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.
above, video: Saya Ito talking about her career arc, and a little about how our relationship unfolded Saya Ito grew up as a “child phenom” in Japan, nicknamed the “Muay Thai Genius” due to her youth and success as a young fighter, winning almost 100 fights before she turned pro. Last year she took the 100 lbs WPMF title off of Japanese superstar Little Tiger. The latter had been holding that title for some years and is a protected fighter, so Saya dressed in her school uniform (still in high school) and attended a press conference where Little Tiger was
My interview with Angie this morning: Angie has been training consistently and with dedication at Petchrungruang Gym in Pattaya for about a year and a half now. When she first appeared at the gym we didn’t speak at all; she was only there in the afternoons and came with a friend, who wasn’t really into Muay Thai, so the pair of them kind of peripheral to my awareness. But over time Angie became more serious – she wanted to fight – and her training became more sincere as her friends drifted out of the gym. That’s when Angie and I
Ever since viewing the documentary “Buddha’s Lost Children,” (watch the full film here) I have been looking to support Kru Bah’s efforts at the Golden Horse Monastery in the hills of Northern Thailand. In short, Kru Bah is a monk who takes in Hill Tribe boys as young novice monks in order to give them support and structure in an area riddled with drug trafficking and drug use. The young boys are given guidance and even train Muay Thai under Kru Bah. With my “Saonaklengkhao” Miss Gangster Knee T-Shirts as part of my 5 year anniversary giveaway I wanted to
5 minutes of our session together showing 2 mid-clinch escapes – see the full 48 session here, suggested pledge $5 Join and Study from the Patreon Muay Thai Library – suggested pledge $5 I’ve worked with Yodkhunpon numerous times now, on video and off. He lives right next to the gym and will conduct private training lessons some afternoons, usually with middle-aged western men, some of whom have been training with him during brief stays in the Kingdom for a decade. Very often Yodkhunpon, or “Khun” as it is shortened (not the same khun meaning “you” but with a rising tone
December 21, 2016 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – full fight video above I was supposed to be fighting Hongpet at a different event just prior to this, but I can’t remember why that didn’t work out. I’ve fought the Liangprasert gym before and am friendly with their owner/trainer to some extent, but I don’t think I’d ever fought Hongpet before. She’s a Tom and has a very cool style about her, very confident in herself and kind of self-contained. I was watching her gym on the mat prior to the fight and there was this odd disassociation between the owner’s
My hands are shaking as I loosen the laces of my gloves, my fingers pruned and pale from all my sweating. I unwrap and fold the wet strips of linen so that I can hang them up to dry for afternoon training. Normally, Pi Nu is deciding at this point whether we’re going to do some insanely difficult conditioning drill together or scrap it for the morning because he’s too lazy. I’m hoping for the latter. He comes and stands in front of me, kind of watching me silently in this way that he does sometimes, trying to read me…
above, is my vlog on this, below are my expanded thoughts When I was in preschool, one of my first friends was a girl whose name I can’t remember now. What I do remember is that she was afraid of dogs, which was the craziest thing I’d ever heard. Her mother explained to me that it was because a dog had bitten her once, but I still couldn’t wrap my 4-year-old head around it. I’d been bitten by my dog; I’d been run over by my dog when he was zipping around and decided I wasn’t an obstacle to avoid.
Study and Support my Patreon Muay Thai Library with Legends – suggested pledge $5 The first time I worked with Chatchai at his gym in Bangkok, it was by accident. I’d gone to his gym to meet Karuhat for a private session and it turned out that Karuhat couldn’t make it there. I knew who Chatchai was – not by sight, I had to figure it out by seeing his name and WBC belt and realizing I’d certainly read about him before – but definitely had no idea what Chatchai was. Even after the session, which I really enjoyed, I didn’t