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.
November 8, 2016 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – full fight video above This fight required a lot of back and forth with the promoter. On October 13, 2016 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama 9, passed away and the country fell into a period of mourning. It was a huge shock and has been a very sad time. As part of paying respect to His Majesty there was a moratorium on all celebratory events, no music, television was only Royal News with no entertainment programs, and fights in Bangkok were all cancelled for a 30 day period. There are
above, my vlog today on the mental hurdles of fighting frequently, and choosing your suffering Today’s vlog is a little walk down my apartment street. It’s mostly about my mental state facing a fight only a few days after a significant loss, and a now two consecutive losses in a row. When you fight like this a long losing streak can be compressed into just a few weeks, and entering into another fight involves coming off that difficult energy. This is about the turnaround and that mental hill you have to climb when you’ve been fighting like this for years.
October 8, 2016 – Buriram “Sylvie Lookboonmee” – full fight video above with audio commentary I got cut from a headbutt in my fight the night before this one. The doctor refused to give me stitches because the cut was so small – and maybe he wasn’t fully equipped to do so – but it would have been maybe 1-2 stitches anyway. Since he refused to sew me up, we decided I could go ahead and fight the next night rather than cancelling, which stitches would definitely require. Driving the next morning from Khorat to Buriram was the first time in
Apologies to my younger readers, this post is laced with profanity. Sometimes profanity has a special power to describe things in ways other words can’t. The plastic stool underneath me is too far out from the actual corner and my body kind of tips backwards as my cornermen lift my legs into their hands and rub icy cold water on my thighs and shins. I try to balance myself on the ropes but it’s more awkward and I reposition my forearms to the tops of my thighs; the cold water is going over my head now, which feels nice because
This is my second informal interview with Dr. John Byron Gassaway, who is a practicing Sport Psychologist and also my brother. John was a Captain America, Superman type athlete growing up, playing multiple sports through every season and maintaining a nearly perfect GPA – the kind of guy who somehow managed to squeeze 25 hours out of every day. His mental toughness seemed to me to always have been there and it only makes sense that he’d help others find their own path toward the same, seemingly inherent, self-esteem. But, you know, what things seem from the outside and how they
above video, 5 minutes of the 52 minutes spent with the Golden Age legend Sangtiennoi Read About Sangtiennoi’s Gym an Hour North of Bangkok: Tough, Traditional Muay Thai with a Legend An Outside Counter to Inside Clinch Position Finding yourself on the outside position when both clinchers are locked can be tricky, because the inside position is far more dominant and requires way less power to get anything done. However, when you have your arms tied up in the double-inside lock (the “Thai Plum” as Rogan calls it), you are naturally susceptible to the straight arm cross-face. Basically at least one side
October 7, 2016 – Pak Thong Chai (Isaan) – full fight video with commentary above This is my 150th fight in Thailand. Hot damn. I was supposed to be facing a fighter who had been training at Lookboonmee gym, the gym of my nemesis/friend/the best fighter under 48 kg in the world, Loma, and had been told by Loma prior to the fight that she was probably 56 kg. I walk around at 47 kg, so that’s a 20 lbs difference. I felt confident to go against someone so much bigger, I tend to do pretty well against much larger
September 30, 2016 – Suranaree Stadium, Khorat – full fight video above It’s been a long time since fighting at this stadium, which is probably my favorite in all of Thailand (that I’m permitted to fight in; Rajadamnern is my dream stadium). Kevin and I arrived at the door with Jaidee in tow and the guy working the entrance kind of gave me this hand-up, “hold on there, Missy,” gesture when we approached. I told him in Thai that I’m a fighter, number 4 on the card and then pointed to my name on the piece of paper in his