However, without sparring or competition available to me, my focus has shifted enormously. I have found myself finally able to study the legends of Muay Thai’s ‘Golden Era’, studying the biggest and best fighters the sport has ever seen. It’s been a pleasure to watch Muay Thai at its peak and see how vast the talent pool was during that time. As a professional fighter, there is so much focus on the training, but now under quarantine, I have been able to slow down and learn much more about the history of Thai boxing, as well as the legacy of its greatest performers. It’s something I always intended to do, but never got around to until now.
I have also been able to experiment with my training more. I have been developing my Southpaw stance and striking as well as building up better strength and endurance in my legs. As an atomweight (110lbs/50kg), I cannot rely on the power of my arms alone, so it is very important that when I strike, I use the whole force of my body. Strong legs make for a strong foundation and even stronger punches. Additionally, I have begun filming my shadowboxing. It’s so much easier to spot mistakes when they’re on film, it really provides an in-depth view of body mechanics.
Ultimately, a fighter's focus will always change, but sometimes the biggest results can come from the smallest of changes.