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, listen to our podcast subscribe to us on itunes! above, full podcast on YouTube Emma and I haven’t podcasted in a while, so there’s quite a bit to catch up on before we launch into some updates about recent female Muay Thai events. Some of the things we cover: After a year of searching, Emma has finally landed at a wonderful gym that she feels at home with (Attachai Muaythai Gym in Bangkok), and is back to fighting. She is about to have her second fight for the gym at the start of September. Emma also took a
I’ve created two new Facebook Pages where I can curate content around these two passions of mine. Unthreading them from my main Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu – Muay Thai page allows a bit more focus and distinction for each category and I’m already enjoying dropping thoughts and posts into each of them. Muay Thai Techniques – Preserve the Legacy This is where I’ll be posting lots of clips taken from my Muay Thai Library, instructive pieces of techniques that exemplify Thai techniques, as well as photos and videos from the Golden Age of Muay Thai, and celebrating the legends of Thailand.
above, my spontaneous vlog on the connection between belief and technique Mentality Distorts Physicality In this vlog I was ranting at Kevin the other night, all amped up and excited about some realizations I was having about mental training, and in the process I referenced the lean into a kick that is emphasized by Singdam and Arjan Surat – a legend, and a coach of legends. I’ve been playing with this for some time and know the importance of it, but often find myself frustrated by somehow still leaning back on my kicks. What I’ve realized, through working on this and working
This is a weekly series of posts detailing my experiences as a participant in Niyi Sobo’s 12 week, 12 person Mental Training group. Time Blocks This week’s focus was getting time management under control. This isn’t like “buy a day planner” but more like mapping out what kinds of accomplishments you want by the end of the week and then working backwards to plan out how to achieve it, breaking it into repeatable or progressive actions to which you are responsible throughout the week. It’s a great habit to develop. It’s also one of my greatest weakness. I hate making lists,
This article can work as a companion piece to my breakdown on the Joanna Jedrzejczk loss in Thailand to Dunnapa, Joanna’s last loss on record (2013). Below is video commentary on Japan’s Saya Ito and Thailand’s Faa Chiangrai, in Japan, fighting for the WMC 105 lbs world title. Saya was the WPMF 100 lb champion before vacating the title due to injury and some politics, and Faa Chiangrai is the current 105 lbs Northern Champion of Thailand. I’ve fought both of them, Saya only once on the Queen’s Birthday in Bangkok 3 years ago and Faa Chiangrai maybe 7 times.
I’m sitting in front of the big mirrors at WKO gym in Pattaya. This is where I start my afternoons, there’s some terrible music blaring over the speakers but it’s a different kind of terrible music from what my trainer there, Kru Mutt, likes to listen to, so probably this is someone else’s playlist from their phone. I hear Den Siam, the younger trainer at the gym – a new hire in the past few months – call my name and I look at him through the mirror’s reflection, rather than turning my head to find him in the ring.
Kaensak was one of my first connections to “real” Muay Thai in the sense of the Stadium Muay Thai of Thailand. I trained with him for about a year before moving to Thailand and I knew that he was 2x Fighter of the Year, which I also knew was a huge honor, but not really. I mean, you know that winning the World Series is a big deal even if you’re not a fan of baseball but you don’t really know what that means unless you actually follow the sport and watch the games every season. When I became more familiar
This is a part of a series of planned posts sharing my thoughts and experiences as I participate in a special mental training group of 12 designed and lead by Niyi Sobo. This week is the one I’ve been most afraid of since starting out the 12 week program. It’s the week we start stating and finding strategies toward our goals. It’s actually the next couple weeks, because it’s a huge task. I don’t consider myself a “goal setter” in any real sense of that word. I hate making lists, I hate schedules, I don’t even really like plans. This