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Conserving and expanding
Thai martial arts

Sityodtong Boxing Camp’s mission of conserving Thai Boxing is to keep it as a heritage from generation to generation. Therefore, not only the gestures of Thai boxing that would be conserved, but also including the traditions, cultures, beliefs that related to Thai boxing.

One of the cultures, traditions and beliefs that are related to Thai martial arts is Thai boxing classical dance ritual, which is considered as a part of boxing that every boxers need to be studied before going to the real match. The dance ritual would increase their calmness and concentration. Mostly they would remind of their parents, boxing masters and lastly, the holy spirits. In addition, there is also the “Yok-kru” ritual, to pay respect the teachers for their boxing arts.

Thai boxing classical dance ritual consisted of the basic dancing movement that every boxer must execute before the match. There are four main movements, Dhebbhanom, Pathom, Bhrama and Dhebnimitra. These four movements are all included rising, standing and turning steps.

Another important culture of Sityodtong Boxing camp is “Yok-kru” ritual. Although the ritual is quite non-ceremonial, except the time when the students bring the garments including flowers, incenses and candle, to their teachers. There are no tuition fees, but required only determination of the students. Every student would vow to the master that they will put their best efforts, follow the rules and will behave well. Thai boxing classical dance ritual and “Yok-kru” rituals are practically become cultures of Sityodtong boxing camp for more than fifty years, which effectively created credibility between the masters and the students. Master Yodtong himself has been practicing these rituals since he began the boxing career. These are Master Yodtong’s respected and belov.

Master Yodtong Senanun’s teachers
Hometown

Kru Sithidech Samarnchan

Pattaya City,
Banglamung, Chonburi
Kru Sunran Sorndang
Sriracha, Chonburi
Kru Thongbai Yontrakij
Bangkok
Kru Chalermnoi Sakulsuek
Bangkok
Kru Suwan Senanan
Banpong, Ratchaburi
Kru Kasem Aiampinyo
Bangkok

Content depicts Master Yodtong Senanan’s six masters


Thai boxing gestures is also significant thing that Master Yodtong has been heavily emphasis on, because it is considered as a form of art that is not only full of beautiful and delicate movements, but it’s also hidden with vicious tricks that could definitely defeated the opponents. This folk wisdom could be traced back from when the ancestors had invented these moves. Thai boxing gestures could be divided into three kinds; 1.The Boxing trick, a Thai boxing art that consisted of attacking and resisting movements (29 tricks of anti-box, 23 tricks of anti-kicks, 3 tricks of anti-knee, 4 tricks of anti-elbows and 24 tricks of anti-attacks) 2.The Boxing customs, which are patterns for attacks and resistances (15 ways to box, 15 ways to kick, 11 ways to use the knee and 24 ways to use the elbow) 3. Martial arts and artifices (Mae-mai and look-mai), which are the most important gestures of using Thai boxing arts (15 martial arts and 15 artifices).

Lastly, Master Yodtong could deliberately conserve this culture by founded the Sityodtong Boxing camp’s museum. The museum is containing the exhibitions of Thai nation and monarch’s history that brought the martial arts of Thai boxing to use in the warfare, the biographies of famous boxers domestically and internationally and the history of Sityodtong boxing camp, along with the accomplishments, past to present photographs, and also the traditions of Thai boxing.

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