Top Muay Thai boxer teaches Thai, US troops
Thailand’s internationally recognised Muay Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek has been giving lessons in the art of Muay Thai, as a special instructor, to Thai and American troops participating in the joint exercise, codenamed Hanuman Guardian 2022, being held in Thailand’s central province of Lop Buri.
During one of his training sessions yesterday (Monday), in the compound of the 31st Infantry Regiment, Buakaw, who is currently an army officer, gave theoretical and practical lessons, including how to warm up before a fight, the unleashing of kicks, knee strikes and punches, as well as a lesson in the traditional practice of paying respect to the trainers.
American troops taking part in the lesson appeared very enthusiastic and satisfied with the coaching provided by Buakaw. They asked him to autograph their Thai boxing shorts.
Buakaw also serves as a board member of Thailand’s National Kick Boxing Association.
The 39-year-old has collected many championship belts fighting in Bangkok. In 2004, he became the K-1 Max World champion. He went on to win many international fights in his long career and became a household name in Thailand.
Hanuman Guardian is an annual bilateral military exercise co-hosted by the Thai and US armies. This year, it is held between February 11 – March 24.