Photographs From Chiang Mai Students – Muay Thai [pics]

    click on any photo for a larger image. Muay Thai and Photography We frequently have photographers at the gym.  Usually it’s one or two at a time...

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portrait - Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu


Reverse Elbow in Pads - Sylvie Muay Thai


After Work - Muay Thai - Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

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Muay Thai and Photography

We frequently have photographers at the gym.  Usually it’s one or two at a time and nine times out of ten they’re university students.  Sometimes we see the photos they take, usually we don’t.  It’s a normal thing at the gym, something that becomes background to the day-to-day experience of putting your chin down and working.  That said, sometimes one does notice.

In the case of the two photographers we have at the gym right now, the two who shot these images, it is a nice thing to notice them.  They have a very quiet and pleasant energy that adds to the gym space.  I see them in the periphery when I climb into the ring for padwork, a glimpse of one or both of them pulling themselves up to the other side of the ropes and getting into a rhythm of shooting and peering into the backs of their cameras to check the shot.  Unlike most others, they’ve appeared several times, come to my fight, and showed up with prints of some of the photos to hand out to us or sent me a link with high-resolution images of me to keep.

On top of all of that, being nice guys and university students, these two are gifted with good eyes.  It’s difficult to shoot action and even more difficult to capture movement and dynamism in still images; these guys capture both movement and stillness with great power.

The first two photos (not including the banner) are by Maestoso Top from Ayuthaya.  The final three (and banner shot) are by Piyarat Jeasukon from Nakhon Phanom.

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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


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