In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast Eric and Vinny speak with Head Coach of Bang Muay Thai at Onnit Gym in Austin, Texas; Alex Anoushian. Alex is an experienced coach who has trained and fought in Thailand on multiple occasions. We discuss how he chose to leave it all behind and travel to Thailand to pursue his passion for Muay Thai, and how his journey to Thailand eventually led him to meet his wife and start a family. We discuss his return to the US, the Bang Muay Thai system, traditional Muay Thai and how it can continue growing in the US, and much more! Enjoy!
In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with Professional Muay Thai fighter Magalie Alvarez. Magalie fights out of Muay Thai America Gym (MTAG) in North Hollywood, California and was undefeated as an amateur before making the jump to pro Muay Thai. In the ring, Magalie is a firecracker who works non-stop and hits HARD! Outside of the ring, Magalie works as a personal trainer but has also begun using her voice to address mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. A fighter both in and out of the ring, Magalie is using her voice to talk about her own battle with mental health while encouraging others to not be ashamed to share their stories. This is a podcast we were very proud to make as Eric has also battled with mental health issues and believes that speaking up about them is important in helping others know that they are not alone and that there is help. One of our favorite podcasts to date where we talk Muay Thai, Mental Health, Social Media, and just have a few laughs. We truly hope you all enjoy!
In this episode of The Striking Corner Podcast, Vinny & Eric speak with San Diego’s Selina Flores. A talented Muay Thai fighter that has quickly made a name for herself in the California Muay Thai scene, Selina recently competed as part of Team USA at the IFMA Muaythai World Championships where she fought in the Elite A Class looking to compete with the very best the sport has to offer. Selina is competitive, driven, and hungry. She and the guys talk California Muay Thai, takeaways from her experiences at IFMA, the amateur and pro debate, and how she is determined to bring home the gold from IFMA in 2019. Also in this episode, Vinny makes a controversial statement about Tacos, talks about NY water and why it is the best, and of course our new brand Striking Professional. Listen, learn, laugh, enjoy!
In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric discuss the recent IFMA Muaythai World Championships, supporting Team USA (USMF), and how we as Americans need to understand that the pro and amateur model we use in the United States is out of step with the rest of the world. The guys also rant about fighters pulling out of fights in order to preserve their undefeated record, social media fighters, and why fighters should be choosing gaining experience, fighting against the best fighters in the world, and growing the level of the sport over “getting paid” or “going pro”. This podcast may piss a few people off or open some eyes, but the goal is to educate and start (or continue) the conversation about growing the sport in the US and increasing the level to compete on par with the major teams worldwide. The guys also talk about The Striking Corner’s new official clothing brand, Striking Professional.
In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with former professional fighter, coach, and Smash Gym owner Rudi Ott. Rudi started out his career in Sanshou, also known as Chinese Kickboxing, which is the same fighting discipline that both Eric and Vinny started in before making the transition to Muay Thai. Rudi talks about the old Sanshou scene in his native Boston, how he made his way out west and began training with Cung Le, his career in Sanshou, making the transition to Muay Thai, and much more. We had a great chat with one of the OG’s in the Sanshou scene and now a highly respected coach in the U.S. Enjoy!
The Striking Corner was recently able to attend the Triumph Kombat 4 event held in NYC at the iconic theater at Madison Square Garden. While the original fight card was slated to feature 20 fights total (18 amateur, 2 pro), as is customary in the fight game, injuries and other unforeseen issues ended up bringing the number of fights down to a final 17.
However, the 17 fights did not disappoint and the matchmakers for Triumph Kombat did a great job bringing together some very talented amateurs from around the tri-state area to showcase the promotion’s brand of fast-paced full rules Muay Thai. Traditionally in Muay Thai, all bouts are 5 rounds (2-minute rounds for amateurs and 3-minute rounds for pros).
Triumph Kombat rules push for high paced action by making all fights 3 rounds, in an effort to prevent stalling, and motivate fighters to push the pace from the opening bell.
A few Muay Thai promotions worldwide have also adopted a similar rule set and it seems many more casual fans are enjoying the change. While traditionalists may frown upon this change, we believe there is room for both presentations of Muay Thai in the US. Yet, if we want to see Muay Thai grow in America, perhaps some innovation is necessary.
With that said, even though the faster paced, full rules Muay Thai should open up the opportunity to see more knockouts, it did not happen on this night. Regardless, the amateurs, even those with less than a handful of fights, put on solid performances that often times made them look far more experienced than what would be expected given their records.
Most, if not all fights, were action-packed and entertaining. The judging was also far less controversial than usual, except for the main event, where the decision was, in our opinion, a complete travesty. But as Muay Thai grows in America and until more judges are trained in how to properly judge Muay Thai, we will still have to suffer through growing pains.
All in all, a great night of Full Rules Muay Thai action in one of the most historic venues in America and the newest member of The Striking Corner family, Pari Aryafar AKA Pari Cherry, was on hand to capture some of the night’s highlights which we have shared in the gallery below.
If you are interested in seeing more of Pari’s pictures from the Triumph Kombat 4 event or would like to purchase one of the images she took, please head to her official website at www.pari-cherry.com
Also, on the recent episode of The Striking Corner Podcast Vinny and Eric take some time to discuss the event and you can listen to that on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play Music or you can listen to it here on our site at the following link.