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.
January 8th, 2016 – Rajabat University, Mahasarakham I’m seated on our mat just outside the stadium. There’s a metal sheet creating a 10 foot wall behind us and I’ve managed to manipulate a little wire hook, which holds the sheets of metal together, so that I can hang my mongkol. It’s dark all around us, a few young kids getting ready for their fights on either side, but there’s this bright glow from inside the stadium and a buzz of sound from the crowd, not unlike a swarm of bees heard through the paper walls of their hive. This was
January 5, 2016 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya I’d expected to be rematching Rungnapa Por. Muangpet again, but two days before this fight Pi Nu said (with some disappointment in his voice) that she hadn’t been training and that I’d be fighting someone else instead. I call bullshit on that story. You must know prior to two days before a fight whether or not your fighter has been training. But it didn’t matter to me. They had this other opponent in mind but she was 55 kg, Pi Nu said. This was kind of amazing though, because for a very long
I ran into the photographs of Mio Cade on Flickr, a project he calls “Muay Thai’s Honour” and which he ethically relates to the problems of young, male prostitution in Thailand. The way that Mio Cade sees Muay Thai is that, despite whatever flaws it has socially, among the less advantaged it provides what is missing for Thai boys who may choose a life of male prostitution: namely, dignity and honor. His photographic project is one focused on capturing the boys training at this urban Bangkok gym. You can follow Mio Cade Photography on Facebook Having lived and trained in
This post is taken from a response I posted on the Women Only section of the Roundtable Forum – where confirmed female members discuss all things Muay Thai. If you are a female who trains in Muay Thai do join our group. The question was raised there by one of our members about the benefits and/or complications of female only classes. Her question specifically referenced “self defense” classes and women wanting to be prepared physically and mentally for an assault, and being disappointed that they were treated “ladylike” in those courses; but there are gyms that offer “women’s classes” that
For the past three years Awakening Female Fighters has held awards, which are nominated and voted on by the public supporters of female combat sports – the female Muay Thai community. Last year I was thrilled to win Muay Thai Journalist of the Year, something I’m very proud of, and this year I was stunned to be named Female Muay Thai Fighter of the Year. I was driving through rural Thailand to a big fight in Mahasarakham when I got a message from Rew, asking if it would be too distracting for me to hear how I’d done in this year’s awards.
This post is in the spirit of this site, showing things in progress, as if passing reading notes so others can think along (and even train along) with me. I’ve thought a lot about this clinch since first witnessing it about 3 years ago. I’ve finally gotten myself to the position where I can teach it to myself. I first wrote about Tanadet (Poda) 2 years ago. The extended film clip below Kevin made as a study film for me, so I could figure out just what it is that Tanadet was doing. If you want a very good sense
The Karate class is divided by belt: black belts on the softer mats for grappling, everyone else being led in stretching and warm-up by Olivia. She’s a black belt of several degrees as well, but she’s our Sensei while Sifu is having the other, much larger, black belts do these throws. So we are aware of what they’re doing, but we’re not watching. There’s even a slight barricade between us, these long and chewed up logs that rest a little higher than my waist on iron stands. They’re for building up chopping strength in your wrists and forearms, I think,
This is a deceptively simple way to close distance. I get interesting communication from readers and fans. When it’s brief, I’ll answer directly. Mostly I try to get folks to post their questions on the Muay Thai Roundtable forum so it can help others who might have the same questions and more people can chime in to help with answers; but in this case the question was one I’ve not only worked hard to develop a strategy on, as a smaller fighter, but it’s also one that I’ve heard a few times. So it makes sense to do a Sylvie’s