Showing posts with label muay thai. Show all posts
Showing posts with label muay thai. Show all posts

August 24, 2015

Buakaw Practicing Muay Chaiya

Thanks to my friend and coach Tim Cartmell for sharing this clip.  I love Buakaw for a multitude of reasons, one of which is because he seems to be the consummate humble student.  Always learning, always training, always with a smile.  Much respect.

Enjoy the Thai Hair Metal and awesome ankle pick at 2:30!!!

January 15, 2015

Bas Rutten and Self Defense

Legendary MMA champion, lifetime martial artist, and all around nice guy Bas Rutten recently took to social media to share his thoughts on self defense, grappling, and the best art for self protection in todays world.  As always Bas offers some great insights and food for thought, morsels we should all chew on given this mans pedigree.

Bas recently answered a fan’s question on his Facebook page regarding BJJ and self defense. Check out his answer:
” Question from fan, this is like the 8th I get about this, I answered a while ago on one of the posts, this time I figured to post it so that you can read it as well
I have been hearing about your amazing work with Judo, Catch Wrestling, Jujitsu and I need your help.
I have been studying Mauy Thai for 3 years and I want add an good grappling art for real life street self defense.
In your expert opinion which good grappling art offers real life street self defense ?
Many Thanks.

    I would say BJJ with and without a Gi would be good. Of course you don’t wanna end up on the ground with friends of the attacker trying to kick you in the face, (that’s what people always say, and that’s why they say it’s “not good for street fighting” but that is of course BS)
    Just understanding leg locks and all other locks is very important, in a street fight you can submit somebody really fast (if he doesn’t know the ground) so even when his friends are helping, its ALWAYS better to have ground experience as well. A good grappler doesn’t have to really look to slap on submissions, meaning, he can keep an eye on the other guys, make sure he keeps his opponent between him and the other guys and go for a submission, when he has the submission, break whatever submission he has so that guy can’t fight anymore or with less “weapons” (like one arm or one leg only)
   For the people who say BJJ is not effective on the street I say: “What if you trip and fall on your back, you don’t think it’s better to understand the ground game? Of course it is, because like I said, you can simply trip and fall.

    I give you an example how it helped me once:
    I was fighting three guys one time in Holland, one broke a glass on my head so I was bleeding profusely and felt my neck get warm, I felt what it was and I saw my hands were full of blood. So my thought was “OK, he has me, but I am going to return the favor”. So I grabbed him in a Thai clinch and pulled him forward and slapped a guillotine choke on. The other guys were trying to hit me, but I simply kept the guy in between myself and his friends and just deflected their punches with head movement and my shoulders (You don’t need to look at the person you are choking you since you have done this many times in training) When he fell down (was choked out) I kicked him first in the head (I had like 39 stitches in my head afterwards, I was pissed) and than I fought his buddies.
    Without grappling training I wouldn’t have known this. Also when somebody grabs you from the back, front, side, anywhere, “standing” you can still do a whole bunch of submissions, and quick ones that can dislocate shoulders, break arms etc
    But if you want to keep it simple, best thing for you, since you are a Thai Boxer already, go wrestle, so they can’t take you down, and even when they are better on their feet than you, you can take THEM down and go for G&P. Train for the G&P though, so that you can make quick work, because again, when his friends come to help him you don’t have a lot of time there
    This is what I always say, “It’s better to know and don’t need it, than to need it and don’t know it”
    When you train in BJJ with and without a Gi, focus a lot on reversals, in street fighting that’s pretty important

May 23, 2014

Muay Boran - A Martial Art Renewed

The NY Times featured this nice photo essay on the first ever World Muay Boran gathering held last March in Ayutthaya Thailand.  A welcomed distraction from the political unrest the country is experiencing.  Though short the essay is quite nice.  Click here to read the entire article. 

“This tournament is important because people only see bad information in the news about Thailand,” said Chinawut Sirisompan, a grandmaster.

January 25, 2014

Vice Magazines 'Fightland' - Thai Prison Fights

Vice Magazine has launched a new online magazine geared towards the booming combat sports popularity which has surged in the past 10 years.  "Fightland" has some great stories and info on it such as this piece on Thai Boxing in the prison systems where inmates can work off sentences for fighting in the ring, and disagreements between fellow prisoners are dealt with maturely and fairly (novel idea).

Vice is one of my favorite news magazines because they bring stories we would never, ever hear about otherwise.  HBO is worth the money alone for Vice News:

January 11, 2014

Buakaw Goes Boom

Quite simply one of the best ever.  Period.  Study his use of the teep (front kick) and his relentless forward intention.


April 3, 2011

Muay Thai Srisuk Seminar Mt. Vernon, WA.

Saohin Srisuk will be teaching a 4 hour Muay Thai seminar April 9th, 2011 in Mt. Vernon, WA.  2 Time PABA Champ and S-1 Muay Thai Champ Saohin Srisuk will lead students of all levels through his organized curriculum on the traditional art of Muay Thai.

Location: MVP MMA
                2464 E. Blackburn Rd.
                Mount Vernon, WA.

Cost: $55

Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Nice interview with Srisuk!

March 21, 2011

Two Great Articles

Not sure how I missed this one, but My Muay Thai has an excellent article called "Is MMA Counterproductive to Muay Thai?" on their site.  Well worth the read as the writer brings up some solid points regarding striking in MMA, skill base, and overall how misunderstood Muay Thai is.

Along a totally different line... Gary Taubes  recently taped a session with Dr. Oz (Oprah's little crony) and of course they sensationalized and manipulated the entire session, but I thought Taubes response on his blog was not only professional, but very informational in terms of how to approach dieting and losing weight in modern day society.

Read the entire post here.

September 4, 2010

Muay Thai Preservation Project

Happy Labor Day ladies and gents!  I hope this weekend is sun filled, beer drenched, complete and utter chaotic fun for you and your friends and family!  While we are enjoying the fruits of our labor I think it is important to remember how fortunate we are not only to have well paying jobs, but also to appreciate the true gift that is to live in a free country where few of us go without.  Not all are as fortunate as we are reading this blog post right now.

I ran across the Muay Thai Preservation Project quite by accident yesterday screwing around on the net.  I wanted to post a link here as many of you are interested in Muay Thai, but I know a lot of you are also interested in helping out those not so fortunate, and by allowing access to martial arts by those less fortunate is one of the best gifts that can be given to anyone!  The martial arts offer so many various positive attributes that I could write on for pages, but we all know the rewards of training martial arts.  Now imagine you did not have the means to make it to class ever.  Hell, imagine not having enough money to even buy a simple pair of shoes to walk the streets in!

Their are a number of options in which you can choose to help on their site.  Click here to check out the webpage!

Enjoy your weekend,

August 20, 2010

A Muay Thai Fighters Life

Okay, on a more positive note...
Here is a great compilation of training footage from Thailand.  Not all of it is Buakaw but you get some glimpses of him training.  The kids are awesome!  Great inspiration!


August 14, 2010

Peter "The Hurricane" Smit

Here is one of Muay Thai's most legendary fights between the Dutch beast Peter "The Hurricane" Smit and Thai superstar Changpuek Kiatsongrit in Lumpinee Stadium 1990.  This fight will go down in the record books as one of the most balls to the wall kickboxing matches ever.  Smit KO's a Thai champ in his home stadium (first time ever)!

His aggression and never say die attitude is an inspiration to all!  And for those who think spin kicks are worthless, you may want to check out this video.

Smit's career was stopped short when he passed five years ago from a gunshot wound from an altercation!
Thanks to Head Kick Legend for the clip.


August 4, 2010

Anderson Silva - Muay Thai Days

Here is footage of Anderson Silva doing some Muay Thai early in his career vs. Tadeu Sammartino.  I am stoked, yet a bit apprehensive about getting too excited for this weekends Chael Sonnen match with Silva.  A couple things stand out from this video that I am sure we will see.

Number 1: Silva's ability to hit hard and accurately while retreating.  One would think we would have limited power striking while retreating, but Silva's timing and accuracy is simply uncanny.  These were the aspects I was looking for in his book on striking.  Unfortunately all we got was how to execute a 1-2 combo.

Number 2: Anderson is so calm it makes one wonder!  Look how relaxed he is compared to his opponent.

I hope this weekend we see the true Anderson Silva shine through and kick the shit out of the pseudo wanna be republican Chael Sonnen!


July 26, 2010

Muay Thaimes - New Magazine

"Muay Thaimes: The Most Sublime Savagery in Sports" is a rather new quarterly rag to hit the market (as much as I hate to pimp them, B&N downtown has been carrying some awesome martial art rags lately, as well as this one), or at least it is new to me.

Besides having the coolest subtitle: "The Most Sublime Savagery in Sports" Muay Thaimes has some very, very good photography.  Unfortunately it seems the publication is centered around the shots and writing has taken a back seat (sign of the times!?!?).  Published with the seasons, the summer 2010 issue is jammed pack full of fight results from professional MT events around the country and a few overseas.  This is cool I am sure for those who fought, but really is of little interest to those of us not near any of those events, nor knowing any of the fighters in said events.

One of the better articles 'Fighting for Change' covers Kru Paul Barry's attempts to reach the impoverished and underprivileged of Newport, Delaware.  Offering a safe haven for kids of all ages to come train and interact with others that share similar interests, or whom simply want to get off the streets.

The highlight article of "MT's" is what seems to be an ongoing series of Muay Thai in America and this issues focuses on Paulo Tocha.  Paulo grew up in Africa and traveled the world training and teaching Muay Thai, as well as fighting any and every where he could.   An interesting life story of someone we never hear about.

What little coverage Muay Thai gets in this country is piss poor to say the least, so I think any publication that is doing its best to spread the word of the traditional art of Thailand is worth a look.  But to be brutally honest Muay Thaimes needs to get some better writers and more interesting content to be truly successful.  Some articles on techniques would be great!  Fighting philosophies, attitudes and approaches to coaching would be a bonus.

Check it out if you get the chance, and throw $5 towards the cause.  I would caution against a subscription as I am not sure how many more volumes they will be able to fund.


June 28, 2010

DVD Review - "Fight or Flight"

One fateful evening Peter McCarthy was violently attackedwithout provocation while walking back home in his native Ireland. The attack not only left emotional scars, but also nearly cost Peter his left eye! This attack, this single act of aggression was the catalyst for a journey of self discovery and undeniable honesty with himself and the world around him. A Good Dog Film by Peter McCarthy and Shane Sutton, winner of best documentary Long Island Film Festival, "Fight or Flight."

Filmed over 5 years, released in 2007, the above clip for "Fight or Flight" stumbled across my email in a drunken stupor one evening a few months back, and I must admit I was very excited to check this documentary out. Not only am I into documentaries of various sorts, but this subject matter piqued my interest, as the same questions Peter had so did many martial artists / fighters. Why do we fight? Why does violence exist? How do we face these aspects of our society?

Over 78 minutes we are led on a journey throughout Thailand's various Muay Thai training camps where Peter has decided to learn the art of Muay Thai. After his assault Peter had lots of anger, which later he discovered was rooted in fear and emotional trauma he has carried much of his life. A severe falling out with his brother is also alluded to, but never elaborated upon which after viewing the whole picture, I believe was an integral part that was left out intentionally or otherwise. Upon reading an article in the paper about the kickboxing art of Muay Thai Peter decided to travel and learn to fight. Admitting honestly he was not sure what he hoped to resolve in this endeavor, only that he felt this was the right path for him.

Overall "Fight or Flight" is an essay on violence and aggression within humankind. Peter discovers, via the rigorous training of Muay Thai, that he indeed harbors a lot of anger and fear of inadequacy, weakness, etc. which has led to a life of unhappiness, emptiness, and a lack of direction. Peter's expose of his emotions and his frank dissection of his being is both candid and humbling. Their is even a point in the film where Peter realizes that for most of his 20's he has walked around angry and aggressive towards society at large. Coveting these negative feelings has led to a lot of mental - emotional scarring and pain which comes out in the brutally honest world of combat sports; Muay Thai.

The footage of Peters training coupled with his actual fight footage is enough to keep the average martial arts fans engaged, but do not mistake this for a fight documentary as it is not. The interviews interspersed throughout the documentary are quite insightful not only into the world of Muay Thai, but also into Buddhism and Peters involvement in it. Thailand is 90% Buddhist and Peter decides to give a silent meditation retreat a try which acts as the straw that breaks Peter's back. He breaks down and cannot finish the retreat, yet comes away from his talks with a priest with much insight into his outlook on life and forgiveness; something foreign to Peter.

In the end I was left wanting a bit more from "Fight or Flight" and Peter. His insight into the world of violence, aggression, and ultimately how we deal with these primal urges was spot on but really seemed rushed to conclude the film as if there was a time limit!? But perhaps that was the point. Perhaps the viewer is not supposed to know how the story ends for Peter. Just like the martial arts, the viewer is led down a path, but ultimately the practitioner must walk the path alone and live with his/her own choices. We all must deal with the inner struggle that Peter experiences, and the answer, the result, is going to be quite different with each and everyone of us. This is the nature of life.

An excellent documentary to add to your must view list as this will create conversation regardless of the company you keep. Great editing and score as well, I hope to see more from Peter McCarthy and Shane Sutton in the near future.


April 29, 2010

Chai Sirisute in Portland, OR.

Chai Sirisute will be visiting Portland, OR. in June for a two day Muay Thai seminar. I trained with Chai about 1 1/2 years ago and it was a great experience. Super nice guy. Very talented, and overall a decent seminar (bounced around a bit).

He is a living legend who is slowly retiring, so take advantage of one of his only stops in the US this year!


December 23, 2009

Alberto Crane Training in Thailand

One of the things I respects most from our friend and teacher Alberto Crane is that he is constantly working to improve all aspects of his game. Here he is training in Phuket Thailand at Tiger Muay Thai. Looks like good solid Muay Thai training!

Here are some pics of a seminar Alberto gave while visiting Tiger Muay Thai.

Rumor has it that Alberto will fight in China's Art of War 16, but I have not confirmed that anywhere reliable, nor do I have a clue who his opponent would be.


November 2, 2009

Thai Boxing Documentaries

Muay Thai Kickboxing is one of the worlds oldest, and most exciting combat sports. Born in the heart of SE Asia, Thailand, many kids choose to fight in an effort to make more money for them and their families, as poverty approaches levels unheard of in places like North America.

Here are some previews of documentaries about various aspects of Muay Thai including young girls fighting in an attempt to earn more money for their family. I will reserve "review" since I have not seen either of these movies.

"Raised in the Ring"

"Raised in the Ring" can be purchased here!

Here is the 20/20 report on the phenomenon of young girls fighting in Muay Thai:

"Fight or Flight" seems to be a bit more upbeat of a film regarding Muay Thai Boxing.


September 30, 2009

Master Toddy Seminar Review

Master Toddy visited Tacoma, WA. this past weekend to offer a day of teachings in the art of Muay Thai. Hosted by Venom Fight Skinz the curriculum was supposed to be the same seminar taught twice, but turned out that it would be two different seminars which was a bummer since I came to the later seminar since I was told they would be the same. We did not follow the curriculum that was presented to me, but none the less learned some great stuff.

Toddy is probably best known for producing some amazing female fighters such as Gina Carano (pictured to the right), but is also a very well respected Muay Thai coach for all ages and sexes! He has been doing Muay Thai for over 40 years.

The seminar was poorly attended, possibly due to poor planning and advertising, perhaps due to the economy and the slightly inflated price! Tough for the promoter but awesome for those of us in attendance because we got all kinds of personal attention from Master Toddy. For the seminar I attended Master Toddy asked what we would like covered and for the most part powerful kicking was needed, and a few of us grunted out some clinch work would be nice. Toddy was great in addressing a number of our questions.

Little details for both the clinch and kicking were addressed which tweaked my kicks to be all the better. But above and beyond the physical Toddy talked about some of the mental - emotional aspects of the sport, which in my experience is uncommon with many teachers. Speaking about not showing pain or anguish when hit, and if you see such a thing in your opponent you need to attack like a Tiger ferociously striking over and over. How to look for loss of balance with your opponent in an effort to continue striking them so that they cannot launch counter attacks. Not grimacing when kicking. He also spoke about tricks for your opponent (much the same that Benji Radach talked about last December when Mike and I trained with him) such as looking to the leg but kicking to the head, and vice versa!

Overall the 2 hours went by much too quick, and unfortunately Toddy did not bring his "learning stick." You can click here to view some nice pics from the seminar.

If you get the chance to train with Toddy I would highly suggest it. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a keen eye for training and technique. I was very impressed by all that he had to offer and hope to get other chances in the future to train with him.

Train hard, train smart