Win Copies of Live, Train, Fight Like Thai Book
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The auther is Leon Rose who has been a professional photographer in NZ for twenty years.
I shoot commercial work, but or the last ten years Ihave been working on a project called "Live, Train, Fight like Thai". "Live, Train, Fight like" Thai is a Photo Essay/Documentary that focuses the sport of Muay Thai in NZ.
About ten years ago, in an effort to get fit, I started to train in boxing gyms and then kickboxing gyms – I am inherently lazy and seem to respond well to being yelled at military-style for an hour! The trainers I met in the process were all fighters themselves, and a group of them approached me to ask if I could shoot their fights. The group suggested they train me one-on-one for one session per week rotating between them in exchange for my services.
Having never been a fighter and having been a firm believer in running away from conflict, I found myself thrust into the world of combat sport. This began a journey for me, and led to ten years of studying all aspects of the fight game through my lens.
Muay Thai is a most skilful art and is as beautiful as it is brutal. I learnt that to practice this sport involves the most incredible amount of dedication and training. It really is the training that has resounded with me. The dedication of these fighters who start their fight careers at very early ages, some as early as eight years old, is truly astonishing and is something I have a huge amount of respect for.
Of course, it's not all about the fighting. As a photographer I have focused on the lead-up to the fights, the training, the anticipation, the exhilaration of success and the disappointment of failure, the religious side involving traditional dance and praying before the battle, the medical side, the stitches, the wounds, and of course the ring girls.
It has been a fascinating journey. One that has taken me into a boxing ring twice and has taught me about the rewards and respect gained in training hard. I have met many people from all walks of life, and have discovered that this world also has the ability to focus people and give them a purpose in life that they sometimes didn’t have before.
I have photographed men women and children all practising this disapline. The skills that they aquire are amazing to watch.
The mixture of all races and religions all focusing on a sport that comes from the land of Buddism, mixing their beliefs with the respectfultraditions of the Muay Thai warriors has been a joy to capture through my lens.
Last year I travelled to Thailand to photograph foreign fighters training in Thai gyms. When I returned I started a pledgeme campaign and gained enough support to get the ball rolling. I have since gained the backing of PQ Blackwell (Milk books) and have got a nationwide distributor through Bookreps.
In order to get the word out and hopefully sell my 500 printed copies I am looking for PR opportunities. I am looking to interview on Radio and Television to support the sales into bookshops country wide.
Muay Thai & Kickboxing in NZ gets very little exposure and I am hoping my project will give the sport some much deserved recognition.
Be in to WIN 1 of 2 Copy of Live, Train, Fight Like Thai Book. Beautifully crafted Monograph. It is a linen bound, section sewn and case bound book.
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Q: What was the Funniest or Interesting experience during your martial arts training?
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