Wuttikun (Thailand)

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If looks were deceiving, Wuttikun would be a master of deception. Soft-spoken, ultra-polite and always smiling, people often mistake him for a student, rather than a trainer.

But underneath this boyish and slim exterior is a skilled and technical fighter with over 200 fights. We picked Wuttikun to join our team not only for his patience with newbies and never-say-die attitude to helping the underdog, but also because he is the perfect example of how Muay Thai is for EVERY body

Q&A with Wuttikun

How long have you been training Muay Thai for?

When I was eight years old, I came home from playing football and found that my dad had bought Muay Thai shorts, gloves and wraps for me. My dad has about 30 fights and he started training my brother and me.

He was a scary teacher and pushed us very hard, so at first I didn’t have fun. I eventually I grew to love the sport, but this is why I try to be patient and friendly with my students. If the trainer is not scary, people are more likely to enjoy the sport and learn… and have fun!

I went on to have over 200 fights, but I stopped to go to university. My big brother Phet Lampoon has 365 fights and fought on TV9 regularly.

Why should everybody do Muay Thai?

There are so many reasons, but here are my top three.

– To keep yourself strong and your body healthy

– It teaches you discipline and focus – very useful in and out of the ring 

– Self-defence. It’s not compulsory to fight, but everybody should know how to defend themselves

What is your style of fighting?

I love using more clever technique, like my favourite fighter Saenchai. And knees. Lots of knees.

What do you say to people who say you don’t look like a Muay Thai fighter?

I hear that quite often, both here and back in Thailand. I say nothing – I just smile. I guess they say that because I speak softly and laugh and smile a lot. I like Buakaw and Yodsaenklai… but I don’t feel I need to have big muscles like them.

You don’t need a six-pack and muscles to be strong. I’m happy with my body… and I like to surprise people.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to watch football and play games – Barcelona is my favourite team. I also watch a lot of animation – I love Marvel comics.

And finally. Wuttikun, in-between classes, we often catch you singing with your headphones on…

In Thailand, we usually learn boring English conversations. Like: “Hello, how are you? I’m fine, thank-you.” It’s not realistic, and it’s not fun. My brother suggested listening to English songs so I do that, because I find the lyrics more meaningful and useful.