Kevin came up with the idea to publish the commentaries I do on my privates with legends and top krus for the Muay Thai Library – Preserve the Legacy project as a podcast. I watch the sessions and record the voice-over to point out details, explain further the techniques or strategies being taught, as well as putting into context some of the experience of these lessons for those who don’t have the rare privilege of being there. Kevin then listens to these recordings many times over, getting the volume right and syncing it up to the video and editing, which is when he noted that they could stand on their own as an audio-recording. I didn’t even realize that Joe Rogan’s podcast has a video that goes with it on Youtube until really recently, and I’ve been listening to that podcast for years. These are videos for patrons only, people who support the documentary project, but here is a chance to offer some dimension of them to everyone.
I listen to podcasts a lot – I wrote this in 2016. A few years ago they replaced music as what I listen to when I’m running, which is an hour every day, and when I have to go out grocery shopping or something I’ll listen to them as well. There’s something about the way my mind engages with conversation or information on a subject that’s much more gratifying than how my mind kind of “checks out” with music. So, to me the idea of listening to these audio recordings as podcasts actually makes sense, in that it’s kind of how I listen to podcasts in general. Maybe you are the same as me. The explanation of detail in technique or what’s being taught can stand as a kind of low-impact introduction to the session, so you know what to look for when you’re watching it, if you decide to sit down and study it in the future, or as a reminder of technique and strategy that can stand on it’s own. A lot of what is covered in these sessions is all the stuff that is “between” the short technique demo videos you might find elsewhere. These krus and legends are in an hour teaching me “how to fight” in their style, not just how to perform particular moves, and in my commentary I really try to bring these aspects out. I might listen to it on my way to the gym, for example. Kind of setting up in my mind what I’d be working on. “See how he turns his heel on that teep,” would be a good reminder on my way to training that I need to practice that. Or, because these are the sounds of training in Thailand it might be a great way to feel connected to the motherland, always a good thing. When I lived in the United States all I wanted for myself was to connect to the Muay Thai of Thailand, and maybe these sessions can help with that feeling too.
The full videos of the Muay Thai Library are mostly available to those supporting this project through Patreon. But the audio version in podcast form will be available publicly for everyone. It’s kind of a “let’s see how this goes and what we can do with it,” thing right now, but I’m thinking that I can also include material beyond Patreon sessions. Interviews, podcasts reflecting on technique or specific fighters, anything really that can enrich the preservation and enjoyment of the deeper techniques and fantastic fighters of Thailand.
So How Can I Get This Podcast Sylvie? …you ask
Easy. You can subscribe and download the Preserve The Legacy podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher or on SoundCloud. If you like what you hear take a moment to send a positive comment or write a nice review, it really helps.
Enough prologue, check out some of my favorite podcast sessions so far:
And, if you would like to support this archive project, you can join Patreon and get access to the material you are helping make possible.