Lead Up and Background Faa Chiang Rai is the Muay Siam Northern champion at 105 lbs. She’s 19 years old and has been fighting for a long time, carving a name for herself up in the north as one of the best technical “femur” fighters around. When I was training and fighting in Chiang Mai a few years ago I faced her three times, with a 1-1-1 result, and getting a victory over her that last time was a huge accomplishment for me at the time. You can see her place my fight record here. As I’ve been fighting up in
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.
I had the rare treat of going to watch a night of live fights, just as a spectator. The night was co-promoted by Petchrungruang and the card was peppered with my teammates from both gyms, including Phetjee Jaa. She’d be facing an opponent I’ve faced twice (1-1), Lookget. Lookget is strong and scrappy, and Jee Jaa would be giving away significant weight in their match. When their bout was announced over the speakers I saddled up to the ring and took a seat with my forearms resting on the canvas, perfect vantage point of the center of the ring and
n Sylvie’s Tips I try to capture on video various small techniques that I run into while training. The way that it happens in Thailand, things are seldom taught to you in the form of formal instruction, rather they come up suddenly in training and then are gone. I’m pretty shy, so it’s hard actually go around and request these things; I don’t want to stop everyone and have them repeat things for the camera. In this case though we arrived at O. Meekhun gym to find organized instruction being given to Phetjee Jaa and one of the boys named
Update 11/2015: PJJ’s opponent fought under the name Nong Ai in this fight, but I’ve been informed that she is Buakaw Lookboonmee, regarded by some as the best 100 lb female fighter in Isaan lately. I’ve updated the title to reflect that. Here is the full fight video of Phetjee Jaa’s recent fight in Pakthongchai, Khorat, taking on a big weight disadvantage, displaying wonderful technique. Right now Phetjee Jaa is in a difficult stage in her development. Barred from fighting boys on National TV, she is forced to find female opponents. But due to her fame in the country the
full fight video: Phetjee Jaa vs Nong Praew in Surin (above) Twenty minutes before Phetjee Jaa turned 13 years old, we were sitting together on a mat against the aluminum fence separating the schoolyard field from the “stadium” inside the fence that houses the ring in which we both just fought. We’re leaning with our backs against the fence and are huddled under blankets, although not the same one. I push Jai Dee, my maybe 10-month-old dog and who Jee Jaa loves, out from where he’s curled in my lap and over to Jee Jaa, so that he’s lying against
Above is the full video of Phetjee Jaa’s Loi Krathong fight (Nov. 6, 2014), where she gave up about 5 kilos to her opponent. She’s been banned from fighting boys any longer and her experience and strength has resulted in the female opponents she gets being much larger than she is – she’s gained a lot of notoriety from her defeat of boys on national TV before the ban. In this fight I was actually up on the corner of the ring, filming. I clinch a lot with Jee Jaa (I’m about 14 kilos heavier – 30 lbs) and she
if you’d like to follow the PhetJee Jaa Documentary project click here. I’m standing next to the ladder, painted blue to match the corner, that leads up into the Muay Thai ring at a military university in Bangkok. The crowd is in every direction, sitting and standing close to me and there’s a buzz – not quite noise, not quite the heat, not quite the hum of body movement, but all of it. To the far right, behind the ring, sit a few rows of military VIP’s, all dressed in camouflage and boots with their heads turned to my left