Young Muay Thai fighter performing the Wai Kru, a sacred dance to pay homage to his teachers and family, and to bless himself with victory in the ring, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The fight of the free man

Chiand Mai, Thailand

Muay Thai rarely leaves no one indifferent. Considered the king of Thailand’s sports, it draws attention for the extreme difficulty of the practice and the ease to be poisoned by the mafia and betting.

The ring. The fighters. The rituals and sanctity. Ethics and codes of conduct. The war dance that greets the teacher khru. And then the assaults. The nudges and sweeps. The pain. The frustration. The tactics. The bandages. The drops of sweat. The victory. The defeat. And the respect of the crowd.

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