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Fighting on Holidays

Note: This article was originally written for Rough Asia and was published on 17 May 2018. At 35, time isn’t exactly on the side of Singaporean Muay Thai fighter, Laxmi Devaindran. A legal & compliance analyst by profession,…

A Muay Thai Gambler’s Side of the Story

Note: This article was originally published in Rough Asia on 27 September 2018. In Thailand, Muay Thai has almost become synonymous with gambling. The national sport is one of very few outlets where gambling is legally permitted in…

Songfangkhong FA Group: A Child of Destiny

Note: This article was originally published in Rough Asia on 21 September 2018. Like the beginnings of many Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, Takdatnai Kiattakluck’s childhood in the northeastern region of Isan was plagued by poverty…

A Navajo Nak Muay in Thailand

Note: This article was originally published in Rough Asia on 27 July 2018. From where I come from, it’s not everyday that you meet someone from the Navajo Nation. The idea of one fighting Muay Thai in Thailand makes it even more…

Under the Ropes or Over?

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in Rough Asia. In the West, both male and female fighters enter the ring over the top rope. In Thailand, however, only male fighters enter the ring over the top rope: female fighters…

Fitstop – Muay Thai Gym on Wheels

Note: This article was originally published in The Fight Nation on 27 March 2018. Land is a scarce resource in the miniscule island state of Singapore. Sky-high rental prices are pervasive and have become a challenge for many businesses…

Cutting Out Weight Cutting

“I have always thought that weight cutting takes away from the whole beauty of martial arts. It should be about showing off your skills to the best of you ability and enjoying performing in front of a crowd. It shouldn’t be about weight…