Niamh Griffin on Female Muay Thai – 2002

clips of Niamh Griffin above Female Muay Thai in Documentary I was watching a 2002 documentary that followed 3 fighters in Bangkok – the future writer of A Fighter’s...

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Female Muay Thai in Documentary

I was watching a 2002 documentary that followed 3 fighters in Bangkok – the future writer of A Fighter’s Heart Sam Sheridan, a Thai female fighter, and a young Thai boy – and was pleasantly surprised to see Niamh Griffin interviewed for a few segments. I first met Niamh digitally when she interviewed me for her blog in the article: Inspiring Sports Women From New York to Chiang Mai. When we talked she said she had been a Muay Thai champion, but it was pretty cool to unexpectedly see her in this film. I separated out these pieces so they could live a little bit beyond the film. As women fighters we need to not only tell our story, but also preserve the history before us. A small bit of that.

If you want to find out more about Niamh the best source may be this excellent 2011 interview by

Emmet Ryan : Hi Niamh, thanks for joining us on You’re a former two-time WMC Intercontinental Bantamweight Champion but I know a lot of our readers want to know, how did you end up in Muaythai/Thai Boxing to begin with?

Niamh Griffin: I was working in Bangkok, Thailand teaching English in a secondary school there. And as you know when you go to a country where the culture is so different, you want to learn something about what the people like doing. I went to see a few MuayThai shows in the stadiums, and thought it was fantastic but I had no idea that non-Thais could compete. Then I met two Canadian men who were training in Bangkok. They encouraged me to come down to their gym and see what a training session is like and I was hooked from the first day! That was in May 1998. I had been living there since August 97.

ER: It must have been quite the eye-opening experience. Had you done any boxing or combat sports before moving to Thailand?
NG: No, I would have considered myself too soft! I had just some the normal Irish stuff – camogie, swimming, badminton I suppose, it was easier to take it up in a new country because it seemed quite exciting and “exotic” and so it was less intimidating than walking into a gym in Cork might have been

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The film was made by Susanne Cornwall Carvin.

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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see


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