Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai Glory 15

 


Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai, affectionately nicknamed “Moo” will be making his big debut on the world stage at Glory 15 in Istanbul Turkey. At 18 years old this young man made his way into the top ten of his respective weigh class at the Lumpinee stadium. Now at the age of 20 he’s stepping onto the world stage, and it will be a fight that you won’t want to miss.
Yodkhunpon, much like his gym mates, utilizes a heavy boxing and powerful leg kick style that doesn’t fit into the traditionalist model of Muay Thai.

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The hand and leg kick style is a staple of the Dutch tradition of kickboxing, which we’re used to seeing in Europe and in the United States. However, the Thai adaptation of this style, utilizes all the power of the traditional Thai style kick, knees, elbows and foot work, which makes for a very fast pace and exciting style. I would also like to reiterate that not only is Yodkhunpon known for his knockout power and speed, but his wit as well.

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Watching him train and fight, one thing I noticed was his high level of ring IQ. Even as Yodkhunpon is fighting aggressively forward, he has the ability to make his opponent miss and capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes. This mixed with his Knockout power, makes him a very dangerous opponent and a name to watch at Glory 15 and future events. I know I’ll be watching, and so should you!

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MTK2 line up!!!

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Few more added to March 22 (pending TDLR) Adding just a couple more. texasmuaythai@gmail.com

1) Bebe Laced (4oz) Crystal Knepp (Furia)
2) Oliver Jimenez (Izzy Camp) Robert Bailey (TT – C)
3) Jesus Alvarado (4oz) Demetrius Hall (Shin to Bone)
4) Birdie Carrasco (Shin to Bone) Jacqueline Williams (4oz)
5) Chadrick Turner (Twin Wolves) Alvin Perez (SitSiam)
6) Colbey Northcutt (4oz) Brittany Robertson (AKATX)
7) Joel Verdin (Shin to Bone) Ryan Baker (Mousel)
8) Terrance Johnson (Revolution) Matt Witherspoon
9) Parker Reid (Vongphet) Uriel Figueroa (Revolution)
10) Gabriel Lemus (Vongphet) Jennifer Guerrero (Revolution)
11) Joel Haesecke Chris Jackson (SBA/IZZY Camp)
12) Joshua Cabiya (AKATX) Chris Perez (GBTW)
13) Roland Rodriguez (Pinnacle) Paul Garza (Team Tooke)
14) Samuel Whitman (Vongphet) Ali Salami (GB Westchase)

taken straight form their page.
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Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr

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(TFL) Welcome back to TheFightersLife.net, a Muay Thai blog-site dedicated to building and high-lighting Houston and Texas Muay Thai talent.

Today we have Roman Molina with us. Roman, who was previously ran over by a truck; refusing to allow that from stopping him from compete in the sport he loves, returned to the ring to put on an exciting fight at “Muay Thai Kingdom 1” back in December.

Roman has been around the Houston scene for quite some time, both in martial arts and in the Music Scene of Houston. In the past Roman had a lot of success in the music industry as front man for hardcore band “The Last Star Fighter”, now Roman is taking his learned skillsets and applying them to the sport he loves “Muay Thai”.

Roman, thanks for hanging out with us, congratulations on a great showing. Let’s get the ball rolling. Share a bit about yourself?

(Roman Molina) Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr. I came out of the womb and teeped the Dr. (Laughs) I’ve been training Muay Thai for around 5 years, and some other “fighting” stuff a little longer.

(TFL) (Laughs) Tell us a bit about your home gym, how long have you guys been around and where is it located?

(Roman Molina) King’s MMA has been around a little less than a year, but I’ve trained with Kru Ali at a few other gyms for some time. King’s is on Richmond and Fondren.

(TFL) So you’ve been working with Ali for a while, care to share a bit?

(Roman Molina) Kru Ali is from Jordan. He’s a great guy and great coach. He has coached and fought all over the world; true international player. The only thing he cares more about then his fighters is Muay Thai. ‘PURE’ Muay Thai, as he always says…that and animal crackers. He doesn’t always know the correct english word for what he is trying to relay, so it can make for some pretty awkward moments, which are always awesome.

(TFL) What is it about Muay Thai that attracts you to this sport so much?

(Roman Molina) I love the tradition of the sport. I love the sharpening of the mind and body. I love the violence. I love when you see another fighter at Chick-Fil-A and he sees your Fairtex hoodie and you both wai. I love the camaraderie that comes from punching your brothers in the face.

(TFL) I agree, there is a wonderful and positive culture of sportsmanship and brother/sisterhood that is hard to find. You fight each other, become friends, joke around, cross spar and even fight each other again. I love the culture of camaraderie across gyms and all the teamwork that it takes to build a fighter.

How did your last fight for MTK1 go?

(Roman Molina) My last fight was a lot of fun. Muay Thai Kingdom did a great job on the event and the show. I lost a split decision. I know everyone who loses a split decision says they think they won, but I was a little surprised by the decision. However, I know that I should have definitely done more. That’s what always bugs you after a loss like that. Either way, I had tons of fun and I landed some of my favorite techniques; jump knee, backfist, a few throws. I was also really astounded by the amount of support I got from my friends, family, and gym family. I made a lot more friends from the fight as well. The last sanctioned fight I had before this one was at the IKF in Florida. I was pretty stoked to be there because it was my first fight since being run over by a truck. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to fight after that, but I made it back there. I won the first round and lost the second round to the dude who ended up winning the belt.

(TFL) I find that’s the best attitude about the Muay Thai culture, it’s about just getting in there and put on a good fight. Quite often, your performance is more important than the win itself.

Going forward, what’s your game plan for the future?

(Roman Molina) I plan to fight as much as I can before I’m too old. I fear that point is rapidly approaching! I plan to test in Thailand for a Kru title and coach.

(TFL) That’s a great plan, brother. Just keep fighting and getting experience. A Kru certification is a wonderful goal; there are a lot of great active gym’s that have “mentorship” programs.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your school?

(Roman Molina) Yezir!

Grant ‘The Diamon’ Garnett. He’s 11 years old, and he is already tearing it up.

Morgan Oriahi is a beast. He works like a maniac and he is on the card for the next Legacy.

Also Roger Rodriguez, we train together a lot. He’s got desire and the dedication. He’s going kill.

(TFL) That’s some good people to put on our radar. Are you excited about the upcoming Muay Thai Kingdom card?

(Roman Molina) Heck ya man! The last one was RAD. Whether I’m on the card or not, I’ll be there.

(TFL) That’s great, support is key to the continuing success of Muay Thai in Houston.

Anything else you would like to add?

(Roman Molina) Eat your veggies.

(TFL) works for me! (Laughs)

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Jennifer Guerrero

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(*Addendum. Mohsena Wahed recently was forced to pulled out, due to medical reasons. We’re still hoping that an august 17th fight works out. If not, that’s the fighters life, always guessing when your next fight is.)

(TFL) Highlighting up and coming talent, today I have with me Jenn Guerrero. Thank you Jen for hanging out with us, tell us about you?

(JG)  Obviously- my name is Jennifer, I’m 26. I train out of Revolution Dojo- Houston and have been training in muay thai for about 2 ½ years.

(TFL) I know you come from some major poverty in your childhood, care to talk about your personal obstacles you’ve had to overcome to get this far, provide this isn’t too private?

(JG) Growing up my mom was a single mother of three. She worked long days and did her best to provide for us. There were times that I remember being really difficult especially during the holidays but I was always a good spirits kind of kid. I always had a lot of friends that helped with distracting anything that may be going on at home. If she taught me one thing, it was that you have to work hard for whatever it is that you want. Nothing was ever just handed to me and I’m fortunate enough that going through the things I went through as a kid made me stronger as a person and not the complete opposite.

(TFL) What got you started in this sport?

(JG)  I’ve always been a bigger girl. Never athletic, always lazy. About 4 years ago I started with some cardio kickboxing classes in attempt to lose some weight. They definitely got me going in the right direction but once I starting feeling comfortable with what I was doing, I started itching for the contact. I knew I wanted to stick to the standup and had heard about Kru Pong’s Thai boxing. I went in for my first day and immediately knew MT was what I needed to be doing. I was hooked ever since.

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(TFL) Where did you get your start, and where are you at now?

(JG) I trained under Kru Pong for about a year and a half before my coaches made a move to Revolution Dojo last October. We made the move and I now train under them- Nethaneel Mongonia, Sam Mongonia and Uriel Figueroa.

(TFL) You recently competed at the TBA, how did it go?

(JG)  The TBA was an awesome experience. I knew I wanted to compete in it since before last year’s tournament so the anticipation was built up a lot. It didn’t let me down with how great it was. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the weight I was originally going to fight at by 2 pounds (135lbs) so I had to bump up to 145lbs. I woke up the morning of the fights under 145 so it was just very unfortunate that I wasn’t able to make weight. I was able to get the win anyway on my first fight over a very tough Canadian but I lost my second fight by decision.

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(TFL) I know you actually fought at a larger weight class than normal. Both of your fights were three round wars, how do you feel about your performance?

(JG) Being that the girls I fought were significantly bigger than I was, I felt ok with my performances. I remember feeling really tired from the weight cut in my first fight. In my second one, I remember feeling good before heading in the ring. I was a little beat up from the first one but I still felt like I wasn’t going to have any problems pushing through. The girl that I fought was pretty much fresh considering she had knocked her first opponent out 15 seconds into the first round with a knee. She was significantly taller than me and was able to use her reach to keep me on the outside. I think the size difference was a huge factor. I was still ok with my performance because I know I didn’t give her an easy win. I probably learned more from that fight then any of my previous ones put together.

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(TFL) Tell us about how many fights you’ve had, and who you’ve competed against?

(JG)  My very first fight was in April of last year against Lindsay Green from Dallas. She was 1-0 at the time so of course that was nerve wrecking. It felt great to get a win in my first fight. My second fight was in August of last year against Sabrina Garcia also out of Dallas. At that time she was undefeated in both MT and MMA. (I believe 2-0 MT 3-0 MMA) That was also nerve wrecking because she had so much more experience than I did. That of course also felt great to get a win over someone who had established themselves as a good female fighter in Texas. A month before the TBA, Michael Corley held a smoker here in Houston and I was able to compete against Melissa out of Team Tooke. I didn’t know much about her considering it was a smoker but I was definitely satisfied with my performance. Then of course there were the fights listed above from the TBA.

(TFL) What are your plans and goals for the future?

(JG) I can’t picture my life without Muay Thai in it… it’s definitely become a part of me and who I am. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those MT turned MMA female fights. In fact I’ve only taken one jiu-jitsu class my whole life. Muay Thai is what I love so I plan on competing in it for as long as I can. I’m not sure that I have the long term goal of turning pro but am also not against it. If it happens, it happens. I just really enjoy the training and how it pushes and tests me. I definitely want to earn a beautiful strap so that’s a goal I know I can achieve and will be working to accomplish.

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(TFL) You’re competing at Striking3, tell us about it?

(JG)  I’m very very excited to be fighting for this promotion. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m really looking forward to putting on a good show. I’ll be fighting Mohsena Wahed out of Saekson’s.

(TFL) Tell us about your opponent, you said she’s form Saekson’s right?

(JG)  I don’t really know much about her. I’ve only been able to catch her last fight that was also for Striking. I’m not even quite sure what her record is, but I obviously recognize which school she’s coming from. I know she’s going to bring her A-game considering her last fight was a loss so it should call for a pretty exciting fight.

(TFL) Yeah, that’s a top notch school. What do you think about fighting someone from such a prestigious school?

(JG)  It’s exciting but of course also a little nerve wrecking. Lol I know it’ll be tough but I also have some pretty amazing coaches myself that have gotten me where I am now. I trust that they’re preparing me as they always have for every fight. All I can do is train hard every day and stay focused so I can bring home a W.

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(TFL) Well, I’m sure both of your girls are going to bring it August 17th at StriKing 3. I know this next showing will be at 140lbs, but I was told you’re moving down to the 115lbs bracket soon?

(JG) HA! 115- no… but ideally I’d like to move forward with all of my fights at 135. I really could probably even be at 125 but that’ll take a little bit more time. I’m a huge foodie so the dieting is definitely my biggest problem. Which fighter DOESN’T love food though??

(TFL) (Hahaha) All us fighter’s are fat kids. Keep up the good work, and fight your heart out August 17th. One more step towards that strap. Considering your record, Maybe StriKing would be willing to give you a title fight soon.

(JG) Definitely, thank you so much for having me. I look forward to putting on a great show!

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Alex Chhang

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    (TFL) What got you started in this sport, and how long have you been training?

    (AC) I started back Nov. 4th 2010 for a trial class and because an official member in Jan.2011. So about 2 years now.

    (TFL)Any personal obstacles you have had to overcome, to get this far?

    (AC) Outside the gym mainly was to find balance with work and school. But I would find myself being at the gym (Laughs).

    (TFL) What keeps you training and working so hard?

    (AC) Martial arts is self cultivating for me. I didn’t like the person I was growing up to be and when I starting training with Kru I fortified my focus to get better and I try to apply the same concentration in every aspect of my life. Plus I welcome the work no matter how hard.

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    (TFL)Who are you matched up against?(AC) Carlos Garza

    (TFL)What would you say to others looking to complete in Muay Thai?

    (AC) Stay focus, master your basics, and enjoy your training. It’s the time of your life.

    (TFL)What are your plans for the future?

    (AC) I still compete in MMA I want to have a few matches than. And compete my Muay Thai events.

    (TFL) Thank you very much for hanging out with us.

    Don’t miss out on what is surely going to be an incredible fight, August 17th at the Muskogee Civic Center. http://www.Strikingfights.com

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Punch PTSD in the face!

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(TFL) Welcome to the fighter’s life. Everyone interviews the victors, but we always fail to highlight the personal victories that many fighters have. Not everyone starts at the same starting line, but it’s the personal victories that count the most. Today, we’re going to talk about something that hits home for me personally. Our guest today is amateur fighter and my wife Roni “Rage” Mongonia, who battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Anxiety Disorder. For those who may not have heard of you, would you introduce yourself?

(RM) Hello! My name is Roni. I am 24 and I compete in the 145 weight division (currently working my way down to 125). I started doing Muay Thai for fitness about 3 years ago but I didn’t start taking it seriously and fight training until January 2013.

(TFL) Who did you train under and for how long?

(RM) I train under the Mongonia Bros. and Uriel Figuroa at Revolution Dojo in Downtown. I have been here since September 2012. Prior to the move to Revolution I trained under Kru Pong.

(TFL) Let’s just right into the subject, care to talk about your past and provided your ok with it, talk about the source of your PTSD?

(RM) As a child, I endured a lot of emotional and psychological stress from a much loved parent. All I knew of love and affection was surrounded by hurtful words and angry outbursts. As I got older, things got worse. This person use to lock me in the car and scream at the top of their lungs the most hurtful and threatening things. There were a few times when I felt my life was in serious danger. This was what I thought love was so in my teens I subconsciously looked for guys who treated me the exact same way. When I was 17, I found myself in an even more abusive relationship. I was sexually and physically assaulted multiple times. I thought this was normal until I started having nightmares and vivid flashbacks that started affecting my everyday life.

(TFL) How long of you been fighting PTSD?

(RM) I started showing signs of PTSD and Depression when I was about 10 years old. I would have panic attacks at school and vivid nightmares. It wasn’t until I was 19 when I couldn’t walk outside my front door without breaking down before I was diagnosed.

(TFL) Getting in the ring can be nerve wrecking, even for someone who’s not dealing with PTSD and anxiety. How do you do it? (RM) It has taken me a few years of therapy to get to the point where I have SOME control of my thoughts and anxiety. On the day of the fight I focus on my breathing and slowing my thoughts. I imagine how I will feel after the fight. After overcoming my fears and getting in that ring, win or lose. I focus on one thing at a time. And when I start to doubt myself I scream in my head “I CAN DO IT! I CAN GET IN THAT RING AND HAVE FUN!”

(TFL) What is your fight camp like? Do you struggle with anxiety when you are at the gym?

(RM) When I was training for my last two fights, I would actually have panic attacks while I was hitting pads or sparring. I have learned how to use my anxiety to push me through my training. Nethaneel actually gave me the name “Rage” because when I have a panic attacks in the middle of training, I get a mean look on my face and I take it out on the pads, haha!

(TFL) Now, in your last showing, you had a fever all day and still got in the ring. I know of macho fighters that back out because of a small booboo. In my book, that makes you a warrior. Tell us about your experience at the TBA?

(RM) Yes, unfortunately I got sick the day of the first elimination bouts. I remember just wanting to cry. The thought of having to back out after all of that training and cutting weight was heartbreaking! So I decided to say “Screw it, let’s do this!” I was in bed all the way up until it was time to warm up in the evening for my fight. But, if I didn’t at least try I would be kicking myself for it today! The TBA was a great experience. I met a lot of awesome people and it gave me another chance to overcome personal obstacles and punch PTSD in the face again!

(TFL) What are your plans and goals in the future?

(RM) My current goal is to drop weight so I can compete in the 125 weight class. I plan to keep on fighting! I love the rush I get after facing my fears!

(TFL) Thanks you very much for your time. I think your story is an inspiration for people battling and overcoming PTSD and Anxiety Disorders. Any words of wisdom for someone out there, that might be battling with the same thing?

(RM) Be strong and remember that you are not alone. PSTD and Anxiety Disorders are very hard to overcome but you can do it! Surround yourself with positive and supportive people and talk about your feelings. Also, find an activity that you enjoy that helps relief your anxiety (for me it’s Muay Thai and playing with my cats). I have been working on managing my anxiety for five years now. It’s still a struggle, but if I can do it, anyone can! Thank you for having me!

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StriKing Champion representing orginization at Lion Fight 10

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(TFL)
As always, it’s a pleasure to have DJ back with us on TheFightersLife.net and welcome back!
Last we spoke you had just vindicated yourself against Eric Haycraft’s fighter, Adam Edgerton, and took the StriKing Junior middleweight title. (www.Strikingfights.com)
that gold strap looks good on ya!
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last we spoke?

(DJM) I’ve recently switched gyms and intensified my training taking on 7 day a week training camps and working on my boxing a whole lot more

(TFL) How has training been going?

(DJM) Training has been going very good. I’m waking up every morning anxious to knowing where my athleticism will be taken everyday.

(TFL) What changes have you made recently to your game?

(DJM) boxing, boxing, and boxing, really looking to showcase what I’ve learned by utilizing my hands a little bit more.

(TFL) I see you’ve got a huge shot at a pro qualifier fight with Lion Fights?

(DJM) Yes I do. I’ve taken this fight on short notice, but with the way my gym trains, I’m pretty much training for a championship bout everyday regularly. So it will be a great opportunity and a great experience.

(TFL) You must be excited. Tell us your reaction when you where given the opportunity?

(DJM) I literally froze. I woke up to a text message by StriKing promoter Ty Pilgrim, asking if I wanted to fight on Lion Fights amateur card. I re-read the message five times and couldn’t believe what I was being asked. The feeling was amazing

(TFL) Who are you fighting, and what school are they from?

(DJM) I’m fighting Niko Ruiz from Saekson Muay Thai. Saekson Janjira is a legend and one of my all time favorite fighters. I know he trains every one of his fighter’s very well so I’ll know Ruiz will come with an A game, which is what I want.

(TFL) What do you know about your opponent’s style?

(DJM) From the footage I found on him I’ve noticed he likes the clinch very much. I also love the clinch, but I will aim for keeping the fight at my distance so I can work my skills and put on a good show for the fans.

(TFL) Tell us a bit of your training and fighting history, where you started and where you are now?

(DJM) My training is vigorous, a combination of sprints, circuit/weight training, bag work, boxing drills, body conditioning, it’s the complete package. My very first fight was in a club. I climbed up the ladder for a short time by knocking around MMA guys trying to do Muay Thai until I finally started get matched up with kickboxers, and it all has just been getting better from that point. I’ve watched Lionfight on TV and the internet and it’s so surreal that I am actually going to be a part of it.

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As a Muay Thai fighter, we often have to work more and spend a lot of money fighting as amateurs, with little pay off… There’s no UFC for us. How long of a road has it been for you?

(DJM) It’s been a long road. I’ve been training and fighting for 4 years and have dreamed of traveling the world and competing as a Muay Thai fighter. To me it’s not about the money, it’s about a passion. I don’t have to have a 10 story house with 5 Ferraris in the driveway, As long as I’m able to do what I love, that’s my payout

(TFL) Well DJ, it’s great to have you back… we’ll be cheering you on at #Lionfight10 and #TFL

(DJM) Thank you, I’ll keep everyone posted via Facebook, right after security yanks me off of Yodsanklai. (Laughs)

(TFL) Don’t forget to catch DJ’s fight and many other great Muay Thai fights July 26th at Lion Fight 10 on AXS.TV

Follow the conversation at @NMONGONIA #Lionfight10

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Josh Pickthall and Best Muay Thai

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(TFL)Today we have with us a Josh Pickthall, from Best Muay Thai in Arizona.
Josh, for those out there that might not know who you are, would you mind introducing yourself?

(Josh Pickthall) Not a problem. My name is Josh Pickthall and I am a native Arizonian. I’m 32 years old and I work on Japanese cars for a living.

(TFL) How long have you been training and fighting?
(Josh Pickthall) I’ve been training Muay Thai for about 13 years and I’ve been competitive for about 4 years.

(TFL) what are your aspirations as a Thai-boxer?
(Josh Pickthall) I honestly started competing because I was looking for some sort of verification or confirmation that what I was practicing in the gym and during sparring would translate or be applied in a real life situation. I remember when I was young getting into petty school/street fights and not really remembering the fight and that always made me very uneasy. I wanted to be in control while in danger. I am impartial to who or where I fight. I’ve always been easy going when it came to opponents or venues. I just like to fight. I trust my trainer and she will tell me who, what, when, and where. Thai Boxing also keeps me healthy.

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(TFL) what does your training usually look like, and how much time do you spend investing in to this?

(Josh Pickthall) When I am training for a fight it is very time consuming. I have a full time job so I have limited time during the first half of the day to do anything but work. I’ll normally get my run in at lunch time and try and inhale some protein and greens right after. Once I’m at the gym we jump rope, shadowbox, hit anywhere from 5-10 rounds of pads depending on how many weeks we are out from the fight, bag work, gear up an spar for several rounds, get in a bunch of knees and clinch on the bag, sprints, then some calisthenics to finish the night off. Wash, rinse, repeat up until the fight. I would say I’m at the gym for 3-3 1/2 hours a night 5 days a week. Sometimes class on Saturday depending on whether I’m working or not.

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(TFL) I saw that your last fight was against “The Monk”, and I know they thought they were throwing you in there to fluff his recorded. Obviously they didn’t count on you being a tough SOB (Laughs)Care to tell us all about it?

(Josh Pickthall) Ah yes, “the monk fight”. It was actually a last minute decision as I was supposed to fight somewhere on the east coast. The monk had fought one of my teammates a year earlier and got knocked out then too. He originally wanted a rematch with my teammate but my guy was injured and wasn’t fighting anymore. So I stepped in. We knew that the monk had some weird iron face thing he liked to do so we focused on staying aggressive and hitting the body if he got all tensed up. At weigh-ins they said it would be for a title belt and had me and him hold up some random belt that didn’t even have our correct weight class on it. Weird. Once the fight started I was very surprised at how strong he was and the fact that he was clinching up with me and trying to knee. Supposedly we were told no clinching but I don’t remember to be honest. He took an early lead by hitting me square on the button in the first round. I was definitely on shaky leg lane. However, I managed to recover and started finding my range and getting my timing back. There had been a few times he tensed his jaw up and tried to block my punches with his forehead but I wasn’t able to capitalize. It wasn’t until the middle of the second round that I started a series with a kick under his arm, then followed with a right hand, turned to face him square with a jab, right uppercut, and a left hook which put him to sleep. I was very mad after the left hook because I felt extremely disrespected by him lowering his guard to try and take my punches. I stood over him and yelled some not-for-school words until the ref snatched me off. It was funny because afterwards they said I was a military enlisted boxing champion and that Yi Long took a dive. Saying that he threw the fight for money. I’m not an expert in Chinese culture but I’m fairly certain they don’t throw amateur fights to Americans on a regular basis. I didn’t ever get that belt either. Oh well.

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(TFL) tell us about your gym, instructor and their back ground?

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(Josh Pickthall) I train out of Best Muay Thai in Mesa, Arizona. It is a relatively new gym. Its been here for about 2 years. A very clean and professional atmosphere. I have two trainers. One is Bob Karmel who was one of the first Americans to teach Muay Thai in Thailand. He was training at Fairtex back in the golden age of Muay Thai. Alongside Jongsanan, Bunkerd, Gonyao, Saekson. He is very respected and really knows his shit. My other trainer Sunshine Fetkether is the one who chiseled me into the fighter I am today. She is my pad holder and the person who got me back into competing again. Sunshine has some of the best ring experience and has fought the best of the best in the sport of boxing and Muay Thai.

(TFL) I saw on Facebook that your getting married, wanted to say congratulations. Is it hard balancing the two?

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Photo by Galaxie Andrews http://galaxieandrews.com

(Josh Pickthall) I did get married and I couldn’t be happier. Even tho it put a hold on our fighting (my wife Pixi O’Reilly fights too) it’s been awesome. Having a training partner as your wife is perfect. They understand why your hurt or cranky or being a wuss. Everything is going just perfect.

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(TFL) Anything else you’d like to add, like obstacle you’ve had to overcome to get this far ect ect?

(Josh Pickthall) Time is your biggest opponent. Whether it be not enough time in the day or not enough time left in your prime. It’s always ticking away. I just try to waste it the best way that I can. Thanks for the interview.

Michael Corley spar night

Corley Spar Night

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This past Saturday night was a monumental event for the Houston area fight scene, as several local Muay Thai gyms from and around the Houston area got together to sharpen their skill sets against one another in friendly hard sparring.
Gyms present were 4oz, Gracie Barra Woodlands, Gracie Barra West Chase, Team Tooke, American Combative systems, George Prevalsky’s Muay Thai (Dallas Tx), and yours truly Revolution Dojo Houston.
(If your gym was at the event and wasn’t mentioned, send me you alls name so that I can update this list)
The crowd was excited, and had a blast, cheering “ohaaaay!” With every big kick, knee and punch landed.
Among all things, the gym’s that came out, put on a wonderful display of talent, skill, team work and sportsmanship.
I am very proud of the Houston Muay Thai scene today, as I believe Michael Corley opened the door for a growing talent pool to use and sharpen their skill sets, while having a lot of fun. As I always, say “Iron sharpens Iron”.
As for my team, I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s performance. As always, I’m constantly critiquing myself and my fighters. This night was not only a great display of their abilities, but a great opportunity to implement continual improvement.
Jose did a great job of staying calm, collected and composed. Something that takes many fighters years to do.
I think our boy is a natural (don’t let it go to your head, Jose.)
Woody did great implementing his combo skills that he’s been working on, and staying in the pocket more.
Jenn did great, landing her punches and delivering her power and following her combos with kicks.
And Sam did great being a more tactical and an intelligent fighter.
Sadly, I didn’t get to hop in the ring, but sometimes I have more fun seeing the fruits of our labor blossom before me, and yelling “ohaaaay!”

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