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Sitsiam Camp Buddhai Swan, England.
Nai Khanom Tom Day Is the most important day in the Muay Thai calendar.Around the world, teachers and students of Muay Thai celebrate the life of Nai Khanom Tom, known as the father of Muay Thai. The day has become known as “Muay Thai Day.” Teachers and students around the world, especially in Ayutthaya the birthplace of Nai Khanom Tom, show their respect to this legendary figure.
It was only fitting then that the new Sitsiam Camp/Buddhai Swan, Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, Manchester should officially open their new school on this auspicious day for Muay Thai.
The day began with the school being cleaned and tidied by the students.
At 9.45am the Venerable Arjarn Paganon, Head Monk at the Wat Sriratanaram Thai Temple in Manchester, arrived at the school and at 10.00am Arjarn Paganon gave blessings to the school, its students and guests.
This was followed by Buddhist chanting led by the Venerable Arjarn Paganon and 10 minutes of meditation; Arjarn Paganon talked the students and guests through the preparation and process of meditation.
Offerings of food were made to the Venerable Arjarn Paganon by the teachers and special guests and there was plenty of deliciously authentic Thai food available for all teachers, students and guests and very much enjoyed by everybody.
A special mention goes to all the mothers and ladies who prepared such delicious food to be enjoyed on this auspicious day also to the ” Temple Boys” Khun Ian and Khun Jason.
As the blessing and meditation concluded, the teachers and students prepared for the next part of the days programme.
Firstly, teachers and students performed the Wai Kru (Respect to Teachers) and the Ram Muay (Ritual Muay Thai Dance) in honour of Nai Khanom Tom.
Followed by Sponsored Muay Thai free sparring of 20 rounds involving all of the students.
This was a very special day for the new Sitsiam Camp/Buddhai Swan in Stalybridge,Manchester and we would like to repeat the experience at our next special occasion which is Por Kru Day to be held on the 5th May.
I (Kru Tony Moore) would like to thank everybody who brought gifts to present to the Thai Temple. We were just about managed to get the many gifts and tributes into the back of a Range Rover for Arjarn Paganon to take home to the temple.
Buddhai Swan, Thailand
A Bronze Statuette of “Por Kru” the late Grand Master Samai Mesamarn (1914-1998) of Buddhai Swan now sits proudly at the site of Buddhai Swan.
The Statue was commissioned by Buddhai Swan and the Royal Thai Army.
All the Student of Buddhai Swan made donations to help with this project to show their great respect to their late Master and Father Teacher.
It is only fitting that a permanent reminder of this great master should remain in the old City of Ayutthaya, a place of historical importance and the place of Por Kru’s birth.
Buddhai Swan Chai Yo !
5th May Por Kru Day (2019)
The most important day in the Sitsiam camp/Buddhai Swan calendar.
On Sunday 5th May
All the students performed the “Wai Kru” respect to our father teacher Por Kru Samai Mesamarn (1914-1998)
and the Buddhai Swan Institute, Ayutthaya, Thailand.
This was followed by demonstrations of the Thai Martial Arts by our school.
This special occasion was well attended and enjoyed by everyone.
A special Thank You for all the donations made to our school by the students old and new.
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