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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 […]

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The Perils Of Dating Your Trainer: Everyone Lies And Everyone Cheats

    PART 6   Author’s note: Certain names, events, and identifying details have been altered.   FEBRUARY 2014 Phuket, Thailand   Hollie parks her motorbike outside the restaurant and I jump off the back, relieved I’m still alive. Even with my responsible friend driving, and even being allowed to wear her helmet, I still […]

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The Switzerland of Northeast Thailand: Wang Nam Kaew

    We ended up in Wang Nam Kaew on a whim. Initially we were planning a trip to Khao Yai, Thailand’s largest national park, and while I was looking for affordable, high-quality accommodation I came across Nicslongstay. It appeared to be exactly what we were looking for.   Wang Nam Kaew is a district […]

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An Introduction To Pencak Silat

    What is Pencak Silat? This is a difficult question to answer as there are hundreds of different styles that claim the name throughout Nusantara; the region of southeast Asia that runs from Thailand out almost to Papua New Guinea that was once dominated by the Majapahit empire. The name Pencak Silat is new, […]

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The Mutation Of Muay Thai In Isaan

    “Sham is fighting the main event at Buriram iMobile Stadium,” Mr. Dit, owner and head trainer of Giatbundit Gym, announces with a laugh.   “Just like that, main event. Only one fight, main event…”   He continues rambling on, mostly to himself.   Giatbundit Gym began accepting foreigners just this past February and […]

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Sean Fagan On Fighting, Training In Thailand And His Site, Muay Thai Guy

    Sean Fagan is no stranger to the world of Muay Thai. Having taken several trips to Thailand to train and fight along with hosting the popular website Muay Thai Guy Sean has immersed himself in the sport. Hailing out of upstate New York he has had over 20 amateur fights and is making […]

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Gentleman’s House Barber Shop and Cocktail Bar – Proponents of Change in Russia

    The following is a guest post by Nick Harbison. Nick was previously featured on MBSB discussing his transcontinental motorcycle trip.   The Gentleman’s House Barber Shop, Irkutsk, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, opened earlier this year. I ducked in for a shave and a drink and ended up chatting with owner Nikita […]

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An Interview With American Muay Thai Veteran Bryan Popejoy

    I’m becoming like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, a crumedgony old man. I don’t have time for people that don’t put in the effort themselves. -Bryan Popejoy   Spread out in the vastness of Torrance, California (population 147,000) are seemingly endless strip malls and chain stores. Driving through the suburban desolation is to […]

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The Soft Spoken Words of a Transgender Fighter

    We were stopped at a red light in Phi Mai waiting to turn right when a motorcycle pulled up next to us and knocked on our window. I recognized the two guys from Rot-Duan’s last fight in Khorat; they were in the corner. They pointed right and we followed them outside of the […]

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Beatty, Gateway to Death Valley: The Death Valley Nut & Candy Company

    Part 2   The Death Valley Nut & Candy Company   After catching up with Lindsey and Jacob for the last hour in Lindsey’s Beatty trailer, she asks us what Beatty attractions we’re planning to visit today.   “Hot springs, brothel, Rhyolite…” I start listing. “But I need some candy first.”   “Eddie […]

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Coach Rudi Ott On Building Fighters and Muay Thai In America

    Sometimes you push someone too hard and they run away and you never see them again, sometimes you break them, every once in a while it’s like crushing a rock into a diamond. You crush and crush and a person is transformed through the pressure. -Rudi Ott   In 2005 Rudi Ott opened […]