Correct way to 'Wai'
of Thailands special Customs is the 'Wai', it is used
on a number of different occasions. Such as - a greeting when
meeting people like other Muay Thai practitioners or students,
people you train with or Thai people. It can also be used
as a way to say farewell or good bye to them. This is also
done by saying - Sawasdee Krab (with your palms joined &
placed in a position lightly between the chest & fore
head, head bowed slightly). Besides that, the Wai can be used
to apologize or to say sorry, by also saying Khotode.
Thailand (and other places where its people have moved to)
it is a significant Social Custom which reinforces both the
Social structure and religious dogma. It is a statement of
a persons rank in the Social hierarchy. Who 'Wais' whom first
& exactly how, are all part of the dictates of the way
to Wai. For instance, generally speaking, a younger person
Wais an older person first, a Social inferior Wais a superior
first. A monk will never Wai a layman. It is very important,
that all Kru MuayThai should remember to stress the importance
of the Wai to their trainees during Muay Thai Classes. Any
trainees who may seem to forget this Traditional Custom should
be firmly reminded of it !!
Kru MuayThai should try to set a good example to their trainees
in this at all times, and whenever it is possible.
KRU (With regard to - Paying homage to the Masters of Muay
'Kru' is a Thai word which means the person
who teaches 'sid', or passes on knowledge to pupils (sid).
Normally Krus are highly respected in Thai Society. They are
knowledge able, full of perseverance. They practice high moral
standards in their way of life, leading very respectable lives.
They always devote themselves to performing their teaching
commitment until their pupils attain full knowledge and are
successful in their fields. Such a Kru is usually rewarded
by his sense of achievement, respect from everyone and an
increase in the number of students willing to submit to his
show sincere appreciation and perseverance, dedication and
generosity in conferring knowledge & providing experience
for good opportunities, pupils in return will submit themselves
obediently and respectfully to their own Teacher's instruction
and advice, serve him diligently, and obey the rules and regulations
laid down by him (or her), so that the Teacher can pass on
the knowledge of that particular field to them closely, quickly,
properly and wisely.
Wai Kru is a demonstration of the pupil's respect & gratitude
to his teacher in submission to the teaching & training.
Wai Kru is traditionally practised by Thais of various professions
& Arts, e.g dancers, sword fighters, musicians, as well
as academic students, and of course Muay Thai Boxers are no
exception. As we have previously stated, "Wai" means
to pay respect by putting both hands together in front of
the chest. The demonstration of Wai Kru does not only imply
paying respect to the present Teacher, but also includes homage
to all the teachers of the discipline.