Mohamad Fneich wins Muay Thai Championship in Bangkok

Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

Bruce Lee

Dating several hundred years back, Muay Thai is the cultural martial art of Thailand.

It was essentially developed as a form of close-combat using the entire body as a weapon. This physical and mental discipline is known as "the art of eight limbs" characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation, making a full-contact fighter very efficient.

This sport has attracted many individuals since the 20th century, to disperse all over the world, and create champions even in the Middle East. Engineering student at the Université Antonine, Mohamad Fneich has entered the world of martial arts two years ago through his older brother who also practices this sport. Fneich immediately showed skills and dedication, trained hard (up to 4 days a week) to achieve his latest triumph among 41 countries in the Muay Thai University World Cup 2015 - under the category of 86 kilos or heavy weight class - which happened in Bangkok, Thailand this past March.

Mohamad’s role model in the sports’ realm would be Grand Master Sami Kiblawi, who held the title of the world’s youngest Grand Master in Muay Thai, and officially brought this martial art to Lebanon. He is currently the president of the Lebanese and Arab Muay Thai Federation.

 When asked about a dream fight with a legend, Fneich wishes to stand in the ring facing Buakaw; a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer who has won over 5 international championships. Mohamad’s goal for the near future is to become a successful engineer, continue training hard and improving as an athlete; to hopefully achieve as many titles as possible.

Mohamad Fneich is currently preparing for his upcoming fight, the Lebanese Muay Thai Championship which will date in a few months. The Université Antonine wishes you all the luck! 

Mohamad Fneich, Engineering student