“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”
My teacher, Ajahn Suchart once explained to me the nature of Muay Thai:
“Muay Thai is beautiful and brutal. But before it is beautiful, it is brutal. I mean, it has to be effective first and foremost. Don’t worry about looking pretty. Be effective.”
This was one of my favourite lessons because it speaks to how I feel about womanhood. I should not have to focus so much on how I look. I should be more focused on my usefulness to myself and others first. Beauty does not have to be limited to aesthetics, nor does utility have to be sacrificed to achieve it. Through Muay Thai, I’ve learned to be effective in defending myself physically, with aesthetics as an effect of building skill.
Possessing skill leads to true confidence, while the absence of confidence is vulnerability. The vehicle I use to reverse that vulnerability is Muay Thai. My job as a teacher is to teach what is productive and useful—to create change; from vulnerability into ability.
-Poo Choi Kru Kat Velasquez