Sylvie’s Technique Vlog – The Diamond Guard

Kevin and I are calling this the “Diamond Guard,” but because it’s influenced by some familiar boxing guards from legends like Archie Moore, Joe Fazier, a little by George...

Kevin and I are calling this the “Diamond Guard,” but because it’s influenced by some familiar boxing guards from legends like Archie Moore, Joe Fazier, a little by George Foreman. I personally first ever saw it when Kaensak Sor. Ploenjit, 2x Fighter of the Year and Muay Thai champion (who did spend some time in western boxing) flashed into it during one of our training sessions, 9 years ago in New Jersey. I was like, “what was that?!”

So this is exciting because it isn’t what it will be… yet. It’s something that Kevin and I are working with at home (this is written at a time when gyms all around the world are closed due to Covid-19 and many people are training at home) to see all the ways it can be used in Muay Thai – and specifically my Muay, which is forward pressure and closing range. To me, the best part of it is that it solves two of my own problems at once: 1) it’s protection against elbows and punches while closing distance for my preferred clinch range, and 2) you can strike out of it, it’s malleable. The “max guard” I’ve been using just makes me really tense and I end up eating strikes without being able to strike back. This solves that problem.

So, I’m excited about it. We’ll see how it develops, it’s one of these techniques that is truly under construction and none of us can know what it’s going to look like, ultimately, because it doesn’t exist yet. And that potential is really exciting.

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Looking Deeper Into the Diamond Guard

If you are interested in the Diamond Guard and what I’m exploring it it, much more extensive vlog is available to my patrons here: The Diamond Guard. The post for patrons also has lots of reference material for sessions in the Library that have helped me get to this guard, and also western boxing edits which capture some of its antecedents.

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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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