Dive into our love of Muay Thai as we share the latest of what we believe is interesting or impactful to the Muay Thai Life. Stay up to date on the Library, compelling events, and the lives of the legends. Listen to our Muay Thai Bones podcast for other thoughtful discussion. Items co-authored and selected by both of us
watch, listen and read here The new Muay Thai Bones is out! This is a big one talking about the huge changes coming with women now scheduled to be fighting at Lumpinee. or watch on YouTube here There are SO MANY angles, elements, nuances, considerations, and personal views on this development (evolution, historical moment) and so we went deeeeeeep on the subject. It's a big one, but I think we do it justice in terms of how complex and important this is not just for women in Muay Thai, but as a place in the living history of Muay Thai itself. Thanks to those who follow, listen and get into these topics with us, and thanks for your patience in waiting for this newest episode!
This is the Onyx MMA quick edit from the Kru Thailand session in the Muay Thai Library. In these 4 minutes you get a real sense of how wonderful an instructor he is. Find the full Kru Thailand session here, in the Muay Thai Library
Read my detailed notes on the motivations for Self transformation in those who come to Thailand to train seriously, and to fight, applying Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, doxa and hexis to the kinds of perspective changing experiences that Westerners undergo. read the rest here
Published this month a two hour travel back in time. Arajan Yai was a pad man and trainer at one of the most successful Golden Age gyms in Thailand, Sor. Ploenjit. He teaches me in a very detailed and exact manner, great for beginners or advanced students. I learned a lot in this, even though quite experienced.
So yesterday there was this big meeting with all these Phuket gyms in attendance: Venum, Sinbi, Powerhouse, Phuket Fight Club, Singpatong, Sit Muatwian, Oleydong, Eagle Muay Thai, Sutai, Rawai, Phuketsing, Lamai, Phanna, Tiger, Maximum, Koh Muay Thai, Chalamkhao, Nawa, Suragit, Big Ben, Jay Power Roof, Revolution (formerly Sitsongpeenong), Petch P.T.O, and Phuket Top Team. The meeting notes are as follows: read the rest here
I follow a number of Thai language news sources, collections of old photos and programs, etc. Many interesting things come out of these resources, but every now and again I'm shocked by what I find. Recently, I saw a post about a fighter who had been very successful in Muay Thai but suffered an accident with a gun misfiring, leading to an injury which made it so he could not fight anymore. read the rest here
In an incredible turn of history, something that few thought would ever happen, Lumpinee Stadium had the first fight ever between women in its ring, a ring that was barred from women for more than half a century due to superstition and gendered beliefs. watch the full fight here
What is interesting is that there are a few strings that attach to this criticism that make it "modern" rather than just the same old squeak on the same old wheel. Firstly, gambling is under serious attack ever since the first wave of Covid in March of last year. You can hear me and Kevin discuss this a bit in our newest Muay Thai Bones episode, but the first big "cluster" of Covid in Thailand stemmed from an event at Lumpinee and was blamed on gamblers. As a result, as Thailand has employed shutdowns and soft re-openings to deal with the pandemic, Muay Thai has been hard-hit by the restrictions and the start-and-stop approach to promotions has made promoters very sensitive, very eager to obey rules and regulations....read the rest here
I've shared the ways that I feel Vipassana can help with Muay Thai training. This is a podcast episode I really got a lot out of recently. Check it out. I also link to other vlogs and articles that speak to Vipassana and Muay Thai.
If you missed this, you've got to watch. The late Namkabuan with Dieselnoi, Karuhat and Chatchai, in a special legends seminar we did over 2 days in Bangkok. All of it filmed, all of it captured. watch it here
This 1988 is a beautiful example of the traditional Muay Khao (bull) vs Muay Femeu (matador) pairing, with Namphon Nongkipahayuth facing Manasak Chorochonchai (who was a Sor. Ploenjit fighter). This fight is so instructive and exciting, all about narrative (traditional) scoring.
I believe you can still watch and enjoy this whole video without understanding the Thai, it's beautiful and expressive. Pimrypie is a philanthropist and visited these 4 kids who are training Muay Thai and are what's called "dek wat," or temple kids. Sometimes children are left in the care of temples when their parents can't take care of them, and the children take care of temple chores while the temple feeds, shelters and educates them. In this case, they learn Muay Thai through the temple as well. They focus on the youngest, Joe, who has been with the temple for 3 years already. The temple gym is completely re-upped and the boys get new running shoes, shorts, etc. This is a part of Muay Thai culture in Thailand that isn't much seen, but it's a big and, in my heart, beautiful part of it. Krongsak Boranrat's fight alias was "Dek Wat," suggesting he came from this background. (He is well regarded as having drawn with Dieselnoi and beat Sagat in a hattrick.)