In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with former professional fighter and now owner and head instructor of Chok Sabai Gym in NYC, Natalie Fuz. Natalie really blew us away with her very apparent passion for the sport and her determination to not only improve the Muay Thai scene in the Tri-State area, but in the entire U.S. She truly holds little back when it comes to her opinions about the present state of Muay Thai in NYC and the hurdles that she feels must be overcome in order to move forward. Truly one of our favorite interviews to date. Check it out!
Hero Legends took place this past weekend in China and once again showcased that China is rapidly becoming a major destination for quality kickboxing events and is developing world class talent. The event had a total of 13 fights including a 70 kg tournament which was eventually won by Wen Jindu with a first round KO over Xu Tiehan after defeating Liu Weiquan by Decision. The event showcased a large contingent of Chinese talent as well as foreign talent such as Lerdsila and Saenchai. The entire event was headlined by a 64kg title fight between former Glory Featherweight World Champion, Gabriel Varga and Liu Wei. Gabriel Varga has been a friend of The Striking Corner and has appeared on our podcast on two occasions, the most recent being after he won the Glory Featherweight Title with a great performance against Mosab Amrani, so we have to say we were happy to hear of his recent victory at Hero Legends. You can check out the entire fight between Gabriel Varga and Liu Wei for the Hero Legends 64kg Title by clicking on the play button above.
In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with Ashley “AK-47” Nichols. Professional Canadian Muay Thai Fighter and pride of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ashley will be facing off with Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight 27 on Friday, January 29th for the vacant Super Bantamweight Lion Fight title. We speak with Ashley about her journey in Muay Thai, her accomplishments in Muay Thai, K1, BJJ, and other disciplines, as well as what we can expect to see when she stands face to face with the always explosive Tiffany Van Soest.
In addition Ashley discusses her desire to represent not only Canadian and Women’s Muay Thai but to be an example for the First Nations people, the aboriginal people of Canada. Ashley is without a doubt a disciplined, skillful, and extremely driven women, and it was a pleasure talking to her and learning more about her story. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did.
Also as on a side note, during the portion of the podcast where Ashley was thanking her coaches, teammates, and sponsors, she forgot to mention one of her biggest sponsors, Ring Royalty Supply Co. so she wanted us to make sure we mentioned how grateful she is for all of their support. Check out their site for top quality Muay Thai gear and apparel.
As promised here is Part 2 of our interview with Stay Fly Muay Thai’s, Justin Greskiewicz! In this episode of The Striking Corner we continue our conversation with Justin and we discuss the scary injury he suffered during the Muay Thai in America show a few years back, his fight to get the promoter to help cover the cost of his recovery, and we also talk about his upcoming bout with Ky Hollenbeck at Lion Fight 29! Check it out!
In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with none other than Philadelphia based Muay Thai fighter and head coach at Stay Fly Muay Thai, Justin Greskiewicz. Justin is a fun guy to talk to and someone a lot of people respect because he has never backed down from a fight. We have a few laughs, talk about who he has fought, the origin of Stay Fly, and Vinny and I also discuss Muay Thai, Vinny’s disdain for the UFC, and other fun stuff. We could talk for hours with Justin and he will definitely be a repeat guest on the show. This podcast ran longer than we wanted so we divided it in two parts. Here is the first part and you catch the second part next Tuesday, January 12th!
The Striking Corner Podcast will make it’s triumphant return on Tuesday Dec. 22nd. It has been a little over 4 months since our last podcast and although we never intended to halt production. Juggling the birth of my new son, heavy demands at work, a tediously long commute, and some nagging health issues caused me to halt production and tell Vinny we would nee to put the podcast on hiatus. After all, family and health come first and I needed to focus on those issues first so that I could later give the podcast and website the 100% attention it deserves.
If you know anything about me, when it comes to design, multimedia, etc…I am a perfectionist. I want The Striking Corner to be the best looking website and the most professional sounding podcast. So I dedicate a lot of time to aesthetics. However, what I realize is that spending so much time on the aesthetics of the site and balancing my work at The Striking Corner with a full time job and a growing family has made our content suffer.
There are so many sites dedicated to Muay Thai and Kickboxing lately that do very well of keeping fervent Muay Thai fans informed of all the upcoming events, fights, news, etc…and I want The Striking Corner to be just as good at providing news and information as it is pleasant to look at and listen to. So that is my goal for 2016. We will basically be making a call to all our photographer friends, writing friends, and passionate Muay Thai friends for help with keeping the content flowing at The Striking Corner website. Vinny and I will take care of the podcast but we have definitely arrived at a point where we need help with writing articles and covering events i.e. pictures, recaps, etc.
If you are a writer or photographer looking for a place to showcase your work and get noticed. Then The Striking Corner will be the place for you. We don’t make a dime from the site as of yet. So all work is strictly on a volunteer basis. But as we grow you will grow with us. So if you are interested in working with us in any of the capacities mentioned above then please send us an e-mail at email@example.com
So with all that said, our podcast returns on Tues. Dec. 22nd, we will then take a break for the holidays and will be back in full on Jan. 5th! I’m working on a few new things to make the podcast sound better than ever so stay tuned. The video above is just a start and features just some of the new audio imaging for our podcast. We just want to make it sound better than ever and also aim to have the best guests on the show EVER! Stay tuned and thank you for all of your support. Happy Holidays!
- Eric Rivera – CEO of The Striking Corner