Instructors Get Schooled in Budapest

Muaythai instructors’ exam in Budapest, 24-25 June 2013

It was an exciting moment  when the course which started last October came to a close with 33 persons taking the muaythai instructors’ final exam in Budapest, Hungary, at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the Semmelweis University.

Through cooperation between the IFMA National Federation in Hungary and the university, the participants took the exam in general and special theory and methodology for training and a practical exam, under the supervision of Mr György Rehák, the head coach of the Hungarian muaythai team.

This was a very important step in the development of the sport, as many of the trainers have been working already for years, but due to lack of govermentally accredited educational programmes, were unable to obtain an official certificate of their knowledge.

The HKF, representing IFMA and EMF in Hungary, invited the general secretary of the EMF, Mr Rafal Szlachta,  who had a meeting with Mr Richard Leyrer, the vicepresident of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Dr Tibor Kozsla, the director of Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the Semmelweis University, in which they discussed aiming for closer cooperation between the federation, the university and the EMF, as well as the future plans for the development of muaythai in Hungary.

Mr. Szlachta has attended the practical exam, where he congratulated the participants and wished them good luck: “It is great to see, how people of various sports background have joined the muaythai community, and being part of the European trend, as muaythai is getting bigger and more popular among martial arts. I hope we all understand, that this exam is just the beginning of a long road, as a good coach has to learn all his life.”

Demonstrating the good cooperation between the HKF and the Royal Thai Embassy, the exam was attended by Ms Oracha Tanakorn, Minister Counsellor, representing Thailand. She has once again confirmed that the Embassy is in full support of the efforts to developing Thailand’s national sport in Hungary.