This is the only video I've been able to find of my trainer/kru. He comes in at 1.46 and at 1.54 gets KO'd. When I saw this, it wasn't the KO that I took great note of, it was how hard he tried to get up. His fight name is Sataban Tor Ratonakiet, nickname Gai and he never won a belt. Belts are cool, but not having one doesn't define you as a less than great fighter in my opinion. Neither does getting knocked out on YouTube. I equate it to assuming all the smartest kids got the best grades in school. Granted, some of them did, but not all of them. And realistically, fighting is like anything else, we all get knocked out eventually. But do we … [Read more...]
Muay Thai training information, fight videos and fighter interviews with an emphasis on traditional Muay Thai. Read about Muay Thai in Thailand with a focus on Isaan and Bangkok. This is the real deal. Not kickboxing with elbows and knees. Don't know the difference? Read on.
The Buriram I live, may not be the Buriram you know. More often than not, when I tell Thai nationals who aren't born of this region that I live in Buriram, my statement elicits a variety of mixed reactions - confusion, shock, and disdain generally being the top three. Adding that I train muay thai doesn't work in my favour. The region of Isaan, situated in the North East, is Thailand's poorest. Buriram, in the southern hemisphere is one of the poorest provinces of the region - it's also one of the major suppliers of sex trade workers to Pattaya and Bangkok. Among the lower classes, a proportionate number of females work the bars and … [Read more...]
The Thailand I live, may not be the Thailand you know. I haven't been able to find a reference point for it in any literature I've found. I know few people who relate to it. I train Muay Thai or Thai boxing, fulltime. Tourist attractions and most things status quo rarely interest me. As a result, I've tried to follow my own path in this country, as well as within the culture of Muay Thai. At the time of this writing, Thailand has been my base in Asia for approximately two years. Thailand has changed me. At times I feel as though there is a Western me and an Eastern me, neither really fitting into either stereotyped … [Read more...]