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  • LIFESTYLE

    Looks can be deceiving

    Muse, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 20/01/2018

    » If you were to guess what Rika Ishige does for a living, there's a 100% chance that you'll get it wrong. With her petite frame, sparkling doe-eyes and a cheeky smile that's able to light up a whole room, the half-Thai, half-Japanese 28-year-old could actually beat you to a pulp.

  • LIFE

    Rika, uncaged

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 03/03/2017

    » Those familiar with the MMA scene in Thailand may have already heard of Rika Ishige. Her nickname, "The Smiling Assasin", should already give you a clue as to who she is. This chika isn't just another pretty face, she's also the first Thai female MMA fighter that will be competing at the ONE Championship (fb.com/ONEChampionship) happening next week. She talks to us about what it's like to date and train with her other half, what she thought of the Rousey-Nunes fight and the common misconceptions people have about MMA. Knock 'em out, Rika!

  • LIFE

    What's trending and happening this week

    Muse, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 26/08/2017

    » 1. Freelance photographer and visual storyteller Adam Birkan is back with his third solo photography show in Bangkok. HopeLand, hosted at JAM Cafe Bangkok, will feature Birkan's distant but poetic photos of everyday situations from broken down cars to random soi dogs taken from his apartment window within a period of 18 months. His minimalistic and colourful style gives the everyday a new and interesting perspective. The opening party will be next Saturday from 7pm till midnight. A limited edition HopeLand zine will be for sale for that night only.

  • LIFE

    Fighting, any which way

    Life, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 24/05/2016

    » The fighting arena was packed. Roars of excitement from fans of Mixed Martial Arts were heard all over the place. At the Singapore Indoor Stadium where the recent One Championship Ascent to Power competition was about to kick off, the atmosphere was abuzz with the enthusiastic voice of the host followed by the screening of short videos introducing fighters. Then two brave men entered the ring and the battle began.

  • THAILAND

    Supporters knocked for a loop by MMA ban

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 08/04/2012

    » Less than a week before muay Thai's application to the IOC and World Games, and a few days after Spectrum reported on a high-profile local mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, MMA was banned in Thailand by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) on the grounds that it was hurting the image of muay Thai. MMA is a discipline fought in an octagonal cage using any number of fighting and grappling techniques. To hone stand-up combat techniques, many international competitors train in muay Thai, and for years MMA fighters have been coming to train in the Kingdom.

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