Muay Thai

Topics: Muay Thai, Thailand, Boxing Pages: 2 (599 words) Published: March 19, 2013
Fight to Live,Live to Fight

The documentary Thai Boxing: A Fighting Chance highlights another dimension of muay thai- one that is not a mere PE or hobby, but rather an occupation, a human cockfight even. It is a profession many Thai kids see as an effective means to generate income in order for them to eke out a meager living. The sacrifices each of the featured fighters had to do (grueling trainings, camps away from their family, health risks) in their journey as muay thai fighters can not be compared to that of what we do at our muay thai PE classes. After watching this video, I have come to realize that I have no right, no right at all to complain about the muscle pains or shortage of breath I experience at PE.

Being a girl, it is Boon Term the female fighter whom I can relate to the most. Because of our gender, we have already been predetermined as weaker and inferior to the male population due to the social constructs dictated by society. As such, we were previously barred from physical sports like muay thai, boxing and basketball. However, through the heart of tough and determined fighters like Boon Term, the playing field is slowly being leveled because women have proven time and time again that they can compete and fight the same way men can. Among the three fighters featured in this documentary, she sacrificed the most. Leaving her home in order to go to a proper muay thai camp, Boom Tern not only had to withstand her strenuous training but also her longing for family.

My personal favorite is 13-year old Gong Prai whose battle had the most at stake. His battle is not only between his opponent and himself; it is also a battle for survival. Whenever he wins a fight, he always gives the cash prize to his mother- who also happens to be the mother figure to several other kids who share the common love for muay thai. Gong Prai is an inspiration and role model to the youth because he fights for his family and village more than...
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