This is a filmed documentary for television and eventually video release I believe. I will try to get more info in the next few weeks.
The book Muay Thai Legacy just came out a little while ago. Someone here posted the website it could be bought from. I believe the publisher is Spry publishing. Asia books carries it as well. It has a heavy price tag at $40 in the USA and roughly 1250 baht($30 US.D) in Thailand. The book is in color and the photos are very well shot and reproduced. The first section is an overview of the progression of thai boxing from the old days to the modern stage. The first part is the only reason to buy the book as the second half is terribly disappointing.
I liked the first part even though it does not go into much depth about the systems and the teachers. It discusses alot of points about the progression of the stadiums and historical moments, etc that was interesting. It features my teacher the late Kru Tong and my current teacher Ajarn Lek in chaiya boxing which is nice to see them acknowledged. There are errors of course I believe in the photos showing muay lopburi and muay korat, the photos are not correctly labeled. The muay lopburi photo is actually muay korat and vice versa. The authors are not practitioners of the art and though their research yielded them so interesting information they seemed to gloss over alot of apparent material that could have added tremendous depth while still being direct and straightforward.
The second half is current muay thai technique progressions which are mostly very, very basic and so are the combos. Some of the material seemed a bit strange to me as I rarely saw them taught in a modern kai muay. The book is for beginners. I see it as a simplistic overview of muay thai. I discussed my opinions with many others including scholars and other writers and alot of practitioners, and they seemed to concurr. There are so few books out that I have a hard time saying anything too negative, so I will say its one of the better books for the moment. It will open the doors for others to surpass it. I'd be interested what others on the forum have to say about the book.
There are two other excellent books in the works that will be detailed and very thorough. I will talk more about these when I interview the authors in coming weeks.
I want to BUY that issue!
pahuyuth, is the documentary filmed for video/tv, or is it going to be an article in the magazine?
and can you give any more info about the book muay thai legacy? (content, bio, release date?) thanks.
The team from National Geographic is here in Bangkok prepping a new documentary on the thai martial arts. The author of the new book Muay Thai Legacy is helping them with research. I know it will include a section with my bare knuckle teacher of chaiya boxing and another with my krabi krabong teacher. Hopefully, it will be a real glimpse into the arts themselves. But we will have to wait and see.
Will you (or someone) please post additional information (air times, release, etc.)when it becomes available.
I gotta buy that book!
Anyone have the web addy?
It should air in 12-18 months. A guy from my hometown is helping them to the research right now.
gichen, what's up? hope all is well with you and family and job!
It that the older gentleman. Balding, stocky? I think he was at the krabi krabong school with the director.
Hello,I'm new to your forum. My name Dave Rogers
The documentary should surface in about 12 to 18 months from now roughly(Feb 2002).
In answer to Mr. Rogers misreading of my post, regarding the book he releases and my own observations please check Muay Thai Book thread for my answer.