Eight Limbs

Koh Samui Island, Thailand

Muay Thai has long been regarded as one of the most devastating martial arts. It allows the use of knees and elbows, something which many other practices prohibit due to the crippling damage that can be caused. For this reason, Muay Thai is also known as the “art of eight limbs”, and it’s Thailand's national sport.

This series is a glimpse at life in a Muay Thai gym on Koh Samui, a small island not far off the coast of mainland Thailand, where I spent some time training.

We trained Monday to Saturday, from early morning to evening in the oppressive jungle humidity. Saturday evening was always a night out and Sunday was for exploring the island. It was an intense month full of exhaustion, exhilaration, isolation, frustration, and ultimately, the joy of being able to feel so strong and powerful.

This project is in exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 163 in Bristol, UK until August 2022.

These photographs were made at Lionheart Samui gym.