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Muay Thai kickboxing

July 28, 2011

Muay Thai kickboxing came to New York City’s Beacon Theatre earlier this month as a World Kickboxing Association (WKA) event titled Battle at the Beacon. I had never before shot kickboxing, the lesser known cousin of traditional boxing. I found it to be an easier sport to shoot for a couple reasons:

  1. There is more action (less dancing around the ring), therefore more opportunities for a killer shot.
  2. Kicks, because of their travel distance, are a little slower and easier to anticipate than the punches of traditional boxing.

The sport also somehow seemed less violent, although with the many kicks to the head I witnessed, I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it was just less angry? Anyway, here are my favorite photos from the event, with fighters ID’d left to right (©Madison Square Garden, L.P.):

Daniel Bido vs. Pablo Rayo:

Daniel Bido vs. Pablo Rayo

Andre Miller vs. Chris Springer:

Andre Miller vs. Chris Springer

Chris Springer:

Chris Springer

Malik Warwell vs. PJ McMahon:

Malik Warwell vs. PJ McMahon

Malik Warwell down on the mat

Blood! Luckily, none splattered on me.

Muay Thai kickboxing blood

My favorite fight of the night, Jessica Ng vs. Ani Hilditch:

My favorite fight of the night, Jessica Ng vs. Ani Hilditch

Jessica Ng vs. Ani Hilditch kickboxing

Ani Hilditch vs. Jessica Ng Muay Thai kickboxing

Andrew Moy vs. John Nofer:

Andrew Moy vs. John Nofer

Niko Tsigaras vs. Tim Amorim:

Niko Tsigaras vs. Tim Amorim

Tim Amorim:

Tim Amorim

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 4:27 pm

    Loved this! Reminds me of the time I did Muay Thai boxing while I was in Thailand!

  2. July 28, 2011 9:58 pm

    Great photos! I was interested to see what Muay Thai boxing looks like, as I recently finished reading The Windup Girl, which includes a Muay Thai fighter.

    • July 28, 2011 10:12 pm

      Cool! I think there’s a whole Muay Thai world out there that I didn’t know about.

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