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Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

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  1. In my experience, strikes are more powerful when they're relaxed and not "trying to be hard." Trying to control power usually tenses up the limbs and makes you both less able to control them and too slow and too light. Loose, relaxed and still fast but controlling the impact. "Letting your strikes go," is almost always a trying less "hard" and being relaxed.
  2. This could be something to ask directly to the gym, as they have members who live on premises as well as some who are farther away. But most places have small markets nearby, regardless of where you are. If you're near a Wat (Temple) there's certainly a night market or morning market nearby. In general, Chiang Mai is a very easy city to get around, either by motorbike, bicycle, or public transportation (although I'm not sure how that's getting on with Covid).
  3. If you do have Endometriosis, cutting out dairy, gluten, caffeine and alcohol are all the THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE things they tell you make symptoms worse. I still drink coffee every day but everything else is gone. I don't recall how long it was that my periods were sorting themselves out, but I'd guess it was maybe 4-6 cycles. There was a distinct "what the f*** is this?" for at least 2 or 3, haha. But it's all about your homones rebalancing and regulating themselves, so that's going to take a while. But if you're consistent, they will become consistent. There are lots of podcasts and blogs about keto for women and they all talk about menstruation because that's why women aren't ever included in major scientific studies, there's just so much data due to menstruation. You can just look up menstruation and keto and find a lot of info that may help guide you.
  4. For me the trickiest part of shadow kicks is that a target actually interrupts the overall trajectory, so not hitting anything kind of makes the balance difficult. If your kicks on pads and the bag are fine, I recommend kicking a few times, then just back up so you "miss" the target and try to throw your kick exactly the same as when you hit the target and see what that looks/feels like. Then you can recreate it and do it a gazillian times.
  5. Hi Amy, my period changed a few times throughout the two+ years I've been eating Keto. At first they just got really, really light and shorter. Then they became a bit irregular. Now they are very regular, both in spacing and in the heaviness or lightness of flow based on the days; very predictable. I never had bad cramps at any point in my life, although I've heard people say their PCOS and cramping was greatly improved by Keto. I have Adenomyasis, which is less common but not all together different in symptoms from Endometriosis. I found that my initial reliance on dairy was exacerbating my gut issues and so I had to cut that out. That's been difficult, but worth it in terms of helping alleviate and in most cases completely get rid of most of those symptoms.
  6. I love that you're learning so much from the Library. That's awesome and exactly what we hope for out of the project, in addition to Preserving the Legacy. Exposure to different ideas and methods is food for growth for sure. But you also aren't going to meet many coaches who want their methods questioned or argued against, INCLUDING the men in the Library, Some are more open to ideas than others, but everyone corrects toward their own experience. Your post is posing a question - "should I move to another gym?" - but it's also expressing frustration. I see why you're frustrated, but I have to be blunt here: you might be bringing all these frustrations with you to another gym. Arguing with your trainer over "his way" and what you are learning in the Library will probably be true in 90% of the gyms you go to, unless your coach happens to be a patron or something. There are gym politics that are incredibly consistent. And the issue with no advanced only classes is likely a commercial or practical change, one that your gym is unlikely to abandon unless there are commercial and practical reasons to have the higher level classes. If you feel like you aren't getting what you need out of your gym, that's as good a reason to move as any you'll come across, other than a falling out or something, which is a much harder condition to leave under. But I do warn you that much of what you're finding dissatisfying will be true across many other gyms you might be able to move to. If you see a gym that has more heavyweights, that's beneficial. If you find a gym where it's easier to smile and nod to a correction from your coach and then wait for him to walk away before commencing your own experiments, that's helpful; but arguing with your coaches over technique will never be a welcome approach in any gym. I face this myself; I am more restrained during padwork and have to make an adjustment toward what a coach is saying whenever they say it, but I don't argue. I smile, nod, give it a try while they're watching and then be more experimental during my own shadow, bagwork, or sparring/clinching time.
  7. I reckon this is a two part issue, the first being timing (if you're a bit slow on the teep you end up "fluffing," as I call it, kind of dragging your toe down the crotch area. So, work timing on a swinging bag and put a piece of tape or something to keep hitting the same target. The second part is your standing leg. If you're too far inside the opponent's stance when you throw a leg kick or a teep, you can't control your accuracy and it's just a Hail Mary guess where it will land. For a an inside leg kick, you need to have your standing leg outside the opponent's stance. For a teep, if you're too flat-footed OR too much on your toe you can't control your hip for the height of the target.
  8. He is not at Petchrungruang. He moved up to Chaiyapum when Covid hit.
  9. You look good, the flat-footed critique is true but it's on a spectrum, you come up on your toes on strikes which is already good, it's just the in-between that needs a bit more flexibility, but that will come in time. Your punches are mostly coming from your arms rather than twisting from hips/torso, but the flexibility in your feet will help with that over time automatically. Your pace is nice. Powerful, relaxed, but not slow.
  10. I think Kevin is thinking of Dengue Fever. There may be Malaria in Thailand, but not in many places where you'd find yourself. Dengue is a serious concern, seasonally at least.
  11. It's difficult because your coach, it appears, is the gatekeeper on whether or not you get to fight the fight that's offered. Having an honest conversation with him about your motives and goals, that you're willing to take losses and disadvantages in order to have the long-term benefits of experience is a good place to stand. From his perspective, he's trying to protect you, not put you in unfair situations, and also surely protect his own reputation. It's all in how you sell it, honestly. I lost a good amount when I first came to Thailand and was fighting far more experienced opponents with weight advantages, but I was known as the little farang who would fight everyone and fight often. That glow isn't universal, the praise isn't unanimous, and the better I got and the more my name became recognizable, the more complicated the "face" of my gym and those who were supposed to be "in charge of me" became. So, it's complicated. But if you feel like you can talk to your coach, there's nothing lost by an honest conversation about wanting to fight a lot at this point in your development.
  12. There's a fighter out here in Pattaya named "Big Mike," occasionally just Mike. He's over 250 lbs, definitely a "heavyweight" not just in Thailand but anywhere. He can move, man. He usually fights on a more local circuit because at that size it's very hard to find opponents in Thailand, but he's had some big side-bet fights at Lumpinee as well. He's awesome. I'm including some short video of his sparring, just to give a flavor for how he goes about it with someone much smaller. Keeping in mind that this is likely for the benefit of the smaller guy, who definitely doesn't share Mike's skill or experience, but Mike is still getting something out of it himself and his fakes, feints, blocks, snuffing and closing of distance is, to me, quite beautiful and looks good for anyone sparring.
  13. Kevin and I were talking about this over breakfast this morning and I noted that the narrative form of scoring in Western sport certainly used to be more present. There's no way a 25 round boxing match was a round-by-round mathematical tabulation of points. Bullshit. But as the narrative disappeared, fights became shorter, sportsman became spokesman, the narrative was extracted. So you get things like WWE, contemporary boxing beefs, MMA, all the shit-talking that's outside of the ring, outside the fight, prior to the event in order to give it structure and context within the fight itself. There's no narrative within the ropes, so it's constructed outside of it instead. Aside from scoring, apart from scoring, but rather how the audience will be divided to cheer one way or the other - not based on what they're looking at, but WHO they're looking at. Thailand's Muay Thai has Legends, heroes, icons, playboys... all of it. But it's not part of the narrative of the fights, almost ever. There are grudge matches, rematches, etc. But it's not at all the same as these examples in Western sport; the narrative is within the fight itself. They're fucking amazing story-tellers, back in the day. Less so now.
  14. A number of the fighters we interview talk about lack of opponents, the lower frequency of fights makes training and cutting weight much more difficult, an overall feeling that they're "done" in the sense of just not feeling as strong or willing to go through the intense fatigue and work that's required to be a top fighter; some get distracted after reaching a top level - Kaensak was Fighter of the Year for 2 years in a row, then started losing at a high rate just after. I asked him why and he said he had a girlfriend and spent all his time with her rather than focused on training (usually this is a soft implication to a fighter becoming sexually active, as this whole men-have-to-abstain-in-order-to-have-power belief is STRONG here). Some just lose the passion. Most I've talked to talk about just being tired. If they're at the top level, even in their mid or late 20s they're facing rising stars in their late teens or early 20s; that's hard. It's pretty crazy that Suk fought into his 50s and Wichannoi and Chamuakpet were downright old men, retiring in their 30s. Saenchai is a fogie by Muay Thai standards. If we're talking about women it's a completely different story. Yes, lack of opponents but from a much, much smaller pool. Hormones change and the body changes. Women retire much earlier. Some go to school to get a career so they can support their families because there's no such thing as a female fighter who is earning what even mid-level male fighters earn. Women have children pretty young here (male fighters also start families but that's obviously a different process). Lommanee is the oldest female fighter (Thai) I can think of, at 31. Sawsing at 24 is unusual, for sure... and a mother as well.
  15. I can't see your lower body. It looks like it turns over too soon to be the Golden Kick, as exemplified by Karuhat, Boonlai, Samart, etc. It's a nice kick though.
  16. How you dose out your electrolytes is mostly a trial-and-error kind of thing. Kevin has an iron stomach and can take much, much more at a time than I can. I have to separate out my salt and potassium because both give me bubble guts. I can't take a heavy dose of either of those too close to training or I'll be running to the toilet between rounds. I can take a pretty heavy dose of salt with warm water at night to replenish, but I try to keep any of my electrolytes about 2 hours away from training on the front end. I can take them immediately after with no problem, as I'll have access to a bathroom and not be doing much right after in case my stomach decides to be upset about it. I put potassium (cream of tartar) and magnesium together and seem to be okay with it. But if I add sodium with either magnesium or potassium it's a disaster. So, you'll have to figure out how to "micro-dose" or space it out for yourself, or, if you're like Kevin and can slam a pretty hefty dose at once with no problem, just time it with a replenishment schedule for your training. I never take electrolytes WHILE training, it gives me a feeling of fullness that I can't tolerate. Always 2 hours before or immediately after.
  17. Yes, Hippy taught this to me (it feckin' hurts) and Rambaa also does it in the clinch.
  18. Are you eating Keto all the time, or only during fight camp and for weight cut? Do you fast often and for how long? Do you train fasted?
  19. Posting my Playlist here in the forum. It contains all the publicly published videos of my work in the Diamond Guard, a Playlist that will be added to as it developes: The Muay Thai Diamond Guard is an evolution of the old time Western Boxing Cross-Armed guard, as used by fighters like Gene Fullmer and Archie Moore (among others), but adopted to the ruleset of traditional Muay Thai. It was first taught to me by the legendary Thai fighter Kaensak Sor. Ploenjit, but I've started to work with it on my own as a side project. This playlist is a collection of some of that work and references.
  20. Hey! I recognize your handle from Youtube. Andy Thomson was the first to really emphasize the importance of ambidextrous training to me. Not to fight as a switching fighter, but just to be balanced. I love that you're taking meaning in training both sides and truthfully speaking, everyone has a "weak side" and quite honestly it's much weaker in most people than is necessary. Your workout sounds solid and will develop as you go, but just feel where you're struggling and push the line a little. Then a little, then a little. It's awesome.
  21. You are NOT alone in this AT ALL. Men experience it as well. You see the dehydrated version of yourself in weight cut, but that's not an ideal at all. People try to stay in that state for as short a window as possible, and that should tell you something about it's value. Being tied to the scale for the sport is something that will certainly mess with your image, but keep in mind that the number on the scale is not actually a VALUE. Be confident in what your body can do, which honestly is usually better in a window above your "scale weight." You drop down, but you're strong a bit above that. So don't fret about staying at the weight that's what's on the scale when you're cutting down. It's not a good place to be. It's hard to get to, it sucks, it's uncomfortable. People who compete on stage for body building or physique have "loading phases" and "cutting phases," they know that they're never as lean as they are on stage. It's transitory. So maybe look up some blogs or writing on that, from people who truly understand that their "ideal" is not ideal at all. It's very, very momentary. You want to be strong, not "shredded." What your body DOES is important, not as much how it looks. All that said, Yes. Yes. We all feel every fucking little millimeter of extra skin, every ounce of extra weight. Don't weight yourself if you don't have to. The scale is a tool for getting to a point for fights. Other than that, it's not relevant.
  22. 1000 Baht is for a private session, 5000 is a month of classes. You can contact Sasakul Gym directly about where to stay, they have accommodation nearby that probably has package deals. We went and visited one of them, it was nice, not too fancy and reasonably priced.
  23. My immediate advice any time I see someone hurting their foot in kicking, it's because you're too far away. If your foot is contacting the pad or the bag, you're too far. Just step forward 6 inches. The kick should land on your shin and the foot should wrap around to the back of the leg, body, pad, bag.
  24. That would also be considered bad form in Thailand, mainly because the hierarchy of a gym is that fighters are not independent agents. A trainer, and more likely than that the owner/manager of the gym would be who gets the invite in Thailand. That said, I don't know what the etiquette of your country is, assuming gyms are composed of paying customers rather than contracted fighters.
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