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July 24, 2019

A popular saying when people talk about Muay Thai not having grading systems is… “the belt is in the ring”. The person’s fight record is an indication of their “grade”. That is a pivotal part of Thai history and culture, and therefore, essential to bring across when we...

May 18, 2018

They had no explanation on why I am feeling like this, nor do they know for sure what's wrong with me. But the professional decision was to rest for the night, and if nothing goes wrong, I'm to be discharged the next day. I was discharged the next day, doctor s...

April 28, 2018

Kevin's words struck me hard. In our journey for the penultimate enlightenment of Muay Thai, I forgot that Sylvie and Kevin were both also on their own journey. Because of Sylvie's prestige in Thailand, it is easy to forget that once upon a time, both of them l...

March 23, 2018

It was so tempting to find people from headlines and billboards. But sometimes, it is better to take a chance on people who have been doing good and quiet work. Because you can't go wrong with experience, with the hard-earned and hands-on knowledge of time. Because...

March 30, 2017

Taunting, trash talking, rivalries are but a few tools to hype up fights, either to sell tickets, pay-per-views or just gain followership. Then there are those that somehow decide that the greater act would be to perform whilst fighting in the ring/cage, taunting and l...

March 25, 2017

During the fight, the room is pretty much silent. Sum it up, boxing fights allude a tensed and serious atmosphere.

March 21, 2017

Where it comes to selling the actual idea of skipping, I am in tension. For starters, I was once like you, frustrated and annoyed at the notion of skipping. I am always in envy of those who could skip naturally, albeit not flowery like how Iskandar does it, but these b...

April 12, 2016

"Stronger!"

 

"Turn your hips more!"

 

"Kick faster!"

 

The instructions came thick and fast, atypical of the Onyx trainers, but my mind was just a hazy blur. I tried my best to make my body obey, fighting through the fog of fatigue and throwing out punches and kicks as comm...

October 26, 2015

In the line of mixed martial arts, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of new budding fighters, all with different styles and attitudes. But one thing that all new fighters will feel regardless of creed or diction, is fear. This fear when mismanaged, can stunt...

September 17, 2015

Nobody likes losing. But the nature of these sports dictate that there will be either a winner, a loser or worse, a draw. Of course, winning is always very shiok, and nice, but everyone loses. My trainer, Jack (@soonkueh) always tells me, "Some day, some how, a fighter...

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