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2 thailand where buddhist tradition meets the urban future and nothing embodies that better than thai boxing known as. the traditional martial art has been thailand's national sport for centuries. i was long considered a sport for real men where women rarely took part but not anymore women and the clear community are claiming a stake and more time they say thai boxing shouldn't be exclusive. and they're ready to fight. i. play bangkok the capital of thailand with a population of around $15000000.00 the metropolis on the child cry ya river is
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southeast asia's biggest and it's a center for martial arts here more tie is more than a fighting technique it's an art form a way of keeping fit and a form of self-defense i. fear you can find time. boxing matches at all kinds of festivals and arenas large or small. fighters use their fists and shins to strike their opponent's upper thighs or torso. in certain professional much as a boxer can also use their knee to strike the opponent's head. trans boxer known to man as an icon in the world of more tie. point by point time i need to i am today iow everything i've achieved in this sport why tai taught me discipline and self confidence and showed me how i could assert myself in life and
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think yeah like i want to. tell you is also known as the art of 8 limbs in the past centuries when warriors could no longer use their swords and spears they resorted to their fists elbows knees and shins. i mean it was when i was the 1st clear boxer there was nobody else i was aware of at the time and i knew that if that makes me an inspiration for other transgender people and women then of course that fills me with pride. but. i'm. known to man caused a stir in the 1990 s. when she took to the ring wearing makeup not all opponents were willing to fight what they called a lady boy unimpressed she went on to collect enough prize money to pay for gender
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reassignment the. story inspired an internationally acclaimed film beautiful boxer and made her a celebrity. is the biggest city in northern thailand it's thailand spiritual center dotted with mountains monasteries and temples. it's also home to 17 year old p. milan she's training with a friend for an upcoming match. spends around 3 hours at the gym every day after school. she's already fought in more than 60 kick boxing matches and shows great promise. ambition is crucial for anyone wanting to make it in the world of professional more time. at the thought that they think if you want to be successful you have to give your best
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whether it's in sports or something else i always want to do my best. to. be milan trains with latona she's been running the more high school here for 20 years her pupils have won countless competitions the 60 year old cares for her boxers like a mother and that includes providing dinner lots and i used to be a fighter herself even against men. one map we i mean my opponents were often women but i was only 15 when i was 1st challenged by a male. he was my age to be heavier. no one thought i had when i hadn't been training for long but i beat in. the fight didn't count i didn't receive any chattel flourish. as they split the day there are a lot of pushy female boxes back then there were hardly any women in the sport just tomboys and very masculine lesbians i mostly did it for the money i think.
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santos was also a professional before he joined latona in training the next generation of fighters his path is not unusual in the boxing world. like a lot of large 30 years now my entire life has revolved around boxing what i started out as a kick boxer are so. and now i work. i get up in the morning and clean up the studio to get things ready for the day. because i wait for the students to arrive and i train with them that's all i ever do. for every when the boxing school gets a portion of the prize money the trainer is employed by the school and earns an hourly wage. parents paid quite a sum for their daughter's lessons. in a few days before each find people and take some time off to relax so she can focus and prepare herself mentally. it doesn't matter how physically fit you are if your
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mind isn't ready and your scared of your opponent when you cannot when. 8000000080004 youngsters of simple means more talking offers the chance to earn money for their families by the milans parents however were less than thrilled. at this my parents were dead set against me doing y. time they crowded movie days and i couldn't stop crying for a week finally they gave in on the condition that i won at my school it's not really high. many pros started training at their local boxing center when they were just 7 or 8 years old most parents are quite supportive at least that way their kids stay out of trouble and is part of the tire way of life. to latona her boxers are like one big family she cooks for them every evening after
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training some come from very poor families students who have travelled to shang mine specifically to train with her can rent rooms here. it's hard to see where bangkok starts and where it ends. there's a festival at the temple in the suburb of bunkley today but it's not just an occasion for quiet reply. religious festivals in thailand are always accompanied by a market. transgender boxer known to man has come to the temple with her 17 year old foster daughter bang to offer a sacrifice at the shrine here. on holidays there's always plenty of food and drink for weary travelers visiting the temple. in buddhism offering sacrifices of incense flower petals and the money is part of
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the philosophy of accumulating merit it's a way of giving thanks for one's good fortune or a positively influencing your future nung tomb took bang in as her daughter not long after she was born group and i feel like a woman and to me about having children is an important part of having a family since i can't bear children i wanted to take one in and give him or her the opportunity to grow up in a loving environment my younger brother fathered her but he and the mother were so young and they separated shortly after being was born now i feel like her mother. known to me has always had the support of her family. and those of my who don't want to live in one i was lucky to grow up surrounded by a family and parents who love me for who i am it helped i. believe my brother and sister understand. keep in mind that when you're transgender finding your place in
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society can be difficult not to and a loving family can be the most important thing of all doing me talk up when i call if someone calls you a bad person a loving family comes often the. cycle so. buddhism has also helped her find her way in life. that i want to make i even lived in a monastery. as a novice for a while the monks taught me so much and that's why i enjoy coming back as often as i can here i feel calm and say my cross buddhists the sacrificial offerings are a tool a way to connect to the spiritual world that's really important to me and my family . i love the guy. in buddhism transsexuality and homosexuality are treated somewhat ambiguously on the one hand they're thought to be the result of missteps in a previous life but as such they are also the fate one is dealt and so must be
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accepted and the vigils can work towards an easier future life with good deeds and this one. at the center of the temple grounds another highlight awaits. this temple is famous for its washrooms. the elaborate decoration is a popular backdrop for tourist photos. many come especially for this. long tomb and her daughter bang want a shot to. catch one man i'm used to people recognizing my mother but some say nasty things about her that makes me angry they don't even know us. some visitors have spotted. the former boxing champion is
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a celebrity in thailand. didn't do well some up in your bathroom my dad always felt transgender and have been quite open about it ever since i was young. and some people are fine with it they accept me and others mocked. insult me much and i tie society has gotten better in many ways but we are still not equal in the eyes of the law and even after gender reassignment i still have to refer to myself as mr according to my passport and documents i'm still a man yeah. he is getting ready for its flower festival the main parade showcases one of the provinces most important exports decorative plants as an up and coming kick boxer
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lund something of a local celebrity she too will take part in the parade but in a completely different role and before she does she still has a fight to win. it's morning just after sun up outside monks collect charity the milan and her opponent come to be weighed in both have hardly eaten in the past few days every pound matters. it's pretty even on weighs 116 pounds today her opponent is a bit taller and weighs 2 pounds more but both are in the same weight division that's what counts. after the weigh in father takes a photo of her and her opponent. parents run a small restaurant and shop in mind their boxing daughter provides great publicity for the family business father high in the mother not place huge value in their daughter's future they even send her to private school that's why they were
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disappointed when she picked up boxing in the meantime however they've come to support their daughter's passion they pay for multiple trainers and drive her to all her competitions. because i believe 1st i hope she quickly lose interest but she didn't lose a single flight until. now she's competed more than 60 times. the training doesn't hold up. tonight she's got to chong said what she can look out for herself . i'm a good boxer because i'm patient and don't give up i just think she'll not be out. in a lawn plans to take it easy until the boxing match tonight there won't be any more training before the contest. and bangkok's. boxing legend has opened her own studio its focus is on fun and
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fitness rather than discovering the next big talent 1st students are mostly kids teenagers and housewives likely that any of them will make it as a professional. runs the studio with her partner song. he's also a former professional they've known each other since long tunes early kickboxing days. so. i was 10 when we met and we both trained at the fair tax training center she was already famous and i admired her. time passed and 10 years later we met again. when fair tex moved up to tyra and we both had students here in bangkok so we decided to rent this place and open a boxing school. a school for everyone not just for me. but for fitness too now. i think it's great
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that so many women practice more tie these days you don't have to want to become professional. white tie is excellent to stay fit and defend yourself and anyone is welcome to come here. for everyone it's part of thai culture. so. the beef on the sly. when i'm really happy to hear it was always a dream of mine to open my own school to allow him to go. and now that dream has come true and single key point i mean why are you and i love more time i have been seeing this board made me long to know the person i am today only one. channel and . i enjoy that and i look forward to coming here every day may have got. her school isn't the only dream long term has seen come true outside bangkok she
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bought some land where she hopes to have a farm one day she's already set up a small budget and she's building a house now to her mother and a cousin are overseeing the construction site. from june hopes to grow her own fruit and vegetables here one day and install a fish pond she would eventually like to be able to live off the farm but she's not quite ready to retire from boxing just yet. funding. ok paul mann thomas the one. when i was a kid my family had a small farm in the countryside near shanghai i was 13 or 14 when we moved to the city but somehow i always missed country life. the air here is cleaner and it's
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much quieter life around the country suits me much better than in the city i'm in call young. i love being surrounded by nature. how much. right now is busy breeding chickens not just any chickens these are bred to fight. fighting is part of type culture the same way that. most thais grow up with boxing and cock fighting. i check the birds to see whether they're too thin to thout or too many. chickens are like boxers one their bodies have to be strong they also have to train to fight when. they wear a kind of so their spurs don't cause injury as.
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cousin helps breed the birds in thailand it's big business a winning rooster will go on to breed with equally promising hens. she shows us her prized fighter. this was. funny i saw him training and i thought he is the best he is the right choice for breeding. i also found the right hands to pair with him. i think he's going to produce some great offspring. 6 a good fighting rooster isn't just for winning high prize money they also make a promising investment. you can make
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a lot of money with cock fighting a winning bird can touch a 1000000 baht sometimes even 2 or 3 money and. that's more than what i'm worth. but when you go. the prices of up to 75000 euro that's a fortune not just in thailand here with her mother partner song and daughter bang as everything she needs to live a peaceful life in the countryside and one day she could lease or rent out the boxing school in bangkok. to keep some kind of what i really need is a simple life with my family around me what i hope that one day i have enough money so we can all stay here together growing fruit and vegetable oil on our own land on
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my own farm back poppy. back in shanghai the fight junior kickboxer pima lawn is hoping to win will take place at a nighttime market there will be matches going on all evening as spectators come and go. the location isn't exactly top notch but it gives the young boxer a chance to show professional trainers and managers what she's made of. i get a legal sense. originally a form of close combat warfare has become a spectator sport popular with locals and visitors alike. along and her mother
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knock wait backstage for her appearance came along can't afford to get injured today she has to be in shape for the flower festival tomorrow. ahead of the match the fighters are oiled and massaged their faces are covered with a thick layer of vaseline so their opponent's fists slip off love oh i a care taker carefully bandages pee milans hands to protect her joints on impact i . think a german kick boxer is also making her 1st appearance in the ring tonight more and more foreigners have been flocking to the birthplace of my tie to train they cations at boxing camps are increasingly popular. parameter boxers taking part in
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a real competition is the ultimate challenge. i. i i. i. i. i want to carry on and keep pushing myself. for a beginner a bloody nose is part and parcel of any fight. 2 more matches and then it's be malone's turn her thoughts may already be on the next day's parade but during the massage she tries to meditate and focus on the fight ahead.
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in the lotion contains warming essential oils to stimulate her circulation it's a great way to warm up. and mom's there for extra encouragement. boxing champion low money has often experienced the tough side of the sport. despite her current injury she's come to watch came along fight. like i say i was injured at the sea games the southeast asia championship i was fine she hit new highs she hit my shoulder at the head of bad hangal and i had to undergo surgery but i finished the fight. while recovering from her injury money and lives with her girlfriend in her dorm at the sports university in lampung about an hour outside of. the 2 women are open about their relationship coach girls fembot boys transgender men and women gender
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fluidity is nothing unusual in thailand and it's not unheard of for women who largely see themselves as heterosexual to have relationships with tomboys especially in the more tie scene. huge. money has fought in many competitions and championships and as a member of the time national team her girlfriend is a successful rower. i grew up around boys and as a child i knew i was a tomboy i've always felt like a boy it was no secret my parents treated me like a son from the outside society seems very young can i but often we are not accepted you always have to be a bit better than the of his i mean would you get recognition that with. no money
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hopes to return to boxing after her shoulder heals. no wonder no one will work hard to get back into shape for me more time is easy money but you korea can be cut short in an instant so you have to be. careful of them and their farm foxes who still fight when they're full and i always want to take good care of my body. harm you have that i think most people accept us as a female couple university to you as well if you're a part of society it's fine especially among athletes with both on the national team and even my mother was ok with our relationship and. after all we're not doing anything wrong. the 2 have special plans today no money wants to give her girlfriend a very special tattoo a sacred symbol a sock young. these traditional tattoos are very popular among boxers and believed
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to hold mystical powers. the sock yarn tattoos have their roots in hindu and buddhist mythology and are carried out by a young master for. master watan you uses a traditional needle made of silver and bamboo to pierce the skin by hand. it injects the ink in a procedure that's much more painful than modern tattoo machines. no money already has her own. 2 tigers on her back that stand for strength and courage. that. this is beautiful she consists of 2 elements if a design with 5 elements is too expensive you can just get one with 2 elements and
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you should ask what these 5 lines mean the new. tattoo masters are often former monks. mammon what impact or no. well not only i learned the art of tattoo at the temple hall there they train you in the buddhist ways the level i was taught how to meditate to understand the spirit of sec your knee and you then you look for a master who take you on as a people you might be and so it goes on that there is no formal education of the which you formally declare yourself a tattoo master it in part on me you on a watch how you mean you need spiritual abilities to fill the sack your own with meaning. the design with 2 mythological birds is meant to bring professional
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success more than just a physical adornment the tattoos are said to offer magical protection and powers some boxers say the right socky on even helps deflect their opponent's blows. all about absorbing the powers attributed to the tattoo say you have to speak to the person getting the tattoo 1st. looking for protection. had job. many are fixated on that after more than an hour the sock yarn is finished it's a classic go your tattoo with 9 magic shapes symbolizing the peaks of the sacred meru mountain. now it's time for low money and her girlfriend to get their consultation master what her new recommends the design with the 2 mythological birds and then again you know this will help you to focus and to be successful is there anything you
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shouldn't do if such and or any you must respect buddhist commandments so no stealing no lying no sexual misconduct and you know how. life some designs are really popular and the more tie fighters often choose the target for strength and power while. the gun will fly on the side. that i've walked. in the galley york with 9 people in combination with the song that looks like a necklace of a protection in many situations. when i got in on i think she should decide for herself which one she wants everything up. so i'm told lab work out i'd like the one that's good for my career and brings good fortune i lost the muster if you can do that one next time. before they leave the tattoo master gives lo money a blessing she's already received
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a magical tattoo from him the ritual is meant to revitalize the tattoos powers. back to the arena at the night market. is watching a friend who trains at the same gym i. i was i the match has 5 rounds each lasting 2 minutes i i was i the malone's up next her mother knock hands out signs to fans and friends so they can show their support. i see milans opponent is also here with her mother. the fight begins with a ritual ceremony why crew from week it's
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a sign of respect to the trainer to family to religion and to the fighting spirit. i. came alone as already faced this opponent once and lost was will she be able to prevail this time i i i i. traditional more in time boxers see themselves as spirits. well warriors like meditation demands unrelenting attention to detail in this case the opponent if
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a boxer lets her attention slip for just a 2nd she could get injured. shutting everything else out helps each fighter respond to an attack instinctively without her mind wandering or her senses failing . i there's no knockout so the referees tally the points. i. came alone lost again i. said what that means to pull. for a. long i said i was sure i'm
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a bit disappointed but i have to react faster in a fight it's not that bad at the time lost she got a few good blows and then i gained more experience. i. the next morning the monks have returned to the streets of shang mine at sunrise just as they do every day to collect charity. is getting ready again this time not as a fighter but as a model for shine my eyes famous flower parade. and then with i'm not really i only got a couple of bruises on my neck during the fight i didn't used to want to model but this is the 5th year i've done it. national make up dead. interest me not kickboxing does. her mothers joined her in the holocaust thought that her
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message how well i am hoping i don't believe she does make up for herself when she was the one rushing so we didn't get she too late. and he said 2 hours last night and i only slept tough and now it's an honor to be invited to the flower show and she knows that i mean she did have a head to feed at the matches today you know how much. the flower shows our director has come up with a special theme this year. that you know i look for some academic that we live in a cooler region lots of flowers grow here and we want to show what we've got every district designs its own float with its own flower arrangement and every year there's a new theme this year that's about the trees and indigenous people from the mountain region laugh oh you want to represent shanghai's connection with the mountain people be my lawn has a northern look that can in a party that are skin isn't too light or too dark now and she's got
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a great smile even if. you milans costume is inspired by the traditional dress worn by the indigenous hmong people although hers is more fanciful than it usually would be. dozens of participants are being dressed up as monk this year. this is what the original monk dress looks like the costumes are known for their elaborate embroidery and silver jewelry. 2 from boxer to mung princess it's hard to believe it's the same young woman.
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the flower parade starts in the early morning hours and winds its way through the streets of downtown shang mind. it's cooler at this time of day any later and the petals would soon start to wilt. the 30 floats compete for the best design and costumes. they're usually sponsored by banks or telephone companies. the parade goes on for 3 hours and attracts eager spectators from far and wide. to give.
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him a lens biggest fan is with her the whole time her mother knock him out of the found video was an exhausting but i walk with them every year and love seeing people and i have my dog it's totally different to the boxing match last night tonight i'll be don't tot but i'll go to bed happy. every year thousands of people come to shun my to watch the colorful parade showcasing traditional folklore many come from abroad after the parade people on still has to pose for her fans. that i almost fell asleep a couple of times along the way i'm really tired that now i just want to go ahead and dress and an arm that. the following morning the milan will be back at school for father drives her to a private school on the other side of town every day. she's getting ready to apply
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for university. or more tired talent has earned her a scholarship so her dedication to the sport has paid off. but who is the real. is she a boxer a model or a student. all along oh yeah usually i do less in the days after a fight i go out with friends if i have classes in the afternoon. and plan out each next step carefully. the same time i'm flexible and can deal with any situation i think the real p. milan is a student getting into university is my biggest goal hayley i run. the kickboxing legends non tomb has gone back to school to as a teacher. once
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a week she teaches children the art of more tie boxing at this bangkok school. i. was doing them with tying up. the quantum theory and wife yeah i knew a teacher and he asked me if i'd like to teach kids what my tie is not just about exercise but also about physical control and discipline. it helps you concentrate and the kids are learning something that they can use for self defense so we're passing on an old tie tradition. isn't just our national sport it's an essential part of the thai and lao culture and. by.
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the. way i am by. god. before you walk that i don't believe. that. my. book.
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each pupil receives a certificate for taking part in one tunes more tie course that they can show off with pride. after a life of always being the one that sticks out there's nothing more satisfying to non tomb than to finally lead a normal life as an ordinary woman but on. the principle and teachers spoke to the kids and because they respect me the kids do too that's a huge accomplishment for me i could never have dreamed that i'd one day be a teacher because as a transgender woman i was excluded from society for such a long time young how i had gotten that it feels good to finally be
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a role model. and. more time i was once an art of war today the classic kickboxing tradition is a cultural heritage that brings people together from all walks of life. this is fantastic and it's finally being accepted by the pandemic. migrant workers not only do they use their wages to support their families. they are also supporting the local economies of their home country. new ideas and help
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