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The Striking Corner is dedicated to promoting the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the sports of Muay Thai and Kickboxing worldwide. An in depth look at the sport's fighters, trainers, promoters, and fans!

The Striking Corner is dedicated to promoting the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the sports of Muay Thai and Kickboxing worldwide. An in depth look at the sport's fighters, trainers, promoters, and fans!
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The Striking Corner is dedicated to promoting the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the sports of Muay Thai and Kickboxing worldwide. An in depth look at the sport's fighters, trainers, promoters, and fans!

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English


Episodes

Ep. 80 feat. Jason Farrell

10/16/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast Eric and Vinny welcome back our friend Jason Farrell to the show. We discuss one of Jason's newest projects that will serve as a website/database for fighters and promoters to track fighter's records and keep tabs on their progress as well as the various organizations they have fought under. In addition we talk about cherry picking opponents, matchmaking or promoting at events where your own fighters are competing, and we also touch on one of...

Duration:01:23:28

Ep. 79 feat. Gaston Bolanos

9/25/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast Eric and Vinny once again speak with Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and soon to be MMA star, Gaston "Dreamkiller" Bolaños. Gaston is undeniably one of the top Muay Thai fighters and Kickboxers in the US. However, he explains that as a competitor he also wanted to try his hand at MMA. A decision that leads him to a current record of 3-1 in Bellator MMA along with earning 2018's Knockout of the Year for the organization. The guys discuss Gaston's plans...

Duration:01:05:08

Ep. 78 feat. Bekah Irwin & Michael Corley

9/11/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric & Vinny speak with 3x IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championship gold medalist, Bekah Irwin. At only 17 years old Bekah already has a string of high-level accomplishments in the sport of Muay Thai. Her incredibly focused and quiet determination is one thing that stood out the most in this episode. Bekah wins because she absolutely must and because the thought of anything other than winning is something she will not tolerate. Her determination...

Duration:01:15:55

Ep. 77 feat. Daniel & Tierra Brandt

8/21/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, we sit down with USMF and Dan's Gym coach, Daniel Brandt as well as his daughter, 2018 IFMA gold medalist Tierra Brandt. We discuss Daniel's start in Muay Thai, coaching for the USMF, and the success of the USMF Junior Team's recent success at the 2018 IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championships. We also talk with Tierra about her love of Muay Thai, her fights at IFMA and earning one of the 8 gold medals for Team USA as well as discussing what it...

Duration:01:39:01

Ep. 76 feat. Alex Anoushian

7/19/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast Eric and Vinny speak with Head Coach of Bang Muay Thai at Onnit Gym in Austin, Texas; Alex Anoushian. Alex is an experienced coach who has trained and fought in Thailand on multiple occasions. We discuss how he chose to leave it all behind and travel to Thailand to pursue his passion for Muay Thai, and how his journey to Thailand eventually led him to meet his wife and start a family. We discuss his return to the US, the Bang Muay Thai system,...

Duration:01:18:23

Ep. 75 feat. Magalie Alvarez

6/26/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with Professional Muay Thai fighter Magalie Alvarez. Magalie fights out of Muay Thai America Gym (MTAG) in North Hollywood, California and was undefeated as an amateur before making the jump to pro Muay Thai. In the ring, Magalie is a firecracker who works non-stop and hits HARD! Outside of the ring, Magalie works as a personal trainer but has also begun using her voice to address mental health issues such as anxiety and...

Duration:01:32:32

Ep. 74 feat. Selina Flores

6/5/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner Podcast, Vinny & Eric speak with San Diego's Selina Flores. A talented Muay Thai fighter that has quickly made a name for herself in the California Muay Thai scene, Selina recently competed as part of Team USA at the IFMA Muaythai World Championships where she fought in the Elite A Class looking to compete with the very best the sport has to offer. Selina is competitive, driven, and hungry. She and the guys talk California Muay Thai, takeaways from...

Duration:01:08:24

Ep. 73 - IFMA, Team USA, & Supporting The Sport

5/22/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric discuss the recent IFMA Muaythai World Championships, supporting Team USA (USMF), and how we as Americans need to understand that the pro and amateur model we use in the United States is out of step with the rest of the world. The guys also rant about fighters pulling out of fights in order to preserve their undefeated record, social media fighters, and why fighters should be choosing gaining experience, fighting against the best...

Duration:01:02:08

Ep. 72 feat. Rudi Ott

4/10/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with former professional fighter, coach, and Smash Gym owner Rudi Ott. Rudi started out his career in Sanshou, also known as Chinese Kickboxing, which is the same fighting discipline that both Eric and Vinny started in before making the transition to Muay Thai. Rudi talks about the old Sanshou scene in his native Boston, how he made his way out west and began training with Cung Le, his career in Sanshou, making the transition to...

Duration:00:58:35

Ep. 71 - Triumph Kombat 4, Fan Questions, and Ancestry DNA

3/20/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner Eric and Vinny are together once again IN THE SAME STUDIO as Eric traveled to NYC this past weekend to provide ringside commentary for the Triumph Kombat 4 event which was held at the iconic Madison Square Garden. The guys discuss the event and Vinny's student Abel Cardenas' fight, they also answer fan questions about how to grow Muay Thai in America without going the WWE route, gym hopping, "not leaving it to the judges" (uggh), and Eric receives his...

Duration:01:09:46

Ep. 70 feat. Travis Clay, Justin Blair & Ognjen Topic

2/28/2018
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On Friday, March 2nd, 2018, Friday Night Fights will be the first Muay Thai promotion to stream LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. Proof of the continuing growth of Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the US! In this special episode, Vinny and Eric speak with Friday Nights Fights (FNF) promoter Justin Blair to discuss this historic event for US Muay Thai and the guys also speak with the two stars of the main event, Phoenix, Arizona's Travis Clay and New Jersey's very own, Ognjen Topic. Two top American talents...

Duration:01:14:09

Ep. 69 - Youth Muaythai Development with Patrick Rivera & Michael Corley

2/6/2018
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In this episode of the podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with USMF President Michael "Chase" Corley and Muaythai Youth Academy co-creator Patrick Rivera. Both of these gentlemen have played a major role in growing Muay Thai in the United States as well as pushing Muay Thai towards getting recognized by the USOC (United State Olympic Committee). Michael and Patrick both feel that the future of American Muaythai lies in establishing a template and/or path for our youth Muay Thai athletes to get...

Duration:01:19:48

Ep. 68 feat. Eddie Cuello

1/23/2018
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with promoter, coach, gym owner, and entrepreneur, Eddie Cuello! Eddie has long been a friend of the podcast and The Striking Corner as Eric at one time fought on Eddie's old Take On Productions promotion and also served as a commentator on various shows. In this podcast, the guys discuss Eddie's growth from the days of Take On Productions to his new venture as a promoter of Triumph Kombat, as well as owning and coaching at his...

Duration:01:23:26

Ep. 67 feat. Kirian Fitzgibbons

1/9/2018
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In the first episode of 2018, we decided we needed to start off the new year of The Striking Corner right! And who better to kick off 2018, then CSA Gym owner and head coach extraordinaire, Kirian Fitzgibbons! "Coach K", as he is known to his many students and peers, is without a doubt one of the top striking coaches in North America, coaching the likes of Kevin Ross, Gaston Bolaños, Zoila Frausto, Zach Bunnell, Eddie Abasolo, Alexis Davis, Miriam Nakamoto, and the list goes on and on....

Duration:01:47:34

Ep. 66 feat. Bryan Popejoy

12/13/2017
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with the Head Coach of Boxings Works in Torrance, California and the USMF National Team, Bryan Popejoy. Bryan is considered one of the top Muay Thai coaches in the US and the guys we were definitely honored to have him as a guest on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss Bryan's background in Muay Thai, the history of Boxing Works, the California Muay Thai scene in the 1990's, the definition of "Traditional Muay Thai", fighting...

Duration:01:39:28

Ep. 65 feat. Eric Haycraft

11/14/2017
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with one of our good friends and one of THE BEST coaches for Kickboxing in the U.S.; Eric Haycraft, head coach and owner of Real Fighters Gym in Louisville, Kentucky. Eric Haycraft is truly one of the most knowledgeable striking coaches in the United States today, especially in the realm of Kickboxing, sometimes referred to as "Dutch Kickboxing". Having trained extensively throughout his career with the likes of Rob Kaman and the...

Duration:01:39:55

Ep. 64 feat. Dr. Jason Park & Dr. Hiro Perera

10/31/2017
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with physical therapists, coaches, and former fighters, Dr. Jason Park and Dr. Hiro Perera. The group discusses the misconceptions of physical therapy, why it's important to fighters, and a new endeavor both Dr. Park and Dr. Herera are embarking on, where they seek to educate fighters and coaches about the finer points of injury prevention and mobility for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA. Eric and Vinny also discuss Keto, why...

Duration:01:15:09

Ep. 63 feat. Jay Campbell

10/18/2017
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In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny sit down with Staten Island Muay Thai's Keto Master and Strength & Conditioning coach, John "Jay" Campbell. Eric talks about being in the home stretch of his wife giving birth to their second son, Vinny posts a picture of Eric's stupid face on the internet, and Jay discusses the benefits of the Keto Diet. Eric and Vinny commit to getting on Jay's Diet Plan and will report back in a few weeks to discuss their TRIUMPHS or failures...

Duration:01:17:25

Ep. 62 feat. Dan LaSavage

10/3/2017
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In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with Dan LaSavage. Dan is a former professional Muay Thai and MMA fighter who now owns Combat Corner, a successful combat sports equipment brand. We discuss his career in martial arts, what drove him to start his own brand, the growth of combat sports in America, and why he believes YOU should stop worrying about how many ounces your gloves weigh. Listen and enjoy!

Duration:01:05:12

Ep. 61 - Hurricanes, Thugs, & GGG vs. Canelo

9/19/2017
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In this episode, Eric and Vinny discuss Eric's evacuation from Florida for Hurricane Irma, the recent controversy surrounding Yokkao, Eric rants about the Canelo vs. GGG decision, corruption in boxing, politics in fight sports, and more. Eric had fun with this one and talked a lot more than usual if that's possible. You be the judge!

Duration:01:05:23