E07sy01 – Two Ladies in the Kingdom Podcast – Sylvie Solo On the Road

https://8limbsus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/episode-7-Two_Ladies_in_the_Kingdom_on_the_Road_-_Sylvie_Solo.mp3 It’s been a few months, but we are back! For loyal “Two Ladies in the Kingdom” podcast listeners, Emma and I are expanding our format. Previously our podcasts...

It’s been a few months, but we are back! For loyal “Two Ladies in the Kingdom” podcast listeners, Emma and I are expanding our format. Previously our podcasts were with Emma Thomas and myself Skyping together to discuss the latest in what’s happening with ourselves, and what’s happening in Female Muay Thai in Thailand. We are still going to be doing this kind of cast together, but we are also adding solo podcasts too; so you can get to know each of us better. This is my first solo cast, and it happens to have been a Facebook Live Stream from the road. Emma will be uploading her own cast soon as well! We are just experimenting with this, but it will allow us to cover a wider range of topics, or to get into more detail in the things that interest us. I’m excited to see what Emma will talk about, as we lead very different lives here in Thailand and Emma can cover more of her experience as a full time teacher and an ex-pat in Bangkok.

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Things covered in my solocast:

Podcast notes
Getting caught up with me.
  1. 4 fights in 2 weeks.
  2. Happy with my performance, beat the WPMF World Champion two weight classes above me (WPMF 108 lb), a belt she’s held for more or less 4 years.
  3. My history with Thanonchanok, my 3rd fight against her.
  4. Corrected my mistakes against Thanonchanok from our 2nd fight.
  5. In this fight why I didn’t clinch in the 1st two rounds against Thanonchanok.
    1. I’m working on being more relaxed under pressure.
  6. The Thanonchanok fight was a “proof of progress” fight.
  7. I also fought and beat a 54 kg opponent, who I had beat the week before. This meant that I was forced to make adjustments, because they adjusted me.
Staying out of the range of danger (middle range) when coming coming into clinch against crisp strikers.
The young phenom Phetlilaa Pettonpung, how I go to their gym to train with them and help her in clinch. What it’s like to have a relationship with the gym you face.
Mental training, and my brother who is a Sports Psychologist – overcoming the sense of ring rust and a switch of opponents, fighting with lasting injuries.
How have you learned to deal with pain in all your fights and training?
Traveling to have my mongkol be reblessed by Arjan Bangkating. Talking about my custom made mongkol, made from my mother’s shirt.
Working on Tiger Energy.
Smiling in the ring, part of a new fight energy for me.
Talking about Namkabuan, and my private session with him for my patreon supporters, the most complete fighters I’ve seen.
The hop-in and the low-kick counters I’ve faced, an issue with my back foot.
Recommendations for female fighters to watch for inspiration. Chommannee, Loma, Iman Barlow, Saya Ito, Thanonchanok the Roundtable Forum has a thread of great female fights.
When will have I 200 fights?
How I set up my fights, fighting back to back fights. The Hulk Thing.
Training in clinch at Petchrungruang, the majority of my training partners have grown. Trying to take strength out of my clinching. More backwards dragging, the session with Joe Hongthong. The next stage of my clinching.
Finding your fighting style:
  1. You will do the things that feel good to you.
  2. It’s like music, you will gravitate to what you naturally like.
  3. How I discovered I’m a Muay Khao fighter.
  4. Jumping around is not natural to me.
  5. Thaywin first suggested that I should try to stay in, and it felt really good.
  6. Finding pieces of fighting that I identify with, learning that there is such a thing as Muay Khao fighting.
  7. But…recently my work with Karuhat and Namkabuan has challenged me to learn more. There are different kinds of Knee Fighting.
  8. The finer elements that I threw out in order to become a “tank” are now being re-incorporated.
  9. Pi Daeng really started emphasizing my Muay Khao growth.
  10. In a Thai camp there are lots and lots of styles, none of the styles are “wrong”.
  11. Why you should ask questions from Krus in a Thai Camp.
 What adjustments do I make when facing a larger opponent? Find the sweet spot, and keep patient.
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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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