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Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

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  1. Somebody asked on the Facebook share of this thread, what Kevin and I eat on a daily basis. We're in quarantine at a place that doesn't allow for home cooking, but our diet hasn't changed too much from what we regularly eat. So here's an example: Fasting Day: water, black coffee, electrolytes Eating Day: Chicken and Cashew with bacon (Kevin), avacado with poached egg and bacon (Sylvie), or bunless burgers with cheese and bacon plus a large salad with olives and feta cheese (both); coffee with cream. Snacks: macademia nuts and swiss cheese, maybe some cold cut meats, dark chocolate Dinner is some kind of meat and vegetable. Last night was grilled chicken and somtum salad, some garlic deep fried pork ribs (me), and stir-fried morning glory, sundried pork, coleslaw (Kevin).
  2. Almost everything is shutting down in Thailand as well, depending on location as each province can make their own rules. But tomorrow the PM will be announcing the articles of a State of Emergency that will start on March 26 and extend at minimum to April 26th. I'm pretty anxious awaiting the details, honestly. Gyms are closed, restaurants are take-out only, only groceries and "essential businesses" are open.
  3. Thailand has varying responses. Some promotions are continuing and airing live on TV, but they don't allow spectators in to watch. There's a limit of 100 people (in some of these cases) including cameramen, cornermen, doctors, etc. Some places have stopped promoting completely and made big public displays of deep-cleaning and disinfecting the venues. Some places are carrying on as usual, no changes, other than seeing more people wearing masks. There are a few gyms that have stopped taking new clients (those who are already there and paid are continuing), some are closing entirely (this is highly unusual), and some that have international clients are requiring "health certificates" before accepting new students. It's a huge problem in terms of affecting the livelihood of countless people in Thailand though. From fighters to promoters, gym owners, professional gamblers, etc. People have to eat. There's a lot of criticism of implementing these cancellations without also offering help to those who it affects the most.
  4. PhuketKing Muay Thai Gym is good. Kru Pot is awesome.
  5. It's pretty unusual to be only taking private sessions, unless that's what you signed up for. That's definitely not a normal gym program. But most importantly is that you FEEL this is a scam, which I'd advise you to check out other gyms because of that. Even if you don't end up changing, you'll have some other experience to compare. It might be hard to get a fight right now, tons of shows are being cancelled or limited for health precautions. So even if you are in a legitimate training situation, getting a fight might prove difficult. Being happy with your training is important in either case though. Maybe try 1 or 2 sessions somehwere else.
  6. I wrote about my experience cutting water weight here. Every body is different, so I don't know how easily you'll hold or lose water weight using the water loading, and I only cut a couple kilos ever. Cutting out salt is one method, but you have to also balance with potassium. Speaking with a nutritionist about that, if you're able to do so, could be helpful. But the kind of cut you're talking about isn't out of reach and is something that your coach or fighter friends should be able to help you with. You want to diet down a little, not a huge amount, and then just use a water cut for the last few pounds. And don't stay dehydrated for very long at all, so you can rehydrate fully.
  7. I've been concussed once. If I could know then what I know now, I would have gone HARD keto to recover from that. Carbs and sugar aren't good for the brain, aren't good for inflammation, and fats and ketones are very good for the brain during that time of recovery. Once you're sensitive to concussions though, there's nothing you can really do. You just have to make the call for yourself. If you're worried about it, you'll keep being worried about it and should devise a plan for whatever degree you're comfortable engaging in that kind of activity. You can't really "Google" your way to a resolution, it's a very personal choice and experience of what affects you or doesn't.
  8. I only know of the Sitjemam Muay Thai gym in Chiang Rai, but it's run by and mostly occupied by westerners (Italians). So, nto sure how that feels to you.
  9. Howdy, In the West folks tend to do some padwork, maybe a total of 3 explosive and then relaxed sets. Not too much. In Thailand we don't do that at all, we just get the oil massage (with the Thai linament, it warms you up) and some light shadowboxing and maybe some stretching. I've seen studies that say that a kind of explosive, out-of-breath for a minute warmup about 10 minutes before a race (running) shows improved times for runners. So I kind of go hard in my shadow the fight before mine, then relax. I've never trained combos or anything before a fight. But I do visualize for myself, which is something you could maybe guide your fighters through or at least tell them to do for 5 minutes.
  10. What was that Ultra like? Is it something that is run regularly? Or was it something you designed for yourself?
  11. My latest appearance on a podcast, discussing my keto approach and Muay Thai:
  12. This is really cool. Darren Liu listened to my appearance on the HVMN podcast, you can listen to that here. He's been doing doing cyclic keto for 3 years and just finished my first 100km ultra in Koh Chang, which is really cool, and says he trained in keto for most of it. One day I should try and ultra, just because I identity so much with ultra athletes and really relate to them in what I do. It turns out he also owns a Keto friendly Cafe. I haven't been there yet, but it sounds pretty cool. They have a selection of bone broths, which is crazy. The menu isn't 100% Keto, it's just 100% good stuff, but you can definitely order pure Keto there. I asked him and these are some of the options he suggested: "my favorite carnivore dish, ground beef with 2 duck eggs mixed, cooked in our bone broth, with just salt" "an organic coconut milk based Thai soup called Tom kha with chicken thigh" "a pad ka prao without rice, which is 150 grams of grassfed ground beef, or organic chicken breast, or even pasture raised beef liver + a duck egg (or 3!)" "a pasture raised ribeye from NZ with fried duck egg" He also said they make their own Kimchi. they're the only place serving Thai street food without processed seeds oils, and using grassfed beef and organic chicken — both antibiotic and hormone free You can find them on Facebook here.and their website, with full menu, in here. Some photos of their dishes: Location Google Map Link here
  13. Pacquiao has been hit in the face a million times. Conversely, he was KOd by a body punch ONCE and completely revamped his abdominal training in order to avoid that ever happening again. Body strikes suck. I totally get the Thai focus on balance. Once I became aware of it, this awareness made it very hard for me to watch a lot of western fighting, across all disciplines. Fighters are terribly off-balance during, before and after strikes. Imagine a gymnast landing on her ass or a diver belly-flopping into the water. That's what it looks like. Our eyes aren't looking for it, so a lot of western fans don't see it. But once you see it, you can never "un-see" it. It's pretty bad.
  14. I get asked quite a lot about how I've gone about learning the Thai language. For me, it's not a direct answer to a more or less direct question, because how one learns a language when you actually live in the culture is entirely different than how I learned German, for example, which was sitting at a desk in school, in America, for 5 years. So, the short answer is: I moved to Thailand and it was important to me to learn the language, so I've been learning it all along. The long answer is: tutors, books, websites, magazines and newspapers, being forced to communicate with trainers, strangers, government officials, and promoters, and having friendships with Thai people. None of these things are singularly responsible for my ability to speak, read and write Thai; and none of them would have made it possible without all the others. Thai is a tonal language. What that means is that the inflection of a word doesn't express your emotional connotation, instead it is required for the meaning of the word itself. For example, if we say "what?" with a clipped tone, we might be ready to fight. If we say, "whaaat?" with a rising tone we might sound like we're in disbelief. But the meaning of the actual word stays the same. In Thai, the change in tone would change the meaning of the word. So, for example "ma" with a flat tone means "come," whereas "ma" with a rising (like asking a question) tone means "dog," and "ma" with a high tone (like an incredulous "huh?") means "horse." How easy it is to mix those up in speech, and yet they're all spelled differently. For a long time, as folks coming from non-tonal languages, we can't even hear the difference between these words. All this is to say, I think it's important to have a teacher at some point in your process of learning Thai. Not only are tones important for people to understand you, but it teaches you how to hear as well, so that you can understand other people. My first teacher was Kru May, who was a generous young teacher at a school that was on the same street as Lanna Gym in Chiang Mai. It was my first trip to Thailand and I wanted to learn some Thai, so I'd contacted a teacher via an advertisement on a light pole. That didn't work out so well and I was lost. I wandered into this school and the office-director, when she realized what I was looking for, was so kind that she just sat me down and had Kru May teach me Thai every few days... for free. It was an incredible sign of Thai generosity. She even invited me to her home to have dinner, this odd little farang who wandered in, but that never came about. I'm really grateful to Kru May and Khun Luang (the woman who took me in). When I got back to New York, I found an online tutor and continued learning that way. This was my teacher, Titcha Kedsri, who may or may not still be offering lessons. Once I moved to Thailand, I met in person with a tutor named Simon, maybe for 6 months or so. For those who want to wade in with their own materials, there are a few sources that are really valuable and free: Women Learn Thai is an online source that really has a lot to go through. If you're a man, don't be confused by the name, it's in no way female specific and often still uses male pronouns and polite particles. Another great resource is video lessons by Mod and Pear, so you can really work on pronunciation and hearing those tones, "Learn Thai with Mod" is great for rudimentary and basic Thai phrases and vocabulary. A book that I used in order to be able to start reading is this Thai: An Essential Grammar by Smyth. Learning a language with proper structure, grammar, spelling, rules, etc. is dizzying for me. It's a good reference and it's the reason I know that the class of a consonant, coupled with it being "live" or "dead," and the length of the vowel, plus or minus a tone mark, all changes how a word is pronounced. I know those things in my head, but over time I just read and now how to pronounce something because I'm learning the language via exposure and immersion all the time. That's really important. I don't know all the rules of English the way I know those rules in Thai, but you know what sounds correct or not. You need both. Finally, and most importantly, I think: it was really important to me to learn Thai. As soon as I could sound out basic words, I was struggling to read through the Muay Siam magazine that gave short reports of female fight results. I tried to order my food in Thai, even when I was painfully shy about it. Moving from Chiang Mai to Pattaya significantly improved my Thai, because I was forced to speak Thai more in Pattaya (there's much less English here than in Chiang Mai). I started chatting with Kru Nu in the mornings. I had to start booking my own fights, so I was texting with promoters - man, I'm sure I made some serious errors along the way. My messages were super short and basic. Now they're long and conversational. And occasionally I still don't understand things, but I have lots of practice in how to figure them out. Because it's an ongoing process.
  15. Off-topic, but my mom also says "drat." I am very, very happy to see you using it here. Sometimes the audio will simply be cut due to the music, but I don't know as much about it as Kevin does.
  16. Legit in what way? It's a structured course, so it's not what you'd generally find in Thailand, but it's not a Thai gym so it's not uncommon to be this way. A lot of gyms in the west use ranking systems and have curriculum that you need to advance through with some kind of grading system. Traditional, authentic Muay Thai? No. A very typical training regime outside of Thailand that will teach you technique... probably. But I agree with Kevin, just go check out a class or two and see if you like it.
  17. I also recommend looking into North Jersey Muay Thai. They've been around for a long time now and have always carried a good reputation. I obviously don't have first-hand experience that's contemporary, but you should be able to know for yourself pretty quickly by just visiting a few classes and seeing how you like it.
  18. Thanks for your detailed reviews, these are so helpful to people who are trying to figure out where to go!
  19. I've updated the original post to include new photos and to replace any photos lost in the hack of the site, check it out: https://8limbsus.com/muay-thai-thailand/stitches-cuts-stitches-thailand-cuts-care-healing-training-fighting-scars
  20. Both #6 (Wangchannoi) and #2 (Dieselnoi) defeated #1 (Samart). And Dieselnoi defeated Pudpadnoi as well, although both Pudpadnoi and Apidej are tricky because they're a generation (or 2) away from the bulk of the list, just a different era. I understand why Somrak is there, but he doesn't really belong on the list among those he shares the ranks with, just in terms of what his true accomplishments were as the first Gold Medalist in Boxing for Thailand. Says me, anyway. Kevin loves these kinds of lists, I don't, so it's not something I can elaborately defend in terms of who I think should be on this list or why I think the order isn't right. I think the folly is in thinking that any of these lists are definitive, rather than that a person who chooses to make a "Top Ten" has their own reasons for that list and that order and, like Kevin said, open a discussion to how the pieces could have been laid out otherwise. I'd have put Wichannoi, Karuhat, and Burklerk on there.
  21. I'm 261 fights in and still not seeing what I do in training manifest in the ring. It takes a long time, if it happens at all. Some things will come, some will come after a long time, and some never will (I suspect), but that's okay. The way to improve "Fight IQ" is to fight more, and really more even than that is to spar as much as possible. Kevin and I call it "growing eyes," it's learning to see and feel under the pressure. You do stuff on the pads that you can't do in the context of having an opponent because padwork and "going live" (as they call it in wrestling) are totally different feelings. You stop breathing under pressure. You get tense under pressure. You try to think in a fight and nobody tries to think too much in padwork. You have to learn to feel, and feeling comes from just spending more and more time in as close to that context as possible. I have really good kicks against a bag or my trainer on pads when he's holding for them. But if I pivot off or try to kick him by surprise, my kicks go to hell. They're terribly light or weird angled. He yells at me, "just kick me hard! You won't hurt me!" So, I actually have to focus now on kicking him with the intention of hurting him, knowing that it's a problem for me. So take whatever you had in your fight, punches not being as hard, and try to bring pressure that you felt or being too far away and work on that with your trainer.
  22. I remember Natasha Sky, who was at Sinbi at the time, said her trainers did Apple Cider Vinegar, cinnamon or cayenne pepper, and salt, then wrapped it in plastic wrap with that concoction under it. Never done that myself, but there it is. The work you're doing should be all you need to condition them for more of what you're doing, but I don't know that there's any way to "hack" the process. Obviously not recovering between is just going to be sore shins all the time, but stopping and starting is the same. Maybe use the bottom of your feet to "kick" for a bit.
  23. This is a somewhat complicated question in that, especially in Thailand, there's a moral component to alcohol consumption that will be included in how it's viewed by your gym. Trainers who drink aren't viewed as super dependable by those who don't, students who drink are socially engaging with those trainers, but will also be dismissed in some ways by those in the gym who don't. If you're showing up and working hard, you'll be appreciated for that. If you're tired and drained - even if it's occasional - and it's known that the reason behind it is that you were out drinking, you'll be judged for that in addition to what you'd be chastised for if you were just having a "bad" day. I'm in the same school as Madeline, where I just can't afford feeling shittier than I would if it were simply a rough night of sleep or being tired from the work I'm already doing. So, I abstain for the same reasons I don't eat sugar or stay up too late to watch Netflix or whatever else. If it's compromising my training, it goes. But people have different goals and different motivations. The 5AM runs make me a total asshole for the day and I still go do those, so we all make compromises, hahaha.
  24. Hi, "dern" is the Thai word for walking, so it means the fighter who is going forward. Sometimes the Thai commentator will be saying "Sylvie dern" and it means I'm the one coming forward, pressing the action. Clinching is allowed to go for longer out in the provinces, medium in the stadia of Bangkok, and broken stupid quickly in new 3-round formats like Max, Thai Fight, Superchamp, Hardcore, MX, etc. They claim it's to make the fights more exciting, but it makes them more boring. It only gives people time to hold, rather than work. Golden Era fights like Samson Isaan vs. Pepsi (the third one especially) or Langsuan vs Lamnamoon, the clinch goes forever and the ref just kind of keeps them off the ropes. Breaking the clinch too fast would be like separating fighters after two strikes... totally interrupts the flow of the fight. But they claim it's to make it more exciting, but really it just makes it more like a Windmill show. The way you see going forward as being positive, Thais see going backwards as being in control of the fight, rather than looking like you're scared. You can't ONLY go back. Dieselnoi often complains that all my opponents did was "nee" which is the Thai word for escaping. Going backwards for the sake of going backwards is as bad as going forward simply for the sake of going forward, it has to have meaning to how the fight is being directed by your movements. But a fighter who has the lead and then goes backwards to force the opponent to chase, or catch up, shows control of the fight. A fighter who is simply coming forward all the time looks desperate to a Thai eye, especially if they already have the lead, they look like they don't know that they're in the lead.
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