Kru Pot PhuketKing Muay Khao Genius – Timing and Distance

watch the full Kru Pot Library session here Kru Pot is relaxed, confident in himself, but I wouldn’t describe him as “laid back.” He has an energy just under...

watch the full Kru Pot Library session here

Kru Pot is relaxed, confident in himself, but I wouldn’t describe him as “laid back.” He has an energy just under the surface, which sparks through in the way he moves and the expression he holds on his face most of the time, which is a little bit like he’s continually amused or surprised by what he’s looking at. But relaxed about it. This energy, this just-under-the-surface wiring, sparks and erupts with complete power and economy when he demonstrates a knee, turn, or punch. It’s incredible. And he’s totally not trying to impress anybody with it, he just looks at you with that same semi-amused facial expression that seems to ask, “did you see it?” Yeah… I saw it. The back row saw it, his movements are so dynamic.

several long clips from the full Patreon session, above

watch the full Kru Pot Library session here

In the full 1 hour session, Kru Pot works through a series of solutions to different types of fighters. It’s not an “if A, then B” kind of thing in the way that some western coaches like to pretend Muay Thai strikes are a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, but more like “if the roads are icy, drive like this; if they’re wet from rain, drive like this.” Same car, same road, but skills to be prepared for every condition. It’s really beautiful, actually. Kru Pot is a Muay Khao specialist, which of course I love, but because he focuses on solving for your opponent’s strengths or weaknesses, you don’t have to be a knee fighter for his tactics and techniques to apply. But it’s pretty sweet if that is what you are, because his depth of knowledge and skill is one you can just keep diving into. Train with Kru Pot at PhuketKing gym, contact them here.

Some of the great elements from the full session, excerpted from the Patreon Library post:

  • 1) Balance: this is a major and primary focus in Muay Thai scoring and aesthetic. If you’re off balance on a strike, or after a strike, it detracts from it in a significant way. Kru Pot immediately sees that I’m twisting on my standing foot, which is making my knees lose control on their impact point and makes it so I don’t come back to start ready to fire again. This is a big thing for Muay Khao. In a forward style, you never throw just one strike, so coming back on balance and being ready to strike again is really important. How high up you go on your toe is one part of it, but not twisting is a bigger part.
  • 2) “Yab Num, Teep Num”: jabbing and teeping as a means to close distance for your knees is a huge part of how to separate the wheat from the chaff among knee fighters. The kind of dumb, kwai, “bull” fighters just run forward and try to knee, getting teeped off or countered or hooked or dodged. A thinking fighter teeps and jabs first, closing the opponents eyes, off-balancing them, forcing them to fire their shot first and countering. Kru Pot is the smart fighter, not the bull.
  • 3) Trailer Hitch: I came up with this name from training with Yodkhunpon, who uses his hand on the back of your head or neck like he’s “hitched a trailer” and you cannot – cannot – get away from him. Kru Pot does the same and shows how this is not only a way to measure your distance (if you can touch the head or neck, you’re close enough for your knee to land), but it also keeps your opponent from getting away from you while you want to keep kneeing.
  • 4) Timing as a Backwards Fighter: I loved this. At some point my own trainer, Kru Nu, specified to me that when someone raises their leg in a block to stop you from striking, you just wait for the leg to come down and then fire your shot as a leg kick. People who know this trick, it’s harder…read the full Patreon post here

More on Kru Pot and the Gym

Kru Pot as the boss, back in the day
Kru Pot fighting in 2003 (blue stripe shorts), above
Kru Pot was made somewhat famous though this video of him really putting on Saenchai when the gym was shark tanking him, getting Saenchai ready for a fight. You can see just how smooth and relentless his style is, it’s a pretty incredible video – note, a pretty big size difference though, above
My quick look around the PhuketKing gym when filming, above – message PhuketKing here
after Kru Pot cornered for me in my 263rd fight. He’s a superb corner. Calm, clear, stablizing and has a direct eye for what wins

watch the full Kru Pot Library session here

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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 patreon.com/sylviemuay

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