Pencak Silat And Black Magic

    About six or seven years ago, I was waiting for my turn to present at a demonstration that my school, Inti Ombak Pencak Silat, was putting on as part of an Indonesian cultural exhibition. Immediately before our presentation was a gamelan (traditional Indonesian music) and dance performance. I was set to demonstrate jurus , which […]

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A Brand New Muay Thai Gym Is Being Built In Isaan

    MBSB contributor Frances Watthanaya has been busy lately. She and her husband Boom have left Buriram to open a Muay Thai gym in neighbouring Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat). The gym is located in Boom’s hometown (village) in the Muang Yang district.  The village is extremely isolated and lacking the infrastructure common to larger […]


Japanese Armour From The Edo Period (1603 – 1867)

  On my most recent trip to New York I spent the better part of two days at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the greater part of my first day being spent in its Arms and Armour department. The museum boasts a Japanese collection that is considered to be the most complete outside of Japan.¹ […]


Black And White

    It would be so much easier if the black was black, and the white was white; but when the wife beater is your friend, and the frequenter of prostitutes is someone you respect, lines become blurred. The light becomes darker, and the darkness, pockmarked by lightness.   I found myself in the midst […]


2014 – What Happened, What’s To Come and The Year’s Bests

    Good Bye 2014, Hello 2015   2014 brought with it a lot of change to MBSB and with it, growth. The time had come where I decided to spend more time working behind the scenes of Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb. in an effort to expand readership. Additionally, I needed to fix site related weaknesses that I […]


Download A Free Thai 2015/2558 Calendar

    Every year Thai Visa puts out a printable, full-sized calendar for download. Their 2015 / 2558 (Thai) year calendar is now available.   This is an incredibly useful resource for those of you planning a trip to Thailand as it includes all public holidays which may affect your travel plans (as establishments may […]


The Life Of A Bangkok Fighter Cut Short

    We always trained late at Bor. Breechaa Gym. The trainers all had day jobs unrelated to Muay Thai, a situation rare in Bangkok gyms but a reflection of the surroundings: a working-poor neighbourhood in Sukhumvit 93, within walking distance of the legendary Sor. Thanikul Gym.   The young fighters lived with their families […]


Cock Fighting: Beyond the Blood

  Let’s start with the facts.   Cock fighting is a sporting tradition shared by many Asian countries. In Thailand, cock fighting has its roots deep in history. Many Thais often refer all the way back to the sixteenth century, to King Naresuan, a much loved monarch famous for defeating the king of Burma. Historically, […]


The Perils Of Dating Your Trainer: Is He Cheating?

    PART 7   Author’s note: Certain names, events, and identifying details have been altered.   FEBRUARY 2014 Phuket, Thailand   I don’t hear from Gong until the next morning. He calls right after morning training.   “Called you last night,” I say. “Why didn’t you answer?”   “I was already asleep. You train […]


Age Over Gender At A Muay Thai Gym

    Training in Thailand is not only intense, it is very intimate also. Many gyms provide accommodation for their fighters. The accommodation usually consists of a large single room with a few beds, thus fighters end up sharing everything: bathrooms, equipment, clothing, and sometimes even toothbrushes. Unless a family member is closely attending to […]


Bali, Indonesia – A Photo Series

  MBSB contributor Charles Brandon Stauft’s recent piece on the Indonesian martial art Silat inspired me to look into my archives and pull out some photos I shot while in Indonesia.  I believe I spent approximately three weeks in Indonesia; the following photographs were taken while in Bali.    In 2009 I received a message […]