Together with my son I have a joint venture, Muay Thai Pro. Our objective is to create a Spanish community of Muay Thai lovers and practitioners, because my son practices this sport and he lives in Spain. Until now my part was to deliver the marketing-ideas and the technique of website, Facebook page and YouTube-channel.
At the moment I am staying at my son’s house, so now it was finally possible for me to attend a Muay Thai fight. I was really curious to find out what I would think of it, because I know little or nothing about the sport. What I do know, I learned from the book my son wrote and from the few training sessions I witnessed in the past.
Good and bad public
In Holland some of the Martial Art fights have a bad name because there have been several incidents in the past. Come to think of it, at football matches there are often incidents in Holland as well. Perhaps the men over there are more aggressive then in Spain. Because what struck me most during the Muay Thai event was that I never felt frightened or intimidated at all, not for one second. Considering the public was shouting and sometimes even waving with the chairs during the fights, I think that’s remarkable.
I have been taking pictures all night, so at times people where standing in my way when I was walking from one spot to another. They didn’t always notice me, but everybody was very willing to step aside once they heard me say “Excuse me!”
I have seen three amateur fights and nine professional combats. Of these 24 fighters six were women. It was great to see that even I as a layman could easily discover the different characters of the fighters from the moment they walked into the ring. The way they moved, their performance of the rituals and the attitude towards their opponent revealed a lot.
Most fighters were really well able to withdraw from their fight once the referee told them to. Just two were so pumped up that they hardly stepped aside once told and flew back in right away.
Amazing rituals and habits
My son had told me about the rituals of Muay Thai and I had seen some YouTube videos. It was great to see the fighters perform this Wai Kru. Most of them just did the first part (walking around and touching the corner pillows), but Carlos de Celis gave a great performance of a complete dance. It was a pleasure to look at, which made him instantly my favourite. As you can imagine I thought it was justice that he won the fight.
What also appealed to me was the habit of thanking each other after the fight and greeting and thanking the opponent’s trainers. It’s also a habit that they then receive some water from those trainers.
Not only cosiness and friendliness of course
Being female and being a pacifist I am inclined to concentrate on the rituals and all the things surrounding the fight, but let’s be honest, there is a lot of fierce punches and kicks as well. Hidden behind the camera most of the time I had put a safe screen between myself and the force on the podium, but I can’t overlook the fact that it got violent at times. There were a couple of knock outs and there was some blood from a cut. That’s also part of the game.
But I had a great night out and next time my son proposes to accompany him to a fight I won’t be so hesitant anymore.