2015 IFMA Muaythai Awards Ceremony Highlights

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2015 IFMA Muaythai Awards Ceremony Highlights

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World Martial Arts Masterships Opens in Style

World Martial Arts MAsterships

The beautiful city of Cheong Ju in the Republic of Korea was the venue for the World Martial Arts Masterships with 17 martial arts coming together in the spirit of combat sport, friendship and sporting and cultural exchange. Read More

IFs’ Competition Managers Meet to Prepare TWG 2017


The second Competition Managers Meeting on the organization of The World Games 2017 (20 – 30 July) set a Milestone on the road to Wroclaw. The representatives of 31 International Federations received comprehensive information concerning their venues and the state of the preparations in general. The program of TWG 2017 includes 27 sports on the official program and four sports on the invitational program. Muaythai is in the official sports programme of the World Games. Read More

Youth Awards Gala Night

The  2016 Youth World Championships concluded with the Youth Awards Gala, a fantastic finale that will be etched in the memory of the youth for many years. The ballroom was lit up in lights and splendour and the smiling faces of all the well-deserved youth and participants of the competition. Read More

Special Youth Cultural Exchange at the YWC 2016

IMG_2327Cultural exchange is an important part of any sporting event and for over 15 years, IFMA includes exchange events at every event. For the IFMA Youth World Championships, IFMA collaborated with the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) to engage in a special intercultural exchange programme with a number of selected schools in Bangkok on the morning of the 29th August 2016. Read More

Youth Conference on education and the future of sport!

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Athletes waiting for the conference – Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine

After previous editions, in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Russia, Malaysia, it was Bangkok’s turn to host the Youth Conference as part of the Youth World Championship 2016.

The theme was Youth, Education and the Future of Sport. The ball room at the Ambassador Hotel was packed to capacity with 800 athletes and officials from all 5 continents listening to presentations.

Dr Sakcyhe and Stefan w young athletes

Dr Sakcyhe with a young athlete from Belarus and Stephan Fox an athlete from Libya after the conference!

YOuth Conference Brazil w Dr Sakcyhe

Mr Flavio Bettarello Brazil w IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan

IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan welcomed all the delegates with IFMA Sports Director Charissa Tynan, on behalf of the IFMA International Office.

The representative of the Brazilian Embassy and Government, Mr Flavio Bettarello delivered a presentation on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Unity in Diversity.

Ms. Ornwipa Rugkhla, from UN Women spoke on Gender Equality and their partnership with IFMA, UNESCO’s Dr Sue Vize spoke on the partnership of IFMA and UNESCO on youth development and education.

IFMA General Secretary Mr Stephen Fox made a detailed presentation on IFMA’s continued vision for grassroots development and updated everyone on upcoming events involving the youth.

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Fun Fair a hit at the Youth World Championships!

3108 Funfair 4A fun fair was organised for all the youth participating in the IFMA Youth World Championship, with over 20 different games. And so the kids had a chance to play against each other in a fun way.

Some sports from the AIMS family were included like Darts, where Australia and Uzbekistan went head to head. This followed the earlier Sepak Takraw contest which saw Malaysia and Thailand playing across the net.

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Nokweed Davy, you will not be forgotten RIP

Nokweed Davy 1965 – 2016 RIP

The IFMA family would like to express our sincere condolences for the recent passing of Wichit Somboon, known and loved in the Muaythai world as Nokweed Davy.

His tragically early death at just 51 years is a loss to our sport community. Read More

Day 6 – the making of Champions!

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One of the many medal ceremonies – Thailand Russia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan :)

The final day of fights was a fitting end to a week of intense competition with so many close results bringing the crowd surging to their feet!

The closing ceremony was held in conjunction with the City of Bangkok, the Ministry for Tourism and Sport, the Department of Physical Education and the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand along with the world governing body of Amateur Muaythai IFMA. Read More

Day 5: UNESCO, gold medals, and dancing!

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Muay Boran team getting ready for their contest!

Today we went from the excitement of gold medal fights to the elegance of the Wai Khru with our first ever contest for this important part of our sport. And the day began with an inspiring meeting with UNESCO Bangkok and the signing of a partnerships agreement on youth and education. Read More

Day 4: School visits, the haka and friendship …

New Zealand Haka at school

New Zealand demonstrate the Haka!

Today many of the children took a few hours off to visit local schools and swap gifts and songs. Some really moving moments took place, crossing the language barriers with ease.
Athletes from the five continents travelled to schools around the city bringing cultural gifts. Read More

Day 4 – The future of our Muaythai family on show!

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Uzbekistan and Germany have a Wai Khru war before they fight!

Seventy-six matches, a record number for the Youth World Championships and eight hours of fantastic performances to the capacity crowd at the 2016 IFMA Youth World Championships. Read More

Day Two thrills and spills in the stadium!

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The best things come in 3s – Ukraine, New Zealand and Sweden!

There was barely standing space around the rings at the National Stadium today! The crowd packed in to see over 60 bouts over an 80-hour programme in 2 rings, with some amazing contests. And a few close memorable memorable matches that already have the words “must meet again” written all over them. Read More

2016 Youth World Championship kick-off!

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Team Kazakhstan cheering!

After months of training and qualifications and a colourful opening ceremony, the competitions officially started.

Twenty-two buses filled with athletes and officials left the event hotel for the National Stadium, where 62 exciting bouts were planned for the day. The entire event was live streamed and the area packed to the last seat. A colourful display of national flags and uniforms made this a memorable day for athletes and spectators alike. Read More

Muaythai Athletes ring in the Youth World Championships

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Some of the countries at the IFMA Youth champs


The IFMA Youth World Championships 2016 opened with a colourful ceremony under the united message of, “One World, One Muaythai” advocating a message of respecting each other regardless of differences. 62 countries with proud athletes marched into a standing ovation and rousing applause from the stadium, chaired by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand HE Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul. Read More