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Child Boxing

Photographer: Rungroj Yongrit

 

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is a national sport. It is a form of martial arts that has its roots in ancient Thai battles, also known as 'the art of eight weapons' with the combined use of fists, knees, elbows and legs and is popular as a professional and recreational sport in Thailand - not only among adults. Children also train and fight the ancient Thai sport. The rule of standard boxing stadiums is that the child boxer needs to weigh 100 pounds (45 kg), the normal weight of a Thai 14 to 15 year old. However, younger children, some aged only 8-years-old, do take part in fights outside of professional stadiums and at local festivals.