Muaythai Journal

Muaythai Journal Episode Three: The Next Generation

In the third installment of Muaythai Journal, we visit Kiatphontip Gym and Sitmonchai Gym to talk to 2011 Thailand Muaythai Rookie of the Year, Peteng Kiatphontip, and fast-rising muaythai fighter Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai. Also weighing in on the social dynamics of how children get their start in muaythai, is muaythai journalist and co-owner of Kiatphontip Gym, Rob Cox.

Muaythai Journal Episode Two: Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao

The first few episodes of Muaythai Journal will introduce the fighters and individuals that will be seen throughout the series as we cover more in-depth topics such as gambling, children fighting, social mobility, the history of muaythai, and where muaythai is heading.

In the second episode of Muaythai Journal we visit Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok, Thailand to talk to Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao. Sam-A talks about winning the 2011 Sports Writers Fighter of the Year Award. Sam-A’s trainer, Tawiwat Sutti also weighs in on Sam-A’s development as a fighter.

Muaythai Journal Episode One: Pornsanae Sitmonchai

The first few episodes of Muaythai Journal will introduce the fighters and individuals that will be seen throughout the series as we cover more in-depth topics such as gambling, children fighting, social mobility, the history of muaythai, and where muaythai is heading.

In the first episode of Muaythai Journal we visit Sitmonchai Gym in Kanchanaburi, Thailand to talk to Pornsanae Sitmonchai. Pornsanae tells about his start in muaythai, life inside and outside of the gym, and who he feels has been his toughest challenge in the ring to date. Pornsanae’s trainer, P’Jaa, also weighs in on what he thinks Pornsanae’s strong and weak points are, and why he loves training Pornsanae.

Muaythai Journal Trailer

Thank you to everyone for your patience. It has been a while since I have released any updates regarding the Muaythai Journal documentary, but that is only because I have been hard at work trying to get this project off the ground. It has been a long process of translation and post-production work, things in which I knew little about until this venture. Without the help of my translators this would have never been possible, so before continuing I would like to thank Waruja Korkijthamkul, my translator in Thailand, and Thasamon Koetphian, my translator here in America. I would also like to thank all those who made this entire project possible. Without their help this would have never been possible. I hope you know who you are.

The first episode of Muaythai Journal will be online in about one month, with each episode following thereafter. A list of the individuals who will be featured in this series are listed at the end of the trailer. I hope that each episode showcases a new element of Muaythai that one might not have been aware of before, at the same time drawing in new enthusiasts to the sport.

Without further ado here is the trailer for Muaythai Journal.

Photos of Petchatsawin and Jingretong preparing for their next fights

Both Petchatsawin Seatransferry and Jingretong Seatransferry are hard at work preparing for their upcoming fights here in Thailand. These two young fighters hail from Krabi, Thailand and fight out of Sangmorakot Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. They took on the last name of ‘Seatransferry’ because of the town they grew up in.

Petchatsawin is coming off a 3rd round KO loss to Singmanee Kaewsamrit at the last Isuzu Cup 22 event held at Omnoi Stadium in late January of this year. On March 11th, he will be taking on another talented fighter in Ekqusung Gorloongthanagiat in the very same ring he previously suffered the KO loss in. I had a chance to catch up with Petchatsawin while he was training for his next big fight at Omnoi. Here are some photos of Petchatsawin preparing for the March 11th bout.

Jingretong Seatransferry recently won his last fight via a TKO in the 3rd round. This Thailand rising star will look to maintain his previous success as he takes on current Rajadamnern Stadium champion, Kongsiam Thorpitdtakchai on February 20th at Rajadamnern Stadium. Here are some additional photos of Jingretong preparing for his fight at Rajadamnern.