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I’ve been spending the past two months trying to organize a one month trip to Thailand. The idea started as a means to really build – through high repetition – my foundation in the basics of Muay Thai, so that I can understand Master K’s techniques at a higher level. There’s something to gain from training Muay Thai in Thailand, as well. The exercises and processes will be different, something that Master K appreciates and encourages – learning different techniques in order to integrate them into my own practices – and immersion is always the surest way to absorb and learn anything. I’mContinue Reading
There is a divide in Muay Thai training that is indiscernable within myself. On the one hand, Muay Thai is love and art, breath and passion. I need Muay Thai in order to be who I am and who I want to be. On the other hand, Muay Thai is a sport, a game, a discipline. Sports are something one can be good at. I feel this difference in my body: in how I love and hate my body in equal measure. I love it for what it can do and how it takes care of me; I hate itContinue Reading
I just finished watching the fight between Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg. Without going into a lengthy breath about how great it is that these women have broken new ground for female MMA or how wonderful it is that women can headline fighting events, I’d like to take a moment to recognize those facts. Outside of that – just the fight itself – it was brutal and exciting, breath-thieving and completely nerve-wracking. I don’t think I blinked or drew breath at all. Both women are generally aggressive, which made the pace of the fight incredibly fast. I was shocked byContinue Reading
There is coherency in how I see myself, perhaps for the first time in my life. There was always a kind of Jekyl and Hyde dichotomy in my self-perception, or a hidden, inner self that I kept separate from what I projected into the world. Or, perhaps it is a better truth to say that however people viewed me on the outside is what I accepted as my projection, and because I never dared make a correction to that image, whatever I felt on the inside remained a separate identity. I can’t say where this coherency came from, but itContinue Reading
My focus of late has been “getting in.” At my size, it is conceivable that I will always be shorter and possibly lighter than my opponant. Only the former poses a technical obstacle, for which strategic training must be employed. The obvious, or immediate, answer is to fight on the inside, thus cutting off the height of my opponent and thieving the advantage. This is not a “try using your left kicks” strategy. There is very little that is physical about training this tactic and I have, thus far, had incredible difficulty accomplishing it in sparring situations. Perhaps in aContinue Reading
vs. Peeloshmee Deonarain – WKA Nationals in Virgina – June 27th 2009 This was my very first fight. The WKA didn’t have a 105 lbs division at the time, so it was a “110 lbs and under” catch weight. I stepped on the scale with my jeans on at 104 lbs. There were only three fighters in the “novice” (fewer than 3 wins) division and all of us were from New York. Funny. I lost this fight and loved fighting. It was a great experience in many ways: I was introduced to the Muay Thai community of New York, whichContinue Reading