iMAES – iGLA MUAYTHAI ANIMATION EDUCATION SYSTEM
iMAES is a part of the WMC-IFMA Muaythai Curriculum System, which is one of the standard Muaythai curriculum and accepted by Muaythai society around the kingdom of Thailand. The WMC-IFMA Muaythai Curriculum System has 15 Khans, of which Khan 1 – Khan 9 are called WMC-IFMA Certificate by iMAES.
WMC-IFMA provides the certificate of each Khan, by iMAES. The certificates are to honor the students, so they can be proud and continue studying a higher WMC-IFMA Muaythai Curriculum System.
iMAES provides a website and database for members. A web board and Q&A which will be the center between students, trainers, masters and the iMAES team. The students, who graduate in any “Khan” of WMC-IFMA, will have their names shown in the database of the “Khan” certificate.
As in all sports it is essential to prepare your body every time you are about to do an exercise, a drill or take part in a fight. Particularly in Muaythai or Thai boxing, body preparation is instrumental in making fighters the best that they can be. The goal of the preparation is not solely for warming up the body but also for the prevention of injuries in practice or the actual fight. As Muaythai requires the use of every body part, the body must be especially prepared for readiness, alertness and precision when responding to your impulses while, at the same time, avoiding injury in both defensive stances and offensive moves. It is fundamental for all students of Muaythai who hope for optimum efficiency because all the boxing stances and moves, being alert and ready and attacking and self-defending are fully involved in any fight. Finally, the signature homage boxing dance, the so-called “wai-khru”, is representative of Muay Thai; its benefit and merit lie not only in the display of gratitude and respect to masters, teachers, coaches and trainers, but it is also replete with the benefits of physical relaxation, mental calming and morale boosting. more..
The use of the fist or punching in Muaythai comes in various forms, including the lead punch, the follow-up punch, the short swing, the long swing, the back swing, the uppercut and the downward thrust all of which can be applied in different engagements with your opponent. The art of using the fists is described in a variety of forms, each of which is potentially dangerous. The student should study this in theory first before applying it in practice so as to prevent possible injury and accident. Each punch is precisely described step-by-step, with animated illustrations and useful tips to ensure clear understanding and visualization. more..
The use of the feet in Muaythai involves two postures—straight kicking and shoving, both of which can be highly effective in attack and defense because they are longer-range weapons for attacking and defending quickly. Footwork can be used when assessing and counteracting your opponent’s strategy. The book will describe the use of the feet when kicking and shoving in response to the situation. Shoving includes straight shoving, sideways shoving, cut-shoving, pinch-shoving (shoving with bent toes), drop shoving, slap shoving, backward shoving and jump shoving. Kicking includes straight kicking, jump kicking, half-shin/ half-knee kicking, swirl kicking, cart-wheel kicking and tread kicking. The animation describes each of the kicks and shoves in step-by-step detail with animated illustrations and useful tips to ensure clear understanding and visualization. more..
The use of the knee, as well as the use of the elbow, in Muaythai is a unique art by which anyone seeing the fight will immediately identify it as Thai boxing. Practicing the use of the knees in a fight involves some difficulties and though it is not hard to learn is hard to execute properly and effectively. With successful practice it can be a great weapon for close-range engagement. The animation presents the art of knee work in a variety of forms, which can be divided in two categories, namely, hand-free/arm-free knee use and knee use with the aid of the hand or arm. Knee use has to be practiced in pairs. Hence, the student should thoroughly learn the theory before practical application in order to prevent any possible injury or accident. Each item of knee work is precisely described step-by-step, with animated illustrations and useful tips to ensure clear understanding and visualization. more..
As the joint between the upper arm and lower arm the elbow is an extremely powerful weapon. is solid and very pointed. It can be your secret weapon and cause your opponent serious injury to pass out, given an appropriate move that is precise, strong, fast and on target. The art of elbow work consists of a variety of forms, such as hitting, cutting, wiping and slanting. Before applying your elbow work in practice with your sparring partner, you need to understand it theoretically in order to prevent possible injury and accident. Each item of elbow work is precisely described step-by-step, with animated illustrations and useful tips to ensure clear understanding and visualization. more..
Each volume of this Muaythai collection describes the techniques of using parts of the body as weapons in the art of Muaythai; these include the use of the fist, foot, knee and elbow, all of which can be used in attacking your opponent effectively. The opposite of attack is defense, which is crucial for students of Thai boxing to learn and to master because offence is based on good defense until the exact moment when you can find an opening in your opponent’s guard to attack precisely. Level 6 concerning the fundamentals of self-defense presents you with the basic stances and moves when protecting yourself in Muaythai, whether this be punching defense, foot defense, knee defense or elbow defense, all of which are elaborated upon in detail; this includes the breaking up of the momentum (of your opponent), slighting distance, thwarting a striking force, protecting yourself with different body parts, retreating all the way, dodging in the advancing gait and the circumventing torso movement. The animation describes Muaythai self-defense in step-by-step detail, with illustrations and useful tips to ensure clear understanding and visualization.
Muaythai Techniques are the ancient art of using body parts to defeat rivals, They address :
These fighting techniques can be adapted to any situation. Practitioners of Muaythai techniques nee to know the goal of each technique and at the same time learn the way to counter it. The countering techniques depend largely on fighting instinct and the agility/speed of each person. These techniques include warding off, guarding, swerving, ducking, springing, elbow, thrust, punch, knee strike, direct defense, swiveling, etc. When mastered, these techniques can be modified and applied in the ring without having to do everything by the book.more..
Mae Mai Muaythai or Mae Mai employ combinations of fists, feet, knees, and elbows for offensive and defensive purposes. To master the art of Muaythai fighting requires regular practice of striking and defending maneuvers, the names of which have been adapted for easy recollection. When these stratagems were developed, they were categorized into groups and rhymed. In antiquity, Muaythai was usually fought bare-fisted or with cloth-bound hands so it was easy to snatch, break, or twist opponent’s body parts. Tactics were more important than strength. Out of hundreds of Muaythai techniques and tactics, only 15 are considered as Mae Mai Muaythai or master techniques. more..
Muaythai Wai Khru Ritual According to ancient tradition, before Muaythai fighting starts, the Wai Khru to pay homage to the teacher or master of Muaythai is required. This offers blessings and boosts morale of the fighter. The ritual is accompanied by the Wai Khru. It is not only the way to study the stance and fighting style of the opponent, but also the best way to stress and prepare body and mind to be ready for battle.
Muay Thai Education System
WMC – IFMA- iGLA
The WMC – IFMA – IGLA program means the study of Muaythai whereby the instructor uses the IGLA teaching material and media as a means of instruction. Therefore, the instructor must have a full understanding of the teaching material contained herein and know how to actually apply Muaythai in real-world practice. Through the lesson plan of WMC – IFMA – IGLA program, students are able to see a 360 degree animated view of all moves and techniques, and are also able to watch it repeatedly. Moreover, all the strengths, weaknesses and vital points which could happen during practice or when applying a move or technique for a fight must be emphasized by the instructor.
For each Level of the instruction, the instructor must thoroughly understand all teaching procedures and methods of how to warm up in Muaythai style. Also, the instructor must know how to provide various activities using the instruction taught in class, and the most important thing is to evaluate all the strudents afterwards.
There are 3 levels of Instruction Models under WMC-IFMA-IGLA:
Fundamental Level consists of 6 Khan
Intermediate Level consists of 1 Khan
Advanced Level consisst of 2 Khan
The instruction model of the art of Wai Kru Art (Obeisance to the teacher, part of the pre-fight ritual) is as important as the instruction model of the fighting skill or the tactics itself due to the worship of parents, masters and a spiritual belief which the leaner reveres. Besides, it also helps to maintain the traditions of Muaythai.
2. Study period of each Level
3. The procedure of Muaythai instruction using IGLA instruction Material within a period (2 hours)
1. Preparation Stage (20 minutes):
In the preparation procedure the students must prepare both their body and mind. The instructor starts the lesson by motivating students, looking after the student’s costume and warming them up according to Muaythai practice.
2. Teaching (20 minutes):
In the teaching stage the instructor will demonstrate various movements which will be instructed in the class. However, according to the instruction model under WMC-IGLA program, the instructor will show an animation of Muaythai moves to the students. While explaining and pointing out all distinctive points, flaws and cautions, the instructor will demonstrate all moves as an example.
3. Practice Stage (40 minutes):
In the practice procedure the students will practice all Muaythai moves after the animation while the instructor will give advice and suggest improvements. If the students make any mistakes, the instructor has to make sure that every student will practice all movements correctly and powerfully.
4. Applying (30 minutes)
In the applying procedure the instructor can assign students to demonstrate the moves or to play games or other activities related to the skill they have just leaned, to check whether the students can perform correctly and appropriately or not. Also, the instructor must watch out carefully not to let students get hurt or injured.
5. Evaluation (10 minutes)
In the conclusion and evaluation procedure the instructor will summarize all crucial points learned and give advice to students in order for them to practice and then make an evaluation which could be observed and examined through an interview.
4. Patterns of evaluation
Evaluation is divided into 3 parts
1.Knowledge Evaluation is to evaluate all the knowledge, understanding, appreciation, benefit and limitation of special skills which could be evaluated through the following elements:
– Be able to explain all skills
– Be able to describe all the value or benefit of the skill
– Be able to tell all the limitations of the skill
2. Attitude Evaluation is the feeling or the attitude towards admiration and appreciation of the sport which the student was instructed in, also, the attention and interest for learning and practicing, and the observance of the sport culture and custom including the understanding of “Fair Play”.
This aspect can be evaluated from these following aspects.
– Coming regularly to class
– Following all the rules, regulations and customs of Muaythai.
– Treating the instructor with respect, having good relationships with the instructor and other students and being able to cope with other leaners.
3. Skill Evaluation is to evaluate students whether they can perform correctly and skillfully. This skill Evaluation consist of 3 elements
– Precision of movements
– Toughness, nimbleness and agility
– Harmonized movements
5. Student Evaluation Form
6. Evaluation methods
An instructor or specialist evaluates students by observing, interviewing or testing and marks the point, then find the average value of each evaluation.
7. Judging criteria
Students must score at least 80 percent in order to pass standards.
Evaluator of Muaythai Learning Skill under WMC- IFMA – IGLA program must be a highly qualified Muaythai instructor by WMC, IFMA or by any sport organizations recognized by WMC or IFMA, and have received Qualified Muaythai instructions from:
C. Khru License
B. Phu Chuay Khru Yai License
A. Khru Yai
But for Khru Chiew Charn (grand master) and Baromma Khru (great master) which is an honorary position can clearly evaluate every level of Muaythai learning result.
By Learning Muaythai under the WMC – IFMA – IGLA program, an instructor with either license must inform students of which Muaythai level they are in, and also give them a Prajiad (arm bands), the Mongkol (Head band) and certificate according to their Muaythai level. Later, the institute will contact the WMC – IGLA office and send them the name list of the approved students and their levels so that WMC – IGLA office could prepare and send all the requested Prajiad (arm bands)and Mongkol (head band) for all students.
One most important things that the instructor or the institute must do is to inform the students before they finish level nine that they must at least once join the Spiritual Ceremony of Phra Chao Suea (Tiger King) and the Wai khru Ceremony on the annual World Muaythai day for their own good luck as they are learning Muaythai. These two significant ceremonies take place every year in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, every student must have their own official Muaythai uniform i.e. Muaythai shorts, shirt, Mongkol and Prajiad.
Muaythai is a martial art that has technical and artistic aspects. In the past, Thai men or soldiers practiced Muaythai not only for physical exercise or self-defense but also to fight and fend off invaders from outside the country. It can be said that Muaythai is the martial art that built the Thai nation and it has been passed down from generation to generation until today. Muaythai in the past was used as a diversion, recreation and sport for all social classes from the common people to a form of competition in major royal ceremonies at court. iMAES has arranged the award of certificates to students of Muaythai at all levels, with the endorsement of WMC, IFMA and Muaythai iGLA, which owns the copyright of the iMAES syllabus. The certificates confirm the accomplishments of the students and should motivate them to pursue further study of Muaythai.