“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali
As a child, I grew up fascinated watching martial arts movies watching the likes of Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme use their superhuman reflexes and strength to save the day. It was no surprise that when I was old enough (and my parents allowed me to) I started boxing at my local YMCA, every since then I have been hooked!
Thailand was always on my list of places I wanted to visit and while I was in Asia I thought what better way to combine my love of martial arts and travel together. Phuket in the south of Thailand is where I called home for 2 months, I had a bed, aircon and a restaurant serving up the best chicken, pineapple and cashews I’ve ever tasted. What more could I want?
The people around me at the camp all shared the values of honour, courage and dedication and this was very important for me to show in the photos. They were fighters in all aspects of the word, both with physical and mental strength.
Today Muay Thai is still Thailand’s national sport and children begin training from a very early age. It very much becomes a part of life.