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Past, Present & Future

In my country there is a proverb (a whakataukĩ) that suggests, “If you understand where you are from and who you are then you will know where you are going.” When I think of this proverb, it is our latest collective accomplishment that comes to mind – we literally have only one month until we […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Muaythai Development towards the World Combat Games 2023

First Female Saudi Muaythai Championships After the first all-female coaching seminar coordinated by the Chair of the IFMA Athletes Commission and former world champion Janice Lyn, Saudi held their first female national youth championships.    The event was held under the sanctioning of the National Olympic Committee. Nak Muay Ying from all Saudi regions coming […]

Looking back at “HERStory”… IFMA’s Journey on Female Muaythai

Many organisations are trying to claim credit for the incredible development in female muaythai.  As our older sister in muaythai, an IFMA Vice President, and one of the two female IFMA Continental Presidents, please allow me to take you all on a reflective journey back through the history of female muaythai. “After three years of […]

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Officiating IFMA vs WMC

This month we take a look at the differences with officiating bouts under IFMA and WMC rules. As an official in a sport where the difference between winning and losing can be but a fraction of a margin, It is important that we know what we are looking for whether it be an IFMA or […]

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month!

May has been celebrated as the mental health month since 1949 in the United States. Its primary purpose to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health issues and strategies to attain mental health and well-being. This has never been more timely since the pandemic hit the world in 2020. Lockdowns and disruption of […]

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The female body, menstruation and weight control

This month, the IFMA Medical Commission gives us a special insight into the effect of the menstrual cycle on the body for female athletes. During the menstrual cycle the female athletes body goes through many changes. While the male athlete is under the effect of one dominant hormone, the female athlete has a cycle of […]

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Celebrating Success in true IFMA style

There are many reasons we celebrate our successes. Whether they are in-side the ring or out. Celebrating success isn’t just about praising the person who has attained a certain goal. It is about acknowledging all those who helped them to achieve their goal. As we all know nothing great is ever achieved alone. It takes […]