In the first episode of 2018, we decided we needed to start off the new year of The Striking Corner right! And who better to kick off 2018, then CSA Gym owner and head coach extraordinaire, Kirian Fitzgibbons! “Coach K”, as he is known to his many students and peers, is without a doubt one of the top striking coaches in North America, coaching the likes of Kevin Ross, Gaston Bolaños, Zoila Frausto, Zach Bunnell, Eddie Abasolo, Alexis Davis, Miriam Nakamoto, and the list goes on and on. Coach K has been a huge part of the growth of Muay Thai and Kickboxing in America for quite some time. He knows all the players and has seen it all. He is very passionate about combat sports, his students, and his brand. He pulls no punches when giving his opinions, takes no bullshit, and we love him for it. Yet for some, his take no prisoners attitude rubs them the wrong way however the success of his gym, his fighters, and his system cannot be denied. In this episode, we discuss everything from his background in combat sports and defensive tactics to the state of Muay Thai and Kickboxing in America. We also discuss why many fighters need to stop bitching, understand that in combat sports you have to learn to promote yourself and that there truly is no secret to success, it’s all about hard work, structure, and the occasional usage of the term “motherfucker!” Enjoy!
In this episode, Vinny and Eric speak with owner and head coach of Level Up Boxing, Jason Farrell. Jason is an accomplished striking coach who was recently tasked with being one of the coaches for the US National Muay Thai Team that competed at the IFMA World Muay Thai Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Jason discusses the large gap he witnessed between the financial support other country’s teams received as opposed to that of our very own Team USA. The guys brainstorm about how to grow awareness, support, and why more of the Muay Thai community should be aware of the importance and magnitude of the IFMA World Championships. They also air a few grievances as well!
As a side note, we wanted to apologize for the sound issues during the interview portion of this particular episode. We ran into some technical issues due to a misplaced mic and improper settings. Apologies!
In this bonus episode of The Striking Corner podcast Vinny rants about a recent experience where a fighter pulled out of fight with one of his fighters at the last minute after not making weight. Vinny and Eric finally do a podcast in the same room together as opposed to the usual Skype setup.
Also the guys review the awesome Fabio Pinca seminar The Striking Corner put together at Vinny’s gym in NYC, Staten Island Muay Thai.
Eric’s fanboyism for top fighters continues and the guys discuss sharing a slice of pizza with Fabio Pinca and Mickael Piscitello. We happened to love how this episode came out so tell us your thoughts!
In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric and Vinny are back after an extended Easter vacation and decide to do this episode sans guest in order to catch up on some news from the world of Muay Thai & Kickboxing. They discuss Bellator Kickboxing, our upcoming Striking Corner seminar featuring Fabio Pinca, and the much talked about rumor regarding a potential dream match up between Yodsanklai and Buakaw for a whopping one million dollar fight purse! In addition, the debate over In-N-Out Burger versus Five Guys continues and a special announcement about a new run of Striking Corner/Muay Thai is Life shirts! Check it out!
We have hit the 50 episode mark! And in this 50th episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with the Pro Muay Thai & MMA Fighter, CSA Gym alum, owner and head coach of Reno City Kickboxing, and IFMA Team USA Bronze Medalist, Zach Bunnel!. The guys met Zach at the recent 2017 Coaches Clinic at CSA Gym in Dublin, California, and needless to say we knew we had to get Zach on the podcast right away.
Zach is a talented fighter, a total character, and without question extremely passionate about combat sports and the proper application of them in order to maximize what he feels is the proficiency, timing, and rhythm of our bodies, or as he likes to call it, “our bio-mechanical robots.”
Get ready to dive into the combat obsessed mind of Zach Bunnell! Open your mind and listen!
In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with our good friend Phoenix Carnevale! Phoenix is a passionate follower of all things hip-hop, martial arts, comic books, movies, superheroes, etc. She is an actress, fight commentator, martial artist, fight journalist, and she is also the host of Everlast’s In Fighting Shape podcast.
An avid MMA fan, Phoenix has interviewed top UFC fighters such as Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, and many more…in this episode the guys talk about MMA, the culture of MMA, and how Muay Thai and Kickboxing are falling short in the marketing game compared to the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is MMA. They also discuss women in MMA and Combat Sports. Phoenix has a lot of great insight and the conversation was great. Check it out!