9/16/2011 3:23pm, #31
The reason the region I live in (Surat Thani) isn't known for its Muay Thai is basically Rubber.
Rubber trees are a big business here and it's known as kind of a "rich" area because of it, thus not a lot of kids are "forced" to enter the ring like a lot of poorer kids from Issan and such. (Also a reason why TKD is so popular in the city here)
The kids that do fight are poorer, and often times you'll see trainers go pro-bono for their boys (minus cuts from winnings of course) to help them and their families out. My first gym was able to do that with all his kids thanks to a book he wrote, a rubber farm, and money from a local sports school who "borrow" his trainers.
9/16/2011 3:25pm, #32
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No no no. THIS is why Muay Thai is badass.
9/16/2011 3:49pm, #33"The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
9/16/2011 3:56pm, #34
Exactly. One local fight of a good size will earn the fighter 10,000B's which is more than a college professor makes in a month. A fight in Bangkok as much as 30,000-100,000+.
Plus it's the national sport. It's a trade skill in its own right.
9/16/2011 6:35pm, #35
9/16/2011 6:39pm, #36
9/17/2011 1:26am, #37
Speaking of sparring for hamburgers, a lot of the big name gyms and fighters offer sparring sessions for big bucks from falang who want to leave Thailand with stories of all the prostitutes they fucked and how they "fought" a muay thai champion. Go white pepul.
9/17/2011 1:56am, #38
How is this different from little league?
9/17/2011 1:12pm, #39
9/17/2011 2:02pm, #40"We often joke -- and we really wish it were a joke -- that you will only encounter two basic problems with your 'self-defense' training.
1) That it doesn't work
2) That it does work"