Border hi-jinx

Border hi-jinx

Mae Sot, Thailand
April 13/05
A young Burmese boy does a back flip under teh Friendship Bridge which links Thailand and Burma.
Thousands of refugees.villagers and military cross to Thailand to celebrate Thailand’s Songkran Festival and watch the bare – knuckle matches between Thai and Burmese fighters.
The fighting form is a mix of Muay – Thai and Burmese Lethwei boxing, blended to create a lethal fighting style known as Muay Kad Cheuk. The hands of the combatants are wrapped with a mix of gauze and hemp rope. The finished covering provides a minimum of protection on the hands and a maximum of impact on the opposition.
Traditionally, the Burmese fights are 4 rounds with the final round ending only after one of the opponents can fight no longer due to a knockout or excessive bleeding to the head