These are my thoughts and experiences as female Muay Thai fighter, covering as much of the sport and art from my vantage point as I can: techniques, issues of gender, sak yant, everything as I evolve as a fighter and a person.
In this post I return to two shops I had previous reviewed for Muay Thai equipment and custom shorts in Chiang Mai. You can find my original reviews, more than 2 years ago, here: The Sportland Shop, Near the 3 King’s Monument: Where to Buy Muay Thai, Equipment, Gloves and Gear in Chiang Mai Boy’s Twin’s Shop on the Kalare Night Bazaar: Where to Buy Custom Muay Thai Shorts in Chiang Mai I really never meant to do a thorough review, so much as just share what I ran into. I needed equipment and had a bit of an adventure
Jazmine Gallate absolutely made my jaw drop when I learned she was only 17 years old. She’s pushing for her dream, training and fighting out of Chokchai Muay Thai gym down on Phuket in Thailand. Jazzy and I share a vision in fighting a lot, often, anywhere, etc., and I’ve been a fan since first “meeting” her online maybe 6 months ago. I’ve also had the pleasure of engaging with Jazmine’s mom, Lisa, online – talking with Lisa and seeing both women interact with each other online, you can really see the love and support. When I see someone like
above, vlog #128 Songkran is About Paying Respect The festivities of Songkran, or “Thai New Year,” are mostly marked by the nation-wide water fights that take place over a period of days. The pervasiveness of this celebration is enough to send hoards of Thais out of Thailand for the duration of the holiday, while simultaneously luring hoards of foreigners into the Kingdom to take part. For myself, the first time I saw Songkran was a few days after we moved to Thailand in April of 2012. My friend Boomii invited me to come with her friends and brother in the
I’ve fought over 100 times in Thailand and honestly I have never had a completely clear picture of what is and is not a legal throw in Muay Thai. There are some very obvious fouls, but others seem a gray area. I’ve had a vague sense that you cannot lift an opponent, or that you can’t “back break”, or use the calf or “hooking” with feet to trip, but it seemed that some of the more effective throws that Mawin and Phetjee Jaa do in training were often in the gray area. I experienced a thunderous, pretty clearly illegal throw
n Sylvie’s Tips I try to capture on video various small techniques that I run into while training. The way that it happens in Thailand, things are seldom taught to you in the form of formal instruction, rather they come up suddenly in training and then are gone. I’m pretty shy, so it’s hard actually go around and request these things; I don’t want to stop everyone and have them repeat things for the camera. In this case though we arrived at O. Meekhun gym to find organized instruction being given to Phetjee Jaa and one of the boys named
Above: videos of two of my rounds of padwork with Mot Ek yesterday Normally my second padwork for the day is at O. Meekhun, but on days that they aren’t training (away for fights, or whatever), I get Mod Ek to work with me. He’s my corner for some fights and it’s so much fun to do pads with him. He’s never been a set-pattern guy and because he’s cornered for me he’s very fight-minded and caters toward my style in padwork. So, that’s how we ended up doing such close range pads with the clinch built in. I’ve never
Today’s vlog after morning training at Petchrungruang. I talk about my struggles with fatigue, which in part may come from real sources like being out of training for a stretch, monthly cycle, recovering from an illness, but what I’m really concerned with is the mental side, the way in which I may be wearing the experience of my last fight still, something I can take on in these last days of training before my fight on Saturday. I’m adding this to my articles on Overtraining which you can see here. Here you can see a Playlist of all my Vlogs.
I originally posted this on Facebook, but wanted to include my blog readers too in my sentiments… Today (April 5) was my 3 Year Anniversary of being in Thailand. Among so many other wonderful things, I’ve fought 99 times in those three years (28 the 1st year, 34 the 2nd year and 37 the 3rd year);I’ve met amazing and inspiring people – both in person and online – trained with instructors who have cared enough to push me; and experienced the sunlight and shadows of Thailand. Kevin and I never thought we’d be here 3 years, we came here PRAYING