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  1. Looks awesome!!! I wish I had garage space or even an open grassy area where I could incorporate something like that.
  2. A bit late to this, but my coach definitely tries to add a large part of western boxing to our training sessions every now and then, specifically with boxing combos and head movement as well as when working with angles. He says that the very traditional Thai style is to just stand directly in front of each other and sort of just trade back and forth rather than trying to cut and make angles.
  3. The heavy rope was a hell of a bitch to get used to, but I actually prefer it now to speed ropes. As far as I'm aware the gym I sometimes go to has mostly heavy ropes.
  4. No clue yet if there is a video, but there should be some links popping up soon. I heard that Tiffany retained her title by unanimous decision!
  5. I definitely agree about the drama- The only reason I actually knew this McGregor vs. Mendes fight was happening in the first place was all the hype that popped up on social media and other websites about McGregor and his (for lack of a better word) shit-talking. I think that Muay Thai and MMA do also draw difference audiences though. MMA seems to embody a whole lot of aggression, people want to see these people go at each other like animals sometimes. It's completely opposite with Muay Thai in Thailand, where the point is to stay calm under duress.
  6. Thanks for sharing! It definitely makes me more motivated and determined to drag my ass out and run when I read about why it's so important. In the past month and a half I've started incorporating runs into my weekly routine and started building up distances. Originally I started with just 2 km and last week I finally was able to run a full 10 km at a decent pace. Speaking from experience, I have to say I've noticed a HUGE difference in my ability to perform and recover between padwork rounds. Its amazing. Before I was always immediately winded, and despite the fact I'm still winded no matter what, I find that now I can push and carry myself much better through 5 rounds.
  7. Plastic surgery is actually incredibly common in South Korea. From what I understand, being attractive is almost a necessity there in order to be taken seriously as a person and career-wise. There was an article in the New Yorker a few months back about it. Its a long one, but here is a quote from the article: “One factor is that, in contrast to Western cultures, the external aspects of self (your social status, clothes, gestures, and appearance) versus the inner aspects (thoughts and feelings) matter more here,” he explained. Suh described an experiment he did in which he gave students, both at Yonsei University and at the University of California at Irvine (where he once taught) a photograph and a written description of the same person. Which format, he asked the students, gives you a better understanding of this person? The Koreans chose the photograph, and the Americans chose the description. Suh, like others, partially attributes the Korean mind-set to Confucianism, which teaches that behavior toward others is all-important. He elaborated, “In Korea, we don’t care what you think about yourself. Other people’s evaluations of you matter more.” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/23/about-face Unfortunately I think this holds true partually as well in Thailand, at least in cities with more white collar workers.
  8. I think Buakaw is more of the exception than the rule since he's done quite a lot to elevate himself status-wise in the sport, especially on an international stage. I feel like it would be different if he was just a Thai champion, but it's also the fact that he's recognized in K1 and other circles as well as an icon. As for the skin thing, it really is insane here. The number of new products that come out to whiten your skin is staggering. Right now the new thing is this "Snail White" lotion or something.
  9. It's more or less exactly what everyone here has said already- I do some form of exercise almost every single day of the week, training or not and my social schedule is adjusted to that it takes place after I've done my morning workout routines. In the beginning I just said I was busy and never elaborated on what I was busy with since I would get funny looks from my work mates that I would cut out this extra time for my strength training. Now that I'm with my family again they've taken notice but also accepted it as my own routine and are open to making time for it.
  10. I found that the Thai oil definitely helps me when it comes to muscle cramping and soreness, though I think it functions more as an anesthetic to dull the pain so that I don't feel it in training. Then afterwards since it got some blood flow the cramping has lessened. I hope you can get some, otherwise there are other things like tiger balm which I think does something similar, though I don't know if all the sweat in training will make it run off or something. Funny Emma, I'm the opposite actually. My calves are super tight for ages after I do any sort of run, but I have no issues skipping rope.
  11. Initially I actually didn't like the Muay Thai shorts because I just felt awkward and silly wearing them with the way they're usually styled. Now I realize how great it is that they flare out so much because its less restrictive when it comes to kicks. Though I definitely think there is a big difference in perception abroad with those who wear MT shorts vs. those who don't. I also think it may be partially because of availability/pricing. In Thailand its generally easy enough to find these shorts even in stalls on the streets, whereas if you go to the gym in the UK for example, you have to really go to one of those speciality fightgear shops to find these style of shorts, which implies the person is much more experienced and invested since they do so in the first place.
  12. I've made a pretty substantial change to my diet in the past half year. Previously when I was living abroad I just ate whatever (read: salami cheese bread pasta bacon cream overload daily). Then I came back and had a blood work check-up at the doctor that found I had terrible levels of cholesterol and fats equivalent to many 50-60 year olds. That gaveme a bit of a kick in the face, so I did an immediate diet clean-up. I basically eat large quantities of veggies- broccoli, spinach, peppers, whatever. In terms of meats, I eat everything. Previously I ate just a ton of fish like tuna, sardines, trout..like a pescaterian diet. Though since coming back to Thailand a few weeks ago my diet is now pretty heavy in pork/chicken and red meat. I usually eat general Thai fare now such as som tum, stir-frys, yum salads, nam tok, laarb, kaeng soups (clear ones, not really a fan of the ones with coconut milk). I'm a massive fan of seafood and fish- the fishier the better!! Eggs are one of my favorite things to eat as well. The only sort of odd thing is that I became addicted to cottage cheese living abroad and now find I want to eat it constantly. On training days the only difference is I usually eat a massive bowl of oatmeal. Delicious!! I dislike sodas so I just stick to tea and water. For supplements I take a multivitamin + some extra Vitamin D and Omega 3. I don't take any protein bars/shakes. I'm curious as well to hear from those who fight!
  13. Thanks for linking this! I heard about Frances and Boom through some articles on Fightland. It's wonderful to be able to hear from them directly.
  14. I've been taught to do the whole spin while shadowboxing, though I have issues with my kicks where I don't put enough hips into my kick and it tends to stop short. I think the spinning helps so that I don't do one of those kicks where I just snap the lower half of my leg rather than launching the whole leg into the kick.
  15. I'm glad to hear that this is more common than I thought. For me so far its just been when I'm getting pushed I feel like bursting into a fit of crying, but it really seems like that for some reason crying is a pretty automatic reaction of the brain to....a ton of things. I've also noticed that it's been mostly women who have replied to this so far. I'm curious if something similar happens to men or whether they react completely differently to these stresses...at least young boys do it seems!
  16. Today I was having a private training session and something interesting happened. It's happened once or twice before but this is the first time I've really thought about it. During the last round of pad work today I was exhausted and my power and technique was dropping and flying out the window. My trainer kept yelling at me to go harder, and as I was pushing myself there was a point where I had a burst of emotion. It was a combination of frustration at myself for not being able to strike harder, anger at myself and also anger where my body was going "I'M KICKING HARD WHY IS THIS NOT HARD ENOUGH". I also felt myself get angry at my trainer at points in the last round where I think I was just transferring my frustrations. By that point for no reason I also thought I might start crying or something. Its odd because I started off the session feeling quite good and I finished it feeling relatively calm as well, it was just that point where I had this huge burst of emotion. I know being calm and controlled is important but this just came out of nowhere. I almost started punching the heavy bags afterwards just to vent but it disappeared really rapidly. Have any of you guys had something similar happen in training or fighting?
  17. Amen. That fight was amazing to watch. I actually expected her to win as well based on her last fight, though Tiffany keeps surprising me. I think she's becoming one of my favorite fighters to watch.
  18. I was so curious what 20 oz gloves would look like I had to go look them up. I was not disappointed. https://muaytash.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/226646_10150236225090926_565235925_9141402_489144_n.jpg
  19. I'm glad it seems to be a good change of pace for you Micc! I think after awhile you'll realize the kind of environment that works the best for your style of training. Michelle- the footwork actually goes back and forth. Some days I think I'm really making some good progress and other days I feel like my feet are just flailing everywhere in an attempt to get proper balance, but that's how it is with improvement, right? Bits and pieces at a time. Overall what I'm happy about is that noticable difference from when I had my last short muay thai training session half a year ago before I took my break. What's the new thing you're thinking of trying?
  20. nakmuaybynature- out of curiosity, how long are your medium runs vs. your long distance runs?
  21. I'm going to go out on a limb and say I actually really enjoy the stupid/ridiculous thai generic pop songs. I enjoy them more for the silliness itself over the actual song value.
  22. I actually have a similar problem Snoopy! I think that cycling is supposed to be really good if you can get access to a stationary bike or something. Whenever I run long distances I start to get pain in my right hip and it eventually leads to me not being able to move my leg anymore if I continue to push it way past the limit. I haven't found any solution myself, what I've started trying to do is slowly build up. At this point I'm only doing short runs of about 3 km. It already causes some stiffness but its not enough to result in pain. What I intend to do is slowly increase it, so I'm hoping to build up strength without cause too much damage initially. I know this is probably not much help, but I hope you can find a way around it. I'll share any tips I figure out.
  23. threeoaks- I'll be sure to post that article if I can find it again. Meanwhile, that book sounds absolutely fascinating! I would love to read it. It's actually interesting now that at least, I think from a Western point of view, many of the more traditional "Eastern" martial arts are seen as magical and almost at another level compared to sports like boxing due to interviewing religious philosophies or etc, yet when you look at the perception of Asians in popular culture, you see either the kung-fu master or the sort of very meek, feminine nerdy Asian man.
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