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, my spontaneous vlog on the connection between belief and technique Mentality Distorts Physicality In this vlog I was ranting at Kevin the other night, all amped up and excited about some realizations I was having about mental training, and in the process I referenced the lean into a kick that is emphasized by Singdam and Arjan Surat – a legend, and a coach of legends. I’ve been playing with this for some time and know the importance of it, but often find myself frustrated by somehow still leaning back on my kicks. What I’ve realized, through working on this and working
This is a weekly series of posts detailing my experiences as a participant in Niyi Sobo’s 12 week, 12 person Mental Training group. Time Blocks This week’s focus was getting time management under control. This isn’t like “buy a day planner” but more like mapping out what kinds of accomplishments you want by the end of the week and then working backwards to plan out how to achieve it, breaking it into repeatable or progressive actions to which you are responsible throughout the week. It’s a great habit to develop. It’s also one of my greatest weakness. I hate making lists,
This article can work as a companion piece to my breakdown on the Joanna Jedrzejczk loss in Thailand to Dunnapa, Joanna’s last loss on record (2013). Below is video commentary on Japan’s Saya Ito and Thailand’s Faa Chiangrai, in Japan, fighting for the WMC 105 lbs world title. Saya was the WPMF 100 lb champion before vacating the title due to injury and some politics, and Faa Chiangrai is the current 105 lbs Northern Champion of Thailand. I’ve fought both of them, Saya only once on the Queen’s Birthday in Bangkok 3 years ago and Faa Chiangrai maybe 7 times.
I’m sitting in front of the big mirrors at WKO gym in Pattaya. This is where I start my afternoons, there’s some terrible music blaring over the speakers but it’s a different kind of terrible music from what my trainer there, Kru Mutt, likes to listen to, so probably this is someone else’s playlist from their phone. I hear Den Siam, the younger trainer at the gym – a new hire in the past few months – call my name and I look at him through the mirror’s reflection, rather than turning my head to find him in the ring.
Kaensak was one of my first connections to “real” Muay Thai in the sense of the Stadium Muay Thai of Thailand. I trained with him for about a year before moving to Thailand and I knew that he was 2x Fighter of the Year, which I also knew was a huge honor, but not really. I mean, you know that winning the World Series is a big deal even if you’re not a fan of baseball but you don’t really know what that means unless you actually follow the sport and watch the games every season. When I became more familiar
This is a part of a series of planned posts sharing my thoughts and experiences as I participate in a special mental training group of 12 designed and lead by Niyi Sobo. This week is the one I’ve been most afraid of since starting out the 12 week program. It’s the week we start stating and finding strategies toward our goals. It’s actually the next couple weeks, because it’s a huge task. I don’t consider myself a “goal setter” in any real sense of that word. I hate making lists, I hate schedules, I don’t even really like plans. This
When I had my first fight in Muay Thai, I’d sparred exactly 3 times prior to stepping into the ring. The way I trained with Master K, just him and me in his basement, I’d had very little actual contact in what is unarguably a full-contact sport. The thing about getting hit in training is that it conditions you to being hit under pressure and being able to respond, building up callouses both mentally and physically to be able to withstand that kind of impact. What I loved about fighting was that it was a gradual loss of fear via the
I’ve lived in Pattaya for 3 years now and finding good quality, reasonably priced equipment has proven a little difficult. There are a few different shops around, but they’re not very easy to find and the quality can be all over the place. There’s Fairtex over on North Pattaya road, right out in front of the resort complex where the gym resides. I do like the Fairtex brand, something I turn to for things like shin guards, but the shop is very small and everything is, of course, only Fairtex brand. Good quality but can be expensive and there’s not