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Rajadamnern Champions: Boys from Chuwattana. In the heart of a poor neighborhood in Bangkok some of the best Muay Thai champions train. The boys from Chuwattana gym or Kay Muay Chuwattana. Most of them are Rajadamnern champions, WBC or WMC champions. The ring is blessed by the monks and women are not allowed in it. A courtyard, a ring, a kitchen, two rooms upstairs where in each one ten people sleep together. Jomthorn Chuwattana, Lamsonkhran Chuwattana or Singmanee Sor Srisompong make a hundred thousand or fifty thousand baht a fight. The gym takes half of it. The rest they send to their family in Isarn province, The North East Thailand poorest region where most of Muay Thai fighters come from.

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I went to the Owyhee Desert
To remember why I am free
I ran across a wild mustang
And a Magpie soaring
On the breeze he floated
As the Mustang grazed

A chance meeting for the three of us
At this majestic place
I found myself quite
As I listened to the breeze
Then I remembered
Why I am free

Casey Pharis

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β€Ž”You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.

Mevlana Jelalu’ddin Rumi