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From Delivering Punches to Delivering Your Next Meal – This is What Some Thai Fighters are Doing Now to Get By

With COVID-19 forcing the shut down of Muay Thai shows and fights, Thai fighters are without their main source ofincome. Unlike Western fighters, virtually all Thai fighters didn’t have a choice in the matter when it comes to competing. Driven by economic and financial hardships, they start competing at a young age to help their families put food on the table and make ends meet. If they show any promise, a gym, usually in Bangkok, will pick them up and

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FIGHTING COVID-19: Jackie Hom

Since starting Muay Thai 17 years ago, Jackie Hom has amassed quite a few life achievements. Despite taking an eight-year break from the sport, she has nine amateur fights, two kids, and a gym. She also works as registered nurse and has been one for the last 12 years. As someone who seems to be juggling it all, she’s been fighting something else as of late that’s entirely new to her and the world: the COVID-19 epidemic. “I work in the Bay

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Thai Language – Part 4a: Food

What do you order? What can you order? The need to eat is essential no matter where you are in the world, but this can be tricky in a foreign country, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Whether you’re a foodie, an adventurous eater, or just want to learn more about what’s available in Thailand, learn some of the following vocabulary and phrases so you are equipped to get what’s really important: food!

Fighting COVID-19: JJ Chan

JJ Chan has been in the Muay Thai scene for almost 20 years. Starting off at The Wat under Phil Nurse, she competed at an amateur level. After taking a break to focus on other aspects of her life, she came back to the scene, training at Renzo Gracie Fight Academy in Brooklyn. Although she no longer competes, she trains consistently for fitness, stress relief, and camaraderie. Now, JJ is using the skills she has developed from her occupation of

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FIGHTING COVID-19: Jessica Ng

She’s a veteran in the east coast fight scene. With more than 11 years of Muay Thai experience, she’s earned numerous titles and achievements, including but not limited to getting gold in the IFMA Pan-American games in 2017 and bronze in the same tournament in 2018. Born and raised in New York City, Jessica Ng is well-versed within the local fight scene. Walking at just 100 pounds, Jessica was ecstatic to learn that there was going to be a four-woman tournament

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FIGHTING COVID-19: Sandra Godvik

WMC European Champion, 3x Swedish Muay Thai champion, and WAKO Pro Nordic K1 Champion. Sandra Godvik is no stranger to the Muay Thai scene. With seven years of training experience, 37 fights and currently living in Thailand (namely Phuket), she takes her profession very seriously. Please support the continuation of content on Muay Ying via Patreon However, COVID-19 has caused a lot of things to close all over Thailand. In Phuket, it’s eerily quiet. The island usually bustling with tourists, but tourist arrivals in

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FIGHTING COVID-19: Carody Irish

Being a registered nurse is not an easy job. Nurses have to be on their feet on long shifts with short breaks. They see events, what many would consider traumatizing, on a daily basis. They see people at their worst. They see people at their best. And all of this is both exemplified and amplified during this time in the U.S. with COVID-19 spreading at an alarming rate.

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