December 19th, 2011
Buddhist Monks Bless Tiger Muay Thai Training Camp and Fighters
The sound of pads being hit was replaced by the mesmerizing chants of monks this morning at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA training camp, Phuket, Thailand’s ’s bi-annual camp blessing.
Guests and staff gathered at the feet of the monks – many realizing that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It was a really cool cultural experience,” says Adam Roksa, who heading back to Australia today after a month at Tiger. “It’s a good thing to get to see if you’re coming here. It opened my eyes to something new.”
The ceremony saw nine monks remove the bad spirits and provide protection to the camp. Good ceremonies always involve an odd number of monks while sad events, such as funerals, always have an even number of monks attending. During the prayer, the monks were joined by a string. The string represented their bond and their power as a collective group.
Fireworks were also set off during the ceremony to scare off the bad spirits – much to the shock and amusement of those in attendance!
Article by Natasha Horrelt