Jai ron Mai Dee… Jai Yen Yen Bussaba…

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Thai people don’t respect jai ron…
In other words ‘cuore caldo’ or hot heart’ when people get angry…
They believe everybody should have jai yen yen… in other words slowly… or take it easy…
So you basically can never lose your temper… which is very difficult for me because I am a jai ron person…
So as in life, it’s the same in a Muay thai fight you should be jai yen yen round 1 and 2 and jai ron round 3, 4, 5….

Which I kind of follow that rule in a Muay thai fight… But I have to apply it in life….
They would rather lie than lose their face.
Everything has to be jai yen yen.

So what happens when the Thai do lose their temper… and some people said that is when the knives, broken bottles or guns come out….

Today was my first good day of training after coming back from Bangkok.
I am a ‘nak muay’, a student of ‘Muay’ or Free Boxing, Thailand’s national sport.
I left everything about a year ago to come to Thailand and become a professional Muay Thai fighter.
It was quite a shock coming back and training at Tiger…. I have to say…
But this afternoon I had a good pads session with Ajarn Deng my new trainer since the World Championship fight….
He was a trainer at Legacy gym in Isan for years and he said he trained people in the past like Ramon Dekker…..

One day I asked him as a joke if I had aThai name what it would be and he gave me one: Busaba.
Busaba…
He says it means flower… like dogmai. Prathet said it means crazy woman… but everybody else said it means flower….
So since that day my teacher has been calling me Busaba…
It is very strange to be called with a Thai name in a gym full of farangs…
But I miss Bangkok and the boys….

And I really would like to fight at Assawindam stadium on TV, so I think on February I am going to Bangkok again…
So now I am Busaba and I am fighting again on Monday January 12th at Patong Stadium.
The promoter is paying for a good Thai girl from Surat Thani to come and fight me, and now he knows me well (he is the one who had me fight at the King’s Birthday) so I am sure it will be a good fight…
Today I woke up at 5.30 and went to Chuwattana. Everybody starts running at 6 am. The tuk tuk dropped me off at the corner near the gym. I waited for a group of fighters to come and start running.

I have to say that is very nice to run so early when it’s still dark outside and it’s not so not.
Plus mornings here are easy.

The Thais know that most of the time you have no power in the mornings so there is no reason to hit the pads if you have no power. So today they just had me work on my boxing. Three rounds of boxing with the focus pads.
Legend fighter Mueng Fahlek is now a teacher at Chuwatanah. He has been teaching me. I had to rework all my kicks, my kness and punches especially. When he shows me a punch he wants me to try 20 times until I get it right.

I mean I can just watch all the Thai fighters and copy what they do. They are just amazing from the 14 years old up….
my dream has always been to come to Thailand and learn how to fight like a Thai boy or a man, not a girl even though I am a farang girl…

What’s funny is that I am the size of the most common Thai fighter 67 kg. can go down to 63 or 61 a little harder, even though I am a little taller than them. But my body is closer to the one of a male Thai fighter than of one of a woman Thai fighter…
My dream has always been to live like them, train like them and fight like them… but I know it’s impossible…

For them it is second nature… Most of them started at 8 years old… Their bodies have been conditioned to Muay thai training since age 6 or 7….till 26…. that’s like 20 years in the best cases and 300 or 400 fights….

My abdominal muscles are hurting from doing to many sit-ups or well too many of the right kind of sit ups… because even if at Tiger we do 300 sit ups per session still I normally don’t feel anything…
God… I forgot how hard is to wake up at 5.30 am instead of 7 am… be in a taxi meter for 40 minutes and go to the opposite side of the city just to go running 7 k. in the morning when it’s still dark outside….with all the boys from Chuwattana…Rajadamnern promoter Mr. Raweeramwong, the man that everybody bow with high respect in the Muay thai world in Thailand was standing at the street corner counting the fighters lap…and he welcomed me with a Good Morning….

Am I crazy? Yes I am… Do I have suicidal tendencies? Yes I do…
This is the week where you get over the pain, last week of training when everything hurts but still you have to keep going and break the pain barrier….
I know I’ve done it many times.. but this time is different.. harder…I haven’t skipped a run session… I mean it’s Bangkok rules… you can’t show you are tired for any reason especially in round 4th and 5th you have to go forward….
Anyway I thought I was going to write a long story but I m so tired I can barely write and I have to ride my bike home…

so i guess I have to postpone the story about tomboys and painkillers to tomorrow….
I think now that the Thais believe that women who r tomboys make better fighters… Girls who r too girlish won’t….
I’ve always been a tomboy in my heart, sometimes in my looks as well but I think from now on I will try to be more of a tomboy in my looks as well…
The new trainer who is training me is the one who was training the 10 Thai girls at the small gym near Laura’s house…

He is treating me and training me like one of them… he kicks me slams the pads on my face and throw me on the ground…. But I feel no pain, somehow I want to show him that I am like one of them….I can be rough and strong like a tomboy thai lady…

Well. Bangkok Suvarnabumi International airport is closed. 3000 people are stranded in the airport.
The Shot a grenade at Don Meung airport in BKK…
All the protests and shootings are going on on the ground where the Kings Cup was going to take place.
So the situation is worse every day.
They might canceled the King’s Cup event….
I was going to book my flight today but I haven’t after I ve heard the news… better avoid the airports….
Nobody knows what will happen…
Two weeks of training left not even actually before the fight….
I needed abreak from training so last weekend I went to Bangkok .It was during the mourning for the death of the King’s sister so all the centre of the city was closed to traffic and men and women were mourning in black clothes everywhere…
I felt weird being a farang and not wearing black…
I went training at Chuwattana again. It was so inspiring to watch all those guys training…
All those guys they have amazing kicks… even the 10 years old…
It was so amazing trying to copy them and imitate them.
When I came back to Phuket I felt so confident about my kicks and my training again.
After two rounds with pads with Kay I lost the power on my kicks again…I wonder why….

The ring at Chuwattana is blessed and that place it is wicked….
So basically I was the only woman in the gym training ….the boys were doing clinch in the blessed ring I was outside the ring at about 5.30 suddenly we see one of the fighters sitting in the ring with his foot full of blood…
Nobody knows how it happened but apparently his foot went backwords and he cut his toe.
He had to go to the hospital and get five stiches.
His fight got canceled as well.
This is just to say that I do now believe that the ring is really blessed.
The old Muay Thai prophecy used to say that women would bring bad luck to men fighting in the ring… they would make them bleed more during a fight… I know it is wicked….

Now I am back in Phuket… have resume Tiger training… I have to run 6 k every day, people say I don’t have to run that much…. but I think I do actually plus it’s agoal I set to my self like winning the fight….
Today I clinched with the boys again…
I could kick some big guy farang
ass in the clinch easily as much easily a Thai trainer can than kick my ass and throw me on the ground 100 times…
but like Phet was saying to me Get up Chantal you have to do it it’s for the belt! It’s for your life! That really works for me! I hope
me and Cyrus will have some cheering people and I hope that Phet will remember what to tell me when I’ll be in the ring….

But I believe if you train really really hard, train train train you will win….
Today we got confirmation that me and Cyrus from Usa will both be fighting at the Kings Cup…..
We’ll be leaving on Dec. 2nd with a bus to Bangkok… That will take so long I wish I can fly….
I actually wish I could disappear right now and materialize myself in Bangkok
in a nano second… whatever but that’s impossible….
I need some magic…
So we both find out the opponents, weight and I will be fighting for a vacant title belt… but can’t talk about those details…
I am excited….21 more days to go!
that’s a long time….
but it will probably go really fast….
Better keep training hard, eat well and work around the injuries…..
But God it’s a holiday weekend and i would really like to go to Bangkok for two days…..If i had more money….or talk to the mirror or the Aladdyn lamp….

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