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Muay Thai

Posted by MADMAC on 1/7/2009 at 17:03

I am just curious, but this very Thai cultural phenomenon is extremely popular here. Are any of the travelfishers either fans or participants? I boxed for ten years and am now training at a Muay Thai gym where I live. Great workout for conditioning. There is a group of kids from the US and Europe who are living in Ubon Ratchathani and fighting professionally on the Muay Thai circuit. I went to watch some of their bouts a few months ago. Some of them have become very, very good.

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Posted by MADMAC on 29/7/2009 at 12:58

I am now training in a Muay Thai gym - training for boxing though, not Muay Thai. Bruce claims it's stupid, and at my age, having quit fighting 12 years ago, he's probably right. I have a fight scheduled next month at Savan Vegas Casino in Savanakhet Laos.

Nevertheless, two days ago I saw a scene that brought tears to my eyes. A man who had been stricken with some disease which caused his left leg to atrophy - it was as thin as my arm, or thinner, was training there with his four year old son. He also had a strange gait. Whatever illness he had suffered had left multiple impacts. I could not believe he was fighting. I worked the heavy bag with him and with that bad leg he could kick and kick hard. His skill set was otherwise very, very weak, but I really had to admire his courage. I was also impressed how he looked after his son. It was clear to me how much he cared about his boy. It really was an honor to train with that guy. I bought a bunch of fruit for him and his son I'm taking to the gym today.

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Posted by neosho on 29/7/2009 at 22:49

Love to watch the fights myself. Too old and arthritic to do it though. LOL I seen some of those 10 year olds that could probably give me a good whippin. Good luck with your match.

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