Saturday the 18th of May will be a historical day for Muaythai, with the final of the Silk Road Cup taking place in Uzbekistan.
The story of the Silk Road is one of grand adventure. From China to India, through Southeast Asia, Persia, Arabia and into the ancient Mediterranean, the Silk Road once stretched through baking deserts, over treacherous mountain passes, and across lush landscapes.
The route was traveled by merchants and caravans, explorers, and conquerors in search of wealth, trade, and new lands. The result was a mix of culture and civilization which marked the history of our world.
On 6th February 2013, the international Muaythai community together with local dignitaries and officials celebrated Muaythai Day. This annual event honors King Sanphet VIII (also known as “Phra Chao Suea” the “Tiger King”), who was renowned for his enthusiasm and love of Muaythai, often disguising himself as a commoner, in order to participate at local events and to spar with local champions. The sport and art flourished during his reign.
The Malaysian Tourism Board hosted the International Events Symposium, bringing together leaders in the hotel, tourism and sports industries.
Conference speakers came from Australia, South Africa and the USA. IFMA General Secretary Mr. Stephan Fox was invited to speak on the challenges of “Transforming a Homegrown Event into Hallmark International Events”, providing a case study from Muaythai.
The 3rd Balkan Open Kids Muaythai Championships was held in cooperation with Esenler Municipality. Turkey was pleased to host the championships and to welcome countries like Azerbaijan, Greece, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Denmark and Belgium. Over two hundred athletes, trainers, team leaders, officials and participants took part in the opening ceremony.
The Muaythai World mourns the loss of Khun Benja Mesommonta, the wife of late IFMA President and WMC General Secretary, General Vorayudh Mesommonta. Read More
Incheon, the host city for the 2013 AIMAGs, sent a delegation which travelled to Saint Petersburg to meet with the leadership of IFMA and FAMA for a series of meetings and discussions and to get a glimpse of the organization of a first class event IFMA style, to prepare for 2013.
The 2012 IFMA World Championships are historic for many reasons. First of all, they are a test event for the 2013 World Combat Games, which also will be held in Saint Petersburg. So it is the perfect opportunity to test venues, hotels, transport and all other logistical considerations. Read More
Ten thousand children from all Thailand’s provinces participated in this year’s festival in honour of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, jointly organized by the BMA, the WMC and IFMA. The children come from all walks of life, from schools and social institutions, all participating in various non-fighting contests such as the Wai Khru and Muaythai technique, Muay Aerobic (Kee-a-Muaythai), Muaythai Music and Na-ta Muaythai. In each of these divisions, there were two categories: under 15 and over 15.
His Excellency General Pichitr Kullavanijaya is one of the most highly respected people in the Kingdom of Thailand, a man who has dedicated his life to the country and to the soul of Muaythai.
An accomplished individual, his education has spanned continents, beginning at U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S.A. (1958), and continuing with Army Command and General Staff College, Royal Thai Army (1965) and the National Defence College (1985). In his younger years he was known as “Big Tiger”, a nickname he earned in the army as a first rate competitor in the ring.