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The Boxer’s Soliloquy – An Interview With Author Matt Lucas

    Matt has hit the nail squarely on the head with his depictions of the life of a foreign fighter in Thailand, writing with an authenticity that could only come from someone that has experienced it first hand. It makes for a very engaging and entertaining read! -Rob Cox, Muay Thai Focus   American […]

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A Call For Authenticity In Muay Thai Blogging And Journalism

    For those of you who have asked me how I feel about Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu’s highly debated GoFundMe initiative, this is my response.   To begin, a bit of history on my time in the muay thai blogging landscape…   Aside from a handful of posts on my now defunct MySpace page in […]

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Beatty, Gateway to Death Valley

    Part 1   The Dusty Jewel of Nye County   The first time I’d ever heard of a place called Beatty was on a trip to Death Valley with my father in 2005. While on our way to Scotty’s Castle in the northern part of the national park, we passed a road with […]

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The Pep Talk – Fight In Order To Live (Sôo pêua chee-wít สู้เพื่อชีวิต)

  “Don’t train hard because I tell you. Train hard for the benefit of yourself. You must do it for yourself, not because of me, because of you. If you do it for me you wont be successful.” -Mr. Dit, owner and head trainer at Giatbundit Gym, Buriram   The southwest monsoons had arrived in […]

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On Traditional Muay Thai – The Teachings of Ajahn Suchart

  “Muay Thai is not only a sport but it is a philosophy and an art that is deeply entrenched in history.” -Ajahn Suchart, from his entry ‘Naming A Muay Thai Camp Or Gym’   Earlier this year, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai began sharing his teachings of muay thai publicly on his blog. Born in the […]

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Two Men. Two Bikes. Two Continents – The Motorcycle Ride To Help Street Kids In Mongolia

  By the time you’re reading this, Australian pilots Nick Harbison and Dominic Prezwanski will be somewhere along their 18,757km (approx. 11,655mi) plus motorcycle ride from Vladivostok, one of the Easternmost ports of Russia to London, England. Travelling on two BMW F650GS Dakars, Nick and Dom’s transcontinental motorcycle ride is estimated to take approximately four […]

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The Perils Of Dating Your Trainer: Fighting Muay Thai Or The Relationship?

PART 5   FEBRUARY 2014   “You don’t care enough,” Gong continues. “All you want to do during training is play cartwheel kicks with Glai. You train Muay Thai but you’re the worst one at the gym!”   “Okay Gong, maybe I’m the worst at our gym, but do you really think I couldn’t win […]

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How The Coup Affected Us— A Little Muay Thai Gym In Buriram, Thailand

  I had been watching Senrak cut weight for 4 days now. It was painful. He didn’t have that much weight to cut it was more so the way in which he was doing it; run, sweat suit, repeat. The weather at this particular time was also quite vehement; not such much the heat but […]

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The Perils Of Dating Your Trainer: Don’t Fight Please

  PART 4   FEBRUARY 2014   It’s Saturday night, just a week before my planned trip to Phuket. Gong, my nak muay boyfriend of the last six months, is at the wheel of his beloved Toyota Vios and I’m gazing out the window at the passing lights of Bangkok. We’re cruising down the main […]

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A Typical Day in Issan

  I woke up this morning very excited; one because I didn’t have to go to work, and two because Mr. Dit was taking me to interview Rotduan Sit. Seeanbreeak who is a professional Muay Thai fighter that identifies as a ladyboy. I first saw them fight in March of this year, Rotduan Sit. Seeanbreeak […]