The Wai Kru ( honor bow) is the same in all the ancient Thai fighting systems, and dates back centuries. Before the actual fight, Hinayana Buddhist traditions take precedence. The trainer; Khun Kru (Kun Kroo and other various spellings), will pray over his fighter at ringside as depicted in the photograph. Sometimes a white flower is tied to the corner post for additional good luck. The trainer then places the camps Monkron (sacred crown) on the fighters head, ( see good luck charms), which is said to possess the spiritual power of the Khun Kru and all the fighters in their particular camp. On the fighters left bicep is tied the 'Kruang rang' ( see good luck charms).
The fighter first performs the Wai Kru kneeling in the center of the ring in the direction of his birthplace and covering his eyes bowing low three times so that his gloves touch the canvas. He then stands to begin the Ram Muay (see Ram Muay). After he has performed this ritual he will return to his corner where just before the sound of the opening bell the Khun Kru will say a short prayer to the fighter who lowers his head clasping hands together in traditional Thai greeting, this is returned by the Khun Kru during the prayer, who will then remove the Monkron, blowing into the fighters hair for good luck. ( see Thai Myths & Legends..).
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