You may have seen videos of her teaching phrases in Thai on Facebook. Or you may have seen some of her shadowboxing clips on Instagram. Chompu Sriyotee is a business owner, teaching English to locals and Thai to foreigners. She’s also competed before, winning the IFMA German Amateur Championships in March 2019 while studying abroad for her master’s. Currently based in Bangkok, she’s been paying close attention to how locals are responding to COVID-19. “At first, most people thought it would only affect old people,” says Chompu. “Then reports showed that most patients are not that old. After that, Thai people became more aware.” To date (time of writing: April 25, 2020), Thailand has the fifth-most cases in Southeast Asia. There have been 2,854 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, with 2,490 recovered and 50 deaths. Measures have been put into place by the government mid-March to ban gatherings and sporting events (including Muay Thai), and to close certain types of businesses. You can see the timeline of events here. Please support the continuation of content on Muay Ying via Patreon Like in most other countries, it’s very difficult to find surgical and N95 masks, especially in stores available to […]
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jackie Ngan is an actress and a Muay Thai fighter. She’s been training for about nine years and has seven amateur fights. At this time, Jackie is unable to act nor train, so she’s gathering scraps from her closet to help with a dire issue caused by COVID-19 – the lack of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Please support the continuation of content on Muay Ying via Patreon Jackie started making reusable fabric face masks at the beginning of April. “On Instagram, one of my friends inspired me to make masks,” Jackie says. This friend was none other than Jessica Ng, a Muay Thai fighter and fashion designer based in New York City, whom Jackie had met while attending school in New York. When Jessica started making cloth face masks with Muay Thai shorts, she posted her process on her Instagram account. “The Muay Thai community is so small; it turned out the fashion school I was attending at the time was her alma mater. She reached out and donated fabric to me then, when I was a student. She really is such a giving person, “recalls Jackie. “It makes perfect sense that she’d inspire me […]
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 at 102 pounds, right in her hometown of Queens. And the best part? She was going to be in it.
EMT’s tend to be forgotten when it comes to thanking those in important roles within healthcare. Many don’t appreciate what they do. They go into any and every situation when they don’t know the reality of the danger, but do so because it is their duty to serve people in need. What they do keeps us, the general public, safe daily.
Evan Look is based in San Francisco, California in the US. The 29-year old has been training Muay Thai for eight years and BJJ (currently a purple belt) for four years, and has competed in both sports during that time. Evan is also a paramedic. He’s been working as one for the last six years, with four of the most recent years serving as a Firefighter Paramedic.
I am currently working on a new series called Fighting Covid-19. This series will highlight people within the Muay Thai/fighting/martial arts community who are helping combat COVID-19. They are doing it in any number of ways, including, but not limited to: their profession using their platform to share news and information putting their non-medical skills to use to help in assisting those in healthcare I already have a couple of people that I will start writing about. Expect the articles to come out soon, maybe even by later today! If you know anyone within the community who deserves to be known for what they’re doing, please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a message on any of the social media platforms for this blog: IG | FB. In your e-mail or message, please include what sport(s) they’re involved in and what they are currently doing.