Royal Thai Embassy’s 3rd Classroom Visit to the Embassy Adoption Program’s Partner School of the 2021-2022 Academic Year

The Royal Thai Embassy visited Garrison Elementary School’s 5th grade class for the 3rd time on 16 March 2022 under the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP). The theme of this visit was introducing students to Thailand’s popular sport, Thai Kick-boxing aka Muay Thai (in Thai language) that has become one popular exercise activity in the U.S.

The students enthusiastically learned about a brief presentation on Muay Thai, including how the practice had turned from a martial art to a sport enjoyed globally. Representatives from the Embassy also explained how gyms across the world offer Muay Thai classes that are accessible and safe for all age and gender. Later, Mr. Kriangsit Bootbumrung, a trained Muay Thai gym instructor, led everyone in the class to the school’s outdoor playground and taught some beginner moves.

Both students and teachers enjoyed practicing basic punches and kicks in a sunny weather. After the physical activity session, the class returned to the classroom to discuss about Muay Thai. The visit finished off with snack time of a Thai dessert: sweet sticky rice topped with Thai egg custard.

The Embassy will meet the class for a wrap up session in May. The EAP seeks to expose D.C. Public School students to global awareness through direct interactions with foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. Four activities would be planned throughout each academic year to provide students with information and hands-on experience about the partnered country.