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  4. Kem's is a good option because he's also very adroit in boxing, so you wouldn't have to leave your strengths behind in order to get good clinch work in and develop areas you're not yet strong in.
  5. Wow, that's beautiful. Thank you l love your reminders of what you're working on as well.
  6. Nothing is certain in Thailand right now. There's a promotion that I might be on next month, but I never count my chickens before they hatch, as they say. My focus right now is Sylvie 3.0, which doesn't revolve around fighting. It's a HUGE change for me, but it's good.
  7. Hi , My name is Randolph and I live in bombay India . I would like to train with master Sagat. Iam a novice to Muay Thai . Please Lemme know the contact info of the gym in which master Sagat teaches. Appreciate this. Thank u and kind regards . Randolph .
  8. If you're doing it at the same place, with the same coaches there probably won't be tons of difference in how you learn to punch and kick. Depending on where you go the rhythm is quite different. Kickboxing is fought with a lot more urgency because the fights are two rounds shorter + scoring favours aggression. It'll help your Muay Thai for sure. As for how they're different? It really depends on what sort of kickboxing you're learning. If you're learning what typically gets called 'K1 rules' nowadays, you're learning the same tools from Muay Thai, but without elbows and clinch work is much more limited (K1 used to allow for more clinching but Buakaw and Overeem were too dominant with it). Teeps are a rarity, Giorgio Petrosyan is the most dominant combat sport athlete of all time, and a large part of his success comes from shoves and teeps + that guy has beaten quite literally every top name except for Masato and a draw against Buakaw. You should learn some clinch work, because in kickboxing you need to know how to punch and clutch, because the pace is so fast. I'd say it was probably just that particular class. If your focus is Muay Thai, I'd suggest to train kickboxing every so often but I wouldn't focus on it. If you'd rather kickboxing competition you can really stay and train in either, just so long as you're okay with losing weapons if you're training Muay Thai and competing in kickboxing, but you certainly won't be lost so long as you're sparring regularly with people who have a kickboxing style.
  9. Here's a little update on my setup I had someone do a mural on the wall for inspiration. The next step is putting in some heavy bags and more gym equipment to make the work out area complete.
  10. Nice, I'm glad you're back to it that's good to hear that places are still trying to provide services. My Muay Thai gym opened back up but had someone tested positive for COVID so they had to close back down but they are still going hard on the Zoom classes. I unfortunately got sick recently nothing related to COVID but it took me out for a while. I'm also just getting back to training again so I can share your enthusiasm.
  11. How do the two differ? I do Thai but last night did kickboxing class since I was too late to make it to Thai. Seemed more punch orientated and we did no clinch work but this may have just been the structure of that individual class. Enjoyed it, and will go back, will it help improve my Thai also?
  12. Any idea when you’ll be able to fight again Sylvie?
  13. I just started training Muay Thai again for the past 2 weeks or so after 4 months off due to covid restrictions. it makes me sooo happy and I leave class feeling alive
  14. Check out my new pictures in my training room.
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  16. So, I’m currently planning on going to Thailand for 2 months next year to live at a gym and potentially fight once, and I’m wondering what gym/s y’all would recommend for me given my background and the fact that I’m quite new at Muay Thai. I was a competitive boxer at my university for 2 years, getting 5 fights under my belt and 3 wins, and for the past 4 months I’ve been doing some kickboxing at an mma gym. On the one hand, I’m a southpaw with great boxing and a love for low/lower kicks (I never kick above the body) so Sitmonchai comes off as a chance to capitalize on my current skills. On the other hand, a clinch-heavy gym like Kem would let me become worthwhile in the clinch, where I’m currently useless. Any input would be greatly appreciated; be it what I should look for in a gym or specific recommendations, anything’s welcome!!
  17. Kevin, could you please also type Ruup in Thai for me I want to write on my new gloves
  18. Hey! When it comes to structure training, over here we have some 15mins of warm-up. After that we either go to 5-6 rounds of pad work, 2 times. One holding pads, partner working out and change after the first set. At the end some 100 or 150 kicks each leg at the heavy bag or pads and some strength. For Pad work just gather your ideas, you can go for any technique or combination you like. On technique days, we just go for partner training, without pads. If you don't remember any techniques to improve, just sort some out online. Every one performing each technique 2 or 3 times, then change, with rounds of ~3min. Hope that could help you a little.
  19. thats khun pluk pluk holding pads in the second picture. he's not in the fourth picture though. he is absolutely brutal though, got to see him fight my 3rd or 4th day there too. he is a killer. very unassuming power in the clinch. he beat the crap out of me in the clinch.
  20. I went there in 2019 and I would clinch everyday with that guy holding the pads for you on the second picture and also with you ont he fourth picture. He was brutal. Jesus. I am twice his size but he did whatever he wanted with me.
  21. I coach in Britain in a gym out of East London, was taught by a golden age Thai fighter. I can DM you more details if you want!
  22. Thanks again. Never heard the visa thing but maybe that is why Okada couldn't go. But that might just be an excuse too. Also it was mean to be in October 1963 then it was changed to December then changed again to January 1964. At least Oyama could still fight in December but when it was changed again to another month after he couldn’t go and that is when Kurosaki was asked to fight instead. I am more a fan now. I did train until 2002 in kickboxing and had so many friend in Kyokushin because here in Netherlands the connection between kyokushin and kickboxing is old and strong. Where do you coach Muay Thai?
  23. So from what I've heard, the event getting rescheduled from 1963 to 1964 caused visa problems for one of the fighters, which is why Kurosaki stepped in. I got that info from a different source, the two contradict each other so I don't know which is true! Happy to be wrong on that point though if he in fact wasn't meant to fight! It could be a semantic issue, in that someone can say 'he wasn't meant to fight' when he was the only one to lose, and that would imply that it's because he wasn't meant to fight at all, when he had been booked to fight since around December of 63 (based on my source) I also could be over-complimenting Kurosaki in saying he's a bit of a founding father, because that does imply he helped found it, but what I more mean is that he is important to Kyokushin becoming wide spread - but yes you're quite correct not a founder. I should say that I'm a Muay Thai coach, not a kyokushin guy, I'm just quite close to the art of kyokushin due to having a lot of friends/acquaintances involved in the art! So I'm not fully on the 'inside' as it were
  24. You've accidentally put your entire response into a quote. I did a fact check on this though a few months ago, and contacted Takasan the kickboxing/muay thai historian in Japan, he wrote a couple books on these early days of kickboxing but they haven't been translated into English. It was a pain in the ass because on top of a language barrier he is also quite eccentric, but worth it as he cleared up a few areas for me as he had other sources to draw upon. Yes, it is false that only one of the fighters was Thai. Tan Charan was ethnically Chinese, but Thai, and Huafai was Thai. Black Belt Magazine also got the year in question wrong, it was 1964, though it was originally planned for 63, that's probably where the mistake comes from, and like I mentioned before, Black Belt Magazine was a joke of a publication that would put up actual frauds, so they weren't going to have an editor fact checking, they would take it at face value. There is one correction I will make though JoopSnoop, Kurosaki stepping in at the last minute, was a misconception based on what the historian told me. He said this wasn't actually true (I made this mistake myself on this very thread), he'd been reported as training for it in advance, it seems he always intended to fight. Perhaps he was a replacement, at last minute, but he was keeping in shape just in case at the very least. That and the rules were modified to allow for more use of throws, this was requested by the Japanese fighters so they could use more of their weapons + is a very Japanese move. No he wasn't co-creator of kyokushin at all, but he was very good at marketing it and working with Mas Oyama to spread it around, so I don't think its unfair to call him a founding father so to speak. He eventually splintered off because he didn't really like the knockdown rules. Here are some photos Takasan sent me from the event, at the moment all sources of these pictures online come from him.I'm trying to keep a dialogue with him the best I can to find out what else we can uncover about these early days. Hopefully he won't be upset with me sharing: Hope this is helpful to you JoopSnoop!
  25. I currently live in the American south, Georgia to be specific, and our Covid situation is a cluster fuck. Going to my indoor, not very well ventilated gym where no one is wearing a mask is not an option for safety reasons. I have put together a small group of people who are interested in training in my well ventilated garage wearing masks. So yay, I don’t have to train by myself all the time. But also, we need some guidance or some sort of structure for drills, conditioning, skill coaching, and whatnot. Are there any online programs that give guidance on curriculum for partner drills instead of only solo workouts? Ones that are more traditional style Muay Thai? Ideas? Suggestions? Most of us have been training in the 2-3 year range so not complete noobs but not super advanced either. I’m also hoping to be able to pay a coach for guidance and hopefully come in to coach in person once a week. That’s proving to be a challenge though despite offering a fair rate so not sure if that will work out. Thank you for any sort of guidance. ** I’m aware of Sean Fagan’s YouTube stuff but I don’t have an interest in following him for reasons unrelated to training.
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