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By H.L.L Loh, Lionel Loh Han Loong

This ethnographic research of a combined martial arts gymnasium in Thailand describes the typical practices and lived reviews of martial paintings practitioners. during the lived realities and daily studies of those warring parties, this publication seeks to envision why foreigners make investments their money and time to coach in martial arts in Thailand; the linkages among the embodiment of martial arts and masculinity; how overseas our bodies devour martial arts and what they get out of it; the sensory reconfiguration required of a fighter; and the effect of transnational flows on physically inclinations and information. the writer argues that being a winning fighter includes not just sensitized wisdom and data of one’s physique, but in addition a reconfiguration of the senses.

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I should have been able too… My reflexes should be faster than this… An individual’s physique is not only transformed by increasing levels of muscularity but also the callusing of particular points on the body, such as the elbows, shins, and knuckles, that are used to strike one’s opponents. ” Intimately involved in the lived spaces of the gym, my body was inevitably transformed in the course of my fieldwork. Bruises marked my shins due to my constantly kicking the boxing bags, and comments were often made about how I would be a better fighter and would get tougher.

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