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The Beauty of a Sityodtong Fighter

Don’t just teach a student combos, and technique. Teach them how to think, and adapt their style against an opponent.

1. Foundations of Sityodtong style. Fight long. Staying outside. Use jab, and side teep to keep opponent out. This allows us to see what is coming.

Breakdown of Muay Thai Styles: Samart vs. Saenchai
Samart vs. Saenchi

2. Always hold the center of the ring. Return to the center of the ring. Opponent has to come to you. Center of the ring gives you the widest field of vision.

Congrats to Super Ball Sityodtong win... - Sityodtong Thailand
Superball Sityodtong

3. Make the opponents attacks work against them. Counter fight an opponent. Make them miss, and over extend their attack.

4. Knee fighter. Easy to understand. Impossible to stop

The Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn vs. Samart Payakaroon Show Fight
Dieselnoi knee
Attacks work for all martial arts, including MMA. Seen here in the ever growing ONE.


Pop Up in the Park!

Happy hump day friends! We are hoping you are as excited as we are for this weekend’s Pop Up in the Park! We want to make sure everyone has fun and feels safe at the same time. Our suggestion is to leave a little early so you can find us at the North West corner of Penn Treaty Park (close to the river), find a good spot, ask any questions you may have, sign the waiver, and stretch out a bit.

Penn Treaty Park (right around here!)

What to expect (the class): 

  • Small stretch
  • Footwork and Conditioning
  • Partner work with combos – glove on glove or Thai pads
  • Ab work and stretch

What to bring: 

  • Comfy workout clothes
  • Sneakers 
  • Water
  • Gloves and wraps (if you have them)
  • Thai pads (if you have them)
  • Face mask you can sweat in

We will have disposable masks for you if you would like one, sanitizer, and wipes for the equipment after we finish up. For friends who do not have gloves yet, we will have loaners for you to borrow as well.

We will stick around after if you have any questions or just want to catch up! Can’t wait to see old friends and new ones! 


Burning Spirits Style- Explained!

Beautiful, Technical, Smart Style

Welcome to Burning Spirits Muay Thai. As lovers of Muay Thai we thought it best to introduce everyone to our lineage and style. We are students of Grandmaster Yodtong. The style of muay thai we study and instruct is based out of the Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya Thailand. Sityodtong literally means “student of Yodtong” (Sit= pupil or student in Thai). 

Grandmaster Yodtong started out training Muay Thai when he was only 14 years old, and fought his first fight at the age of 15. He continued fighting and took on the surname of his Kru at Senanan camp, using the ring name Yodtong Senanan (formerly Yodtong Siriwalak). He retired at the age of 21 years old beginning to train other fighters. In 1959 he founded his camp at Mabtapud municipality, spending 15 years here before settling down at Banglamung district of Chonburi. Grandmaster Yodtong trained some of the most well respect and famous fighters, such as Samart Payakaroon , Kongtoranee Payakaroon, Chartchai Sityodtong, and Yoddecha Sityodtong. 57 Muay Thai champions have come out of the Sityodtong camp; the most in Thailand history. 

Kru Eric Karner began going to the Sityodtong camp in Thailand in March of 2007. Since then he continues to go every year and returns to work with both Kru Derek and Kru Lisa on the styles of Sityodtong. We continue learning and teaching the “Muay Femur style”, otherwise known as tricky, outsmarting, beautiful technique with a high ring IQ. 

eric karner with kru yodtong