On February 6, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Division of International Affairs and Language Development, in collaboration with the Faculty of Public Health, hosted cultural learning activities on “Muay Boran” (Ancient Thai Boxing) at the Main Conference Room, CITCOMS Building. The workshop aimed to facilitate cultural exchange and learning for faculty and students from The University of Western Australia who were participating in a project aimed at enhancing graduate potential to an international level through short-term academic exchanges between the Faculty of Public Health at Naresuan University and The University of Western Australia (UWA).
A group of 11 Australian students engaged in learning the Wai Khru dance and Mae Mai Muay Thai, fundamental techniques of Muay Thai training, under the guidance of lecturers from the Faculty of Education.
Muay Thai has long been regarded as a martial art integral to Thailand’s national identity. Its essential stances, known as “Mae Mai Muay Thai,” form the foundation of Thai boxing, which practitioners must master before entering the ring. Moreover, the “Wai Khru Muay Thai Dance” holds significant cultural and ceremonial importance in Muay Thai tradition. It serves as a sacred ritual where aspiring boxers honor their teachers, symbolizing a commitment to learning and respecting the art.
Participants were encouraged to immerse themselves in various disciplines as they aspire to become proficient and courageous boxers.