Bangkok, November 3 - 2013 Muay Thai child fighters.
Many children are sent by parents from the rural regions in northeastern Thailand to Bangkok and other major cities to training camps in the hopes that their sons will become good fighters and be able to help the family financially.
In Thai culture Muay Thai is a part of life and boys and girls train from an early age and it is not uncommon that children as young as these take part in tournaments in front of hundreds of spectators.
Thai Muslim family living in the suburbs of Bangkok.
The father was a former boxer, there are not many professional stage combat, there is little money so he took another alternative employment instead.
The family has a total of 16 children, aged 1.5 months they are in the early '30s. All children are boxer and training of their father. They set up the gym close to their residents. Both boys and girls are training. Some of his older children have also won titles. ... 3 of them have been in the international tournament that is in Japan, Korea, Europe. 3 children prizefighter do not live with their parents, a daughter recently got married and moved away to live with her husband. The two men become trainers boxing in China.
The rest of their children still live under the same roof.
Their house is 5 minutes walk from the gym. © Jean-Michel Clajot
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