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2015 University World Cup Opening Ceremony Highlights

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The Ancient Art of Muay Boran

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Italy Muaythai: Road to the Royal World Cup

Preparations are underway as the Italian Muaythai Federation set outs out on the road to the 2015 Royal World Cup. Preparations have begun for the Italian Junior Team which will compete for HRH the Prince’s Trophy, one of the three highly coveted trophies at the event.

The other two trophies will be HM the King’s Cup, and HM the Queen’s Cup. This will be the largest ever single sport event in Thailand, and the presence of all three Royal Trophies at the event will make it even more of an event you can’t miss out on. Read More

Iran is getting ready for the Royal World Cup 2015

Over 2000 fighters from all regions of Iran took part in the qualifying events to determine the final athletes for the IFMA Royal World Cup. Iranian Muaythai President, Mr Hamdollah Ebadati stated that many events are coming up, but regardless of this, the IFMA Royal World Cup 2015 is the first qualifier for the 2017 World Games, the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam, under the OCA flag and Indoor Asian Martial Art Games also under the OCA flag and it is important that the Iranian athletes will show strong presence in these games.

Iranian Muaythai is fully recognized by the National Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry. Over 200,000 practitioners in Iran will continue to promote Muaythai as a way of life. Read More

Sport Is Your Gang is back with a bang in Dominican Republic!

More than a year of hard work with individuals and teams dedicating their time and efforts have reaped great reward for the Sport Is Your Gang initiative in Dominican Republic! The kids are back at Galaxy Gym, learning the art and spirit of Muaythai. Read More

Buakaw vs Li Yong Set for June 6 in China

Former IFMA World Champion and multiple WMC Champion Buakaw Banchamek, will be back in action in the beginning of next month against China’s Yi-Long, also known as the Shaolin Monk in a highly anticipated matchup that promises to electrify the audience.

Yi Long is an experienced fighter who has already faced other Muaythai superstars from Thailand like Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee. Buakaw will be the clear favorite going into the fight with over 300 fights under his belt as well as multiple WMC Muaythai Championship titles, but Yi Long will be looking to show up and give Buakaw a run for his money, especially with the home field advantage of the Chinese supporters. Read More

Slovenia Muaythai Preparing for the Royal World Cup!

Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the center of Slovenia amateur Muaythai at the end of this month as the IMTL Finals will be held on the 30th of May in the Drska Sports Hall arena.

The IMTL has grown into one of the strongest regional amateur Muaythai competitions with 24 gyms from 12 different countries coming together to participate, compete and exchange friendship and culture through the art and sport of Muaythai. Read More

IFMA Congratulates Ron Froehlich on Being Named Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished American Sportsman

Ron Froehlich, Honorary Life President of the International World Games Association (IWGA) has been named an Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished American Sportsman for 2015. The 47th Annual Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

IWGA CEO Joachim Gossow attended the ceremony in Ron Froehlich’s hometown Birmingham, Alabama, which is also the venue for the upcoming World Games in 2021. IFMA would like to congratulate Mr Froehlich on this great honour as there is no one more deserving of this prestigious title.  Read More

Official Launch of FISU Logo on IFMA Site

Muaythai is a combat sport and martial art which integrates sport, cultural understanding, and education. Already recognized by SportAccord, the Olympic Council of Asia, the International World Games Association, and TAFISA, another world sporting organization, Fédération internationale du sport universitaire (FISU) has recognized Muaythai and included it in their World University Championship sport program.

The first FISU Muaythai University World Cup, staged two months ago in Bangkok, was held from 16th to the 23rd of March and was hailed as a major success. Personal congratulatory messages were sent to IFMA from FISU President Mr Claude Louis Gallien, IOC Exec Board Member and AIBA President Ching Kuo Wu, ANOC and OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, SportAccord President Marius Vizer, IOC member and IWGA President JJosé Perurena López, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan H.E. Karim Massimov, UN Women Regional Programme Manager, Ending Violence Against Women Mrs Anna Karin Jatfors, the Prime Minister of Thailand H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), and so many more leaders from the sporting world. Read More

IFMA Champion Holds Muaythai Clinic in Mexico

Multiple IFMA World Champion, Muaythai superstar and IFMA Athletes Commission Chairperson Valentina Shevchenko recently visited Mexico to hold a Mauythai clinic and conference.

Valentina conducted special classes for young up and coming fighters during the course of the seminar. All participants, both male and female, gained a wealth of knowledge about the cultural art form and sport from the experienced Muaythai superstar. Read More

Statement from SportAccord on recent developments around and on the organisation of the World Combat Games 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland: The SportAccord World Combat Games have been conceptualised, initiated, delivered and developed further with the cooperation and participation of all respective member International Federations of SportAccord. Read More

Muaythai included in Asian Beach Games 2016

History is made again for the sport of Muaythai with its inclusion as an official Beach Games sport for the 2016 Beach Games in Vietnam, this following its very successful participation in the 2014 Beach Games in Phuket. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan considers this an important event for Asian federations under the Olympic Committee of Asia and that Muaythai has been one of the most successful sports at the last Asian Beach Games in Phuket. Read More

Joint Meeting Between OCA, Minister of Tourism and Sports, IFMA and AIMS

An important joint meeting took place between the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees, President of the Olympic Council of Asia and newly elected FIFA Executive Board Member, His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Her Excellency Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan and newly elected AIMS President and SportAccord Council Member Mr Stephan Fox. Read More

US Muaythai Open

Phoenix was chosen to be the host city for the 2015 Final of the United States Muaythai Open Championship to unearth athletes that will represent America at the upcoming Royal World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.

The United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) contracted Siam Fight Productions for the first qualifying U.S. Muaythai Open tournament for purposes to form the 2015 National Team. Read More

Sport is Your Gang a Proud Partner of Peace and Sport

IFMA’s social initiative Sport is Your Gang is a proud partner of Peace and Sport. Last month, the Muaythai family joined in with Peace and Sport to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Sport.

The special day is held to bring together and promote all the initiatives carried out worldwide to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Professional athletes and stars from the sporting world joined in and showed their support to be a part of what matters. Read More

IFMA Congratulates Birmingham as Host City of TWG 2021

IFMA was a part of the press conference together with the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), Mr José Perurena at the official signing ceremony of the upcoming The World Games 2021.

IFMA congratulates the city Birmingham, Alabama on the fantastic news and Muaythai is looking forward to participating in The World Games 2021. Read More