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    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.

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    No no no. THIS is why Muay Thai is badass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    And to be honest, if fighting is the best way you can provide for your family, you might need to learn a new skill.
    It's not that simple.

    Fighters make a ton more than many if not most other professions out there. You can have all the trade skills you like, but if fighting is earning you more money, and it's a question of whether or not you eat tonight, you fight.
    "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
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by excludedmiddle View Post


    No no no. THIS is why Muay Thai is badass.
    Yeah those would have been normal size adults but their parents forced them into MT at age 4 to help pay for the family goat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMAMickey View Post
    It's not that simple.

    Fighters make a ton more than many if not most other professions out there. You can have all the trade skills you like, but if fighting is earning you more money, and it's a question of whether or not you eat tonight, you fight.
    I understand that. I'd spar with anyone if it meant a free burger.

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    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.

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    How is this different from little league?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middlefinger View Post
    How is this different from little league?
    In Little League it's the parents who do all the fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judoka_uk View Post
    Ok you're an Aussie so find me a winner of an under 10 or under 12 national championship in a combat sport who has won a +18 national championship or continental or world level championship?


    Not really when it comes to Judo, both the US and UK are up **** creek. Both fetishize the under 12s and both suffer from abysmal post 18 performance as a result.
    As I just came back from Judo and was the only adult in attendance. It is depressing what an utter bag a sh*t I have become (and frankly always was) but at least I keep at it.
    "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"
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