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A minimalist with no fixed address. A pursuer of dreams. After a six month adventure training Muay Thai in Thailand in 2007, Laura Dal Farra returned to her native Canada, sold most of what she owned, and boarded a plane set for Bangkok alone. She spent the next 3.5 years training in traditional Muay Thai gyms, pushing her limits, and embracing the unknown. Realizing little was being written on the subject, she began to blog about it. Laura Dal Farra is the founder of Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb.
After receiving a Muay Thai scholarship to train at a prominent gym in Northern Thailand, Watthanaya packed her bags at 19 leaving home with a one way ticket. She ended up however at a Bangkok street gym affiliated with Sor. Thanikul and married one of the fighters. They took off for Khorat and Watthanaya fought her way through Issan. Now, with a degree in tote, a four year old daughter, and a passion to fight again, she is back.
Lindsey Newhall first left her home state of California when she was 20 and moved to China. In her four years there, she worked as a voice-over artist, played banjo in a punk band, and discovered Muay Thai at a gym in Beijing. She left China to be a park ranger in the open desert of Death Valley and the boreal forests of Alaska. In early 2013, she decided to train muay thai in Bangkok for a few months between job contracts. So far, she still hasn’t left.
Schooled in the West, so removed from the societal parameters that shaped her parents’ lives, Jess Boyd had always been motivated to dig deeper and research harder, in order to understand the countries that had influenced her family’s lives from the inside out. What began as an exploration of Vietnam developed into a love of Thailand and a relentless battle for women’s rights in Southeast Asia. At eighteen, Jess left London for Vietnam and ended up in Thailand where she started a life long relationship with Muay Thai. Five years later, this relationship has not only taken her into the depths of Thailand, but also into the depths of herself.
Charles Brandon Stauft has been training in Silat since 2006 and teaching for the past 4 years. He is the head instructor for Inner Wave Pencak Silat New York where he teaches occasional seminars in New York City, a number of private students, and a class at Stony Brook University in Pencak Silat basics. He has mainly trained under Guru Daniel Prasetya and also with instructors in other Filipino and Indonesian martial arts both in the United States and Indonesia. He has been lucky enough to go to intensive camps in Bali and Java as well as a number of seminars in the United States. Recently he has also taken up historical European martial arts (HEMA), specifically German longsword fencing in the Lichtenauer tradition.
Rachel Lee first came to South Korea in 2011, intending only to visit a Korean fighter she had met at a Muay Thai gym in Thailand earlier that year. With her month-long visit sprawling into a four-year sojourn, she has since gotten engaged to the Korean fighter, and is currently running a Muay Thai gym with him in Seoul. A traveler and explorer at heart, she frequently finds herself treading precariously between ambition and reality.
Mohammed Tanvir (Nick) Mosharraf has been practicing martial arts actively since 2002 and has been exposed to Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ and Kyokushin Karate among others. He is an avid fan of Boxing and MMA. He believes in using combat sports and martial arts to foster community relations and also enable and empower people from all walks of life.
Justin Samuel Martin is a Chicago native that feels most like himself when he’s immersed in something creative. He’s the co-owner of Off The Path Travel and a founding member of the band Automata. Justin has a predilection for overland travel using local transportation. He wants to go everywhere and eat everything.
Carlos Singto Navarro is a Muay Thai fighter, teacher and owner of Baan Singto Muay Thai gym in Guadalajara, Mexico.
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Cate Gurevich is an Australian writer, born and educated in Melbourne. After completing an informative Bachelor of Creative Arts, a useless Masters in Communications, and an occasionally amusing 15-year education in classical singing, she moved to London to be near the BBC and Derren Brown. Last year she visited Thailand to do Muay Thai for a month, then accidentally stayed indefinitely. She is currently working on a fairy tale for children, which is to be published next year.
Nick Harbison finished school in 2004 and spent a year working in the desert of Central Austrailia. Any time not spent working was spent on the road exploring his home country. A love for travel was discovered that year that still hasn’t waned. Nick now works as a pilot in Papua New Guinea. He is spending the second half of 2014 riding his motorbike from Vladivostok, across Russia, Central Asia and Europe to London.
Father | Husband | Writer | English Teacher | Autodidact | Bangkok, Thailand | John writes about random things on JohnWolcott.com.
Michael Harbone came to Thailand planning to stay for only one month. It turned into eight years. He has been training Muay Thai full time for the past four years and fighting out of 96 Penang Gym for the last two. Michael has fought at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums, and has experienced all sides of Muay Thai from the tourist gym to the poorest. Connect with Michael at Michael Harbone Photography.
Ronnie Najjar is head coach of 8Tribe Muay Thai in San Diego, CA. He has been involved in the fight and fitness industry for almost 20 years, and has trained Muay Thai fighters, Mixed Martial Artists, Boxers, Krav Maga practitioners and the general public since the early 2000’s. Ronnie’s fight experience includes 20 Professional Muay Thai fights in Thailand and Australia, and 1 Pro Boxing bout. He moved to the U.S. from Australia in 2015. To learn more about Ronnie, check out his site Muay Thai Talk or catch him on Instagram and Facebook.
Mesmerized by Asia and the different cultures that inhabit our globe, Jan Doeternitoe began to discover what it meant to be out and about. After some years spent in the metropolis of Bangkok, The City of Angels became a place for him to reside. Jan’s work isn’t about the writer, it’s about the stories; stories from along the way, stories without any particular angle other than having something within them that may be interesting to be told.
Pierre Smith started his journey in martial arts after witnessing Bruce Lee on the silver screen. He began training Tae Kwon Do, earning his black belt by his 18th birthday. He took up Muay Thai in 2000, training under Kru Nestor in New York City. Later on, Pierre moved to South Florida and trained at American Top Team under Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. Today, Pierre teaches Muay Thai and personal fitness in the South Florida region. Pierre can be reached by Email at email@example.com and on Instagram.