Muay Thai Documentaries and TV Shows – The Directory

There are lots of Muay Thai documentaries and TV shows out there, but discovering them and finding links to watch them online can be difficult. Here, I’m aiming to build a directory where you can find all of them in one place. The videos listed here are separated by type (documentary or TV series, and those based on child fighters have their own category). Each listing contains a video. Click on the film titles for direct video links to watch them.

I have already added as many as I can, but I am looking for help from the Muay Thai Community to add more. If you know of any Muay Thai documentaries, films or TV shows that aren’t listed here, please contact me by commenting below or via the Under the Ropes Facebook page

Muay Thai Documentaries

A Day in the Life of a Muay Thai Fighter 

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This is a short one. It’s a 6-minute mini documentary on Malaysian fighter, Bernard ‘Headhunter’ Radin, who was a fighter for Contender Asia 2.

A Lanna Trilogy 

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This is a three-part documentary on Lanna gym in Chiang Mai, filmed by ‘Brave Dave‘ over three trips there in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Watch it here and read Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu’s review of it here.

Beautiful Boxer

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This one is based on a true story and a drama rather than a documentary, but is worth including here. This famous film is based on Parinya Charoenpol, who we know as Nong Toom, now a world-renowned Muay Thai fighter who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. Watch the trailer here.

Blessed with Venom

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A feature-length documentary on the life and career of John Wayne Parr, which he’s just made available in full on Youtube here. You can watch the trailer here and buy the DVD on the official website.

Born for the Fight

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Filmed in 1992 and broadcast on National Geographic, Born for the Fight gives an in-depth look into the history and culture of Muay Thai while following the lives of three fighters; Namkabuan, Saenliam at Sidyodtong in Pattaya and Oran, a young fighter from Buriram.

Buakaw: Boxer, Legend, Legacy

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A Muay Ties documentary about Buakaw. There are three different trailers (which you can watch here, here and here) and the film is due for release in Europe and the US in a few weeks.

Dreamchasers: I Want to be a Muay Thai Fighter

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Dreamchasers is a reality TV series on A&E network, but it’s featured here in the ‘documentaries’ section because this Muay Thai-related episode was just a one-off. It followed Nat McIntyre, a 31-year old amateur fighter from Minnesota, as he travels to Thailand to train at Lanna Muay Thai and has his first fight in Thailand. I’m not entirely sure when this was shot, but since then, Nat has won IKF and WKA professional titles, and is now a trainer at The Academy in Minnesota. Nat gives talks the viewer through the entire process from leaving his home gym to coming out of his fight against JR from Lanna Muay Thai. I think this is definitely worth watching. You can watch it by clicking the above link, which leads to Nat’s bio page, and scrolling down to the bottom, where you’ll find the video embedded.

Fighting the Dream

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An excellent, 5-minute documentary about Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu and her journey to have 100 fights in Thailand.

Fight Club Asia

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A National Geographic documentary that follows Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao, Bpragaiphet Eminent Air and Fa Tong Lanna Muay Thai.

Fight or Flight

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Fight or Flight is described as a ‘multi-award-winning film set in Thailand. Based on an Irishman’s journey into the fighting circuit in Muay Thai boxing. The award winning film explores Buddhism & Thai culture and a westerners initiation into the sport – with spectacular cinematography showing Thailand’s beauty and spectacular scenery’Watch the trailer here and buy the full movie here.

Gina Carano – Fight in Thailand

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A 20-minute documentary covering Gina Carano as she trains with Master Toddy for a professional fight in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Inside the Fight – Battle of the Belts

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A Can’t Stop Crazy production on Joe Schilling and his fight against Karapet Karapetyan for the WBC Light-heavyweight world title.

Jerome Adamoli: Portrait of a Muay Thai Fighter

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This is a mini documentary about French fighter, Jerome Adamoli, who trains under Krongsak in Paris.

Into the Fire

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A behind the scenes look at the lives of some of the world’s best Muay Thai fighters, including Kevin Ross and Baxter Humby as they strive to become Muay Thai Premier League and World Muay Thai Council World Champions. The above link gives the trailer. As of yet, this documentary doesn’t seem to be available online.

John Wayne Parr: Foxsport Special

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A 2-hour feature by Foxsport in which Mark ‘The Hammer’ Castagnini interviews John Wayne Parr. It includes clips from some of his best fights throughout his career.

Kick Fighters

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A National Geographic documentary following John Wayne Parr, Masato and Buakaw Por. Pramuk as they prepare for the K1-World Max Championship.

Life in the Cock Fighting Pit

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A 20-minute documentary about Phet Jee Jaa, the 12 year old ‘girl who fights boys’. The film starts from the point at which she was banned from fighting boys (as all girls were) and goes on to show the subsequent affect on her and her family.

Life of Buakaw

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A short anime about Buakaw, starting with his fight against Dutch champion, Andy Souwer in the K1 world Max Tournament in 2005, which he unexpectedly lost. It then gives the story of Buakaw’s childhood discovery of Muay Thai before depicting his rematch with Souwer in 2006.

MTV’s True Life – ‘I’m a Muay Thai Fighter’

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An episode of MTV’s ‘True Life’ series which followed Kit Cope and Ben Garcia as they trained with Master Toddy in Las Vegas and travelled to Thailand to compete in the annual bare-knuckle, Thailand vs. Burma event in Mae Sot in 2004. Unfortunately, the True Life episode doesn’t seem to be available online, but you can watch a feature on the entire bare-knuckle event (which is much longer and has a lot more fight footage) on Youtube in parts here (Ben Garcia’s fight is in part 3 and Kit Cope’s fight is in part 7): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

Muay Thai Documentary 8 Limbs: Life of a Nak Muay

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A Liverkick documentary about two fighters from Phuket Top Team, Kru Lucky and Yoduman. Watch part 1 here and part 2 here.

Muay Thai Boxing in Bangkok

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A short, 5-minute film featuring 17- year old Ong-ard Padnamu and 20-year old Ekkachai Dangsuntad, who train at 96 Peenang Gym in Bangkok.

Muay Thai Every Corner

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A 48-minute film in English and Spanish. The DVD is available for purchase here and you can watch the trailer here.

Muay Thai Superstars – Antione Pinto

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A Siangboxing documentary on Antione Pinto and his rise to stardom in Thai Fight. This film is in Thai language.

One Arm Strong

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This is only 2 minutes long, but I think it’s worth sharing. It shows the inspiring story of Baxter Humby, a Canadian fighter known as the ‘One-Armed Bandit’. Baxter’s right hand was amputated at birth. Despite this, he’s won a number of belts including world titles.

One-Handed Fighter

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A 5-minute piece on Prakaipetch Eminent Air, who was born with only one hand.

PTT Petchrungruang

A short, 8-minute documentary on PTT Petchrungruang. He talks about how lots of teenage boys get tired of fighting and give up, but he refuses to do so himself, despite having a year-long losing streak. He also says that his dream is to fight on Thai Fight. Three years later, he’s now been signed to the promotion. Read Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu’s post on him to find out more about his story.

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Ramon Dekkers – The Man Behind the Knockouts

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Interviews with the legendary Dutch pioneer of Muay Thai.

Ramon Dekkers – A Living Legend

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A shorter, 10-minute documentary on Ramon Dekkers and his career.

Ring Girls

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Master Toddy mentors Gina Carano, Christina Toledo, Lisa King, LaTasha Marzolla and Ardra Hernandez and takes them to Thailand to fight against Thai fighters. You can watch it in Youtube videos separated into ten parts here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10.

Road to Greatness – The Art of Muay Thai Boxing

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A short, 5-minute piece featuring Stephan Fox and Clifton Brown. Stephan talks about the WMC’s Muay Thai Against Drugs campaign, which encourages children to learn Muay Thai and promotes awareness of the dangers of drugs. Clifton goes to a Thai school to promote the campaign to the students.

Saiyok Pumpanmuang by Elite Boxing

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A 20-minute feature on Saiyok Windy Sport (Pumpanmuang) and his life inside and outside of the ring.

Serious Crush – Gina Carano

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OK, this one is actually MMA-related, but it’s just a little one. It’s a short feature by ESPN that covers Gina Carano’s transition to MMA from Muay Thai and the controversy that was involved.

The Noble Art of Muay Thai

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This film breaks down different techniques and principles of Muay Thai in both traditional and modern aspects.

Thai Boxing- A Fighting Chance

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A documentary filmed in 2002 and narrated by Jason Statham that follows three fighters; Sam Sheridan, a Harvard graduate who is training in Thailand with Apidet; Boonterm Kitmuti, a female Thai fighter and 29-year old mother of two who was previously forbidden to fight due to sexist tradition; and Gongprai Sor. Jintana, a young fighter from Ayutthaya.

Thai Prison Fights by Vice’s Fightland

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A 10-minute documentary on the Prison Fight event at Khlong Prem prison in 2013, where prisoners fought in Muay Thai bouts against foreigners for the opportunity for reduced sentences (read my post on my experience of this event here).

Top of Thailand: The Best of the Best in Muay Thai

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A 20-minute documentary on Anuwat, Yodsanklai and Saenchai, narrated by Rob Cox. Watch part 1 here and part 2 here.

Under the Lights in Thailand

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This documentary follows the USA Muay Thai Team as they take part in the 2014 WMF Pro-Am World Championship tournament. In order to watch it, you can contact the Under the Lights in Thailand Facebook page to receive access to the video.

Muay Thai Documentaries on Child Fighters

Buddha’s Lost Children

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This is a fantastic documentary about the Golden Horse Monastery in Northern Thailand, where travelling monk Kru Bah teaches the local children the art of Muay Thai. Read Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu’s review of the movie here.

Buffalo Girls

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Todd Kellstein’s wonderful documentary about Stam and Pet, two eight-year old girls in rural Thailand who fight Muay Thai to support their families. I absolutely loved this documentary, it’s a must-watch. Read Sylvie von Duuglas -Ittu’s review of  this movie here

Children of the Ring by E:60

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A 15 minute film by ESPN on children fighting Muay Thai in Thailand.

Raised in the Ring

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A documentary following five young fighters in Northern Thailand. The full film doesn’t seem to be available online, but you can watch the trailer here.

Shin on Shin by Liverkick

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A series by Liverkick which focuses on Muay Thai and kickboxing in Europe. It’s broken down into 20-minute Episodes, listed below.

Shin on Shin Episode 1: The Fall, Hated Dominance, Unappreciated Brilliance

Shin on Shin Episode 2: Alexey Ignashov The First Next Big Thing, Badr Hari The People’s Champ

Shin on Shin Episode 3: The Wages of the Wars, In Honor of those we lost…

Shin on Shin Episode 4: They Call it a War

Shin on Shin Episode 5: The Tour

Shin on Shin Episode 6: The Never Ending Story (Women’s Fighting)

Shin on Shin Episode 7: From the Gym to the Corner (Coaches)

Shin on Shin Episode 8: Where They Hate the Heroes (Holland)

Shin on Shin Episode 9: The Ambassador Remy Bonjasky, Stars of the Future

Shin on Shin Episode 10: The Pretty Killer, The King of the Ring

 

Strictly Baby Fight Club

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A Channel 4 documentary on children’s Thai boxing in the UK, which follows five young fighters including Iman Barlow’s younger brother, Thai. Unfortunately, the above link is not available to watch in the UK, which could possibly be due to the controversy it caused among the UK Muay Thai community after it’s release, as a result of its rather negative and unfair representation of the sport.

Taboo – Child Boxers of Thailand

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A documentary from National Geographic’s ‘Taboo’ series. The above link is from Damien Trainor’s website and includes a short review from him.

Torn Cloth

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A new documentary, filmed at a gym in Northern Thailand, about young boys from Northern rural Thailand who take up Muay Thai and compete in bare-knuckle matches. The full film is not yet available, but you can watch the trailer here.

Win. Lose. Forgive

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A 27-minute short film, filmed in 2012 featuring Monlin Sitpohdaeng and Jongsanan along with Ben Brown, who is a student of theirs at PHAS3 Martial Arts in California. See the film’s website here, see the trailer here. You can watch it in full here on Youtube and here on Vimeo.

TV Shows

The Contender Asia

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A 2008 reality TV series, filmed in Singapore and hosted by WMC Vice President, Stephan Fox. 16 aspiring middleweight fighters from around the world were put together in a house and divided into two opposing teams. They took part in challenges and fought against each other for the Contender title and a cash prize of $150,000.

Episode 1: Naruepol vs. Trevor Smandych

Episode 2: Sean Wright vs. Jams Martinez

Episode 3: John Wayne Parr vs. Rafik Bakkouri

Episode 4: Yodsaenklai vs. Bruce Macfie

Episode 5: Soren Monkongtong vs. Alain Slyvestre

Episode 6: Dzhabar Askerov vs. David Pacquette

Episode 7: Zidov “Akuma” Dominik vs. Kim Khan Zaki “Zig Zach”

Episode 8: Jose “Pitu” Sans vs. Joakim “Yukay” Karlsson

Episode 9: Yodsaenklai vs. Naruepol

Episode 10: Sean Wright vs. Joakim “Yukay” Karlsson

Episode 11: John Wayne Parr vs. Zidov “Akuma” Dominik

Episode 12: Soren Monkongtong vs. Dzhabar Askerov

Episode 13: Yodsaenklai vs. Sean Wright

Episode 14: Yodsaenklai vs. John Wayne Parr

 The Challenger Muay Thai

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Stephan Fox’s 2011 follow up to Contender Asia. Fighters included Antione Pinto, Cyrus Washington and Jordan Watson. As of yet, I haven’t found a way to watch this online. If anyone knows of a link, please let me know. Watch a teaser here.

Fight Girls

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A reality TV show where seven American female fighters including Miriam Nakamoto and Felice Herrig live and train together, trained by Master Toddy with Gina Carano and Lisa King as mentors. They compete against each other before going to Thailand to fight against experienced Thai fighters. The content that the previous links led to has been removed – sorry! The episodes don’t appear to be up anywhere else online, but I am looking to get this fixed as soon as possible.

Episode 1 – Hit me with your Best Shot

Episode 2 – Hungry like the Wolf

Episode 3 – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Episode 4 – Breaking Us in Two

Episode 5 – Another One Bites the Dust

Episode 6 – Revenge

Episode 7 – Hurts So Good

Inside the Fight – USA vs. Thailand

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A four-part series following some of the best Muay Thai fighters in America as they fight against Thai champions.

Episode 1

Episode 2 – Romie Adanza vs. Lansuanlek Sasiprapa

Episode 3 – Kevin Ross vs. Sagetdao Petchpayathai

Episode 4 – Joe Schilling vs Kaoklai Kaenorasing

Muay Thai Journal

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Episode 1 – Pornsanae Sitmonchai

Episode 2 – Sam A Gaiyanghaadao

Episode 3 – The Next Generation

Episode 4 – Petchatsawin Seatransferry

Episode 5 – Rungubon Eminent Air

Episode 6 – Rob Cox

Episode 7 – Social Mobility ft. Abigail McCullough

Episode 8 – Petchisaan Seatransdiscovery

Episode 9 – Justin Greskiewicz

Episode 10 – Thanit ‘Boom’ Watthanaya

Episode 11 – Giatbundit Gym

Tuff Girls

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Master Toddy’s follow up from Ring Girls and Fight Girls. This reality series features nine female fighters from around the world who train with Master Toddy in Bangkok for six weeks. First, they fight each other. Then, they fight the Thais. This series was aired on Canada’s Fight Network and Australia’s Fuel TV, but is currently unavailable online. You can watch the trailer here.

Warriors of the Mongkol

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An Australian series showcasing some of the best Muay Thai fighters in the country. Watch episode 1 here and visit the official website to purchase the rest of the series.

Help the directory to grow. If you know of any Muay Thai documentary or TV show that isn’t listed here, please submit it in a comment below.

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33 thoughts on “Muay Thai Documentaries and TV Shows – The Directory

  1. Thank You so much for this list. I’m excited to watch all of these documentary’s on my beloved Must Thai. Sawadee krap.

  2. Great list! I’ll have to share it.

    Fists if Pride. Another child boxing documentary about the Burmese refugee children training along the northern border.

  3. Wow Emma, how long did that list take you to compile!? That is so comprehensive, with pictures and everything! Thanks for putting this together.

    On a personal note, “Beautiful Boxer” is my favorite of everything mentioned on this list (though admittedly I’ve only seen like a 10th of things listed). It makes me cry every time I see it. Just watching the trailer can make me cry!

    • Thanks, Lindsey!

      It took be the best part of an entire day to get it done. It was one of those days where you accidentally find yourself still hammering away at your keyboard 12 hours later.. I have a few of these yet to watch, myself! Beautiful Boxer is definitely a good one 🙂

    • Jesse,

      Thanks so much for posting this, please do let me know when the finished film is out! So you filmed at the WMF tournament in March? I look forward to seeing it and I’ll be sure to add it here when it’s done 🙂

      – Emma

      • Hey Emma,

        Yep I filmed much of the tournament and followed team USA for the entirety. The doc will be about that, as well as a nice look into Muay Thai itself! I’ll be sure to let you know when, but it’s basically out of post production now and we’re working on festivals next!

  4. This is a great list. Thanks for compiling! Here is another Muay Thai documentary that is now available to view for free online (links lower down on the page where it says ‘Where to View’). It features legendary Muay Thai Coaches Jongsanan Woodenman and Monlit Sitphodaeng. It was produced in 2013 http://WinLoseForgive.com

  5. Thank you for compiling this list and keeping it updated too!! Really helps me save me time rather then googling for muay thai documentaries everytime;)

    Keep up the great work:)

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