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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…

A Prayer Before Dawn Movie Review

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Cast: Joe Cole, Somluck Khamsing, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai, Pornchanok Mabklang, Chaloemporn Sawatsuk Genre: Action/Crime/Drama/Biography Run Time: 116 mins Rating: R In A Prayer Before…

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…

Mongkhon – Muay Thai Headband Meaning

Ever watch a Muay Thai fight and wonder about the meaning behind a Muay Thai headband? The Muay Thai headband, also known as a “Mongkhon” (alt. Mongkon or Mongkol), is a traditional headgear unique to the sport of Muay Thai. It is worn by…

Is Muay Thai hard to learn?

Muay Thai, the Thai kickboxing martial art, is widely recognized as one of the most effective and dangerous striking arts in the world. As it gains popularity as a martial art/sport for fitness over the last decade, the group of people who…

COVID-19’s Effects on Muay Thai Community

Updates 4July: Fights have officially returned to the stadiums in Bangkok albeit some restrictions in place. Omnoi stadium is the first to spearhead the return with Channel 7 following suit. Rajadamnern is set to kick off its first…