• January 25, 2020
    Here is Episode 14 of Muay Thai Bones, a little bit of a mini one. Usually we are pushing 3 hours or more on the Bones, but the drive was shorter this time, coming home from Hua Hin.  I hope you enjoy all the things we are discussing in what we are calling the most in-depth Muay Thai podcast in the world, discussing all the...
  • January 23, 2020
    My commentary videos are getting great feedback, so we are making a focused effort to make them more special. This is my 260th fight up at Loi Kroh ring in Chiang Mai, accompanied with my thoughts about the fight. In my commentaries I want to help people see the things I was thinking, but also the challenges and aims of my technical choices. I fight...
  • January 22, 2020
    With the growing popularity and serious study of the Muay Thai Library project which documents the men and techniques of Thailand, taking a private session with a great kru or legend of the sport is fast becoming a “must do” when coming to train in the country. There’s no better way to get a concentrated burst of knowledge, in kaimuay world of long-term training camp...
  • January 20, 2020
    I get a lot of messages, asking what gloves to buy. What shinpads I use. What kinds of pads are “the best.” I know people are just looking for some guidance in a sea of options, but for the the most part these questions are not answerable with any kind of honest authority. It depends. And it depends on lots of factors. I’m 100 lbs...
  • January 18, 2020
    #Diary last night Arjan Gimyu was driving his motorbike back to Pattaya from Bangkok (this is insane, for those of you who don’t know the distance or context of the motorway) and fell off his bike. He’s 78 years old and already physically compromised from an accident many years ago. He called Kru Nu, who took him to the hospital and had him checked out....
5 Minute Documentary on Sylvie
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  • Muay Thai Bones Podcast ep 14 – Comanche Warrior Culture & Muay, Buddhistic Mind, Burnout

    Here is Episode 14 of Muay Thai Bones, a little bit of a mini one. Usually we are pushing 3 hours or more on the Bones, but the drive was shorter this time, coming home from Hua Hin.  I hope you enjoy all the things we are discussing in what we are calling the most in-depth Muay Thai podcast in the world, discussing all the ways that Muay Thai touches life. Apple & Android: Read my quick article to see how to add Muay Thai Bones podcast to Apple...
  • Fight 260 – Sylvie Petchrungrung vs Namtip Sor. Annucha w/ my commentary

    My commentary videos are getting great feedback, so we are making a focused effort to make them more special. This is my 260th fight up at Loi Kroh ring in Chiang Mai, accompanied with my thoughts about the fight. In my commentaries I want to help people see the things I was thinking, but also the challenges and aims of my technical choices. I fight a lot of very large opponents, all part of my plan to develop my muay, and Namtip is about 8 or 9 kilos larger...
  • The Best Muay Thai Private in Thailand: Sagat Petchyindee

    With the growing popularity and serious study of the Muay Thai Library project which documents the men and techniques of Thailand, taking a private session with a great kru or legend of the sport is fast becoming a “must do” when coming to train in the country. There’s no better way to get a concentrated burst of knowledge, in kaimuay world of long-term training camp grinding, famous for producing great talents, but not always teaching technique directly. I get the question all the time: Who should I take a...
  • Sylvie’s Big Long Muay Thai Equipment Overview

    I get a lot of messages, asking what gloves to buy. What shinpads I use. What kinds of pads are “the best.” I know people are just looking for some guidance in a sea of options, but for the the most part these questions are not answerable with any kind of honest authority. It depends. And it depends on lots of factors. I’m 100 lbs and petite, so what I like or works well for me might not be ideal for a 180 lbs guy. I don’t hold pads,...
  • Diary Entry: When The Men Were So Badass

    #Diary last night Arjan Gimyu was driving his motorbike back to Pattaya from Bangkok (this is insane, for those of you who don’t know the distance or context of the motorway) and fell off his bike. He’s 78 years old and already physically compromised from an accident many years ago. He called Kru Nu, who took him to the hospital and had him checked out. He’s not badly hurt but couldn’t walk, scraped up a bit but a stubborn man who wanted to sleep in his own bed and...
  • The Presence of Greatness: Chamuakpet, Dieselnoi, Legends in Residence

    Chamuakpet is one of the greatest fighters of all time. He was dubbed “Mr. Computer Knee,” a fighter out of the famed Hapalang Gym which produced Knee-fighting champions and included Dieselnoi in its stable, but Chamuakpet is considered one of the most well-rounded fighters of the Golden Age. He’s lived in Japan, teaching in Tokyo, for more than 20 years now. When he comes back to Thailand he complains that it’s too hot. He’s quiet, soft spoken, and comes off a little sad until his face erupts into a...
  • Ode To Sylve – Strongest Fighter On Earth

    A Husband’s Point of View is a series of my thoughts on watching Sylvie, as her husband, throughout the years. You can click on that link and see the collection of philosophical thoughts, technical thoughts, but mostly my awe and inspiration of my wife, who is doing things never been done before in the history of fighting, man or woman. That’s fair enough. I’m her husband, I loved her instantly and powerfully enough to promise my life to her, and it’s a beautiful privilege and pleasure to do so,...
  • Why Women Need Groin Protection – Lobloo

    Yeah, It Hurts Thailand, Pattaya – My trainer, Kru Nu, is 5’10 and a solid 25 kg heavier than I am. He’s not small. He’s also long, rangy, and doesn’t throw full power when he spars with me but he doesn’t lightly tap me… ever. A few years ago we were doing padwork in the ring and I went for a kick. Kru Nu went for a knee at the same time and ended up landing it flush into my groin; hard. The pain felt like I’d been split...
  • Pride Projects and Shame Ditches – Mental Training

    My arms are burning and I’m thirsty. The soft, pudgy flesh of my clinching partner pillows under my forearms as I snake and move and turn him, the insides of my legs slapping the sides of his body and occasionally his elbows, where he drops his arms down to try to protect his body. I feel his resistance, which is manifold: he’s resisting my movements, but he’s also pouting. He’s expressing his dislike of this experience with every cell in his body, but he cycles through going limp to...
  • Library Coffee Podcast – Tak Cho. Nateetong – Muay Femeu Excellence

    Kru Tak is very charming. He’s quiet, confident, boyish in both demeanor and physical appearance. The first time I ever walked into his gym, 5 years ago, I thought he was a teenager and asked where the boss was. He was 43 at the time. But his youthfulness is part of his Muay Thai style as well. He knows he’s faster than you are. He knows he’s more clever and able to punish you on whichever move you’re sure is going to land on him. That’s the one that...
  • Auction Sylvie Signed Gloves for Landmark 250 Fights – Proceeds Go To Kru Fund

    I’ve recently reached the landmark achievement of 250 fights, which is incredible to even write. It’s a monumental achievement and one I want to celebrate, but to put it in context it’s about the halfway mark to my ultimate goal of 471 fights (a number arrived at because the highest number of recorded fights is Len Wickwar, a British Boxer in the 30s-40s). Both are insane, both are/were going to happen. But the 250 has happened and these gloves are a celebration of that – see my complete fight...
  • Sagat Petchyindee As Podcast and Library Session

    Get the podcast as a patron here <<< how to subscribe We’re excited to have added Sagat again to the Muay Thai Library, and also to have brought that session to podcast as well. This means you can take the whole session with you as a podcast. The way we did it is that we’ve created a shortened Muay Thai Bones podcast we are calling Library Coffee. Below you can see our Sagat Library Coffee podcast on YouTube: Library Coffee is our fresh take on any new session added...
  • Our Muay Thai Library Coffee Podcast

    Part of the beauty of my Patreon, is that it not only supports everything I do – from writing, training, fighting, blogging, vlogging, the Muay Thai Library, documentary projects, helping take care of Legends, etc. – but it also supports the growth of everything I will do. Kevin and I have new ideas all the time and we work hard to expand our content, come up with new and interesting ideas, things that really haven’t been done before. It’s very cool. That’s where our Muay Thai Bones podcast came...
  • What High Level BJJ Can Teach Today’s Muay Thai

    Guest Post – Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu A Husband’s Point of View Above are kind of my reading notes on a really good Joe Rogan podcast with his long time Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Jean Jacques Machado who speaks with great reflection on the evolution of the art from what he considers the acme of its development in the 1980s and 1990s, to today’s MMA influenced versions. To follow what is below watch that 5 minute edit of a very good discussion. What is compelling about the selections I chose, and...
  • Muay Thai Bones Podcast #8 – Introverts, Goggins, Long Clinch, Fight City

    The newest Muay Thai Bones podcast is up, another epic podcast clocking at 3 and a half hours, full of in depth discussion of how Muay Thai touches all aspects of life. Subscribe on iTunes, as a patron here! episode 8     1. Square-1-ism – Goggins, Shame & Discomfort     2. Eye Contact as a Technique     3. Introversion and Letting the Body Act 4. Muay Khao Fighting for Western Females 5. What My Wai Kru & Ram Muay Mean to Me     6. Long...
  • What Team Means in Thailand – The Eyes in Team

    I am, in many ways, a satellite to my gym in Thailand. This is necessary for me to do almost everything that I do, but it’s also a point of difficulty. I don’t fight through my gym (if I did, I’d have had maybe 10 fights over the past 5 years, rather than over 150 in that same time) and so they’re not with me when I do fight and I’m often not with them when they go fight in Bangkok. On the rare occasions when I do get...
  • When You Can’t Train – The Sulk vs Focus

    My last fight – you can watch it here – left me with a souvenir of 8 stitches, right between the eyes. That’s a lucky number for me, I’m into it, but returning to training with a cut on my face is always a slightly tricky process. Surely, everyone who has been with me in the gym for these past 5 years is used to me by now – I’ve been called “Cyborg” and “Iron Lady,” “The Machine,” and “crazy,” because I’m always right back at it. Most of...
  • The Fake and the Real in Thailand

    Filippo comes over and hands me his phone, asking me to take a short video of him, Kru Nu, and Sudsakorn supervising the boys as they kick the heavy bags. Sure. I wipe my hands on the nearest piece of fabric, usually a shirt discarded on the apron of the ring, slip through the ropes and stand a few feet above the row of fighters as they shout and slam their shins into the bags in a syncopated, thwack, thwack, thwack. The boys don’t change how they’re kicking the...
  • The Lone Master In Need of a Student – Saving Muay Lertrit

    We are honestly trying to change the fate of Muay Thai through what is happening on Patreon. This is a dying branch of the art, it literally is going to die out if General Tunwakom does not find a serious student. Legit. He is the sole inheritor of this military style of Muay Thai, the last teaching student who directly has received the art from it’s creator, วิสิทธิ์_เลิศฤทธิ์ Ajarn Wisit Lertrit, a naval officer who incorporated his own Muay Khorat (a Boran style from the Khorat region of Isaan)...
  • Mental Training in Practice – Vlogging My Process

    A few days ago, I was at training and struggling through some really difficult sparring. The sparring itself was no different from how it usually is – or at least not different enough from the way it differs from day to day anyway – but I could tell that my mentality was what was making it so hard. It was the third day in a row like this. What I’ve learned over the years of focusing on my Mental Training (about 5 years, in earnest) is that you never...
  • Namkabuan Coming to Petchrungruang! | 3 Days Legends in Residence

    Namkabuan Nongkeepahuyut is coming to Petchrungruang. He will be acting as an advisor at regular sessions, both AM and PM, to all the Thai fighters and any of the westerners who are lucky enough to be training with us at that time. And he’ll be available for privates in the hours in between, which is a very rare opportunity indeed, as Namkabuan is one of these Legends of the Golden Age who doesn’t teach at any gym. He’ll be there from May 20-22nd and I’m very, very excited. Recently,...
A Husband’s Point of View
  • Pride Projects and Shame Ditches – Mental Training

    My arms are burning and I’m thirsty. The soft, pudgy flesh of my clinching partner pillows under my forearms as I snake and move and turn him, the insides of my legs slapping the sides of his body and occasionally his elbows, where he drops his arms down to try to protect his body. I feel his resistance, which is manifold: he’s resisting my movements, but he’s also pouting. He’s expressing his dislike of this experience with every cell in his body, but he cycles through going limp to...
  • When You Can’t Train – The Sulk vs Focus

    My last fight – you can watch it here – left me with a souvenir of 8 stitches, right between the eyes. That’s a lucky number for me, I’m into it, but returning to training with a cut on my face is always a slightly tricky process. Surely, everyone who has been with me in the gym for these past 5 years is used to me by now – I’ve been called “Cyborg” and “Iron Lady,” “The Machine,” and “crazy,” because I’m always right back at it. Most of...
  • Mental Training – How Negative Thoughts Can Become Like MRSA

    There’s a phrase, “it’s 90 percent mental.” I’m coming to realize that the more experience you gain. the more time you spend on a single, focused endeavor, the closer that 90 percent goes toward 99.9 percent. Or maybe it’s even all mental and we can escape the body in some kind of Nirvana-state of Muay… I don’t know yet. The other day an Instagram post from Mental Coach, Kara Loewentheil came up on my feed. I needed it. I have needed it: yesterday, today, probably a bunch of tomorrows. It’s an important...
  • Your Technique is Perfect, Right Now, The Way It Is | Mental Training Reading

    We are doing a Muay Thai Mental Training Reading Group, together. On Facebook for everyone – you can join here – and on Patreon in live video conference call with my supporters – you can see our first session here. We’ve covered the first two chapters of the book The Inner Game of Tennis, and on Friday morning (Thai Time), we’ll meet and talk about chapters 3 & 4. This is a small, short book that changes people’s lives, as it teaches us to quiet down our Inner Coach,...
  • The Ketogenic Diet and Muay Thai | How I Gave Up the Carb and Saved My Mind

    The Keto Diet, ketogenesis: The keto diet features very low carb (- 20 g), moderate protein, and high fats, designed to switch the body from sugar-burning to ketone-burning, with suggested benefits of mental clarity, recovery and anti-inflammation, and weight loss (for those that need it), making use of hormone and metabolic responses evolved in humans through long periods of fasting or lean eating. What follows is not an expert telling, you can Google about and find more on all the things I bring up, but it is my telling....
  • My 3 Day Vipassana Mediation Retreat in Pattaya

    So starts my path to enlightenment. Kevin and I turn down the street indicated on our Google Map directions and it’s pretty clear, immediately, that this isn’t what we’re looking for. Kevin immediately suggests we ask someone, which is super easy for him to suggest because he doesn’t speak Thai, so he never has to do the asking. I’m shy, so I decide to creep down the street on the motorbike first, seeing if maybe, somehow, this street lined with bars might suddenly turn into the kind of street...
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