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I used to love spending long times in the heat and sun. Then, I started fighting.

Every year when springtime came around, the only thing I had in mind was what within just a couple of months: summer. Growing up in New York, we had distinct seasons, but the winters (and transitions between fall to winter and winter to spring) seemed to last way too long. Winters fill me with dread as I think about gray skies, sloshing through dirty snow, getting my socks wet and feet cold. The thought of the unforgiving soft howl of the wind

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My Experience Fighting at Muay Hardcore & What It Was Like to Wear Female Groin Protection (Fight Video Included!)

This post will be different than my prior posts in that this is an account of my own experience. I usually write about other fighters, but I had a lot of people ask what it was like to fight in MMA gloves, and also how wearing a female groin protector was like. BE PREPARED to read the word “crotch” many many times.

Guide to Planning & Training in Thailand – Part 2: Preparing for Thailand

This is the second out of a three-part series of the ULTIMATE guide to planning of, before going, and during your stay in Thailand. You can find  “Part 1: Preparing for Your Trip” here. *There are special tidbits in this series for women, as women can and will have different experiences training Muay Thai in Thailand compared to men* In Part 1, we covered the initial steps of planning your trip. In Part 2, we will cover preparation prior to arriving to Thailand, from your suitcase to

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Guide to Planning & Training in Thailand – Part 1: Preparing for Your Trip

This is the first out of a three-part series of the planning of, before going, and during your stay in Thailand. This is meant for those who haven't made their first trip over to the motherland of Muay Thai yet, as well as for those who want want more general knowledge / to make their experience a bit more smooth next time. *There are special tidbits in this series for women, as women can and will have different experiences training Muay Thai in Thailand compared to men*
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The Rules of Hard Sparring & Clinching: The Compromise

You may have seen the popular videos of a typical sparring session in Holland – two people exchanging bombs via heavy punches, vicious knees, and relentless low kicks. Some think, “How violent! I could never”. Others say, “They’re tough as hell! This is amazing”. The rest go, “That’s trouble waiting to happen. That’s not safe.”

Fighting Against the Odds: Being a Foreigner Fighting a Thai in Thailand

Whether or not you’re a fan of watching organized sports, how many times have you found yourself cheering for the team that represented your city or state? And during the Olympics, do you cheer for the country you’re from or the other team? Despite many not knowing everything (and some not knowing anything) about a sport or a team’s capabilities, many tend to gravitate to the team they identify with the most. Many want that team to be victorious because

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Dealing with Fragile (Male) Ego: A Response to Sylvie’s Post, “KO’d My Clinch Partner in Training – And it Was a Good Thing”

Before you read this post, please keep in mind that this is not referring to all men.  When I saw the title of Sylvie’s post, I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t know what perspective this was being written from, and part of me was unsure of reading something that might be about how it would teach your inexperienced training partner to be tougher or other hyper-masculine bullshit. But as I was reading it, I found myself relating to many points made

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Weight: Why It Matters, Why It Doesn’t

Society is obsessed with numbers; it’s easy to see that in the health and fitness sectors. So many people are concerned with body metrics such as weight, muscle mass, body fat percentage, etc. And amidst all of this, there is the common knowledge of how weight is not just weight at its form as a number on a scale. Weight, as a whole, is commonly misunderstood. BMI gives prime examples of such. BMI alone does not determine health alone because it does

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