In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast Eric and Vinny once again speak with Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and soon to be MMA star, Gaston “Dreamkiller” Bolaños. Gaston is undeniably one of the top Muay Thai fighters and Kickboxers in the US. However, he explains that as a competitor he also wanted to try his hand at MMA. A decision that leads him to a current record of 3-1 in Bellator MMA along with earning 2018’s Knockout of the Year for the organization. The guys discuss Gaston’s plans to compete in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA. His recent appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast, his hopes for Muay Thai’s growth in the US, and much more! Enjoy!
In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric & Vinny speak with 3x IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championship gold medalist, Bekah Irwin. At only 17 years old Bekah already has a string of high-level accomplishments in the sport of Muay Thai. Her incredibly focused and quiet determination is one thing that stood out the most in this episode. Bekah wins because she absolutely must and because the thought of anything other than winning is something she will not tolerate. Her determination coupled with the coaching of USMF President and Heritage Muay Thai owner, Michael “Chase” Corley are part of the reason for her success. The guys discuss IFMA, Bekah’s “Killer Instinct”, marketing yourself on social media, and much more on this podcast. Enjoy!
In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, we sit down with USMF and Dan’s Gym coach, Daniel Brandt as well as his daughter, 2018 IFMA gold medalist Tierra Brandt. We discuss Daniel’s start in Muay Thai, coaching for the USMF, and the success of the USMF Junior Team’s recent success at the 2018 IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championships. We also talk with Tierra about her love of Muay Thai, her fights at IFMA and earning one of the 8 gold medals for Team USA as well as discussing what it is like as having your dad as your coach. We had a great time speaking with them and they share plenty of their knowledge, experience, and excitement for the future of Muay Thai in America. 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, 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!