Sam-A Gaiyanghadao is perhaps one of the best nak muays you’ve never heard of. A true prodigy of the sport, Sam-A captured his first major stadium title when he was only 19… but quickly retired immediately thereafter. . .
SAM-A: “MUAY THAI SAVED MY LIFE”
You’ve probably seen the viral videos of him kicking pads at lightning speed, but it’s unlikely you could point him out in a crowd.
His name isn’t as well recognized as the “Saenchais” and the “Buakaws” of the Muay Thai world, but he’s just as talented.
Surely with such immense skill, this fighter must’ve simply been born and rode a giant wave of success all the way to the top of Muay Thai… right? That is not the case. In fact, after winning the Lumpinee title at only 19-years old, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao quit Muay Thai.
Check out the full story in the Evolve MMA video below:
SAM-A GAIYANGHADAO: MUAY THAI SAVED MY LIFE
STRUGGLE FOR YOUR REWARD
There is no substitute for a strong will.
Even if you are the luckiest and most talented person in the world, you will face hardships that will break you. The solution, therefore, is not to run away from problems, but confront them head on. Even if you’re Usain Bolt and Houdini combined, you will never be able to outrun or hide from your problems. All problems must be faced.
Why? Because through facing those problems, you become stronger. You are more capable of holding the burdens that come with living. Life will keep throwing its problems at you, but you’ll be better equipped to deal with them with every problem that you face. The more you face, the stronger you become.
Sure, you may get broken every once in a while. Remember that your heroes most likely did not ride a wave of success to the top. They’ve probably met many failures and wanted to quit along the way. Conor McGregor, the man who appears to be the very definition of success and possesses tremendous talent, wanted to quit MMA just prior to getting a call from the UFC.
Don’t quit. We’ll all struggle. So struggle for the reward.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.