Some people have shown interest in following the story of Angie, the kathoey fighter at my gym Petchrungruang in Pattaya. I interviewed her just before her first ever fight and last night was her second time in the ring. Her first fight ended very quickly in a TKO, when her opponent fell at an awkward angle on her own elbow and was unable to continue. So, a bit of a disappointment in not being able to have a full fight, but for her second fight Angie would be facing a very experienced Thai woman. (Her first fight was against another beginner, who
Part 1 – The Interview with Angie Above is my interview with Angie, a Kathoey (commonly called “Ladyboy”) who is about to have her first Muay Thai fight. Angie started training at Petchrungruang a few months ago. At first it was just once per week, on Sunday afternoons, which is a slow day at the gym. But she quickly got stronger – I could see it from afar, even before we really started interacting with each other, other than a smile of recognition back and forth – her passion for Muay Thai is evident. In a short amount of time,
My dad is not a complicated guy. The things he needs to be comfortable and happy are very simple and have largely been the same for the 32 years I’ve known him. The difficulty is in learning how to discern his love, because he’s not an affectionate guy. He didn’t come from an affectionate family. And my mother is the opposite. You know she loves you because she tells you all the time, showers you with praise and is physically affectionate, makes time to come to your endless violin recitals and soccer games and all that. As I got older
Brave Dave, about 10 years ago, put together a DVD of his 3 long visits to Lanna Muay Thai in the early 2000s, capturing a time and a place in a way I’ve never seen before. For anyone thinking of coming to stay long term in Chiang Mai, no matter the camp, this short film is a must see. The things it covers are extensive, including not only the camp but also the “life” that drew people from all over the world to the camp: Training, Food choices, bro bonding, Chiang Mai markets, renting motorbikes or cars, festival fights, the
Phetjee Jaa O. Meekhun (38 kg) vs Phettae Kaewsamrit (43 kg) – Queen’s Birthday – Sanam Luang 2015 – full video above Phetjee Jaa gives up 5 kg (11 lbs), and at 13 beat an 18 year old number 1 contender. Unfortunately this is only about 1/2 a fight, as some of it is obscured by the turnbuckle. It just could not be helped, as the crowd was really packed in and Jee Jaa’s dad and corner kept climbing up the stairs. Fight starts at about minute 4:30. There is some confusion on the spelling of Jee Jaa’s opponent’s name.
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
June 12, 2015 – Grand Boxing Stadium, Hua Hin (video above) I don’t know what I was expecting when we pulled up to the Grand Boxing Stadium, but when I actually saw the front of it, kind of in a strip-mall and looking like the open front of a bar, I thought, “Oh, right; that looks just like a stadium ought to.” We parked the car and I called my corner for the night, the legend himself, Kaensak Sor Ploenjit , who I used to train under in New Jersey before moving to Thailand in 2012. Kaensak had written to
There is a saying, “the more things change, the more things stay the same.” That’s kind of Thailand in a nut-shell. My daily grind is more or less the same thing over and over again; it’s routine, it’s repetitive, and I love it. But it’s also unpredictable and keeps me on my toes. Persons are not like heavy bags in that you can’t rely on them to do the same thing with you every day, rain or shine, through sickness and health. Even on inanimate objects, sometimes I’m awesome and sometimes it’s difficult. With human beings, however, there are innumerate