Even though most of most people associate the Sport of Muay with Thailand, where is most popular and practiced as a ring sport under the name of Muaythai, the Martial Art of Muay it is very popular and becoming a phenomenon not only in SE Asia but worldwide.
It had started as an intricate part of the livelihoods of the people in SE Asia, it had become part of the history of our Kingdom since the beginning with records going back more than 1000 years. Muay has been passed down from generation to generation, had created legends and heroes, and it will always do.
Muay is more than just a martial art, it is and it always had been a way of life which includes health and fitness, self-defense, is a combat sport, and most importantly incorporates tradition and values.
It is with great pride looking back at our work which have helped and supported the art and sport to truly go global and has brought part of the Thai history and SE Asian Heritage to the world.
I personally would like to congratulate the Executive Board, the Teachers and all other involved over the on ensuring that, regardless of where they were, no matter how hard it had been they have always been pioneers of this art and sport and they have conducted themselves as proud members of our great family here at W.M.F.
Over the years, another intricate part of our mission for which I and my team always been very supportive, was the cultural exchange programs initiated to bring people from different cultures closer together, to build better understanding and peace.
In the midst of instability – whether social, political or economic – sports had always let us put aside our differences, while we focus instead on common understanding and friendship.
LT. GEN Akachai Chantosa
President, World Muay Federation (W.M.F.)