Forty-Ninth Fight – Yod Ying Sor. Sumalee

  49th Fight – Yodying Sor. Sumalee 7/16/13 – This fight was my shortest turn-around yet with only four days between fights.  As such, I didn’t really have much...

 

49th Fight – Yodying Sor. Sumalee

7/16/13 –
This fight was my shortest turn-around yet with only four days between fights.  As such, I didn’t really have much training in between.  I fought Friday night, rested Saturday, trained Sunday afternoon on my own and with Kevin and then two sessions on Monday, fight on Tuesday.  So there wasn’t a lot of chance to practice some different tactics or skills I hope to bring into my arsenal and, given the incredibly limited time spent actually doing any of these things in the form of practice, I was quite pleased in this fight that I did any of them at all.

I didn’t fight as I would have liked to and even with the few things I tried out they were mere flickers within the whole context of the fight.  That doesn’t minimize them, but they certainly weren’t enough – this time.  I’d practiced about 40 minutes of simply walking forward – just walking as you would down the street – and kicking into Kevin’s body when I got within range.  It was fantastic work, definitely in a very primal stage of its development, but it got me kicking him and not kicking air.  In this fight I didn’t walk forward as much as I would have liked, but the times that I did and threw my kicks I landed them.  I think I landed more kicks to the body (albeit not great ones) in this fight than perhaps any other.  And I got my hips back for some straight knees in the clinch, as well as staying relatively calm and changing my position once or twice without just head-locking.

In the fourth round I almost had her knocked out.  I could feel her about to keel over from some knees but didn’t amp it up and finish her, nor did I go in hard enough in the fifth round to just smash it out, which is probably the only way I could have won this fight.  It was close, but I acknowledge and own the shortcomings on my end that led the judges to favor her performance.  It’s frustrating and disappointing, but it’s also very motivating because of two things: 1) I tried to do something and experienced glimpses of success with it, which means I can do it again – success breeds success; and 2) I lost this fight and didn’t perform in a way that is going to earn me any pats on the back from my trainers, but I feel very positively about the experience.  I feel better after this fight than I have after fights that I’ve won and, quite frankly, I think I’ll enjoy more of a growth spurt with this kind of energy than I ever do with self-defeat.  In the words of my dear friend Robyn: “Nobody ever feels good by feeling bad.”

 

The Whole Fight

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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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