Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. Sit in any social spot with a television and you’re sure to catch a fight. The sport is a brutal one, often referred to as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’. Fighters can strike an opponent using fists, shins, elbows and knees. It’s often compared to Western boxing but is considered far more brutal and yet simultaneously graceful.
I spent time living in Thailand researching and documenting Muay Thai. I want to share what I saw. To me, Muay Thai is an art form as much as a sport. It’s steeped in ancient tradition and laced with Buddhist beliefs. The fighting element is a small yet significant part of this story. Having chosen to spend the majority of my time behind the scenes with the fighters, trainers and punters. I chose to focus my attention on the essence of the culture of Muay Thai.