Muay Thai-

Warriors of the faith (The martial art as lifestyle) is a multi-format project on the ancient art of Muay Thai, which has its origins in Thailand, but now finds strength and membership around the world, especially in Europe.

The idea is to create an interactive web documentary platform through which we explain the history of this art, its involvement in the lifestyle of fighters (Nak Muay) and we trace the course of fifteen boxers, five Thais and five high-level European and five young professionals in their early careers.

Each will be presented through a prortrait as mini-documentary with images of their training process and fights as well as audio interviews, in which they talk about their lives in general, their dreams, their accomplishments, their fears, their integration and participation in community life.

A series of portraits and interviews respond to different questions: How Muay Thai arrived in Europe? What is the relationship with the Thai martial art from a traditional point of view ? What is the ritual approach of European fighters ? How this art evolves today?

Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport, and therefore involves a large number of people. We do not consider here the Muay Thai art as a warrior matter but as an sport and a state of mind .

This close combat martial art was invented by warriors but it includes many rituals and philosophy of life. Although it is considered in Europe and the rest of the world as a pretty violent sport , You'd find when looking from inside that these boxers are not aggressive people because this sport involves strict rules and respect for others from training to combat. And discipline is needed throughout the process involving notions of respect, and to physical and spiritual well-being. It is indeed something that is strongly associated with the Buddhist tradition art .

Beyond a regimented lifestyle , and personal daily efforts , this sport is completely integrated to lifestyle of those who practice it. This is an environment in which everyone tries and pushes its boundaries : whether in the ring , as in everyday life.
 Belgian Nak Muay Youssef Boughanem doing his early regular footing as part of his preparation.
 Thongchai Sitsongpeenong , Orono and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong training for the Best of Siam 5 at Naraï gym, Paris.
 Detail of the hands of a boxer
 Muay Thai Altar
 Nonsai Srisuk wih cord & Tatoo
 Jean-Charles Skarbowsky advices  his pupil, during a session of punching bag at Naraï gym, Paris.
 Belgian Nak Muay & kick boxer Alka Matewa doing physical training at XTC training center in Brussels, Belgium
 Gloves
 Alka Matewa doing his bandage at Friend's Gym in Brussels, Belgium.
 Nonsai Srisuk working pads with Alain Kricka at Sandsak Muay-thaiplaza, Luxemburg.
 Alka Matewa doing stretches at the end of his workout.
 Youssef Boughanem working pads  at the XTC training center in Brussels, Belgium.
 Alka Matewa working punch endurance.
 Muay Thai legend Saenchai PK Saenchaimuaythai showing his knee techniques during a Muay Thai workshop at Chokmuay Gym in Brussels, Belgium.
 Sittichai Sitsongpeenong training pads at Narai Gym in Paris, France.
 Youssef Boughanem takes a deep breath at the end on his sparring...
 Coach Eric Sandsak
 Franck gets a massage before his next fight.
 Nonsai checking weight after his workout.
 Johann Fauveau challenges Abdallah Mabel during the ‟ Victory‟ weighing at the Marcel Cerdan sports palace, Levallois, France.
 Coach Nicolas Subileu prepares Bobo Sacko for his fight versus Petchasawin Seatransferry at the gala Best of Siam IV.
 French Nak Muay Fabio Pinca getting ready for his fight versus Thongchai Sitsongpeenong at  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟
 Thongchai Sitsongpeenong  gets a massage before his fight at the Best of Siam 5, Paris.
 Sittichai Sitsongpeenong prepares his bandage with kru Arjan Jakkit Sitsongpeenong.
 Nonsai Srisuk is prepared by the team Sandsak before his fight against Edgar N'Zunga at the gala ‟ No Pain, No Muay thai‟ in Belgium.
 General view ‟Time Fight‟ ring, Tours, France.
 French Nak Muay Raphael Llodra arriving for his fight vs Panom Topkingboxing from Thailand during the Best of Siam IV.
 French promoter El Hadj Mekedem carrying an ISKA belt which would be awarded at the gala ‟Time Fight‟ in Tours, France.
 Youssef Boughanem before his fight vs Djimé Coulibaly at the gala ‟ Victory‟ in Levallois, France.
 Mongkol in the corner of the ring.
 Pornsanae Sitmonchai doing stretches during his fight vs Yetkin Ozkul at the ‟ Best of Siam IV‟.
  Buakaw Banchamek
 Sittichai Sitsongpeenong pays tribute to his coach (kru) Arjan Jakkit Sitsongpeenong before the fight at the Best of Siam 5 event in Paris.
 Muay Thai legend Sam-A doing an expectacular Wai Kru ritual before his fight.
 Younes Lek in his corner before the fight.
 Sittichai Sitsongpeenong strikes a middle kick on his opponent  Johan Fauveau during the Best of Siam 5.
 Pornsanae Sitmonchai and Yetkin Ozkul striking simultaneus punches during their fight at the event ‟Best of Siam IV‟.
 Panom Topkingboxing strikes an elbow on Raphael Llodra during a fight at the ‟Best of Siam IV‟.
 Petchasawin Seatransferry in his corner receiving instructions from his coach Dudu.
 Coach Nasser Kacem advises Fabio Pinca on his corner during a fight at  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟
 Coach Ferradj Chaouqui gives instructions to Youssef Boughanem during his fight against Djime Coulibaly during the Gala ‟Victory‟ in Levallois, France
 Younes Lek strikes a high kick on his opponent.
 Raphael Llodra strikes an elbow on the head of Panom Topkingboxing during a fight at the ‟Best of Siam IV‟.
Youssef Boughanem jumped knee Youssef Boughanem hits a jumped knee on Djimé Coulibaly during their fight at the gala ‟Victory‟ in Levallois, France.
  Muay Thai legend Sam-A strikes a left hook to the jaw of Hakim Hamech during a fight at  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟.
 Petchmankong Petchfocus's powerful elbow.
 Yetkin Ozkul strikes a circular kick on the head of Pornsanae Sitmonchai during their fight at the ‟Best of Siam IV‟
 Coaches taking care of a boxer on the corner
 Pornsanae Sitmonchai
 Ring girls legs
  Buakaw Banchamek
 Nonsai sor Sanyakorn strikes a powerful elbow on the head of Edgar N'Zunga during their fight at the event ‟ No pain, No Muay Thai‟
 French Nak Muay Fabio Pinca strikes a left punch to the stomach of  Thongchai Sitsongpeenong  during a fight at  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟
 Youssef Boughanem strikes a middle kick  on Djimé Coulibaly during their fight at the gala ‟Victory‟ in Levallois, France.
 Ring girl  announcing the 3rd round.
 Lahoucine Idouche is bleeding in the face.
 Bobo Sacko  strikes a left jab on the face of Petchasawin Seatransferry during his fight at the ‟Best of Siam IV‟
 Pornsanae Sitmonchai  strikes a high kick on the head of Yetkin Ozkul during their fight at the ‟Best of Siam IV‟
  Amidou Mezidi and Nasser Kacem cry euphoric at the corner of Abdallah Mabel.
 Trophies
 Belgian  Alka Matewa  strikes a middle kick on Abderrahim Chafai of France during a fight  for the World title of the World Combat Sports Federation (WCSF)  at the Casino Brussels, in Belgium on March 3rd 2013.
 Nonsai sor Sanyakorn looks at his opponent lying on the floor
 Sittichai Sitsongpeenong celebrates his victory by KO during the Best of Siam 5
  Buakaw Banchamek celebrates his victory by KO during the TOP KING World series Paris.
 Thongchai Sitsongpeenong is declared the winner  versus Fabio Pinca, during a fight as part of  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟
 Muay Thai legend Sam-A poses for a picture with Pieter Brink at the end of his fight.
Younes Lek with his Trophy Younes Lek at the backstage looking at the Trophy he's been awarded during a tournment.
 The coach Nasser Kacem and his Pupil Abdallah Mabel look each other with satisfaction after the victory of the latter during the Tournament  ‟ La Nuit des Titans 2014‟