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A podcast dedicated to the sports of Muay Thai & Kickboxing.

Episode 63 – Jay Campbell

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny sit down with Staten Island Muay Thai’s Keto Master and Strength & Conditioning coach, John “Jay” Campbell. Eric talks about being in the home stretch of his wife giving birth to their second son, Vinny posts a picture of Eric’s stupid face on the internet, and Jay discusses the benefits of the Keto Diet. Eric and Vinny commit to getting on Jay’s Diet Plan and will report back in a few weeks to discuss their TRIUMPHS or failures…

Episode 62 – Dan LaSavage

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with Dan LaSavage. Dan is a former professional Muay Thai and MMA fighter who now owns Combat Corner, a successful combat sports equipment brand. We discuss his career in martial arts, what drove him to start his own brand, the growth of combat sports in America, and why he believes YOU should stop worrying about how many ounces your gloves weigh. Listen and enjoy!

Episode 61 – Hurricanes, Thugs, & GGG vs. Canelo

In this episode, Eric and Vinny discuss Eric’s evacuation from Florida for Hurricane Irma, the recent controversy surrounding Yokkao, Eric rants about the Canelo vs. GGG decision, corruption in boxing, politics in fight sports, and more. Eric had fun with this one and talked a lot more than usual if that’s possible. You be the judge!

Episode 60 – Patrick Rivera

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric and Vinny speak with head coach and owner of Valor Training Center in Stockton, California, Patrick Rivera. Patrick is also currently the co-director of the Youth Development League (YDL), which is the USMF’s Youth Program designed to get America’s youth Muay Thai fighters prepared for IFMA style competitions and world championships. Patrick has had incredible success with his youth program at Valor Training Center and also has youth fighters that have gone on to win medals at both IFMA Youth Muay Thai Championships (2016 & 2017). Patrick discusses why youth development is imperative to the growth of American Muay Thai, what the YDL’s mission is to grow the youth Muay Thai scene in the United States, and we also discuss different ways of teaching Muay Thai to kids that will get them ready for IFMA and other fight competitions. We could have gone on for quite sometime with this podcast as Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and great ideas when it comes to the future of Muay Thai. There was so much more we could have talked about so we will definitely have Patrick on in the future. After all, he and Eric share the same last name, so you know Eric was excited about that, because well, he gets excited about everything! Enjoy this episode and share it you maniacs!

Episode 59 – Kate Allen & Charlie Cottone

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with Muay Thai power couple Kate Allen and Charlie Cottone. They are the owners and instructors of 8 Limbs Muay Thai in Philadelphia, PA. Kate and Charlie discuss how they started in Muay Thai, how their relationship began, and their eventual decision of opening up their own Muay Thai gym together. Kate also talks about competing in the 2017 IFMA Muay Thai World Championships, leaving her career as a dental hygienist to focus on Muay Thai full time, and the decision of wanting to fight but also wanting to start a family. In addition, Charlie discusses the dynamic of being Kate’s husband while also being her coach, We had a great chat with Charlie and Kate. This is was a fun podcast for us and we hope you will all feel the same! Enjoy!

Episode 58 – Lonnie Beck

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric and Vinny are joined by Muay Thai trainer, BJJ Purple Belt, and 5th Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, Lonnie Beck! Lonnie runs two very successful gyms outside of Philadelphia and he discusses the ins and outs of the martial arts business, the ups and downs of running a gym, his learning experiences, and how traditional martial arts and combat sports can coexist in the current combat sports hungry environment. They also discuss McDojo’s, large Martial Arts franchises, staying in your lane as a business, and much much more! If you dream of opening a gym one day or are a current gym owner looking to better your business this podcast is for you