martial arts

Episode 27 – We’re Back!

The Striking Corner is back! It’s been over 4 months since we had our last episode because of some circumstances beyond our control. But we are back better then ever with a new sound and a lot more surprises in store for 2016. We thank you for your support and we hope to have your continued support as we make 2016 our best year yet! In this episode we discuss some of the setbacks we had in the last 4 months, some of our plans for 2016, Vinny discusses the growth of his gym, and we discuss Lion Fight’s success and Glory’s move to ESPN. Also we announce our new Fan Questions telephone line and segment. Check it out!

The Brutal Ballet feat. Simon Marcus

So I get this e-mail yesterday by this guy named Jonny Pottins and he tells me he just made a short documentary video about Muay Thai feat. Simon Marcus and sends me the link. Now, I’m a huge Simon Marcus fan (who isn’t really, the man looks like he was carved from stone and is one of the best Muay Thai fighters on the planet, some would even argue he is the true GLORY Middleweight Champion, but that’s a discussion for another time).

Anyway, once I finished watching this video, I wrote back to Jonny Pottins and told him we would definitely share the video because needless to say it is an absolute work of art. Simple, beautifully shot, and to the point, Simon Marcus perfectly describes in his own words what we at The Striking Corner also love about Muay Thai. The beauty of it’s destructive simplicity. The ballet of two highly skilled opponents going toe to toe in what is truly a deadly and brutal ballet that often ends with one man (or woman) standing and their opponent on unconscious on the canvas. But in the ballet of Muay Thai, neither the victor or the fallen walk away unscathed. The defeated opponent obviously walks bruised and beaten both emotionally and physically but the victor also walks away bruised and battered but with a smile from ear to ear. The feeling of victory no doubt more powerful than the sting of his or her injuries.

This video perfectly describes Muay Thai and everything I love about it. Simon Marcus truly loves Muay Thai the same way I do. The same way all of us at The Striking Corner do. This video is a must watch and I will continue to watch it on repeat for years to come.

Shout out to the director of the video Jonny Pottins and his team which I have listed below because they also deserve to be recognized.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Jonny Pottins
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Barry Cheong
ASSISTANT CAMERA: Richard Bacsa
GRIP: Chris Leung
GAFFER: Koadie Preston
ART DIRECTOR: Erin Wilson
LOCATION AUDIO: Adam Clark
EDITORS: Peter Strauss, Matthew Nayman
COLOUR: Alter Ego
AUDIO MIX/EDIT: Toronto Sound

SPECIAL THANKS to Simon Marcus, Ajahn Suchart, Siam No.1

Episode 26 – Chris Romulo

In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with East Coast Muay Thai legend Chris Romulo. He talks about his career as a fighter, the concept of “Physical Culture”, the growth of Muay Thai on the East Coast, the support of the Muay Thai community after his gym was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and so much more!

Chris is an inspirational guy with a true passion for Muay Thai and Martial Arts as a whole. He also offers some advice for those beginning their Muay Thai careers and looking to fight. Check it out!

Episode 24 – Spencer Grekoski

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with young professional fighter Spencer Grekoski. They discuss the growth of Muay Thai in the U.S., Spencer’s recent trips and upcoming trips to Thailand, being a new professional in the U.S. Muay Thai scene and more. Vinny also talks about an infamous 4th of July party where Eric’s alcohol tolerance was put to the test. Enjoy!

Episode 22 – Gaston Bolaños

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny & Eric speak with rising Muay Thai star Gaston Bolaños.  Originally from Lima, Peru and now living in California, Gaston is currently on a hot streak since turning pro and currently holds a perfect 4-0 record under the Lion Fight Promotions banner with all wins coming by KO or TKO.  We discuss Gaston’s career since he started Muay Thai at the age of 10, his move to the U.S., his ascent in the sport, and we also talk about fight sports always being full of haters.  Great convo with a very down-to-earth, focused young man with a very bright future in the sport.  Check it out!

Muay Ties: Songkom vs Awutlek – Lumpini – May 2015

Our buddy Timo Ruge from Muay Ties brings us yet another great match up from the mecca of Muay Thai, the new Lumpini stadium in Thailand.  Check out this fight between Songkom Sakhomsin and Awutlek Kiatjaroenchai.  A great battle where one fighter mounts one heck of a comeback in the final round!  You don’t want to miss it!

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