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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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Before the fight, Nai Khanom Tom preformed the Wai Kru, a ceremonial dance in which fighters pay respects to their teachers, kings and god. The Burmese were perplexed by the dance.
King Magra challenged Nai to prove himself against other fighters.

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On the first day of the celebration, a famous Thai fighter from Ayutthaya, Nai Khanom Tom, entered the ring.
Statue of Nai Khanom Tom - The Father of Muay Thai
Prior to the match beginning, Nai Khanom Tom danced around his opponent, which amazed and confused the Burmese. The referee announced that the dance was a Thai tradition called the Wai Kru and that the dance was a way for the fighter to pay his respects to his mentor.
Despite knocking out his opponent Nai Khanom Tom was not awarded a victory because the referee ruled that the opponent had been distracted by the dance.
Muay Thai history relates that Nai Khanom Tom was then presented with a challenge to face nine other Burmese boxers.
To uphold the reputation of Thai boxing, he agreed to the challenge.
Nai Khanom Tom defeated every Burmese boxer he faced.
In time, Nai Khanom Tom returned to Thailand with two Burmese wives, which were a reward from the Burmese king Lord Mangra because he was so fascinated with Thai boxing.
Nai Khanom Tom was the first Thai boxer to imprint the art of Muay Thai with dignity beyond the borders of Thailand. His actions gave Muay Thai a grand reputation.
Nai Khanom Tom's actions are engraved in the histories of Burma and Thailand to this day.
It is for these reasons that Nai Khanom Tom is known as the Father of Muay Thai. [cached]

In 1774 a very famous fighter named Nai Khanomtom was captured along with other Thai prisoners. He was brought to

On March 17th Nai Khanomtom was selected to fight against the Burmese champion. Nai Khanomtom did a pre-fight dance called Wai Kru which puzzled all of the Burmese.
The King then asked if Nai Khanomtom would fight nine other Burmese champions to prove himself. Nai Khanomtom defeated them all in a superior fashion. King Mangra was so impressed that he remarked, "Every part of the Thai is blessed with venom.
Nai Khanomtom chose the wives as he said that money was easier to find. He then departed with his wives for Siam . Nai Khanomtom is also known as the "father" or "inventor" of Muay Thai and the day of March 17th is known as "Muay Thai Day".
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During the reign of King Rama VII in the Revolutionary Period, permanent boxing stadiums were established both in

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