Meet the Canadians

MTiL Presents “King of Siam No. 1” – Part One

So here it is, as promised, Part 1 of MTiL’s exclusive interview with Siam No. 1’s Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai. Largely considered one of the most influential men in the Canadian Muay Thai scene, Ajahn Suchart is the head of the world renowned Siam No. 1 gym that is currently home to a multitude of champions including Simon Marcus and Matt Embree. Our very own Jenypher Lanthier (a student of Ajahn Suchart herself) speaks one on one with Ajahn Suchart regarding Muay Thai in Canada and worldwide, as well as the culture of the sport, tradition, and much more!

This interview is part of Jenypher’s Meet the Canadians series exclusively dedicated to covering the Muay Thai scene in Canada. Her interview with Ajahn was about an hour long and thus we have decided to bring it to you in 3 parts which can only be found here on Muay Thai is Life, on our official Facebook page, and of course on our official Youtube Channel. Check it out! Part 1 is below and make sure you stay tuned for part 2, coming soon!

Meet the Canadians – Part 3 – Simon Marcus

Simon training w/ Ajahn Suchart – by Jenypher Lanthier –

I am sitting ringside at Siam No.1 in Toronto, Canada. I sit close enough to feel the occasional drop of sweat whip towards me from a powerful swing kick or punch. Simon Marcus is hitting pads with Ajahn Suchart. The cracking sound that it makes is devastating, like thunderclaps as bones collide against leather with a force and willpower that is not often witnessed live in person. I have trained with Ajahn before, so I am aware of what it feels like to do only five rounds of what can best be described as me trying to hit as hard as I can continuously, while he resists my power with the pads. Each weapon thrown is a fight against his power. If you are not throwing with full power his resistance will make you feel like your weapon just bounces off his Thai pad. I watch as Simon destroyed the pads for five whole rounds and look like he still had energy for more after. This is just a small glimpse of what he must endure to be able to stay at the top and fight opponents such as Artem Levin. It is a mere fraction of the amount of dedication and focus required for him to be where he is. So that got me thinking, “Why? Why really go through all this?” So I asked him.

Without further ado, here is my interview with Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus.

Simon faces possibly one of his toughest challenges battling Artem Levin this Friday on the LionFight Promotion. We wish both fighters the best of luck and look forward to a great fight!

A special thank you goes out to Allen Chung for the photos and video and to Simon for taking the time out to sit with us and talk with us.

Photo & Video credits: Allen Chung

Meet the Canadians – Part 4 – Natalie Yip

By Jenypher Lanthier

Senior MTiL correspondent Jenypher Lanthier sits down with Siam #1 fighter Natalie Yip before her pro debut bout at Lion Fight 9 against undefeated American Muay Thai standout Tiffany Van Soest