Practicing a sport prohibited in Quebec, what future?

A fan of combat sports, Andrews Pimparé-Édouard would like to be able to progress in his province, and not in Ontario or the United States, where this martial art, which uses the hands, knees, feet and elbows, is legal.

Andrews is 22 years old and has been practicing Muay Thai for two years, after dabbling in mixed martial arts for a few months and playing hockey in high school. A return to sport later walk in the street smoking and doing nothingas the young man says.

He now attends Yeuang Kraai School, a Muay Thai school located in a former industrial building in Montreal’s Rosemont district, where he trains.

Moving from left to right of the mat, he alternates kicks and punches to the rhythm of Thai music. When we start, we warm up a little and then we have a face to face with the coach.explains Andrews.

Andrews Pimparé-Édouard trains with Yeuang Kraai Muay Thai school head coach Kevin Ly.

Andrews Pimparé-Édouard trains with Yeuang Kraai Muay Thai school head coach Kevin Ly.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Karine Mateu

One of his trainers, Kevin Ly, stands in front of him, equipped with shin guards and training shields, and tells him in Thai the movements he must perform.

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