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5 Things that People NOT In the Muay Thai Industry Don’t Know About Muay Thai (In Thailand)

A huge show at the famed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium early March became the source of a major cluster of COVID-19 infections in Thailand. When people who attended the show started testing positive for the virus (the most notable of these people was Muay Thai announcer and singer Matthew Deane), this quickly led to the shut down of Muay Thai gyms and fights. To date, gyms are still closed and fights are still not allowed to take place. In Thailand, a

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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!

Thai Fighters Have a Clear Message Regarding Social Distancing

Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University in Bangkok started a video campaign on March 26, featuring doctors and other healthcare professionals each holding up a sign with the text, “โรคติดต่อจะไม่ติดต่อถ้าเราไม่ติดต่อกัน”, which translates into, “Infectious diseases will not be communicated if we do not communicate with each other.”  They are featured one by one and each person says this phrase in the video. This was to promote social distancing and social isolation. Please support the continuation of content on Muay Ying via Patreon

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Petchyindee Academy Assists Gyms with Almost 1/2 Million Baht During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 30, Boat, the manager and co-owner of Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok, posted on Facebook about how he is thinking of the best ways to help out the Muay Thai community and its gyms/fighters in Thailand. With COVID-19 forcing the government to shut down gyms and all sporting events, including fights, Muay Thai is suffering in so many ways in the motherland. Fighter, trainers, and gym owners have no income due to their fighters being unable to compete (and make money

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Thai Language – Part 3: General Phrases and Vocabulary

Knowing some Muay Thai terminology is great when you’re living and training at a gym and talking mostly to Thai trainers, fighters, and other visiting Muay Thai enthusiasts. But, chances are, you’re going to have to head out of the camp area at least a few times to buy food, go shopping, or sight-see.  Knowing Muay Thai terminology won’t help you much when you’re outside a training and fighting environment. However, knowing some general phrases and vocabulary can get you

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COVID-19’s Impact on Muay Thai in Thailand (As of April 22, 2020)

It’s a scary and daunting time right now for everyone inhabiting this planet. People are getting infected at an alarming rate all over the world, and things are shutting down. Businesses have either limited their hours or are closed for the time being. Companies have started to tell their employees to start working from home. There are travel bans in place. Entire countries and cities are on temporary lock-down, with its citizens being unable to leave and foreigners unable to

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Thai Language – Part 1: Basic Rules & FAQ’s

When visiting any foreign country where English is not the primary language, it’s always good to know some phrases in the local language. This shows that you put in the time beforehand to  connect with them. When training Muay Thai in Thailand, most people you encounter are not going to speak English well. You might meet one or two token people at the gym that have worked overseas and/or had better education opportunities that can communicate with you proficiently. Chances are,

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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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