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Mongkol (Mongkon) and Prajioud (Prajeet) Set Handmade by Thepnimit Sitmonchai

    Sitmonchai fighter Thepnimit is now offering beautifully handcrafted mongkols (Muay Thai headpieces) and prajiouds (armbands) made of traditional Thai textiles. The cloth is hand-woven by his mother in Isaan and by other local artisans. It takes Thepnimit a couple of days to pour his passion into crafting a set which he then passes on to a local seamstress who sews it all … Continue Reading

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Hotel Review: THE DUENSHINE RESORT, KANCHANABURI, THAILAND

    Upon setting foot at The Duenshine Resort, my initial impression was, WTF? Someone embellished online. Although technically within Kanchanaburi City limits, the hotel was by no means anywhere near what I would call city life and comparing the reality of the aesthetics with what was viewed online…..perhaps the photos were either over a […]

The Martial Life

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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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Women In BJJ – Changing The Face of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Bangladesh

    My friend Sayem (not his real name) calls me up late in the evening. He is the administrator of the Facebook Page for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program where we train. Let’s call it Bangladesh BJJ (again, not a real name). Apparently, there is a girl visiting Bangladesh from Denmark who wants to train BJJ during her visit here! I ask him about her background in BJJ. He … Continue Reading