This is the first 7 minutes of a 30+ minute private session with Pi Earn Petchrungruang. This post is to give you all an idea of the kind of content I’m going to be doing regularly for my Patreon supporters, who generously help keep all the content that is available for free on 8limbs.us going. It’s a way to say “thank you” to those supporters who make it possible for everyone. The complete video of this session is available to active patrons and runs about 34 minutes with commentary, and I aim to make this kind of session a regular feature at about 10-15 minutes, with teachers who are not necessarily well-known to those outside of their immediate circles. It’s similar to what I’m doing for my sponsors at Nak Muay Nation in the 1 hour privates with legends, which I will continue to do monthly and anyone who is interested in that kind of content you can join Nak Muay Nation here. But for my patrons I’m sharing these experiences with trainers who are brilliant pieces of the living legacy of Muay Thai, trainers like Pi Earn.
above, 7 minutes with Pi Earn
In this portion of the video Pi Earn runs me through quite a few corrective techniques. He teaches me how he wants me to turn my hip over more (“close your hip” or bpit sa-poke in Thai) but the difference in feeling is how he wants you to lean into the kick at the conclusion of it, pushing your shin into the target. This is something Master K insisted on as well, way back the day for me. He shows me how to keep my guard up really high and strong, so that my glove is grasping almost the back of my head, which made a huge difference in the power and confidence of my punches, especially the uppercut which was always been difficult for me. One of the biggest things he insists on, which has been a running theme in all my time in Muay Thai and a struggle for me, is really stepping through everything. Pi Earn is a master of forward fighting, without being a “bull”, and what strikes me every time I look at him is how he just walks through everything. He will not be interrupted. It’s incredible and I want to get that from him, to take that into myself as a fighter. It’s in millimeters, but it’s worlds of difference.
Supporters who have already viewed the full session have been raving about how good it is. I love his Muay Thai.
Why Pi Earn is so Awesome
Above is a short vlog from the gym talking about why I admire Pi Earn’s Muay Thai so much. This kind of more personal insight to techniques I love is something I’d like to bring my Patreon supporters as well.
Pi Earn been part of Petchrungruang practically since day 1 and was a trainer to my own trainer, Pi Nu, as well as to Rambaa Somdet when he was a little kid before moving over to Sit Or gym. You can see remnants of Pi Earn’s style in Rambaa, you can see it in my trainer, and you can really watch a glorious expression of it in the rising star PTT Petchrungraung. I love to watch Pi Earn training the little kids and holding pads for PTT and his younger brother, but it was a whole different thing to have this time with him, working with me. It’s the difference between watching people swordfight and being handed a sword yourself. You feel the weight of everything for real; you feel the threat of what looks so beautiful from afar.
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