Born and raised in Southern California, I moved to NYC in 2014 and went on to receive my Masters in Writing from The New School. In my first months of living in New York, I came across the Renzo Gracie Academy and immediately fell in love with training in the martial art Muay Thai. This led to me writing, photographing, and documenting Muay Thai as well as a variety of combat sports including Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian JiuJitsu, and Judo.
I’ve been given the opportunity to document numerous well-established promotions including Friday Night Fights, Warriors Cup, and Triumph Kombat in NYC, to Glory Kickboxing, Lion Fight, Showtime Boxing, and Triumphant Combat Sports nationally. Additionally, I’ve shot every major national Muay Thai tournament including TBAs, USMTO, and WKAs, and have been able to document both the Adult and Youth IFMA tournaments internationally on behalf of USMF (United States Muaythai Federation).
To view my other photo and writing work—including portraits, special events, and freelance projects—please head to pariaryafar.com