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December 17, 2019

It was an eye-opening experience. To witness the unflappable manner in which Thais approached fights is to also see how ingrained the martial art is in their daily lives. There was no excess, no hint of remarkableness, because Muay Thai has always been a constant in th...

September 27, 2019

You know the grumpy middle-aged auntie/uncle who will whip around with an accusing glare and ‘tsk’ you when you laugh aloud on the bus? This turned out to be oddly specific, but yes, that’s me during afternoon S&C sessions and between 8pm to 10pm on most weekday evenin...

September 18, 2019

The cauldron is boiling and has been given a good stir. All this should amount to a thrilling show on 21 September 2019, Saturday. It will be the inaugural Onyx Ascension event! The bouts will begin at 6pm, and the barbeque from 8pm onwards. For the first time ever, th...

September 1, 2019

My first friends at Onyx, I haven’t seen them for a while, maybe a few years even. It is a sad thing, a little bit, but it is inevitable.

August 27, 2019

Fighting whether professionally or not, is not a game. So, even if it deals a blow to the ego, when your trainer tells you not yet, they mean you well. There is no shame in not being ready yet, or taking a longer time to compete. The glory is in the journey; the honour...

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...

July 2, 2019

No matter how many precautions you take or protests you make, sometimes, things are beyond your control. Sometimes, a virus, a parasite takes over your body forcefully and renders it not your own. They stick a flag on it, declare themselves kings, and proceed to turn t...

May 12, 2019

The Onyx Mother Audrey writes about her experience and gives an insight on fighting pro Muay Thai for the first time.

January 18, 2019

Learning, and progressing in this martial arts journey is an exponentially decreasing experience. Remember when your first class? You've probably learn at least 3 to 4 different kinds of strikes, and feel great after that. As time goes by, you'd probably feel l...

May 14, 2018

Some things remain the same though: Diego’s unwavering attention to each student, his focus in breaking down techniques so that everyone can understand, his open and approachable demeanour, his unfailing encouragement for others, wanting them to do and try their best a...

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