BTBC SAWASDEE NEWSLETTER
BTBC Sawasdee newsletter – All the latest news from the British Thai Boxing Council.
BTBC (British Thai Boxing Council) Sawasdee newsletter has been in existence since the 1980’s. It was originally a booklet organised, written and distributed by the association but has since moved into the modern age and become an internet publication.
British Thai Boxing Council (B.T.B.C.)
Chairman’s Address 2021 – Celebrating Our 42nd Anniversary Year.
The British Thai Boxing Council (B.T.B.C.). established in 1979.
” Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Thai Martial Arts”
During the B.T.B.C.’s prolonged history many other governing bodies for Muay Thai have risen and fallen, some tried to emulate the structure of the Council (B.T.B.C.) by standardising a training syllabus for Muay Thai.
One would imagine that in 2021 Muay Thai in Great Britain would have a solid foundation due to this long history, but unfortunately this is far from the case.
There are more than ever so called “Muay Thai camps” springing up daily.
These “camps” have no affiliation to any Muay Thai organisation that would oversee the structure of the teaching methods and provide a training syllabus for them to follow. I can only assume that their knowledge comes from two weeks or a month in Thailand at a Muay Thai Holiday Camp or from what they have seen on YouTube!
Recently I have seen an influx of students, some of whom are children, coming to study at the Sitsiam Camp, having trained in “something” that they had been told was Muay Thai. The new student arrives with such optimism and toting a large sports bag filled with stuff they have been sold by the other “camp” as essential training gear, most of which is not used in a Muay Thai camp. The student has been assured that they are proficient in the art of Muay Thai, only to find out that they have virtually no idea. It is embarrassing for the student and hurts me deeply, that someone, through their cognitive dissonance, has corrupted the beautiful art of Muay Thai.
At a B.T.B.C camp, the new students are introduced to the fundamentals of Muay Thai, which begins with how to show courtesy and respect by performing the “Wai” (Bowing); how to perform the Wai Kru (Respect to past Masters); the importance of the Ram Muay (Ritual Dance); the basic footwork and guard position; plus the basic techniques of Muay Thai i.e. 18 Punches, 18 Elbows, 8 Knees, 20 Kicks, that every student must learn for their first level or grade. This comes as a huge surprise to the new students, because their understanding of Muay Thai so far has been that there are only 4 punches, 3 or 4 elbows, 2 knees and 4 or 5 kicks and no inkling about ceremony or rituals!
It is like a baptism by fire for the new students; many may consider it to be too difficult or feel that it will take too long to learn. Sadly they may return to their old camp or look for a different martial art or sport. It is the children that I feel sorry for the most, some feel that they have wasted a lot of time learning something and now it feels like they must start all over again. The parents sit in disbelief, having invested a lot of time and money into their child. They feel like they have been misled. You see, a lot of people like a beginning and an end. They do not understand that it is the process of learning something new each day, without a timecode that is the true way to knowledge.
At this time in our history it is imperative that the genuine teachers and students of Muay Thai should ostracise these charlatans and come together to save our beloved sport of Muay Thai. Governing bodies are needed more now than ever before, governing bodies that protect the students and that have a complete syllabus which thereby ensures a good foundational knowledge base throughout every Muay Thai Camp.
Mr Anthony Moore (Kru Tony Moore)
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YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE B.T.B.C. – BECAUSE?
The B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) is the oldest organisation for Muay Thai in Europe, if not the World. The BTBC was founded in 1979 – 34 years ago – that is over thirty years experience in the art of Muay Thai!
The B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) name is synonymous with quality, our rules and regulations were approved by Thailand back in the early 1980’s, are tried and tested over many years of competitions and events, are overseen by highly experienced teachers, referees and judges and have been hugely successful in making Muay Thai a very popular, well-regulated and safe sport in this country.
As a B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) Member, you the instructor, your club and your students have credibility with sports and leisure organisations nationwide, because they know that the BTBC standards are the highest. To be accepted as a member of the BTBC ensures that any interaction such organisations have with you will be of a very high standard, whether it be for tuition, insurance or safety standards.
The grading syllabus was a B.T.B.C .(British Thai Boxing Council) innovation to ensure high quality at every level. From the student who has taken their first grade right through to instructor grade, taking a grading examination under the B.T.B.C. syllabus guarantees excellence of technique and a good understanding of the art of Muay Thai.
A reputable gas fitter is a member of the Gas Safe scheme, a mortgage broker is a member of the Financial Services Authority – this guarantees quality and provides assurance to the general public. People need these assurances from governing bodies that their members are reputable. That is why YOU are a member of the B.T.B.C. !
There seems to be a little confusion over what insurance each club needs in order to adequately cover instructor, students and the general public at your club. Our insurers inform us that the last two claims in martial arts cases exceeded £10 million – so it’s worth bearing in mind the following:
The B.T.B.C. takes out this insurance policy. The cover provides protection for the BTBC officers in claims of negligence howsoever caused under any aspect of BTBC membership. This includes public liability for competitions and events that have been previously notified to the BTBC Office.
Member to Member
This covers the student in case of an accident during training and third parties i.e. partners for training/sparring and/or competition. Uniquely, the cover extends to training and competing in Thailand.
Essential for Instructors – basically this covers you against claims of negligence but also Public Liability at your club. If you don’t have this cover and there is a claim against you, you could lose everything – home, car, savings etc. (Please note that just Public Liability cover is not the same AND WILL NOT COVER YOU IN CLAIMS OF NEGLIGENCE).
If in doubt, check your policy to see exactly what is covered particularly if any of your cover has not been taken out through our brokers Perkins Slade. Remember that everybody training at your school must be licensed in order to validate THIS insurance cover.
DON’T PUT YOURSELF OR YOUR STUDENTS AT RISK!
May we remind all clubs that your Annual Membership of £15.00 is now due. Reminders are being sent out to all clubs – please note that the membership fee is due every year on 1st January. Membership includes public liability cover for all your club events when previously notified to the B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) office.
Grading examinations coming up? The B.T.B.C. Grading certificates are available at a cost of £1.00 each for all grades up to Instructor and £15.00 each for Instructor’s certificates. Please remember that clubs are allowed to grade their students up to Grade 5 after which a member of the technical committee must be present at the examination.