Beefy Biki Bora hailed from a low-income family and at just the age of twelve started selling fish to provide for his family. During his free time, Biki would practice the art of Muay Thai or Thai boxing. Biki was always inclined towards the sport, and his love and skill for it escalated. He continued training in Assam and later had the opportunity to learn Muay Boran, an even deadlier art that is slightly different from Muay Thai because Muay Boran is a lot tougher and a lot more vicious. The techniques used are so dangerous that they’re not allowed in competitive sports today. Ouch! Biki underwent extensive training by his reputed master from Thailand. Biki then went on to participate in ring fights during his stint in Thailand. It was later on when he decided to come back to Mumbai in search of better career prospects.
The Art Of Muay Thai
Muay Thai is the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’ where one uses the elbow, fist, knee, and shin – these being the strongest parts of the body – to fight. It is a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand.
The deadly art form uses eight points of contact with the opponent that the body mimics as weapons of war. The hands become the sword and the dagger; the shins and forearms are hardened in training to act as armor against blows; the elbow is used to fend off opponents like a heavy mace or hammer, and the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operates as one whole unit. The knees and elbows are constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin the enemy to the ground for the kill. Interestingly enough, The King of Thailand is an avid fan of Muay Thai, and since being crowned, its popularity has grown more now than in any other era in history.
Sylvester Stallone was my biggest inspiration since his life story inspired me.”
Biki reveals that different students draw their inspiration from various sources. Whether Biki is training a group or taking a personal training session, he comes up with a different workout or training routine each time and devotes his complete attention to every one of his students.
The Push Or “Punch” That Led To Muay Thai
Biki made the sudden decision almost fourteen years ago to leave Assam and move to Mumbai for better career prospects. Not knowing anyone in Mumbai and having just Rs. 150 in his pocket was a considerable risk that Biki took, all in the name of Muay Thai. He took up odd jobs like gardening and survived on Mumbai’s infamous vada pav. It was later when Biki got a job as a trainer in a gym and started training people. It was during that time when a few of his gym students who came to know of his Muay Thai background suggested to Biki to take up Muay Thai as a fitness career. And that was what triggered him to open his very own Muay Thai studio in Bandra, the heart of the bustling city of Mumbai – where dreams really do come true.
Biki’s dad had enrolled him in Muay Thai classes for training, but Biki’s family was never entirely for the idea of him making Muay Thai his full-time career. They were insistent on him pursuing something else. But today, Biki’s family is entirely on board with his fierce and fiery fitness career path.
In the future, I hope to hold many Muay Thai competitions for children and youngsters. I would love to start a Muay Thai training fitness center of my own someday.”
Biki says that his most memorable moment till date was when he was approached to train Indian actress Kajal Aggarwal for a boxing scene in a Tamil movie called Thappakki in 2012.
Biki shares some bold advice to those aiming to pursue sports themselves – “It’s not important where you come from but where you finally reach that matters. No matter how hard things get, a person should be unstoppable.” To those who thought successful careers couldn’t be made out of one’s love for fitness, Biki certainly did deliver a powerful punch!