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The Muay Thai Library Documentary Project - Preserve the Legacy
Watch a highlight of some of the incredible masters included in this Library so far.
By pledging a suggested $5 a month you get immediate access to the 15 most recently published sessions in this Library of training techniques, have access to all the bonus sessions, and will benefit from new long form videos published from Thailand added more than once a month, and will help make sure the documentation continues as I travel across Thailand in search of subjects to film and archive. A $10 pledge gives you access to the full archive.
Table of Contents - The Growing Technique Library
Next Up: late October - TSagat Petchyindee
Tum is an active international Thai fighter raised out of the famed Sityodtong gym. He shows the importance of positioning and timing in this session with a fantastic lower body system of tripping attacks towards the end. His muay is both physically close, but also evasive and tactical.
Kaensak, the 2 time Fighter of the Year, teaches the keys to his explosive, defensive first style, showing how training timing and open side tracking can produce powerful counters. This is blueprint to one of the most unique and admired fighters of the Golden Age.
Kru Ten (Boraphet Pinsinchai) lives and breathes the Muay Khao fight style, and in this session just unfolds a treasure of interlocking techniques, all of which express what I would call his "sticky" style. Trips, counters, locks, elbows the list is extensive, almost too much to fit into an hour.
Singdam provides perhaps the best progression through the basics I've yet filmed, the blueprint of his beautiful, effective style. This instruction is bottomless. Even after 5 years in Thailand there is a ton for me in this very close examination of powerful technique essentials.
Thailand's first MMA World Champion, and one of the most aggressive, stinging fighters to grace the ring shows his philosophy on how to handle the clinch, using quick attacks, lifts, body-weight shifts to upend an opponent often before they are set. Some of my favorite trips are in this.
15 Muay Thai Library Sessions - $5 Tier - the 15 most recent Library sessions are available to those that pledge $5 or more.
2x Lumpinee Champion Karuhat Sor. Supawan in this epic video posts installs a limited Southpaw core which leads to developing high level ideas found in his switching style: tracking and attacking the open side, watching for and dictating weight transfer. This is the blueprint of a legend's acclaimed fighting style.
2x Lumpinee Champion Attachai Fairtex is one of the great femeu fighters of Thailand. Namsaknoi, himself an elite femeu fighter of legendary status called him his most difficult fight as he just was too hard to read. This is a window into that quality, and how to build it.
Kru Wihok is an old school femeu style trainer out of the Skarbowsky Gym in Bangkok (Jocky Gym). He's a former all-Asia boxing champion and teaches a brilliant flexing style that hearkens back to a Muay Thai before the Golden Age.
Arjan Burklerk is a unique master of Muay Thai from the Golden Age, boasting one the highest win percentages in Thai history, and possessing a beautiful craft that harkens back to older styles of fighting with powerful, dynamic symmetry and control of space.
#16 Thailand Pinsinchai - Attacking Shell (62 min) watch it here
Former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champion Thailand Pinsinchai teaches the beautiful framework for his attacking, elbowing style. Lots of minute corrections, small vital details that turn working techniques into dominance. You get the entire picture of a Muay Buek fighter out of the legendary Pinsinchai gym .
Part 2 of my session with one of the most feared elbow fighters of the Golden Age, Yodkhunpon Sitraipom, The Elbow Hunter of 100 Stitches. Lots of fine details in this one, escapes from clinch locks, turns and catches. Best is his floating, gentle style that also holds such violence.
Former WBC world boxing champion at Flyweight, and winner of Best Coach of the Year in Thailand, Chatchai in this nearly 2 hours of video makes micro adjustment after micro adjustment, honing in pristine technique in the basic strikes of boxing, for use in Muay Thai. It's all about weight transfer.
#13 Kem Sitsongpeenong - Building a System (52 min) watch it here
Kem, one of the best fighters of his generation, shows me building blocks of his system. He teaching a firm, defensive frame, and especially likes an upward elbow that explodes out of blocks, checks and fake teeps.
Andy is absolutely unique in the lore of Thailand Muay Thai. An instructor for more than 2 decades, a mentor to so many, he innovatively teaches a Muay Thai emphasizing symmetry, strength, balance and explosiveness, expanding what the body can do under duress, holding pads like no others do.
#11 Karuhat Sor. Supawan Session 2 - Float and Shock (82 min) watch it here
In this session one of the greatest fighters who ever lived really digs into what must lie beneath techniques, a general state of relaxation and rhythm, the thing that made him one of the most dynamic fighters Lumpinee has ever seen.
Full Library Archive - $10 Tier - the full archive of documentary videos is available to those that pledge $10 or more. Each month videos are added this full archive section will grow.
This is my second session with Yodwicha, you can see the first further down below. This one really gets into the specifics of clinch technique and defense. One of the best clinch fighters in Thailand, co-Fighter of the Year, sharing his unique attack style.
Simultaneous Raja and Luminee title holder at 118 lbs, Yodkhunpon was one of the most feared elbow fighters in Thailand, and in this session he teaches the looseness and spacing that made his lead elbow such a viscious weapon. He also shuns the traditional rocking chair knee, and instead teaches a powerful stand-in crossing, open-hipped knee that compliments his elbows up top.
The Golden Age Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Champion, a legendary Muay Khao fighter who fought all the greats instructs on the finer points of clinch technique. Small differences that make big differences. Advanced tips on the swim-in and turn, and the importance of going from long distance techniques to short distance grab and lock.
2x Golden Age Lumpinee Champion (112 lb and 122 lbs), Karuhat is considered elite among the elites. Mixing an explosive style with constant off-balances, angling, and melting aways, he was nicknamed the Ultimate Wizard. I can only describe the things he's teaching here as: Be like sand. This is very subtle, advanced stuff, far above combo techniques or specific defenses. It may take a few viewings to absorb what he is teaching. Everytime I watch this I learn something new.
266 wins, 15 losses, 2 draws. Namkabuan may be the best fighter I've ever seen, and it was an intense privledge to train with him. I can honestly say that it changed me as a fighter, inspiring to become more. He combines Muay Khao fighting with technical precision and explosive energy. The knee he teaches in this session is really like no other I've seen, like it is shot out of a cannon.
Two-time Lumpinee champion Golden Age legend Hippy Singmanee takes me though one of the most unique and valuable hours I've spent with a top trainer. He is building ground up how power and relaxation are related to each other. This session has been highly influential upon my own training. Learn how spacing+timing+relaxation produces dynamic power.
Yodwich shared the Fighter of the Year award as only a 16 year old, and his success in the Lumpinee ring made him one of the most feared clinch fighters in Thailand. In this session he goes through his favorite Muay Khao techniques, shows why he prefers side-attack locks, and turns.
Dieselnoi is the greatest knee fighter who ever lived, and it just wasn't because of his height. Spending this hour with him lets you feel how much love and energy he pours into his Muay Thai, even at this age, the real secret to what make him dominant in the Golden Age of the sport. There is nobody like Dieselnoi. Nobody.
#2 Joe Hongthong - Developing Muay Khao Style (87 min) - watch it here
This is nearly an hour and a half of straight on Muay Khao instruction. Joe was a top stadium fighter and he's watched me fight for several years, so this is Advanced Level tweaking, as he teaches how to bring elbows and knees together, discussing the ways that dragging back can work for a forward fighter, and the differences with more technical (femur) approaches. Muay Khao is a technique unto itself.
#1 Pi Earn - Head Trainer of PTT Petchrungruang (34 min) - watch it here
PTT is the rising star of my gym Petchrungruang. He was so sought after he turned down title fights at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern and instead signed with Thai Fight where promoters feel he's going to become an International star. Pi Earn has been a trainer who has sculpted PTT's methodical Muay Khao fighting style, and in this session he starts right away making the tiny changes in my technique that are necessary for the strong, forward fighting approach that he favors.
Bonus Material: Pledges of $5 or more Get Immediate Access to Bonus Sessions
Not only do $5 pledges give you access to the the 20 most recent sessions, it opens up bonus session footage. Bonus sessions are more free flowing sessions that may not have the same coherence of instruction as Muay Thai Library sessions, but they are full of gold, and come with my audio commentary. Their written posts are also more brief.
Chatchai's stance and striking system is not only ideal for boxing - he was the WBC Flyweight World Champion in 1997 - it instills a basic weight transfer balance that can dramatically improve your Muay Thai. Watch it being installed on me for the first time from the Southpaw stance.
Bonus Session 4: Hippy Singmanee Ultra Violence | 30 min - watch it here
Hippy is all about building power and aggression in strikes. In this session he really tries to create a conversation of violence in our padwork, and then in our light sparring he teaches elbows with incredible fluidity and invasive power.
Joe teaching Muay Khao fighting philosophy through loose sparring incorporating important principles for how to handle the mid- and low-clinch.
Bonus Session 2: Sor. Kamsing Techniques | 37 min - watch it here
These are the techniques of the the Sor. Kamsing gym in Bangkok, the gym of legendary fighter Somrak. The gym's head trainer and another ex-fighter show me their femeu style.
Bonus Session 1: Karuhat Sor. Supawan | Advanced Switching Footwork | 60 min - watch it here
This is a beautiful session in which Karuhat expands on his switching style, having moved me from standard to southpaw in a previous session.
Bonus Session: The Importance of Building a Frame | 32 min - watch it here
This is a session I had with fighter Kate Allen-Cottone where I explain to her the importance of building a frame in clinching.
The Story of My Documentary Project - Preserve the Legacy
In the past I have filmed private sessions with some of the greatest fight names in Thailand: legends like Sagat, Dieselnoi, Yodkhunpon, Rambaa, Namkabuan, Karuhat and Burklerk. I've now brought this approach to my Patreon supporters: long form, largely uncut training videos with commentary and analysis, recording the in-depth technique and ring strategy that is often missing in shorter, technique demos. You get to watch training unfold as if you yourself are taking the private, thinking along with me as I try to learn each technique and philosophical approach. As a Muay Khao fighter many of these videos will have some emphasis on clinch and knee attacks, simply because there is very little out there on this and it is a personal focus; but they will not be exclusively so. There are many amazing femeu fighters included in this project as these represent some of the heights of the art and sport. This is an effort to capture of all approaches I can find, it is a multi-year documentary project that hopes to include perhaps over 100 instructors, recording in detail the great techniques of Thailand, and you get to follow along and learn as it is being filmed and posted. By supporting this project you not only get to learn month by month from newly published video commentary, you make it happen.
Note: 5% of all pledges go to a Kru Fund, which is distributed among the Kru and ex-fighters according to the role they have in the Muay Thai Library.
Additionally, you can directly send gratuity to any of the Kru in this Library, as an expression of added appreciation. These are remarkable men and if they move you you can send support. Send $5 or more via PayPal to the address [email protected], please in the "add a note" section specify "for [name of the Kru]". I will transfer the funds to them.