At photo top, Modt Ek in Sylvie’s Corner between rounds Guest Post I try in this Husband’s Point of View series to present an extra perspective. Sylvie, just by the nature of the blog, is forced to talk a lot about herself, but sometimes it’s interesting or enlightening see things from a different set of eyes. She and I do talk a lot about her training, her fights, and much of where we get to, we get to together. But I wanted to write this just as a fact of my amazement. It’s not just that Sylvie has fought nearly
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It’s hard to believe but I’ve written over 900 articles on Muay Thai and Thailand on 8limbs.us so far, and it’s become such a collection that it is hard to sift through what has become something of a library of my experiences. These though are some of the most responded to articles from 8limbs.us, as well as personal favorites, a cross-section of the kinds of things I like to write about and share.
When Taking Pity Takes Too Much We have a new woman at the gym. She’s only trained a handful of weeks, ever, and will have her first fight at the end of the month. So Pi Nu is really putting her through the trials to get her ready and I suspect that part of his Draconian directives that she clinch everyday comes from him watching me have success with clinch over the past 1.5 years that I’ve been under his instruction at the gym. He watched me go from unable to unstoppable, so I think he’s become a real believer
A private session filmed for Nak Muay Nation. The full hour of our session can be found unlocked for members there, below is a 10 minute segment, along with detail GIFs of important points in technique. Chatchai is compact. He’s not “small,” but the overall impression of his size is certainly larger and more hulking than what his factual height and weight might be. He has a very friendly and open demeanor, he offers praise and correction in encouraging measures, and to watch him move when he shows you what he wants you to do is like watching a bird
There is a certain romance to fighting in Thailand, wherein you train for some time at a Thai gym, traditional or otherwise, and you find yourself accepted by the gym and become part of its extended family. You travel with the gym, the Thai boys, and you fight for them and alongside them. It’s a beautiful thing, and I’ve experienced this. But this is about the romance of a different, less common kind of fighting in Thailand; something I’ve truly come to love. Of course there is much more to fighting than the romance of it, and I spend a
Because I’m small, I think everyone is “tall.” Burklerk is not a big man and, in fact, it wasn’t until actually watching the footage we shot that I saw how similar we are in height, but he registers with a kind of “larger than life” quality that is perhaps typical of accomplished fighters, but it somehow complements his rather quiet disposition, rather than standing in contrast to it. And while Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles,” it stands out to me that Burklerk is always smiling, even if it doesn’t reach his mouth, it’s always in his eyes. When trainers do
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
As much as I hate it, because I’m shy and it’s awkward, it’s simply the truth that women in the fighting arts are often in a position of having to somewhat uncomfortably advocate for and promote ourselves. The simple fact is that female fighting is not well-documented, by neither men nor by women, and as a female fighter one is often left with the only option to document oneself – if anything is going to be recorded at all. Because I’m not only a fighter, but also a writer on Muay Thai (written over 700 article posts) the onus falls on me.
Sataanmuanglek Numponthep – Magician A few days a go a clinch video swept across Facebook, featuring the young fighter Sataanmuanglek Numponthep just looking incredible in “man in the middle” training. This kind of training is very common in Thailand, and often can go for 40 minutes or more (rotating out the man who is in the middle) – it’s one of the reasons I moved to Pattaya to train at Petchrungruang, this kind of work. But Sataanmuanglek just looks spectacular in this clip. The very best clinch throw techniques are those where you almost can’t see where the trip came