About the Book
One day I've decided that I had enough of the NY underground music and film scene, of my acting and film making career, of my zillion of free-lance jobs, of directing low budget artsy music videos for independent record labels or info-mercials for big ad agencies that will never see the green light, of my east Village apartment, of being a singer in a rock band called 'In Flagranti' and the lead actress in low budget indie European and American movies, of being a coat check girl in a room the size of a closet, of catering work where you have to wear a tuxedo and smile all the time, of credit card bills, of high heels shoes and winter coats... So I've decided to move to Thailand and become a full-time professional Muay Thai fighter for about a year. Things have been going quite well and I've decided to stay for another year. I am working on a Muay Thai book and editorial project to support my staying in Thailand and in the future open a Muay Thai gym and cultural center for children. Please have a look at my work in progress.
Rajadamnern Champions: Boys from Chuwattana. In the heart of a poor neighborhood in Bangkok some of the best Muay Thai champions train. The boys from Chuwattana gym or Kay Muay Chuwattana. Most of them are Rajadamnern champions, WBC or WMC champions. The ring is blessed by the monks and women are not allowed in it. A few old bags, a courtyard, a ring, a kitchen, two rooms upstairs where in each one ten people sleep together. Jomthorng Chuwattana, Lamsonkhram Chuwattana or Singmanee Sor Srisompong make a hundred thousand or fifty thousand baht a fight. The gym takes half of it. The rest they send to their family in Issan province, The North East Thailand poorest region where most of Muay Thai fighters come from.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography Books
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Publish Date Feb 07, 2009
- Tags Singmanee Sor Srisompong, Rajadamnern stadium, Thai boxing, Muay Thai, World champion, Jomthorng, Lamsonkhram, Chuwattana, Bangkok, Thailand, poverty, children, Boxing, Ko, women, health, sport
Chantal who was born to a French mother and Italian father and raised in Milan, Italy. She studied music as a child before becoming a respected actor and making movies for the Directors Peter Del Monte, Citto Maselli, G. Piccioni and Fulvio Ottaviano. After studying at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London, she moved to NYC where she starred in ‘Big Apple’ which won the Audience Award at the Las Vegas Independent International Film And Video Festival. Once in NYC she also became a photographer and film maker – her debut film ’La Mia Mano Destra’ (My Right Hand) won Best Short at the Brooklyn International Film Festival and she also made a number of video’s for the Grammy award winning band Brazilian Girls. In January 2008 she decided to move to Thailand and make a documentary on women doing Thai Boxing in Chiang Mai jail. Whilst in Thailand she got into serious Muay Thai training and she became WPMF (World Professional MuayThai Federation)WMA and WMF World champ.