Tyler Durden’s Fight Club reaches Thailand

Underground fighting club called « Fight Club » takes places in the midst of the streets of Bangkok, for everyone to see, breaking the first two rules of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club: « you do not talk about fight club. »

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An illegal fighting ring defined by shipment containers welcomes fighters from every martial arts disciplines to fight in harsh face-offs. The event attracts amateurs who wish to prove themselves, as well as casual citizens here to pass time enjoying the fights. « Fight Club » is written on a banner hanging from on of the containers, with the initials of « Fight Club THailand » raised as a flag.

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An ongoing fight between two opponents. One man with green shorts strikes a left punch to the head, blocked by his rival. The fighters brawl on very light foam mats that would not help much if they were to fall and hit the ground. No barrier protects the public from the fighters, risking to withstand a blow in order to see the fight from the first row.

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Two kneeling fighters embrace at the end of their bout, a deep emotion can be read onto the face of one of the brawlers, showing that, despite the violence of a fight, this discipline is noble and respectful. The public does not urge them to leave the fighting ring to start another fight, but acknowledges what they have just been through.

Mohamed Mehdaoui

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