Heatrick is no newcomer to martial arts. As a youth he trained in Judo and Kyokushin Karate. In time, he received black belts in Freestyle Kickboxing and Taekwondo. Of course, he also discovered Muay Thai. This led him to becoming the EMC European Cruiserweight Silver Medal in 2007 and eventually becoming a full-time coach in 2009 while opening his own gym.
There are many Muay Thai schools around the United States. But as a professional sport, it had never reached the kind of media celebrity that MMA and boxing has. Even newer combat sports such as bare knuckle boxing are starting to garner more media attention than both Muay Thai and kickboxing.
I have been living in Thailand now for 2.5 years. I’ve been working off and on during this time, part-time and full-time. I had some fight camps where I trained full-time too, so I have a good comparison between both worlds. Most fighters chose just to fight, and they often ask how I balance the two.
I truly believe that you can have a career AND fight on a very high level. There are caveats, as well as limitations you should keep in mind, which I am happy to share.
Muay Thai is a vigorous activity. But for some, it can be even more tasking during their menstrual cycle. Some effects of the processes within the cycle may hinder athletic performance. It’s also quite possible that there are many that cope with the symptoms much better than their counterparts.
Thailand is well-known for gender reassignment surgeries for trans folks. And trans people are visible everywhere – they work as flight attendants, they are in the entertainment industry, they are making coffee in the malls, and they are fighting Muay Thai.
Muay Thai Guy’s humble beginnings started off with Sean just documenting his training and fighting. He shared his journey with a small but tight-knit group of fellow enthusiasts. Over time, the platform grew as Sean continued to share his experiences as a fighter, even after he went pro. He also started selling ebooks, making Podcast episodes, and hosting Muay Thai retreats!