The paradisiacal beaches that surround the Gulf of Siam in Thailand at this time of year are covered by a gray sky and rainfall is more common than the sun’s rays.
However, the weather is not an impediment for the pupils of Petchsaman FC to train every day of the week the sport that excites them, Muay Thai. In this training camp, located in the city of Pattaya, is Miguel “the magician” Cmpora, a young Argentine who achieved his dream, to fight in the great leagues of Thai boxing: “Every time I go into the ring motivates me think of my family, my friends and that I will represent my country.
Then the rest comes out alone, “the fighter tells NEWS.His first match at the Max Muay Thai, the Asian country league that brings together the best boxers in the world, was as he had dreamed it. “My coaches told me that I should win by knockout because I was fighting against a local and winning by points would be very difficult to be a foreigner,” explained Cmpora. Within two minutes of the first round the Magician had managed to knock down his rival and get the victory.
Hits. Unlike traditional boxing, in the muay thai are used all the limbs of the body. It can be hit with the fists, elbows, tibias, knees and is used a lot the clinch (grip) with the objective to demolish to the adversary. Before the fight takes place each boxer realizes a particular dance called Wai Kru, translated like warrior dance that greets to the teacher. This is done to show respect towards the instructors, the opponent and the spectators.
The fashion that exists with combats of mixed martial arts or MMA also helped to expand this sport to national and South American level, since the fighters use it to a great extent in the foot confrontations.
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It arose when the Asian state was called Siam and was at war with neighboring countries like Burma or Cambodia. At that time it was a fundamental requirement that soldiers should be able to fight over short distances. This was where the techniques of martial art began to be drawn.
During the history of this sport stood out several fighters like: Samart Tiptarmai, for some the best boxer of all time; the Dutchman Ramon Dekkers, world champion on eight occasions, appointed ambassador of foreign fighters in Thailand; and the Thai Buakaw By Pramuk, among others. In the women excels Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan nationalized Peruvian and world champion in five occasions.
A wrestler wins in the Asian country 7,300 bat (200 dollars) per confrontation. In a month they can put two or three fights, according to the intensity of each race. As they add wins and rivals are better, the sums can be raised to 2,500 dollars. Winning one of the first-line boxers can be worth $ 10,000 to $ 20,000. The aim of every muay thai practitioner is to compete in the Lumpinee stadium, run by the Thai army and symbol of the sport.
Local. In Argentina, Thai boxing was gaining a lot of fans in recent years and more and more boys are coming to practice it. One of its precursors and referents of the country is Miguel Carpinacci, president and founder of Muay Thai Argentina (MTA) and the South American Confederation of Muay Thai. Both depend on the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) that regulates this sport from Thailand. The highest body is the World Muay Thai Federation (WMF), chaired by Akachai Chantosa.
Every day, young people like Cmpora approach the MTA with a desire to compete nationally and internationally: “It is a great honor to see how the boys start from scratch, learn the techniques and then meet the best in the world to represent to the country, “Carpinacci told NEWS.
But not only do competitors practice, there are also many who use it as a therapy to combat stress, to stay in shape, helps to develop coordination of the body, improve reflexes, strength, endurance and power.
Women also come in large numbers to throw blows, although few are encouraged to compete. “The girls who train discover a physical activity superefectiva and gain much confidence to face life,” explains Romina Arana, instructor and teacher of Muay Thai.
As in any amateur sport of the country, the difficulty of the Argentine representatives is to pay the expenses of the trips that must carry out. There is no government support and sponsors are scarce. This causes not always travel the best, if not those who can afford their expenses through raffles, special classes, seminars or monetary help from people nearby.
Most fights do not have a prize and in many cases, registration is required to participate. To be a true “nak muay” (fighter) and live from the competition you need to try luck across the pond.
Despite these impediments, Argentina is one of the best South American countries alongside Brazil and Peru, but is still at a disadvantage compared to the level of Thailand or the states of the former Soviet Union.
Sebastin Calvo, Pan American Champion of the Pan American Muay Thai Union and South American of the South American Muay Thai Commission, tells NEWS: When the bell rings, you feel an adrenaline difficult to explain. You have the satisfaction to overcome yourself, take you to the limit and transfer it. You get into the ring one way and it goes down much stronger than before, regardless of the outcome of the fight.