[:en]iGLA Official Launch[:]

The 26th to the 29th August saw the official launch of the iGLA education system during the IFMA Youth World Championships, Bangkok. iGLA utilises the Muaythai Animation Education System (IMAES) an online system which aids practitioners in teaching Muaythai from online videos. The system was developed over a 24-month period and uses state of the art technology to allow students to log in from home and continue their studies towards excellence.

The IFMA education system and the highest ranked masters in Muaythai all contributed together with many experts and the input of UN Women and UNESCO to make the new education system a valuable tool in the development of Muaythai practitioners and the art and combat sport in general.

The WMC and IFMA certified iGLA system was welcomed by the National Federations which sent instructors there to gain further knowledge in the system especially on the administrative side as now students will be able to measure their individual progress as well as receive certificates. This system allows the teacher to know the level of the students which is highly beneficial if a student moves to another gym or overseas as other iGLA gyms will know what level they are at and can continue teaching accordingly.

The seminar was opened by IFMA president Doctor Sakchye Tapsuwan who gave a heartful speech on the roots of Muaythai which was applauded by everyone. Stephan Fox also gave a speech regarding the education of the youth through sport to build a better future and highlighted the importance to move with the times as we now live in a digital age where computers and apps are on hand, maybe some spent far too much time on them and we want the youth to use this time in a positive way.

Docter Sue Vize, the Regional Advisor for Social and Human Sciences from UNESCO gave an insightful presentation on the cooperation between Muaythai and UNESCO using the power of sport to make a social contribution to society and also briefing everyone on the MOU signing between IFMA and UNESCO.