Muay Thai has many traditions. Have you seen muay thai fighters before their fight and noticed they have a head band on while doing the traditional dance. That head band is called Mongkol or Mongkon. It has been around from the beginning of Muay Thai. All the fighters at Double Dose Muay Thai Gym use these head bands along with other traditional items while doing the Wai Kru Ram Muay to show respect to instructors and the gym before their fight. The Mongkon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally the instructor will give it the fighter once he feels that the fighter has become an experienced and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The head band is made from rope, silk and thread and is worshiped or blessed depending on the beliefs of the fighter. It is said that the Mongkon can not be anywhere near the ground or touch the ground because it will loose its “magic” and good luck. The fighter is not allowed to touch the head band, the instructor is the one who puts it on the fighters head and removes it before the fight begins. The Mongkon comes in different colors, and can be purchased at any Muay Thai store.
Have you ever gone to see muay thai fights and noticed that most of the fighters do a similar dance before they fight? That dance is called Wai Kru Ram Muay, it is performed to show respect and keep into the Thailand tradition. Sometimes the Wai Kru Ram Muay are brief and basic, but other times they may be eloquent performances that draw praise and applause from the crowd. It is said that those who see well can determine who will win the fight by watching two fighters perform their Wai Kru Ram Muay. The dance is composed into two parts. Wai Kru and Ram Muay. Wai means respect and is a greeting. Kru means teacher. Ram means dance and Muay means boxing putting them together represents the respect they show to their teachers and instructors for helping them train and becoming prepared for the battle they are about to get into. At Double Dose instructors highly encourage their fighters to perform the Wai Kru before each fight to show their respect and keep the tradition going. The dance is a way to pay respect to his majesty the king or the chairman of the competition tournament. It is also danced to realize the goodness of the master who gave them the knowledge. The dance helps relax the stress and to prepare body and mind to be ready to get into the battle. Every Muay Thai Gym has a different way of performing the dance. Not all Wai Kru Ram Muay dances are the same. The Wai Kru Ram Muay are performed different and each one tells a story through the fighter. While performing this pre-fight ritual, muay thai fighters wear headbands known as Mongkols and armbands known as Prajioud which each have their own unique meanings, history and powers behind them. The Mong kon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally a trainer will give it the student once he feels that he/she has become an experienced fighter and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The Prajioud (muay thai arm bands) were traditionally made from a torn piece of a mother’s surong (dress, skirt, cloth) and then given to be tied on the arm before muay thai fights for good luck and protection. These two things are kept in the dance for tradition. The dance looks easy to perform but is not, the dance takes time and patience to learn.