An important part of Muay thai is the pre-fight ritual, the Ram Muay; a slow motion, ballet like set of steps and movements. Often ridiculed by foreigners, ignorant of its significance, it is accompanied by music and starts with the Wai Kru, or obidience to the teacher. The boxer kneels in the ring facing the direction of his camp, home or birthplace. He covers his eyes with his gloves and says a short prayer, whilst three times bowing low until his gloves touch the canvas. Now the Ram Muay or boxing dance follows. It is performed in many different ways, each teacher having his own.