About our School Sitsiam Camp, Kru Tony Moore.
About our School Sitsiam Camp, Kru Tony Moore has been flitting between England and Thailand for the over 30 years and since his first meeting with the late Arjarn Samai Messamarn at the Buddhai Swan Institute of Ayuddhaya in Thailand has dreamed of there being a school in England like the Buddhai Swan Institute, authentically and traditionally Thai. Such a school would give students the great opportunity of training in Thailand without ever stepping on to an aeroplane!
In the year 2003 this dream was realised as the Sitsiam Camp and Buddhai Swan Institute UK celebrated their 20th anniversary with the opening of a new school. The original school opened in East Manchester in 1983 and since then has moved on only two occasions.
The first to Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside a town just six miles from city centre Manchester and then in 2003 to the new school which is just one floor below the previous venue at the Portland Mill. The new school is four times bigger than the previous one, the size necessary to accommodate all the artefacts, equipment and decorative items, many of which have been given or presented by Muay Thai teachers and friends in Thailand, to make the new school into an authentic institute for teaching the Thai martial arts Which include Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Muay Boran (traditional Thai boxing) and Krabi krabong (Thai weapons system).
In 2002 Tony was given the honour of carrying the standard for Buddhai Swan Institute and appointed representative for the school outside Thailand.
About our School Sitsiam Camp, Kru Tony Moore takes his responsibilities very seriously and has built an exact replica of the Buddhai Swan Institute here in the UK. The school is basically two schools in one with the first part, the Buddhai Swan Institute UK, being dedicated to Krabi Krabong and traditional Muay Thai, Muay Kaacheurk or Muay Boran the real unarmed combat system. The second part of the gym duplicates a Muay Thai camp in Thailand with ring, pads, bags and all the equipment necessary to train. This part of the club is the Sitsiam Camp devoted to modern Muay Thai, the ring sport.
About our School Sitsiam Camp, Kru Tony Moore. Tameside, Manchester,the school also has its own shop which is exactly the same and carries identical stock to the shops outside the major stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpinee and Rajadamnern.
Even the reception area at the school is built in the style of a traditional Thai house!
Besides all of this the separate changing rooms are ultra-modern with a more western décor including shower facilities – this is to cater more to western tastes and requirements than the students washing themselves out of a rainwater butt with a cup – a la Thai style! Since the opening of the school in Ashton, Tameside, Manchester on 2nd January 2003 many instructors and schools have enquired about travelling to the school for seminars in order to get a feel of what it’s like to train in Thailand and broaden the curriculum at their own schools. Interest for these instructors seems to be in the more traditional side of Thailand’s martial arts such as Krabi Krabong, Muay Boran (Muay Kaacheurk) because although there are many Muay Thai camps in England and indeed throughout Europe the emphasis at these camps is purely on the more popular modern sport of Muay Thai.
The Buddhai Swan Institute in Thailand appreciate that one man can’t know everything and so they have specialists coming in to the school to teach different aspects, not only the Thai weapons and unarmed combat but also Thai history, etiquette and dancing relating to the martial arts. The new Sitsiam Camp/ Buddhai Swan Institute UK follows the same criteria with renowned teachers, specialists in their own fields of the Thai martial arts, regularly traveling from Thailand to teach at the school.
Arjarn Panya Kraitus renowned author of the book-Muay Thai Most Distinguished Art of Fighting – who has been a regular visitor to the Sitsiam Camp since 1996. Arjarn Panya was present during early negotiations for the new school and has been a great asset as advisor in the layout and structure of the school.Other regular visitors to the Sitsiam Camp Manchester have been Arjarn Werayut Messamarn, Arjarn Sila Messamarn, Kru ‘O’ Messamarn, Kru Orr (daughter of Por Kru Samai) and her husband Kru Gup .Kru Tony has long been considered a member of the Messamarn family.Kru Tony is able to bring a member of his extended family over to the Sitsiam Camp, Manchester on a regular basis.
We asked Tony what he hoped to achieve with the new school. Since first being introduced to Muay Thai, I fell in love not only with the sport but also Thailand, it’s culture and it’s people. Muay Thai changed my life and hopefully has made me into a better person. I have been lucky to meet some great people who have devoted their lives to keeping the sport alive and for whom I have the highest respect. Sadly many of these have now passed away. I opened my own school to hopefully give people the
chances and opportunities that I’ve enjoyed.
Muay Thai is not just a fighting art, far from it. It is a philosophy, a way of life and has incalculable benefits. I’ve known many teachers from Thailand who have been in their sixties and seventies and still very active both mentally and physically through their involvement in Muay Thai Through the exercise, discipline and self control a person is not only learning to defend themselves but is investing in their future health and happiness. I truly believe that Thailand has given the world a great gift and through the new school here in Tameside, Manchester we hope to give as many people as possible the chance to partake of what the martial arts of Thailand have to offer.
About our school Sitsiam Camp, Kru Tony Moore
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