TIFA 2022 People / Children

Muay Thai Kids

  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/sports, Silver in People/Children
  • Photographer
    Alain Schroeder
  • Photo Date

In Isan (Thailand), kids are enrolled in Muay Thai training camps (the traditional martial art that is the country’s national sport) as early as 5, and can be competing by 6-7 years old. Betting is fierce and the pressure on the children is palpable. Few will become champions, but for poor kids, with limited options, Muay Thai is a way to meet the cultural expectation of helping their families and a chance at a better life.