A Warm Friendship at the International Martial Arts and Culture Camp in Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) Thailand

International Martial Arts and Culture Camp was hosted by Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from June 25th to 30th 2014. During the program, 9 YSU students learned about Muay Thai, a martial art originating from Thailand, and Thai traditional dances accompanied by a supervising lecturer. The students also had field trips to some cultural sites in  Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The YSU participating students are from the Faculty of Economics (6 persons), Faculty of Education (1 person), Faculty of Mathematics and Natral Sciences (1 person), and Faculty of Languages and  Arts (1 person).

Arum Damayanti, M.M., as the supervising lecturer said,” This International Martial Arts and Culture Camp was attended by 158 participants from Asian countries such as Indonesia, China, Russia, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Vietnam. She further explained that the program was to give the students chances to experience international programs, to develop their creativity, and to introduce Indonesian culture to international students. “The students learned a lot about Thai martial arts and culture and built their networks with students from other country. They were also able to practise their English skills,” she added.

The Indonesian students participating were also from other Indonesian university, that is Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta. The program was started with an opening ceremony, in which the history of Muay Thai was depicted in a drama. The other activities were Muay Thai practices, visits to several cultural sites in Thailand, Muay Thai matches, and farewell party.

In the farewell party, Indonesian delegates had Indonesian martial art, pencak silat, and singing performances. At the end of their performances the audience gave them standing applause for the Indonesian students. (oiap)