Muay Thai introduced in 437 Bangkok schools to preserve culture

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced the introduction of Muay Thai as an elective course in 437 of its schools, aiming to preserve Thai culture and instil discipline in young students,

Following a recent meeting between City Council President Surajit Pongsingwitthaya and the Director of the BMA’s Department of Education, Thanakorn Chaisri, Muay Thai classes will be integrated into the health science and physical education curriculum.

This initiative is expected to generate significant interest among students as part of the BMA’s strategy to promote Thailand’s soft power through sports. Surajit recognises Muay Thai not only for its health, and self-defence benefits but also sees the discipline needed for intense training as an essential tool in the development of schoolchildren.

“The benefits of Muay Thai are multi-faceted, from training youngsters to be structured and disciplined to instilling a sense of sportsmanship.”

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Certified trainers from various Thai boxing camps across Bangkok will be brought in to conduct the classes, which may be scheduled after school hours. Additionally, there is a possibility of extending the training to outsiders or staff from other state agencies on BMA-run school premises.

Surajit emphasised that Muay Thai could even be pursued as a professional career, contributing to its preservation as a national martial art, reported Bangkok Post.

“Youngsters will understand the history of Thai boxing and learn to value the culture and heritage. It’s a sport that spreads the word about Thailand’s soft power, attracting deep interest from people around the world.”

In related news, a popular Muay Thai camp on Kamala Beach in Phuket recently caused a stir online after posting photos of none other than Italian footballer Mario Balotelli engaging in rigorous training sessions at their facility.

The Facebook page Kamala Muay Thai shared last Friday, June 14, snapshots of the 33 year old striker accompanied by a message in both Thai and English.

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