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.
There’s a phrase in modern gold mining that I find profoundly poetic: clearing the overburden. Practically speaking, it means moving dirt with giant machines to reveal the gold-rich bedrock underneath. Move the worthless dirt, find the worthy dirt. I’ve adopted this phrase for my own evolution as a fighter and development through mental training. There’s a lot of useless dirt to dig through to get to the meaningful bits, the valuable bits, the core morals of your being. A lot of what we do, for years and years and with great effort, really just amounts to moving dirt. Yesterday was a
July 22, 2016 – Grand Thai Boxing Stadium, Hua Hin – full fight video I had a big fight scheduled for August 12th, the Queen’s Birthday, against Loma Lookboonmee. I really wanted to get a fight in before that, as it seemed like adding a (for me) long period without a fight to all the other elements that made that fight difficult for me was just one thing too many. So, booking this fight down in Hua Hin was a bit of a scramble, but it was also the first time that I’ve had to find my own opponent when
above is about 7 minutes of 60+ minutes with Karuhat Sor. Supawan, legendary terror of the Golden Age at Lumpinee – you can see the full hour, as well as get immediate access to over 6 hours of training with Legends by supporting the documentary Muay Thai Library. If you are already a patron you can watch the whole hour with Karuhat here Two things included in the video above: Parrying the Teep The GIF above is a bit of the overall technique he was teaching me, which involves a light catch and parry of the teep with your lead hand,
It’s been a few months, but we are back! For loyal “Two Ladies in the Kingdom” podcast listeners, Emma and I are expanding our format. Previously our podcasts were with Emma Thomas and myself Skyping together to discuss the latest in what’s happening with ourselves, and what’s happening in Female Muay Thai in Thailand. We are still going to be doing this kind of cast together, but we are also adding solo podcasts too; so you can get to know each of us better. This is my first solo cast, and it happens to have been a Facebook Live Stream from the road.
As someone who was gifted with having nearly no interest in fashion, my relationship with clothing has been a steady and straightforward one, allowing me long-term and monogamous relationships with T-shirts and jeans long after they should have been retired. But there’s a kind of sentimentality in clothing that you keep for a long time. Like Garth says in Wayne’s World, “at first they’re tight and restrictive; but after a while, it becomes a part of you.” My clothes as a kid were all hand-me-downs from my brothers – every T-shirt was huge and usually already threadbare by the time I
Order your Miss Gangster Knee t-shirt here! While I’ve thought for a while it might be cool to have a t-shirt made, and readers have asked if I would make one, it just hadn’t yet been the point of my career when it seemed right to have a t-shirt. Having now passed 150 fights in Thailand, and setting my sights on an impossible new goal of 200, I thought maybe it’s time for the T-shirt, and as I started designing it I felt like I really wanted my shirt to celebrate the Muay Khao fighting style, which is an under appreciated, minor
Below is what I’ve written for my Patreon Supporter’s Library where you can find the full 28 minutes of this video, if you are already a patron you can watch it here (become a patron for a suggested $5 pledge). All I can say is that Namkabuan is simply incredible, and learning from him has been a once-in-a-lifetime kind of influence. If you don’t know who he is check out some of his fights at the bottom of the page. I had never heard of Namkabuan. He’s one of the best of the best in the Golden Age of Muay
First off, let me say it: weight, its not that big of a deal. There is a strong caveat to this, which is that it is a definite advantage, but so is height, or knowing the scoring system, or fighting since you were 10, or having a fight on your home turf, and so many other things. So while weight is always a potential advantage, it is just one among many possible advantages. You can beat people who have the weight advantage over you, just like you can with any of those other advantages. I know that in the West