The Striking Corner is the new name of what was formerly “Muay Thai is Life”, a web page my good friend and training partner Vinny Scotto and I began in 2005. It started out as Florida Sanshou then changed to Florida Sanshou & Muay Thai, then to Muay Thai is Life and now, finally, The Striking Corner.
I like to call this our final stage of evolution. It is really what I feel is the last stage in a journey of discovery to find out who we are and what we want to be as a business, a blog, a website, or whatever you wish to call us. I started “Muay Thai is Life” with the desire for it to be a blog about my journey through Muay Thai. I wanted to be the only website interviewing fighters, writing about my experiences in Muay Thai, shooting video, pictures, etc. I wanted to do it all! And for the most part I felt things went pretty well. However, what usually happens, happened. Life just has a way of throwing a monkey wrench into all your plans.
Nothing bad happened, I simply got a good job that I actually liked, married a great woman, and decided to start a family. I put my competition days behind me for a bit and decided to focus on teaching Muay Thai alongside my longtime coach. But with so much stuff going on, the website fell by the way side and my passion for Muay Thai took a back seat.
Vinny and I started this site when we were young. Vinny had his own business, I had my own thing going and I was running the site on my own most of the time. I had the help of some great people but I think I was too inconsistent and some of them just ventured off into other things. Vinny always offered to help but I felt like I was the only one who could run this thing the way I wanted. So naturally the site didn’t stay as current as I would have liked and content wasn’t updated as regularly as I would have liked. The sport began to grow exponentially and other very talented Muay Thai bloggers, fighters, and Muay Thai enthusiasts started to pop up and find success telling their stories too. I felt like the sport was passing me by!
So, long story short, I decided to call up Vinny, who is now a Muay Thai coach and gym owner himself in Staten Island, New York and pick his brain about what I should do with Muay Thai is Life and how we could revive this thing again.
Muay Thai is Life was my baby, many of you loved the name and what I was doing but I also feel I made a lot of mistakes. I feel I burned a few bridges, wrote a few things that made people I look up to see me in a negative light even though that was not what I intended, and I simply half-assed it. So Vinny advised a fresh start.
We got together and decided to revive my podcast, The Striking Corner. It was another way I could talk about my love for Muay Thai and we felt it already had a great name so why change it. Then we decided that we didn’t just want to limit ourselves to talking about Muay Thai, we also wanted to talk about Kickboxing and the Dutch Kickboxing scene which is a sport we have always loved and respected. So in an effort to distance ourselves from being perceived as a site that just talks about Muay Thai, we decided to look for a name that was catchy but could really encompass both sports. The answer was right under our noses. “Let’s just make everything The Striking Corner!”
Calling the website The Striking Corner just felt right. It inspired a lot of new business ideas and a brand new direction and once again, for me, it just felt right. It felt like this was what I had been looking for all along. And to be candid, I just felt like I was at the right point in my life to take this a lot more seriously and once again reignite my long time love affair with Muay Thai and Kickboxing and just never let it go. I have even decided to step back in the ring and will be documenting that journey as well!
So this website that you are looking at right now is all that. It is over 10 years of Muay Thai and Kickboxing passion and that is what it will represent for the remainder. It is a new beginning of an old story. We have left some of our favorite articles and picture collections from over the years so you can check all of that out and will of course be adding new content regularly. Also one of the main focuses will of course be our podcast which I hope you will all enjoy and follow. Also “Muay Thai is Life” has not gone away and will continue on as our own proprietary brand of t-shirts and apparel.
There is still a lot more to come! Welcome to The Striking Corner!