When the people think about Thailand, they often associate the country with elephants, beaches, and sex shows. Thailand is a complex country that deserves much more than to be boiled down to three things (that are, more often than not, nothing more than tourist traps). The same could be said about Muay Thai. The thought of Muay Thai can bring up pieces of information that people associate with the national sport of Thailand. Often over-generalized, much of this information is either outdated, passed down from one misinformed person to the next, or simply untrue. Let’s bust some common myths people believe about Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.
The face of a fighter comes in many forms, and is something nobody can ever categorize or make pre-judgments about accurately. Yolanda Schmidt, the most recent winner of the Muay Thai Angels tournament, proves just that. “The stereotype that I am not feminine based on the sport I partake in, was once one of my biggest struggles. I constantly had to justify why I enjoyed such a ‘violent’ sport when I am such a happy, smiley and bubbly person,” says the world champion.
As part of a plan to promote tourism to Koh Samui, it will be home to a festival of Muay Thai fights. The fights start on September 7, 2017 and end on September 10, 2017, giving fans four days of fights.
One of the biggest frustrations regarding news on woman Muay Thai fighters is that it’s sparse and not regularly updated in many of the main Muay Thai news outlets. In an attempt to bring news on both males and females alike (and hopefully in equal frequencies), Muay Ying มวยหญิง (Thai for “female fighter”) was created out of a vision to deliver news straight out of Thailand, and to bring the community together and close the gap when it comes to keeping up to date with how the females are doing. Muay Ying will be a source that all can depend on for fights, news, and results.