Myanmar’s traditional form of boxing — Lethwei (CNN)

Foreigners spar in Thut Ti Lethwei Gym while Lone Chaw gives instruction

Foreigners spar in Thut Ti Myanmar Traditional Lethwei Club while former champ Lone Chaw gives instruction

I got into journalism because I get joy out of giving a voice to the voiceless.

This past week, my latest feature for CNN did just that.

In covering the Thut Ti Myanmar Traditional Lethwei Club in Yangon, I got to share personal perspectives of a centuries old martial arts from the stewards that love the sport the most. The coverage even inspired some efforts to standardize the brand of the sport, making a final migration from the “Let Whay” to “Lethwei” spelling.

Offering boxing session for a charitable 5,000 kyat per person, the gym is warm place, a place built of the improvised simplicity that is familiar to me across Myanmar.

You can read the full article through this link.

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