Gold 2022 / People / Children

Muay Thai Kids

  • Prizes
    Silver in Editorial/sports, Gold in Editorial/Photo Essay, Gold in People/Children
  • Photographer
    Alain Schroeder

In Isaan, 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.