China Town Manchester.
What a night, a friend got married and I got to meet the football team, all in a day.
It's nice to be invited out by friends, go to weddings and celebrate life and the hope for a better future.
After the wedding I joined the Thai football team party. Diane and Grand Master Krin have been inspiring people for years.
The party was at the Royal Orchid Restraunt in China Town Manchester, hosted be Diane, Grand Master Krin and as I found out as I got there to my big suprise a few celebrities from Thailand. Also, another shock to my system was having just been to a wedding, I was then confronted with loads of energetic Thai boys all about Daz's height. I said to Daz take some photo's and he laugthed replying, 'Ronnie there are about 20 Thai kids all running around as fast as Thai fighters, I don't speak Thai so what is the Thai for stand still, you will not know will you Ronnie because you never stood still in the ring in Thailand, ha, ha.' Anyway he gave it a go and got some nice photo's of the party.
Thai people have a great sense of homour and fun. GM Krin invited us over but I was in for a shock. I like to watch football but like Thai Boxing, I thought I was meeting the senior Thai football team and wow was this a shock.
Let the party begin.
Many Muay Thai enthusiasts enjoy Thailand’s finest martial arts films from the Ong Bak trilogy, Chocolate, Yamada and of course ‘The Legend of King Naresuan’. King Naresuan was a very famous Thai King, his historical battles for the freedom of Thailand is played in the film by actor Wanchana Sawatdee. Wow and behold who’s the Master of Ceremonies? No other than actor Wanchana, the atmosphere for all of us was excitement and joy. Wanchana was here with the children and has been chaperoning then around the globe. As part of the journey they had a visit to ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ in my own home town of Manchester. What a delight.
The national sport of Thailand is Thai Boxing followed closely by football, these young lads are from southern Thailand and the Thailand government has treated them to a little bit of global football and culture, fortunately we were there to join in the celebrations.
Now let the dinner begin, below is a slide show of the night.
Also on hand after the dinner is actor comedian and a young lad himself Goh Tee. Now let me tell you, he can sing, dance and play football but most of all he is warm charming and very very funny. The kids were in uproar with laughter. It got a bit contagious, as is Thai. The whole of the Royal Orchid restaurant were up in tears. I can’t speak much Thai but never the less it was enthusiastic and funny and the whole night went that way. Goh Tee even had a heckler in the crowd which just made it funnier, Goh Tee came alive. Channel 3 television from Thailand was there to film and document this fascinating journey.
I try as much as I can to promote Thai culture, not just Thai Boxing, as my own martial arts career has been dominated by the Thai Way. It’s always been about the Thai people and how they have inspired me to become who I am. I thought it would be a nice treat for you to let you see more into this fantastic fun land. The land of the free, the land of the smiles, the yim! Thailand.
What a journey for these kids, this is what the party was all about, the young footballers from Southern Thailand. A big shout out to Diane and Grand Master Krin - 'The hosts with the most' - Thai cultre at it's best.
Signed Ronnie Green