Currently Reading: Muay Thai

  • Sabai, Sabai

    It's been said to me countless times, "สบาย ๆ."  It means "relax," basically and it deals mainly with the aesthetic of Muay Thai and how it looks effortless, calm and flatly unemotional until it explodes in...
  • Inner – The Difference Between Inside and Outside Fighting

    The second time Thay-Win held pads for me he would periodically stop, take a step back and look at me with a kind of stern consideration. I asked him what he was doing and he said,...
  • Natural Selection

    April 29, 2012
    I couldn't sleep last night.  My mind was all over the place, but I got stuck thinking about the repetitive "life stories" of guys on the numerous seasons of The Ultimate Fighter that I've seen.  It's...
  • Body Language – Clinch, Thailand and Gender

    April 26, 2012
    There are complications to being a woman - or more specifically, having a female body - in a male dominated sport.  As a fighter you are using your body to perform an art and you must...
  • Cutting Diamonds

    April 24, 2012
    My fight on Friday night ended quickly, within the first round.  As such, my fight wasn't even 2 minutes long and the opportunity to fight again this coming Friday presented itself and I took it.  So...
  • The Fine Brush

    April 19, 2012
    It’s the day before my first fight in Chiangmai and I’m lying here on my bed chewing on every thought that wanders in and out of my head.  It’s customary to take the day before, of...
  • Don’t Call It A Comeback

    April 10, 2012
      I met Andy early at the camp this morning, at 5:00.  It was still dark out, the fluorescent rods affixed to a few of the posts holding up the roof casting a bizarre and insect-like...
  • 3 Days in Chiangmai

    April 8, 2012
    We arrived in Chiangmai on Thursday afternoon.  Coming from the airport, the little neighborhood in which the gym is located became recognizable very quickly.  We checked into the same hotel we stayed at last time and...
  • The “Over/Under” – Gender and Privilege in Thailand

    March 11, 2012
    Over I’m moving to Thailand in less than a month.  I’m so excited, so joyous and inspired by the realization of this dream that I can barely think of anything to be nervous about.  As it...
  • Personal Statement

    October 8, 2011
    The following is the Personal Statement for my proposed research/study project through the Fulbright Grant.  It expresses a lot of what I’ve already expressed, and to some extent what I will forever be trying to express. ...