Coach Eric Sandsak with a Gao Yord, a  9 spires Tatto which is a geometric design that represents the 9 sacred peaks of  Mt.  Meru and also contains symbolism of the Buddha with the 3 ovals one above another.

 Warriors of Faith is a multi-format project on the ancient art of Muay Thai.

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport, it is practiced by a many across the country and is popular internationally as well.

This close combat martial art was invented by ancient warriors and includes many rituals and philosophies of life. Although in Europe and the rest of the world Muay Thai is often considered a violent sport, when looking at it from the inside one finds that the boxers are not aggressive people. The sport involves strict rules and instils respect for others, from training through to combat. Above all discipline is needed throughout along with a sense of physical and spiritual well-being. It is indeed a martial art form strongly associated with Buddhism.

Beyond the demanding lifestyle and daily personal training Muay Thai is often comprehensively integrated into the lives of those who practice it. This is an environment in which everyone pushes their boundaries, in the ring as in everyday life.

My photographic study involves the creation of an interactive web documentary that explains the history of this art, its role in the lives of the fighters (Nak Muay) and traces the course of fifteen boxers: five from Thailand, five high-level European and five young international professionals in the early years of their careers.

Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo

http://www.pupophoto.com