Picture of Master K
Story told by Kru Brooks Miller
What brought this to mind is from my longtime Muay Thai coach, Por.Kru Kumron Vaitayanon (a.k.a. “Master K”) teamed up with Kaensak Sor.Pleonchit for a day-long seminar in Sewell, NJ. Kaensak Sor.Pleonchit was one of Thailand’s best. He fought at a time where the MuayThai in Thailand was unsurpassed, where the fighters were unquestionably the best. The 1990’s will likely be remembered as one of Thailand’s “Golden Era’s” of Sport MuayThai, and Kaensak was on top! Amongst his many titles, honors, and accolades, Kaensak was a 2 time Lumpinee Stadium Champion, and was named “Fighter of the Year” in Thailand for 2 years in a row!
Kaensak was born in 1971, about a year and a half after myself. He is in AMAZING shape! You would never know that he is almost 40 years old. His movement is still fast and fluid.
Then there is Master K. Master K will be turning 70 years old later this year. Master K is a living testament to the benefits of Muay Thai training! We often hear of the dangers of Muay Thai, of the adverse effects on ones health. MuayThai is a very difficult sport, yet here is Master K running literal circles around fighters and students who aren’t even half his age! Master K even got in the ring and mixed it up a bit with Kaensak. It was amazing to see a 70 year old man mix it up with a fighter who is half his age and hold his own.
Master K retired from the MuayThai ring before Kaensak was even born, but commented how at 70 years old, he was learning new things from Kaensak. You could also see how much respect Kaensak had for Master K. Both men are prime examples of how dedicating oneself to training and learning helps maintain your quality of life.