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Muay Thai “Fighter of the Year” Winners From Past to Present

In Muay Thai the most prestigious honor a fighter can receive is the Sports Writers Association of Thailand Fighter of the Year award. This is an award that is voted on every year to determine who was the best fighter in Thailand during that year. To win the Fighter of the year award is the Muay Thai equivalent to winning an Oscar for Best Actor at the academy awards. It is a huge accomplishment and something that every fighter dreams of accomplishing one day. Given the fact that there are tens of thousands of fighters throughout Thailand competing in matches...

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Find the Right Muay Thai Trainer – 5 Things to Look For

The relationship some people develop with their trainer in Muay Thai is something that is often unbreakable. Years of hard work and dedication at the gym, often turn a teacher/student relationship into a long lasting friendship. The sweat, blood, and tears that are shed in the Muay Thai rings and training will further help to cement the relationship that is developed over time. While most people are completely happy with their trainers (ignorance is bliss), not all trainers are created equal. There are some good trainers out there, some bad ones, and some REALLY bad ones. People often feel...

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Short vs Tall: How to Counter Reach and Height Advantages in Muay Thai

When it comes to sparring/fighting people who have a significant reach advantage over you it can be annoying. If you take two Muay Thai beginners at the same level and get them to spar each other, the taller guy will have a natural advantage over the shorter opponent. I remember when I first started training Muay Thai, I would always get frustrated when I sparred taller guys. Why is there a noticeable advantage? An opponent who has a reach advantage over you will be able to hit you and still maintain a safe distance from you. Now before we discuss...

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Getting Cut in a Muay Thai Fight: What I Learned after 20 Stitches

When I talk to people about fighting in Thailand one of the biggest concerns is elbow cuts. People are often worried that their face will get cut up in a fight. This is probably one of the biggest hesitations people fear with having a full rule muay thai fight: the lethal elbows. When it comes to elbows and cuts, the honest answer I tell people is that if you fight long enough, you will get cut, deal with it. Cutting someone in a fight is an art, some Thai’s will literally cut every opponent they fight regardless if they...

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Sangmanee Sor Tienpo – The Next Generation of Muay Thai

Nak Muay Prodigy If you have been following the Muay Thai scene in Bangkok for the past few years, there is one Thai fighter that has rapidly risen to Muay Thai stardom: Sangmanee Sor Tienpo. Given the nickname “Tharok Nung Laann” (Million Dollar Baby), Sangmanee was born to fight. Since 2012, Sangmanee has been carving a name for himself in the sport of Muay Thai by beating some of the best fighters in the country. Sangmanee has won a number of Lumpinee and Ratchadamnern titles at different weight divisions in both stadiums. At 15 years of age Sangmanee won...

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