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Young fighters exposed to exploitation

Updated: November 5, 2013, 11:18 AM ET
By Steve Marantz | ESPN.com

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, with a 700-year-old history, and as with most sports, a yin and yang.

Known as the "science of eight limbs," muay Thai allows striking by fists, elbows, knees and feet, in bouts of five three-minute rounds. As described by the Dictionary of Martial Arts: "... fights are often brutal and contestants are frequently injured. ... Particularly devastating are the full-power kicks permitted to the legs, knees and thighs."

Muay Thai comes ...

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