ormer champion Paiboon “Go Toi” Tanakun is fighting for an ancient art.
In an open-air, concrete room in the southern town of Kapong, Tanakun spends his days teaching young boys the art of Muay Thai boxing – the national sport of Thailand. Demonstrating sweeping kicks and elbow attacks, Tanakun relives his national title moves that make him a hero in the eyes of those who mimic him to become champions.
Sakbantoon “Toon” Sutiprapa is one of Tanakun’s former students who understands the martial art’s spirit and technique. Now coaching Muay Thai also, Sutiprapa teaches others the beauty of the sport, rather than the business.
At different gyms, Tanakun and Sutiprapa battle to give Muay Thai a lasting heritage.