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Why Muay Thai Needs to change

Grand Master Sken Kaewpadung outlines why he thinks Muay Thai needs to change

Published: 17/05/2009 at 12:00 AM Bangkok Post Newspaper section: Sports

While it is vital that we maintain the essence and spirit of Muay Thai's rich culture, we have to adapt to the changed times we live in.

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I am fortunate to have had the privilege of knowing and working with several devotees of Muay Thai.

They are all in "the business" of Muay Thai. As they have succeeded they have all re-invested so much back into the development and promotion of Muay Thai. But to them, Muay Thai will never be just "a business".

Regardless of whether a "business" is a charity or a commercial entity, unless it is profitable and well run, it cannot create the resources to invest and if it cannot invest, it cannot improve and achieve its true potential.