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!
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!
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
Our friend Timo Ruge from Muay Ties shared another absolute gem of a fight that took place earlier this month at Rajadamnern. Watch as Wanchai Kiatmoo9 and Satanmuanglek Numpornthep absolutely light each other up with vicious elbows and knees in the clinch in this match up in the 109 lb division. Crazy and exciting fight!
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, we speak with current WKA and WBC National Champion, Ognjen Topic. We discuss his journey to the US from a war torn Bosnia in the early 90’s, how he discovered Muay Thai and how at the beginning of his career had to fight in secret because his father wasn’t too enthused about his decision to make fighting a profession. We talk that and much more! Check it out!