BMA to offer Muay Thai in schools

A young boxer kicks a punching bag at Atchara Muay Thai Gym, a boxing school in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post file photo)
A young boxer kicks a punching bag at Atchara Muay Thai Gym, a boxing school in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is introducing Muay Thai as an elective course in 437 schools it runs to preserve the culture and teach young people about discipline.

The boxing classes will be offered as part of the health science and physical education study cluster.

The course aims to attract young students, as part of the BMA’s drive to promote Thailand’s soft power in the sporting field, the BMA said.

The BMA said the benefits of Muay Thai include training youngsters to be disciplined to instilling a sense of sportsmanship.

Certified trainers from various Thai boxing camps in the capital will run the classes, which may be held after school.

“Youngsters will understand the history [of Thai boxing] and learn to value the culture and heritage,” an official said. “It’s a sport that spreads the word about Thailand’s soft power, attracting deep interest from people around the world.”

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  • attract: to cause someone to be interested in something - ดึงดูดความสนใจ
  • certified: having a document confirming that someone or something meets a necessary standard - ที่มีการรับรอง
  • cluster: group of people, animals or things close together - กลุ่ม
  • culture (noun): the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • disciplined: controlled - มีวินัย  
  • elect (verb): to choose/decide to do something when you have other choices - เลือก, ตัดสินใจ
  • heritage: the art, buildings, traditions, and beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture - มรดก ประเพณีที่ตกทอด
  • instill: to put a feeling, idea or principle gradually into someone's mind, so that it has a strong influence on the way they think or behave - ปลูกฝัง
  • soft: not strict enough; weak - ไร้น้ำหนัก อ่อนด้วยเหตุผล
  • sportsmanship: fair and honest behaviour in sports or other activities, such as politics - น้ำใจนักกีฬา

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