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The Legendary Samart Payakaroon And Fighting Smart

It’s been some time since my last post. Things have been crazy busy and I hope you guys are doing well.

I have been wanting to write about a former Muay Thai and Western boxing champion for the longest time and today seems the best day to do just that.

He’s been referred to as the Muay Thai equivalent of Muhammad Ali. In some circles even as the Bruce Lee of boxing. If you have never seen him fight before, then you’re in for a treat right after the end of this post. Just stay with me, alright?!

Samart Payakaroon was born Samart Thipthamai on December 5, 1962 in the Chachoengsao Province, Eastern Thailand. Samart is considered a Muay Thai legend, having amassed a jaw-dropping career record of 129 wins and only 19 losses and 2 draws in different weight classes. But Samart didn’t call it a day after dominating the Muay Thai ring for years. He went on to become a WBC World Champion in the 57 kg weight class.

He started his training with his older brother Manus at their family’s home. His official M.T. career started under Petaronsiminit and he then transferred to Camp Sityodthong to train under Master Yodthong at the age of 12.

His entry weight was 35 kg and at the end of his Muay Thai career Samart fought in the 57 kg weight class.

Samart was the Lumpinee Stadium Champion in 4 different weight classes in 1980 and 1981.

Lumpinee Stadium is THE modern symbol of Muay Thai. It is an indoor arena with a seating capacity of close to 10,000 and is run by the Royal Thai Army. Security is managed by armed Military Police officers.
And yes, gambling is part of the deal at this venue.

Interesting fact about Samart is how technical his fighting style was. Instead of simply standing in front of his opponents and duking it out, he would manage the ring extensively and create openings to wreak painful havoc.

You can imagine that as an accomplished Muay Thai competitor Samart’s kicking abilities were nothing short of extraordinary, but just as impressive was his striking arsenal which created a boxing career after he ended his Muay Thai tenure.

In 3 years from starting his boxing career in 1982, Samart had a fighting record of 11-0 which gave him a shot at the WBC Super Bantamweight title. With a K.O. against Lupe Pintor he became Thailand’s 10th world champion.

Samart ended his professional boxing career with an impressive 21-2 record.

According to latest information, Samart teaches at his very own camp, at the Poptheeratham Gym.

And he doesn’t stop there. Throughout the years, Samart has created a name for himself in the entertainment industry by acting and singing in numerous productions.

But let’s have a look at what he is most famous for.

By the way, if you don’t enjoy the music, just turn down/off the sound, just like I did. Haha.

Akshay Kumar Gets Serious About Martial Arts Training In Indian Schools

Akshay Who?

Akshay Kumar is frequently referred to as the Indian Jackie Chan. He has starred in over 100 Indian movies and has made a name for himself as the go-to guy for dangerous stunts in numerous Bollywood productions.

After obtaining Taekwondo black belt status in India, he travelled to Thailand to study Muay Thai.

Upon his return to Mumbai, India, he began teaching martial arts. One of his students, who just so happened to be a photographer, advised him to give it a shot at modelling.

For only two hours of  posing in front of the camera, Kumar got Rs. 5,000, which looked pretty good, considering he previously made Rs. 4,000 a month. After just several months of modelling, he was given the lead role in a major movie.

After 20 years of acting and producing, big-time Indian movie celebrity with nationwide recognition, Kumar Akshay is now making a case for introducing martial arts training and education in schools all across India.

 In Kumar’s opinion, schools should train kids enough to protect themselves and to deter other forms of danger when India demands it.

Akshay Kumar, who also hosts the Inidan version of Fear Factor which is a stunt based reality show, has announced he would even speak to top ministers and bureaucrats on this topic.

He is taking his own first steps to making his idea a reality: Kumar is using his own money by putting in place an annual karate competition.

I will keep you posted as soon as I learn of any developments in this regard.

All in favor of Akshay Kumar’s push for martial arts training in schools, say ‘aye’.