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.
above, is my vlog on this, below are my expanded thoughts When I was in preschool, one of my first friends was a girl whose name I can’t remember now. What I do remember is that she was afraid of dogs, which was the craziest thing I’d ever heard. Her mother explained to me that it was because a dog had bitten her once, but I still couldn’t wrap my 4-year-old head around it. I’d been bitten by my dog; I’d been run over by my dog when he was zipping around and decided I wasn’t an obstacle to avoid.
Study and Support my Patreon Muay Thai Library with Legends – suggested pledge $5 The first time I worked with Chatchai at his gym in Bangkok, it was by accident. I’d gone to his gym to meet Karuhat for a private session and it turned out that Karuhat couldn’t make it there. I knew who Chatchai was – not by sight, I had to figure it out by seeing his name and WBC belt and realizing I’d certainly read about him before – but definitely had no idea what Chatchai was. Even after the session, which I really enjoyed, I didn’t
Guest Post: Kaitlin Young Soi Dog Flight Volunteer – Training and fighting have brought me to Thailand twice now, and there will certainly be more trips to follow. If you visit, you will see the many stray dogs and cats that populate the streets and store fronts. (As a reader of this blog, you probably know that the very handsome Jaidee von Duuglas-Ittu came from this situation.) Despite being fairly well-fed by good Samaritans, they are host to ticks, fleas, mange, and various other parasites and skin diseases. Dogs are not commonly neutered or spayed there, so the growing population
I’ve written before about how Muay Thai and fighting, to me, isn’t “violence.” My argument was that I have experienced real violence, the above is the story of my rape as a child, and that the consent and preparation involved in fighting isn’t the same. There is, however, a flavor of violence in Muay Thai – it is, as my old boxing coach Ray Valez would say, “the hurt business” and ultimately any fighter pushing for the highest form of the art of Muay Thai has to embrace this. Yesterday there was a young woman at my gym, Petchrungruang, who
[Update May 10: Just spoke with Dieselnoi and he says he’s feeling better but will have to go back into surgery on the 16th this month. I asked if it was a serious surgery and he said it’s the same as what he had before (which I believe means the heart operation he had 2 years ago); but he gamely added that he’s sure after this time he’ll be incredibly strong. No matter how he’s feeling, Dieselnoi’s spirit is up. Heart surgery is serious stuff though and I’m quite worried for him. I’m trying to figure out with him now when
I’m pushing my hands into my gloves for morning padwork when I see a flurry of movement, almost like a shadow, out of the corner of my eye. I hear the sounds of alarm from various other people in the room before my eyes actually focus on the horrible scuttling of a rather large centipede, scurrying along the floor. These are wretched not-so-little insects and if they bite you it’s a world of pain, and if you’re allergic they can be fatal. I just don’t like how they move. It gives me the heebie-jeebies. Pi Nu grabs a Thai pad
I had the opportunity to meet this group from various gyms around Australia, as they all came together for a training excursion at two gyms in Pattaya: Sityodtong and Winner Muay Thai (the new gym from Tum, who used to be at Sityodtong). The leader of this group is Matthew Ball, who was kind and generous with me. Below is his description of the organization that brought these students, aficionados and travelers together: The Bob Jones Martial Arts organization was the first group to introduce Muay Thai to Australia and New Zealand on a large scale back in the mid
subscribe on iTunes There’s actually been quite a lot going on in Female Muay Thai, which Emma and I get to go over. We cover quite a lot and we’ve tried to be conscious of giving a bit of reference to names we mention, and I’m pretty excited by how much we were able to cover in this podcast. As a bit of a footnote, we do sound a bit disparaging when discussing the shit-show that is disorganized shows, bad matchups, poor media coverage and the meaninglessness of a lot of “world title belts” for women due to disorganization. It’s important