flydragon / © Simon Kolton - 22/03/2008 11:40:51 project: One fight in bangkok \ Asia \ Thailand \ Bangkok
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is what the Thai people call their own martial art. The art of Muay Thai has been the country's most popular spectator sport for hundreds of years.. It is unique among other kinds of fighting disciplines in its approach to close quarters fighting. Fighters are able to more effectively use their elbows, knees, feet and fists than in other martial arts.

        The Wai Kru (respects to the teacher) also known as Ram Muay (boxing dance) is an important part of any evening watching Thai Boxing. These are ceremonies that are performed before each Muay Thai bout. Sometimes the Wai Kru are brief and basic, but other times they may be eloquent performances that draw praise and applause from the crowd. It is said that those who see well can determine who will win the fight by watching two fighters perform their Wai Kru. Teachers are highly respected in Thai society, and many artistic disciplines, not just Muay Thai, perform Wai Kru or "respects to the teacher". Foreigners viewing these rituals should take care to be polite and not act disrespectfully regarding the Wai Kru. The Thais take seriously any insult to the Wai Kru, just as you would if somebody insulted your spiritual beliefs.

        Before the competition of Muay-Thai ,Krabi-Krabong (Thai swords) , or any other ancient weapons martial arts , every competitor must perform the "Wai-Khru" ritual and perform the boxing dance which is the continued tradition since ancient times."Wai-Khru" is a way to pay respect to his majesty the king or the chairman of the competition tournament. Furthermore , "Wai-Khru" is the way to realize the goodness of the master who gave them the knowledge. It's also the way to create the strength of their mind. The style of the dance is unique to each boxing bureau. Boxers who danced the same style wouldn't box each other since they realize that they have the same master. Furthermore, to dance is one way to warm up before starting the fight . It also helps relax the stress and to prepare body and mind to be ready to get into the battle.


PS: here a link from  a picture with a Muay Thai tattoo, from David Procter a Holik member
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29/12/2008 02:44    from : partha
WOW, what a strong moment u have captured. It is full of vigor and strength. The falling sweat from the person at right adds a new dimension in this shot. Really a masterpiece.

27/03/2008 13:49    from : marietom
Hello Simon,

je ne suis pas une grande admiratrice de ce sport qu'est la boxe, mais il faut reconnaître que tu as fait là une magnifique image sportive, avec un superbe mouvement ! Bravo !

25/03/2008 13:00    from : brevbrev14
Hi Fly, what a strong dynamisme here!
a perfect moment of the action captured!
i like a lot the blured lines around the subjects, like in a frame

24/03/2008 23:42    from : Designsoul
Extraordinary decisive moment, total action frozen here Simon, love that culmination here, this is the fight itself, reminds me of George Bellow's Club Night,, or a shot that Francis Bacon would have loved to bits. Beautiful how you use the ring to create the framing, the crop, to condense the action into the frame with such vitality... fantastic work.

24/03/2008 11:12    from : ALSOM
Fromt the thumb, it is already a striking pic, I like the body-fighting language, look like a dancing ballet (I have read somewhere that Muy-Thai originated from Cambodia formely used by the solders) and very sculptural feeling.

23/03/2008 19:17    from : fixed
boom, impact, aie
impressive picture simon, really a good timing for me
like a lot how the picture is built
stop time

23/03/2008 15:53    from : vapours
This is just a splendid image Simon and one of the best boxing images Ive seen. Perfect amount of blur, and you portray the force of that punch well.

23/03/2008 06:51    from : Furachan
Cool shot, Simon, I agree with Stephen about the framing. Blurred in order to sggest movement, in a dynamic way with the same shiny quality as the rest of the series.

23/03/2008 01:21    from : AmiBe
Magnifique Simon, une grande image.
Très puissante grâce à ton timing.
Malgré la violence, le geste ne manque pas d'élégance... Voilà sans doute d'où provient la notion de noble art.
Superbe reportage chez ces boxeurs.

22/03/2008 16:48    from : El Inglés
Simon, this is an exemplary image. You've picked the decisive moment and the framing between the ropes of the boxing ring makes for a powerful composition. My favourite of the series so far. Best wishes Stephen

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