KING’S CUP ​BANGKOK/ THAILAND

Eddy and Danny, skipping rope to warm up, Jitti Gym, Bangkok

Eddy and Danny, skipping rope to warm up, Jitti Gym, Bangkok

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Yusuf Karakaya, Turkish, 20, taking a shower after the evening training in Tiger Gym, Phuket

Danny Harrison-Little, stretching at the beginning of his training session

Danny Harrison-Little, stretching at the beginning of his training session

Eddy Paci, having a break

Eddy Paci, having a break

Hand wraps

Hand wraps

Adrien Poptheeratham Rubis, French, 27, 25 wins/ 7 loses, doing padwork

Adrien Poptheeratham Rubis, French, 27, 25 wins/ 7 loses, doing padwork

Unexpected heavy rain gives 2 hours of break to WPMF events

Unexpected heavy rain gives 2 hours of break to WPMF events

Danny, before his fight starts

Danny, before his fight starts

Audience, all focused and wathcing.

Audience, all focused and wathcing.

Ring of Onesongchai event

Ring of Onesongchai event

Remy(french) wins against Tobias(swedish) in super-middle-weight class in WPMF

Remy(french) wins against Tobias(swedish) in super-middle-weight class in WPMF

Opening show of WMC by world-star-muaythai-fighter Buakaw.

Opening show of WMC by world-star-muaythai-fighter Buakaw.

King`s birthday celebrations, Sanam Luang, Bangkok

King`s birthday celebrations, Sanam Luang, Bangkok

MUAY-THAI IS ONE OF THE ANCIENT MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINES OF HISTORY, ORIGINALLY FROM THAILAND. IT`S KNOWN AS `THE ART OF EIGHT LIMBS` AS IT INCLUDES COMBINED USE OF FISTS, ELBOWS, KNEES AND SHINS. THIS ANCIENT SPORT IS HIGHLY POPULAR IN THAILAND BUT ALSO ALL OVER THE WORLD. ROOTS OF MUAY THAI GOES BACK TO EARLY 14TH CENTURY, BUT GETS ITS POPULARITY IN MID 20TH CENTURY BY THE MODERNIZATION OF THIS OLD-WARRIOR-SPORT WHEN MODERN WESTERN BASIC RING RULES LIKE WEARING GLOWES, HAVING ROUND TIMES ETC WAS APPLIED. THERE IS A BIG WESTERN INTEREST IN THIS SPORT AND ITS BUSINESS SINCE ESPECIALLY MID-80`S, DOZENS OF `FARANG`(FOREIGNER) FIGHTERS ARE COMING TO THAILAND TO TRAIN AND FIGHT.
EVERY YEAR ON 5TH OF DECEMBER, KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ`S BIRTHDAY, A FEW PRESTIGIOUS MUAY THAI EVENTS ARE ORGANIZED IN THE NAME OF THE KING, TENS OF FIGHTERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD PARTICIPATES IN THESE EVENTS TO FIGHT FOR FAME, MONEY AND BELT. THERE ARE THREE MAJOR MUAY THAI EVENTS BEING HELD REGULARLY IN BANGKOK IN THE NAME OF THE KING IN RECENT YEARS: WMC (WORLD MUAYTHAI COUNCIL), WPMF (WORLD PROFESSIONAL MUAYTHAI FEDERATION), ONESONGCHAI. EVENTS WERE HELD ON 4TH-5TH OF DECEMBER, IN BANGKOK IN VARIOUS PLACES WITH PARTICIPATION OF MANY THAI/NON-THAI FIGHTERS. SOME OF THE FOREIGNER FIGHTERS ARE LIVING IN THAILAND AS PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS AND SOME OTHERS ARRIVES TO BANGKOK A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENTS TO HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET IN TO THE THAI WAY OF TRAINING IN THAI GYMS. WINNERS GET THEIR REPUTAION SPREAD, POCKETS FULL OF MONEY.

BANGKOK/ THAILAND
DECEMBER 2015
UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK