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.
The Annual Wan Wai Nai Khanomtom festival takes place in Ayutthaya, amidst the beautiful ruins and chedis of the old capital of Siam. Nai Khanomtom is considered the “father of Muay Thai,” a legend who fought for his own freedom when he’d been captured by the invading Burmese army and defeated a number of their best fighters in Muay bouts for the Burmese king. He’s a historic hero and this event is a day to pay him respect and also just a huge cultural display of crafts, Yantra writing, Boran demonstrations, Wai Kru performances and, of course, Muay Thai fights.
a note: if you live in Thailand you will find that antibiotics are heavily prescribed, and because they are available over the counter they are also widely taken. I’ve found many Thais who don’t really understand how antibiotics work (i.e., in cycles), so off-hand advice, even from trainers, is probably best to question. Eventually, everyone gets sick. In some cases, you can (and should) stay away from the gym and get some rest, but in some cases you can’t (and don’t need to) refrain from training. I happen to be on antibiotics right now, for the second time in a
Team, a Thai boy who is my more or less regular clinch partner these days, is a good 3 inches shorter than I am, but he’s all muscle. When we clinch, I can use my reach to snuff him in the face and kind of spoil his entry, which is a rare treat because I’m not longer than anybody else who I train with or fight. He uses the same clinch entry all the time, which is reaching wide with his right arm, like a hook, and purposefully over-turning when he grabs so that he can wrench his arm back
Guest Post – A Husband’s Point of View Let it be said: a husband’s job is to praise his wife. And as Sylvie’s husband writing these guest posts on her voluminous blog, a blog that attempts to cover every crevice of her experience for transport over to others, across seas and skies and satellite ether, I am going to offer high praise (if you aren’t big on the Sylvie bandwagon, feel free to jump down a few paragraphs). What Sylvie is doing – whatever you make of it – is just startling. We are coming up on our 5 year
above is an extended clip from my 82 minute session with Karuhat. You can see the full session with commentary on my Patreon Muay Thai Library. This is an excerpt out of a longer training video with Karuhat Sor. Suphawan, one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time. In this portion Karuhat is really working diligently on using a relaxed sway as a way to hide a right cross and a right kick, primarily. If you watch his old fights from the Golden Age, you’ll see the way he creeps in. It’s not quite as simple as this
This is an ongoing list of resources for Mental Training. This is by no means an exhaustive list and I’ll be adding to it as I discover new books, podcasts, etc. I’ve read and listened to a lot on the subject, starting out from a place where I just had no idea at all how to do mental training, to now as I experience it as not only indispensable, but the most important element in my approach. These resources are not only specific to mental training as a discipline, but also about achievement and endurance. I’ve tried to make annotations
My alarm is just an annoying buzzing sound, a sport watch vibrating against the wooden cabinet next to the bed. I open my eyes and grab the face of the watch, pushing all the buttons until the right one stops the alarm. It’s still dark, 4:30 AM, and my dog Jaidee has sprung into action at the sound of the watch. He’s leaping over my body, then sticking his cold nose into my husband’s sleeping face before leaping over my body again and onto the floor, where his nails make a click, click, click sound like a tap-dance. I sit up. Jaidee
I just had to do my annual visa run, which requires sitting in a van full of total strangers for the 11 hour drive up to the border with Laos, an overnight stay, then the 11 hour drive back down to Pattaya. It’s grueling. Sitting in a car or a plane for this number of hours takes a toll on anyone. It’s astonishing how tired sitting on your ass makes you. I’m not very social, so I always put as many hours of podcasts and audio books as possible on my player so I can leave my headphones in the