It's not easy to find your way around all my Patreon content, here's a guide! [updated regularly]
It's my hope to provide my supporters with all sorts of content, making this Patreon the most enjoyable, inspiring and informative Muay Thai site on the internet. Not only are you supporting me as a fighter and a writer, but also a journalist attempting to change what is possible in the sport. By sharing unique perspectives and hard to find information, the entire Muay Thai Community becomes enriched; and as the heritage of Thailand's Muay Thai is celebrated in a meaningful way, its longevity is insured.
One of my enduring passions, from the start, has been to share true Muay Thai techniques. As someone who trained more or less alone for a long time, there was a real need (and hunger) for authentic techniques. This is partly why I began the Muay Thai Library documentary project, so that people all over the world can come in touch with the brilliance and nobility of Thailand's techniques, directly from the legendary fighters who currently carry them. You can see a full table of contents of the Muay Thai Library Preserve The Legacy project here. With over 36 hours of commentary footage (and a hoped for eventual 100 hours), this is becoming the most exhaustive and detailed record of Thailand's great fighters & teachers, and their techniques.
TABLE of CONTENTS: Muay Thai Library
In addition to this knowledge base, becoming my supporter gives you inside access to my experiences as a female fighter with over 200 fights. Exclusive patron-only articles and features that may enrich and empower you as a lover of Muay Thai. Below is a regularly updated table of contents for these.
$1 Supporters - the suggested pledge is $5, but even at $1 there are a lot of benefits and features. You not only are able to study the 5 most recent Muay Thai Library sessions, you get the following:
ARTICLES - Patreon Magazine
- Patron Only Articles - These articles are written specially for my patrons and are my attempts to expand as a writer. They are full of richer descriptions, and take on themes not always talked about in the experience of being a fighter. At least one is published a month, if not two.
Pi Nu's Hands - What is Good? - My meditation on the lesson I learned about the nature of being "good", as taught to me by my trainer Kru Nu. It was one of those Kung Fu master moments that you might see in a movie, when the teacher explains something so profound, yet so simple. This can change your life.
Little Blue Champion - The Next Generation of Fighters - I'm just taken by a little blue fighter at a local fight in Chiang Mai, round, pudgy, a complete visual underdog. It speaks to coming of age as a fighter. read it here
Alley Tears: The First Time I Cried After a Fight In a Long While - it had been years since I had cried after a fight, maybe even ever, but something in me broke down after a loss to a World Champion several weight classes above me. read it here
The Storm That Overtakes The Boy - Giving In | The storm within us, the storm outside of us. It is our choice. Or, this could be called "Learning to ride the donkey, and not look for the donkey." read it here
Arjan Surat: The Unbreakable Breaker of Bangkok | Maybe the toughest, hardest man in Thailand. Arjan Surat is 63 and made of the stuff that feels like it's from 100 years ago. The unbreakable breaker. read it here
The Perfection of Festival Fights in Thailand | A trip to the clinic to receive a boosting IV leaves me drifting through thoughts of belonging, as I listen to my kru talk about me to the nurse. read it here
Cheet Yaa - "if there were no cuts it wouldn't be Sylvie" | A trip to the clinic to receive a boosting IV leaves me drifting through thoughts of belonging, as I listen to my kru talk about me to the nurse. read it here
Jai Rohn - My Story of Blood, My Pride and Stitches | My heart was racing, I was upset at my performance, and then there was the pain of stitches, more painful than any stitches I've had before. read it here
- Full Fight Videos with Audio Commentary - I've posted video of every single one of my 200+ fights, and each is live streamed on my Facebook Page, but many readers and fans have come to love watching these fight videos with my commentary - you can watch an example here. These commentaries not only share the fight experience, but everything going on around the fight, putting you there in the moment fighting in Thailand. In them I talk about the tactics I'm using and corrections I'm attempting to make, so you can see the "work in progress", much of that work flowing from my work in the Library. I've now made all new commentary videos exclusive for patron supporters. Below is a list of those published so far.
Fight 177 vs Nantidaa Sitweerachat - festival fights are some of the best experiences and opponents I've had in Thailand, and in this fight I went up against a big strong clinch fighter who was going to test my inside strengths. watch it here
Fight 176 vs Thanonchanok Kaewsamrit - two days after fighting Yodying (below), I faced the 51 kg World Champion Thanonchanok, an expert at controlling and winning rounds and managing the pace. One of my favorite fighters to face, a real challenge. watch it here
$5 Supporters - $5 is the suggested pledge. It includes all the content above, plus the 15 most recent Muay Thai Library project sessions with legends. It goes a long way towards supporting my fighting as I travel across Thailand, sharing the experience as I go through writing.
- Muay Thai Burnouts - these are burnouts designed to push real Thai techniques into powerful 10 minute burns, so that if you are pressed for time you can still reach new levels in your Muay Thai, or so you can make your current workouts even more productive and harder. Conditioning and technique in one.
$10 Supporters - $10 patrons not only get full access to over 40 hours of Muay Thai Library sessions, the entire archive - see a full table of contents of the Library here - they are significantly supporting that documentary project, making it happen. This archive I believe is historic work that will affect generations of practitioners. It is important to preserve these techniques and the men that teach them (and fought with them), as Muay Thai is changing - it is a living art.
Interviews with Legends - (English subs) - we've made it a project to start interviewing legends of the sport from the Golden Age to hear strait from them how they see contemporary Muay Thai, and also to build an oral history of the fighting lives of the Golden Age.
Interview with Dieselnoi - On the State of Muay Thai (18 min, English subs) - Dieselnoi, the King of Knees, talks about the problems he sees in the current state of Muay Thai and reflects upon his famous Fighter of the Year fight versus Samart Payakaroon, when he suffered an enormous weight cut. watch it here
Kaimuay Diary - Video Series - this is an informal record of the everyday life and training of my gym in Pattaya, one of the few remaining official "kai muay" - a Thai gym which founds its business on the raising of Thai stadium fighters, and not focusing on training westerners.
Kaimuay Diaries - Episode 1 | Maintenance Mode (29 min) - a quiet look at the top stadium fighters at the gym in a typical maintenance mode day. With no fights coming up the training is light, communal and playful. watch it here
Kaimuay Diaries - Episode 2 | At the Edge of the Gym (46 min) - in this episode I follow the training of young cousins Gang Gat and Bao, two Thai fighters working their way into becoming fighters for the gym. The oldest one Gang Gat is contracted, the younger Bao is just developing. It's a chance to see how it is that Thai boys work their way into becoming stadium fighters watch it here
Kaimuay Diaries - Episode 3 | Going To Lumpinee (46 min) - Lumpinee fighting isn't always what we hold in our imagination. Come with my gym to Lumpinee Stadium and learn what it is like for our Thai fighters, from 4 AM in the morning when we leave, til fighting at 7 PM and back in the van. watch it here
Kaimuay Diaries - Episode 4 | The Outsider (51 min) - I return to Lumpinee Stadium coming to support a fighter I helped push and train for his fight there, this time with a documentary view of my own experiences as being both included and excluded in the process. watch it here
- Prospectively Coming Soon: Mental Training Reading Group - open to $10 subscribers, I'm looking into running a live video chat weekly reading group on the book The Inner Game of Tennis. read about it here
$15 Supporters - $15 patrons are super supporters, and I cannot thank you enough. You are making everything I'm doing possible with a generous pledge and I'll do my best to make the most of your support. Fighting, traveling, filming, training: it all comes from you, my patrons.
BEHIND THE SCENES
- Broken Husk, Healed Heart Documentary - my husband has started filming a documentary of me as a fighter, and is going to be posting all the raw footage of the film as he captures it, just for my supporters at $15 or more. Below is what is already published:
Broken Tusk, Healed Heart - Raw Material 1 | Sylvie's Brother And Philosophy - an interview with my brother Shane, who happens to be a professor of Philosophy, and some brief fight venue outtake moments watch it here
Broken Tusk, Healed Heart - Raw Material 2 | Sylvie's Mother and Thai Dieties - two interviews in this post. The first is with Sylvie's mother Patti (14 mins), discussing the kind of child Sylvie was and Patti's personal difficulty with the violence implicit in what Sylvie is doing. The 2nd is a 40 minute interview with Sylvie about the Thai deities that make up her personal shrine, and the kinds of meanings she draws from Thai deities, how they empower and focus her. And there is a personal moment, video of Sylvie singing Turn The Page as we are driving home in a long 10 drive after a fight watch it here
Broken, Tusk, Healed Heart - Raw Material 3 | Festival Fight In Isaan with Karuhat - this is atmospheric footage of the events surrounding a festival fight. Walking into the venue with my hero Karuhat who grew up 50 kilometers from where I was fighting. Kevin talks about how symbolic this fight might one day be. watch it here.
$15 Supporter Bonus Material - Beyond The Library
4 Legends Seminar in Bangkok (120 min) - a lengthy edit of a Preserve The Legacy 4 Legends Seminar we put on with 4 of the greatest fighters Thailand has ever produced, a first of its kind event. Dieselnoi, Karuhat, Namkabuan and Chatchai come together to impart their knowledge to passionate nak muay. watch it here
Slo-Mo Geek Outs - patient slow motion, and stop footage examination of sections of the Muay Thai Library, really digging into details, but also the thrill of some of the deep knowledge found in these segments.
- Slo-Mo Geek Out - Rambaa Clinch Session (60 min) watch it here
You can also easily browse through all my Patreon content using convenient filters. Just go to the post tab on the homepage. Every tag containing "MTL" is a Muay Thai Library session. You can filter sessions of only a certain kind. Also my articles, and fight videos can be found this way too.
In all, thank you very much to everyone supporting me, and those considering offering support as well. I'm also very open to suggestions about creative content I can do. My plate is super full with everything I'm writing and filming for you guys, and my full-time training and fighting, but I'm always open to ideas.