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.
The above is my vlog shot two days ago. I’d intended to finish up training with a good run on the stairs at the temple, but there was a service going on. I’d just had a grand time listening to Pi Nu relating his “kids these days are soft” story at the gym and before finding an alternative to the stairs had to sit and share what I’d heard about his childhood. I’m a sucker for “when I was your age” stories, and I find these generational differences in Muay Thai so interesting. Pi Nu doesn’t train his 15-year-old son
“Play Knees” – Sylvie’s Tips video above The other day I put up a video of “play knees,” bagwork that Muay Thai legend Sakmongkol taught me at WKO, here in Pattaya. He was displeased with me merely doing counted, repetition knee drills, the traditional Muay Thai camp endless knees on the bag that everyone knows. (These are still good and useful, by the way, just for stamina.) He wanted me to do play knees, to move the bag around in fight simulation action and energy. It was something I’ve never seen before, but I did my best to adopt it.
August 5, 2015 – Suranaree Stadium in Khorat – full fight video above I’d been offered this fight by the guy Pi Nu calls “Small Man.” His name is Piak and he’s the father of the only other female champion out of Petchrungruang, Phetnamning – she no longer fights. I like him a lot and I’ve gone with him to fights in this area of Thailand before, but he’s a bit tricky to work with because he won’t do my pre-fight massage. This is simply him being polite because I’m a woman and he’s a man, so he’ll get his
July 5, 2015 – Loi Khor Stadium, Chiang Mai – video part 1 above, part 2 below This was meant to be the first fight of 3 up in Chiang Mai over a period of five days. I’d fought two days prior in Hua Hin and had broken my hand in that fight, but I’d spent countless hours working on keeping range of motion and flexibility in the wrist on the 10 hour drive up so it actually felt okay and the swelling was down. I couldn’t really use it – like, I couldn’t turn a doorknob or open a
Above is the entire fight video ดูคลิปมวยไทย 7 สี ย้อนหลัง วันที่ 23 สิงหาคม 2558 มวยไทย 7 สี อาทิตย์นี้ คู่ พิชิตศึก ศิษย์นายภัฏ vs ดาร์กี้ ลูกมะขามหวาน Pichitseuk Sit Naipat (red) vs Dahkee Lukmakawan (blue). Or you can watch the whole fight here. Click the photo below to see the elbow round I’m writing about here. Why Muay Thai is Only in Thailand I remember when I first started watching actual Thai fights in Thailand in 2010. I thought I’d seen Muay Thai – of course I had, I watched Buakaw on Youtube and I loved Tony Jaa… these are Muay Thai. Yes;
video above – PTT is the pad work top fighter of Petchrungruang. He’s only 17 years old but I’ve been told that he’s the number one contender for the 130 lbs title at Lumpinee (with some issues of promotional conflict), and number three contender for the same weight at Rajadamnern. I really like PTT. He’s quiet, very confident and sweet, and absolutely loves Jai Dee (our soi dog adoption). He’s also the first example of a fighter I came across who can do minimal training and not suffer for it in the ring. He basically runs, clinches, and does a
One of the more limiting things as a female Muay Thai fighter is that we have no real history, no archived past to attach ourselves to, to anchor our passion and propel us to greater achievements. We have the names and photos of western women with lots of belts, in recent times, and very few videos, but reach beyond a decade or so and the record of female Muay Thai just falls off into mist. And in terms of Thai female fighters, anything prior to 1998 is extremely obscure and subject to the dubious or incomplete aspects of oral accounts.
For those that follow me closely you know that about a year ago I experienced a significant reversal by winning on the Queen’s Cup following what for me was a terrible loss just 4 days before. What really happened was that I finally buckled down and set to work on mental training, something I’d always wanted to do, and had dabbled in, but really I had no clue about how to do it. I just had no choice. I had a big fight four days after one of my worst fights to date and the only thing I could do