He fights for his own way

By Kaushik jn

This 17-year-old boy is passionate about muay thai and has its eyes set on gold for India

Syed Abid Hussain was about to turn 12 when he came across videos of Muay Thai and kickboxing martial artist Buakaw Banchamek. He was so inspired by the Thai artist that it pushed him to start learning Muay Thai, in the buakaw fighting style.

Muay Thai, also called Thai boxing, is a well-known combat sport around the world. It is one of the famous and field fighting martial arts style which is slowly gaining popularity among the youth in India.

At the age of 12, Syed, also known as kingabidhussainjoined fitness roar learn Muay Thai. Since then there has been no looking back for him and the now 17 year old eats, sleeps, breathes Muay Thai. During the last five years of his training, he participated in 11 ring fights around the world and won numerous gold and silver medals.

Syed told BM: “I’m a huge Buakaw fan and would love to meet him one day. I am sure and confident that I will get a gold medal for India soon. My family and friends are happy with my winning streak; I want to make a career in Muay Thai. However, I only fight in the ring, never on the street,” he said.

The brave teenager is a second CAP student, but his priorities are always Muay Thai first and the rest comes later. Such was his passion that many of his friends and cousins ​​joined martial arts classes after seeing him win.


Syed recently participated in the Grand Slam World Championship held in Malaysia, where he was among 7,000 entrants in various categories from 90 countries. He represented India and ended up winning a silver medal.

Syed is ranked 1 in his age category in India.

But the trip was not easy, especially since in India, martial arts are still a niche sport and sponsors are scarce. Support from society is also scarce, and for Syed, his coach has been his constant rock.

Many don’t consider it a sport; there is no encouragement, no funds

–Syed Abid Hussain

“Nobody outside of my entourage helped me. Many people don’t consider it a sport at all; no encouragement and no funds to participate in ring fights. I want people to support this sport and sponsor many poor martial artists, so that we can participate and win gold medals in many international championships, I had to borrow money from my friends for the recent championship in Malaysia and my coach helped me,” he added.

“India has been competing in international championships for more than 20 years but did not win a single gold medal. But this is not the end. He will get a gold medal for India. “training hard and I hope he wins in the next international championship. It’s more support than any other sport in our country. We need support to participate in more championships,” said the Coach Hemanth Kumar.


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