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Nai Tom Khanom

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Employment History


Thai Boxing Association of the USA


Muay Thai Trips

Famous Boxer


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Nai Khanom Tom - The Father of Muay Thai

Lord Mangra, the Burmese King, and his army ransacked the city of Ayudhaya in 1767. They quickly left the Thai capital after pillaging it's magnificent temples, treasure and wealth, forcing Thai captives to carry their stolen goods and treasures before reinforcements arrived to defend the city. Among those captives was a Muay Thai fighter named Nai Khanom Tom.
A festival was in thrown as Lord Mangra wanted to celebrate his victory over the Thai. The prisoned Thai, now slaves, were ordered to fight the best Burmese warriors for his entertainment. When Nai Khanom Tom was brought into the courtyard to face his opponent, he asked for a moment to prepare. He began making his way around the courtyard dancing in a slow ritualistic fashion while waving his hands and arms. The Burmese fighter looked on timidly, fearing that Nai Khanom Tom was cursing him with evil spirits before their match. When asked to explain what he was doing, Nai Khanom Tom told them that the dance was to give respect to his Muay Thai teacher, the art of Muay Thai and his country. It is believed that this legend explains the origins of the Wai Kru, which is still performed by all Thai fighters before a match begins.
Nai Khanom Tom beat his Burmese opponent effortlessly, employing a series of hard kicks and elbows. The fighter insisted that the Wai Kru had cursed him, causing him to lose the match. Nai Khanom Tom went on to defeat 10 more Burmese warriors using combinations of strong, chopping, debilitating kicks and elbows, fast and explosive punches, and throwing his opponents to the ground. Impressed by Nai Khanom Tom's skill, the Burmese King granted his freedom after he defeated his final opponent and rewarded him with several Burmese women to be his wives and concubines. Nai Khanom Tom returned to Thailand as a hero and spent the rest of his life teaching Muay Thai. His legend is so well known that he was named the "father of Muay Thai", and Muay Thai day (March 17) is now a celebration in his honor.

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