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.
What is Krabi Krabong? Krabi Krabong is a sport from Thailand that involves weapons. The weapons used are swords, curved swords, bladded staff, stick, buckler, and double swords. Muay Thai Boxing along with Judo-like techniques and skills are used with the weapons. Krabi Krabong can be used with one or two weapons, you do not need to have weapons on both hands. Even though the weapons are sharp, the opponents do not strike each other. The winner is chosen based on the stamina and the technical skill displayed. If an opponent does get injured while fighting they can surrender, but injuries do not automatically stop the fight. It is up to the fighter if they wish to surrender or if the judges see that injury is severe they will stop the fight. Krabi Krabong has 9 levels. Each level has a different Dress Sash. In Muay Thai every time a student levels up they get a new color arm band which helps instructors and everyone determine their level in Muay Thai. So when you see a student that is in Krabi Krabong the color on their dress sash helps determine what level they in. Krabi Krabong’s uniform consists of a dress type shirt with pants and a sash to tie around the waist. No shoes are worn. Double Dose Muay Thai offers Krabi Krabong classes that can be taken by anyone new and current student. If you want to learn a different style of fighting that also comes from Thailand and has been around for more than 400 years, ask how you can join.
Did you know that Double Dose Muay Thai Gym offers a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program? The gym wanted to add another program for their students to be able to learn a different fighting style and learn the culture behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ classes are offered to all students attending Muay Thai classes and any new students who may only be interested in BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It is a combination of self defense, combat and martial arts. It consists of two people trying to get one another to the ground and do certain techniques to put their opponent into submission. The sport promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage and proper technique. BJJ has a different uniform then Muay Thai. In Muay Thai students wear the gyms shirt, Muay Thai shorts, arm band, hand wraps and gloves. BJJ is different, students wear something called a gi and a belt no arm band or hand wraps. People say that you can benefit from doing BJJ. BJJ can help you stay in shape and gain skills that will help you in any self defense situations. You will also be able to get a better understanding of what your body and anyone else’s body is capable of doing. You do not know what you are capable of doing until you actually try and you are put in a situation where you need to. Why not be prepared? You will gain patience when learning BJJ, instructors want to make sure you understand the techniques before attempting on classmates. Double Dose gym offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes a couple times a week. The classes are held at times where it won’t interfere with Muay Thai classes, so you can be taking both programs at the same time.