Muay Thai

August 06, 2020 Wor Watthana, Empowering children through Muay Thai
Muay Thai

Wor Watthana, Empowering children through Muay Thai

Buriram, Issan is located in the far east of Thailand, a place burdened with a lack of infrastructure and jobs that keeps so many impoverished, uninspired and without much of a purpose in life. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise then to hear that many of Thailands greatest fighters have been forged under these brutal environments.

 

Nestled away in the beautiful countryside just outside Buriram you will find Wor. Watthana gym set up by Boom and Francis Watthana. After witnessing how so many local kids ended up on the path to drugs, crime or gruelling dead end, low income jobs the couple decided to take matters into their own hands by setting up a gym and safe space to get these kids off the streets, out of trouble and have a loving pair of hands to guide them to a more stable and safe future.

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July 30, 2020 Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing
Muay Thai

Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing

Muay Thai and Kickboxing

Over the past decade, Muay Thai has exploded internationally. Whether looking to compete, get in shape, or just have some fun hitting pads, practitioners and fans of the sport outside Thailand are at an all-time high. As passionate as many are, there is still some confusion over the distinctions that make Thai Boxing a unique art. Namely, people tend to conflate Muay Thai with a ruleset a bit more familiar to the international community: Kickboxing. It’s an understandable mistake, both are combat sports allowing striking with the hands and feet. Beyond that, however, they are entirely different games. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the basic differences you’ll see between a Muay Thai and Kickboxing fight.

 

The Clinch

A fundamental error people make when talking about Thai Boxing is labeling it a striking art. Muay Thai fighters, while focused on delivering powerful strikes, are outst

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July 16, 2020 The rise of the ‘Smiling Assassin’
Muay Thai Fighters

The rise of the ‘Smiling Assassin’

A remarkable tale of relentless hard work, northern Thailand Muay Thai champion and current One Championship MMA fighter, Pongsiri Mitsatit grew up in the little known hill tribe sect of Thailand. He began his martial arts journey after suffering repeated bullying from a neighbourhood kid. Fed up of the continuous harassment Pongisiri decided to pick up his gloves for the first time and begin his Muay Thai journey.

 

It soon became apparent Pongsiri had some talent lurking inside and his trainers sent him out to fight to earn his keep at their gym. However, what started as a means to protect himself from bullies soon became a gruelling lifestyle with his trainers often forcing the young boy to fight twice in a single night, travelling from one stadium immediately to the next fighting back to back.

At 17 years

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July 08, 2020 Top Three Tips For Getting Back Into Training After Lockdown
Muay Thai Tips & Tricks

Top Three Tips For Getting Back Into Training After Lockdown

Top Three Tips For Getting Back Into Training After Lockdown

By Frances Watthanaya

 

 

This year in an unprecedented turn of events, gyms around the world were ordered to shut down in an effort to combat COVID-19. For many of us, the gym serves as a second home, and the shutdown left a void in our lives. If the closure of your gym made you feel displaced and isolated, don’t worry – you’re not alone.


The good news is that governments are now starting to ease restrictions worldwide. Many gyms have now been given the go-ahead to open again, albeit with new guidelines. It’s important that we keep our expectations in check, as the ‘new normal’ h

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