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Tiny Thais Club Opens: October 2018.
The first Tiny Thais class takes place at the new Camp for students age 5 years to 8 years old. The class was the concept of Kru Steven Moore (Gold Sash 7th Degree) and has proven to be a great success. The Tiny Thais have taken part in many of the Sitsiam Camp demonstrations and also featured on the front page of the Tameside Magazine (May 2019). Don’t forget the annual Tiny Thais Club Halloween party, look out for more details on Sitsiam Camp/Tiny Thais Facebook or our News and Events page
The Great Fire: November 2018.
Not the perfect start to our new home, as a terrible fire started in the garage beneath our new home. The fire completely surrounded the Sitsiam Camp, but amazingly did not enter the camp. The Fire Chief commented “You were very lucky. It’s amazing. I can’t believe that the fire did not enter and cause damage to your part of the building”
A miraculous escape one might say!
2020 seen the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic, yet again the Sitsiam Camp as come through this and is now open as usual.
“Sitsiam Camp Chai Yo”
First Demonstration from our new Camp: November 2018.
Our team perform many demonstrations around the country which helps raise much needed funds or assists in raising awareness of many different charitable organisations. We are very fortunate to be part of the Tameside Festivals that take place in Ashton-under-Lyne Town Centre on a regular basis. Our team are a very popular feature at these events with their exhibitions of the Thai Martial Arts which includes Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Muay Boran (Traditional Thai Boxing) and Krabi Krabong (Thai Weapons Art).
Unfortunately, this year (2020) seen the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic and this as had a impact on the festivals held around the country.
It is hoped next year we will be back at the festivals performing our Thai Martial Arts demonstrations.
The Official Opening of the Sitsiam Camp: March 2018.
The date for the official opening of the new school was especially chosen because as everybody in the world of Muay Thai knows the 17th March is Nai Khanom Tom Day (Nai Khanom Tom is known as the father of Muay Thai also know and celebrated as Muay Thai Day.
The Camp was opened by the Head Monk, the Venerable PK Ajarhn Paganon from the Wat Sriratanaram Thai Temple. The day began with blessings for the new Sitsiam Camp and all students and guests who were present;
followed by meditation conducted by Arjarn Paganon. Next was the Wai Kru ceremony in honour of all Teachers of the Thai Martial Arts. Students and guests then made offerings of food and donations to the Wat Sriratanaram Thai Temple. Once our VIP guest left to return to his home, the students completed twenty rounds of free sparring. This was a very special day and one that I’m sure will be remembered by everybody who was fortunate to have been there.
Por Kru Day: 5th May (Annually)
The most important day in the Sitsiam Camp/Buddhai Swan calendar dawns when all our students past and present come to pay their respect to our Father Teacher Por Kru Samai Mesamarn (1914-1998).
The day begins with the “Wai Kru” Respect to Teacher Ritual and is followed by “Ram” Ritual Dances from all the forms of the Thai Martial Arts. This is highlight of the Sitsiam Camp and Buddhai Swan year; a very special day and always enjoyed by all the students and guests in attendance. New students get the opportunity to see the senior students perform thrilling displays of the Thai Martial Arts including Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Muay Boran (Traditional Thai Boxing) and Krabi Krabong Thai Weapons Art).
Tracking the Warrior Tour:
The annual Sitsiam Camp/Buddhai Swan training and sightseeing tour to Thailand took place. These have been running annually now for over 30 years. The trip was a huge success giving our students a taste of Thailand and the opportunity to train in their chosen art. They also had the chance to visit many historical places synonymous with the Martial Arts of Thailand. Thomas from our Tiny Thais club who was on the tour with his father Khun Lee participated in his first sparring session while in Thailand.
Next year 2021 looks like being better year for the Sitsiam Camp/Buddhai Swan when it is hoped that we will be able to perform our demonstrations of the Thai Martial arts when the Thai Festivals return.
Our aims always remains
“To preserve, promote and enhance the Thai Martial Arts with great endeavour.”
Keep up-to date with all the latest news and events by regular checking our News and Events page.
Contact: Kru Tony Moore, Sitsiam camp/Buddhai Swan, Tameside, Manchester.