Your Muay Thai Team Becomes Your Family
L-R: Sebastian Holmes, Scott Wilson, Jennie Sung, Andrew Parnham at Siam 2 Sydney event on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Ryde, NSW / Pic: William Luu/W.L Fight Photography

They say there is no greater bond than that of your family. Muaythai is a passion shared by many.

Those training within a muaythai gym have often referred to their teammates as family. This is not surprising since those who partake in the sport tend to spend numerous hours a week at their gym, their second home. Home is where the heart is. When you are with family, there your heart is also.

Muaythai is a very team-orientated sport. Day in and day out it is you, your gloves and your teammates. Your muaythai family is with you every step of your journey as a fighter. They understand the struggles, the ups and downs of training. The successes and failures in and out of the ring. The moments where you need guidance. Their presence alone can assist in pushing through those rough days.

Females taking to fighting sports become increasingly popular.

The girls are inclined to build sister-like bonds with their female teammates.

Why would we consider our team to be family and not teammates? Both groups can be competitive one minute and best friends the next. They look to each other for support. They don’t judge. Together they celebrate their wins and get over their losses.

Jennie Sung of Gladesville, NSW is an amateur fighter out of PTJ Muay Thai. Six days a week she is with her team. Sung says that “seeing another female in the gym, who has already walked the path you want to walk and who can relate to you, is very powerful”.

Sung found her new family after converting from competitive swimming to muaythai. She is now happy to call it her home away from home.

Sung has a special bond with her teammates. She emphases that they are always willing to pass on their experience and knowledge. In preparation for her third fight, Sung shares that “even though we are by ourselves in the ring, it is a team sport and we can’t train alone”.

Sung is excited to get back into the ring on October 15. She looks forward to put to play some of the work she has done with her team.

Suffering together forms a bond stronger than gold.

In muaythai, together, we push through the struggles of intense training sessions and weight cuts. Your team experiences you at your worst and at your best. They are the ones who have been where you are. They completely relate to most experiences, positive or negative, that you may encounter.

Consequently, no mountain seems too high when your support system is a small army of fighters.

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Yolanda Schmidt

Yolanda Schmidt, from Sydney, NSW is the Australian national champion in Muay Thai. In addition, she is a two-time bronze medalist at IFMA world championships. She is also a teacher at Menai High School in Illawong, NSW. Schmidt is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where she covers women’s kickboxing and Muay Thai.

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