intense exercise, your body require a lot of water to regulate your body temperature and avoid rehydration. If the athletes don’t drink enough water, it can affect their performance and, in worst-case scenario, threaten their life. Next time if you hit the Gym, try drinking more water before as well as during an event and see how it helps with your performance.


  1. Do get enough Vitamins and Minerals

fruit_and_vegVitamin helps improve performance of Athletes and can be found in variety of foods. Every vitamin has its own benefit. For example, Vitamins A, E, C, B and Zinc work together to keep your body functioning at its perfect level. Vitamins A helps your body produce white blood cells to fight an illness, Vitamin C works as an antioxidant, keep you from the damage done by free radicals, and thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, the B-complex group of vitamins, help your body metabolize the carbohydrates, protein and fat that you consume. Also, Iron is another important mineral for athletes. It is a vital element of your red blood cells and plays a great role in the creation and release of energy in your body. Moreover, it is an essential mineral used to transport oxygen to all parts of the body and helps removes carbon dioxide from the cells. Therefore, Athletes should consume enough iron in a natural food source daily such as clams, mussels, liver, nuts, whole Grains, Beans and Pulses.

Try following this Nutrition tips we suggested and see the result and improvement to your performance next time. Don’t spoil your mouth and regret it later!

Keep a regular physical activity routine to maintain your body strong and of course we recommend you to try Muaythai as you do not have to be a professional athlete to learn the martial art. Muaythai for everybody and every body!

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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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