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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
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#43 Kongsamut Sor. Thanikul - Muay Mat Style (74 min) watch it here
This Lumpinee champion is perhaps most notable for when he lost a fight for the 102 lb Lumpinee belt, against famed Samart. Samart winning his first belt of many. Kongsamut has a beautiful Muay Mat (punchers) style that he mixes with low kicks, very differently than the Pornsanae style. He fights in close, and is constantly twisting, hitting high and low. Any Muay Thai puncher would benefit from the principles in his style.
#42 Boraphet Pinsinchai - Muay Khao Fighting Techniques (50 min) watch it here
Kru Ten is probably the best Muay Khao (knee fighting) private in Thailand, and one of the best in the Muay Thai Library. He not only is expert at clearly illustrating techniques, he has a perfect energy pace in his instruction.
#41 Samson Isaan - The Art of Dern Fighting (64 min) watch it here
To "dern" in Thai is to "walk", which means basically to just come forward no matter what, to create a relentlessness. Voted Fighter of the Year in 1991, Samson Isaan was one of the great Dern Fighters of the Golden Age, and in this session he shows his forward pulsing techniques which are meant to just overwhelm his opponent. Also a great session for pressure Southpaw fighters.
#40 Gen Hongthonglek - Muay Femeu Tactics & Mindset (70 min) watch it here
The Muay Femeu (artful fighting) style is more than just a set of techniques, it's also a mindset and strategy of how to score, and how to score big. The warfare is not just in terms of damage, but of psychology, displaying dominance through skill and timing. Gen in this hour outlines how he likes to fight, and how he pulls off the biggest scores at the right time.
#39 Khorat Saknarin - Precise Tensions (97 min) watch it here
The muay of Kru Khorat is kind of incredible. I've been in front of a lot of legends and krus but this hidden gem kru was just bristling with techniques and a dynamic, violent Muay Thai. And it felt like it could go on for hours. He's a kru who has thought a lot about his Muay Thai and probably sharpened it even after his retirement from fighting. This session is a treasure trove.
15 Muay Thai Library Sessions - $5 Tier - the 15 most recent Library sessions are available to those that pledge $5 or more. The 15 most recent include the 5 that are above, and the 10 that follow in this section:
#38 Sagat Petchyindee (part 2) - Maximum Damage (61 min) watch it here
Such an anticipated session, part 2 of Sagat Petchyindee, the inspiration of the Sagat Street Fighter character. It's hard to believe, but he's even better in real life. In this session his continues to teach his "stay in your frame" method of bringing maximum efficiency and damage to striking.
#37 Kongtoranee Payakaroon - Power In The Hands (89 min) watch it here
5x Lumpinee Champion, 2x Fighter of the Year, Kongtoranee teaches the fundamental grounding of strikes that made him one of the most feared heavy-handed fighters in Thailand. Such economy of movement expresses the true beauty in his style, quite different than - but no less admirable - that of his young brother Samart.
#36 General Tunwakom - Lertrit Military Muay (46 min) watch it here
General Tunwakom is the last living direct student of the grandmaster who developed this Lertrit/Muay Khorat military style of fighting, designed to end exchanges quickly. Much can be learned from the foundations of these techniques, and these are definitely techniques that could be effective in the ring with proper timing.
#35 Yodsanan Sityodtong - Southpaw Tactics & Power (86 min) watch it here
One of the biggest Knock Out artists Thailand has ever produced (46 KOs in 57 boxing wins), PABA and WBA World Champion Yodsanan teaches both the secrets to his devastating hook and a slick Muay Thai style from the left side.
#34 Samart Payakaroon - Balance, Balance, Balance! (81 min) watch it here
Atop the tower of Muay Thai legends probably stands Samart. 3x Fighter of the Year, 4x Lumpinee Champion and WBC World Boxing Champion, no fighter more brilliantly showed what femeu fighting could do. In this session he shows the foundations of how to build true balance, the ultimate key to his fighting style.
#33 Kru San Sitmonchai - Control of Pace & Distance when Advancing (56 min) watch it here
Kru San is a big man but has incredible muay, a lightness to his movement that he transforms into a jai yen advancing Muay Thai style. In this session it's all about. Creating pressure without rushing, using the teep to set up combinations to the body and head, raising ring awareness, and using weapons at the appropriate time in your opponent's fatigue.
#32 Visiting with Arjan Prahmod and Golden Age Nongkipahuyut Gym (26 min) watch it here
Not the usual Muay Thai Library session, but a treat for those who love historic Muay Thai. Arjan Prahmod created the 2nd most champions in the Golden Age after Arjan Yodtong, and all of them came out of the famed Nongkipahuyut gym in Nongki, Thailand. In this session Arjan along with a prized student shows techniques that not only won big stadium belt, but are more more rare these days. I also walk through the gym's Hall of Fame room.
#31 Kru Daeng Kiatbusaba - Southpaw Dracula Guard (64 min) watch it here
This is a master class in how to install a specific system of attack and defense, from the ground up. In this case it's the Dracula Guard from Southpaw, a style of muay designed for advancing, forward fighters. Discover not only all the built-in advantages, but also watch an incredible instructor mould proper positioning through constant, but carefully modulated pressure.
#30 Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn 2 - Muay Khao Craft (42 min) watch it here
The greatest knee fighter who ever lived not only shares his secrets in ring tactics - how to draw out your opponent and then ultimately hem them in - and various closing and tripping techniques, he also shows his amazing heart. He's a Legend among Legends, the fighter without equal in the history of the sport.
#29 Pornsanae Sitmonchai - The Power of Hooks & Low Kicks (74 min) watch it here
A whole system of low kick and hook attacks is taught in this one session. Rajadamnren and 2x Lumpinee Champion Pornsanae is known for his brutal power fighting and this is how he gets it done. Cutting angles, lead arm control, invading space. Pornsanae teaches his philosophy.
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 includes everything above, and these below in this section.
#28 Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong - Femeu Muay Thai Hands (50 min) watch it here
Super slick, 3x Lumpinee Champion Jaroenthong is considered one of the Yodmuay of the Golden Age, often pictured with Samart and Somrak as killers from that day. In this session he teaches how he marries great boxing hands with femeu footwork.
#27 Karuhat Sor. Supawan - Tension & Kicking Dynamics (104 min) watch it here
Karuhat, a fighter with perhaps the slickest style of any Golden Age great, shows the importance of tension, and patiently goes through correcting the kick, making it quicker and much harder to read.
#26 Sagat Petchyindee - Explosive Power (57 min) watch it here
One of the great fighters in the history of Thailand, and the inspiration of the "Street Fighter" video game character, Sagat is like no other. Here he teaches how power has to come out of the ribs, and your frame, taking the shortest distance to your target, making sure your feet are constantly "organized".
#25 Luktum Sityodtong - Positioning and Trips (62 min) watch it here
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.
#24 Kaensak Sor. Ploenjit - Explosive Defense (55 min) watch it here
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.
#23 Boraphet Pinsinchai - Muay Khao Mastery (64 min) watch it here
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.
#22 Singdam Kiatmoo9 - Making the Basics Beautiful (71 min) watch it here
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.
#21 Rambaa Somdet - Clinch Trips & Throws (34 min) watch it here
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.
#20 Karuhat Sor Supawan - Switching To Southpaw (144 min) watch it here
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.
#19 Attachai Fairtex - Timing and IQ (72 min) watch it here
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.
#18 Kru Wihok Skarbowsky Gym - Old School Flex (49 min) watch it here
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.
#17 Burklerk PInsinchai - Dynamic Symmetry (82 min) watch it here
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 .
#15 Yodkhunpon "The Elbow Hunter" part 2 - Escapes (48 min) watch it here
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.
#14 Chatchai Sasakul - Perfecting Hands (106 min) watch it here
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.
#12 Andy Thomson - Mad Scientist of Muay Thai (56 min) watch it here
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.
#10 The Clinch Techniques of Yodwicha - Session 2 (34 min) watch it here
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.
#9 Yodkhunpon "The Elbow Hunter" pt 1 - Slicing Elbow (37 min) watch it here
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.
#8 Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj - Advanced Clinch (52 min) watch it here
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.
#7 Karuhat Sor. Supawan - Be Like Sand (62 min) watch it here
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.
#6 Namkabuan Nongkipahuyut - Explosive Attack (28 min) watch it here
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.
#5 Hippy Singmanee - Developing Power (69 min) - watch it here
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.
#4 Yodwicha - Clinch and Muay Khao (Knee) Specialist (35 min) - watch it here
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.
#3 Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn - The King of Knees (54 min) - watch it here
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.
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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.
Bonus Session 7: Karuhat Sor. Supawan - Forward Check | 39 min - watch it here
In this session Karuhat teaches his beautiful and unique Forward Check, and the system of attacks that flow out of it in his fighting style. You can read my detailed post in the Forward Check here. This check, aggressively from Southpaw, versus Orthodox fighters eats up space closes distance, effectively deal with one of the primary weaknesses of Southpaw attack.
Bonus Session 6: Yodkhunpon Sittraipum Front Side Attack | 77 min - watch it here
Yodkhunpon is the Elbow Hunter of 100 Stitches and in this session he shows a front side attack system, especially effective in standard vs standard, southpaw vs southpaw matchups, drilling the open side until your power side can finish. Lots of little elbow techniques also shown.
Bonus Session 5: Chatchai Sasakul Southpaw Hands | 52 min - watch it here
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.
Bonus Session 3: Joe Hongthongnoi Mid-Clinch | 44 min - watch it here
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.
Muay Thai Library - Special Projects - $15 Patrons
These are special Muay Thai Library Preserve The Legacy projects that are rewards for patrons at $15 or higher. These projects involve seminars and hopefully fully, professionally translated interviews with legends and extraordinary krus.
4 Legends Seminar - Bangkok April 2018 (1 hr 20 min)
Muay Thai Library legends Karuhat, Chatchai, Namkabuan and Dieselnoi were in seminar on two days instructing students from around the world. This is an hour and twenty minute video edit of a first-of-its-kind seminar in Bangkok. watch it here
To find your way around, you can also go to the homepage under "Posts" and filter all the content by type. Every tag with "MTL" is a Muay Thai Library session. You can search only "Muay Femeu", or sessions that include elbows, or clinch, or just for "Hidden Gem Krus" (lesser know, but brilliant krus often offering up seldom seen techniques).
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.
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