How Pareploy Saeaia became an advertisement for women’s self-defense training in Thailand

Pareploy Saeaia has become a testament to the power of female martial arts, after the clip of her attacking a guy who poured water on her head because she rejected his advances went viral.

The vengeful courtier quickly discovered he had chosen the wrong victim at a roadside restaurant when Pareploy unleashed his Muay Thai expertise to pound him with a series of kicks and punches.

The clip was uploaded to his Facebook on February 8 shortly after the event, as the fitness trainer and martial arts instructor wanted to send a message that abusive behavior towards women will not be tolerated.

“If a woman doesn’t want to drink with you, that’s her right,” Pareploy said. “You are not allowed to pour water on her.”

Lesson taught

Pareploy said she decided to get up and kick the man, later identified as a member of staff at a hotel in Bangkok, not only out of anger, but also because she didn’t want to. not that the same thing happens to other women.

“What would other women do in the same situation? In my case, he played with the wrong person – I’m a boxer. But what would other women do,” Pareploy said of her reasons for fighting back. “I also think this kind of case shouldn’t end with a simple slap in the face of the stalker with a small fine.”

Police fined Pareploy and the man Bt 1,000 for brawling in a public place. However, the man’s employer, Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada, fired him for “inappropriate behaviour” after the clip went viral. Married with children, the man issued an apology, saying he was drunk at the time of the incident. He also paid Pareploy’s fine.

She’s a boxing champion

Pareploy, 24, started boxing at the age of 13. She later turned professional and racked up an impressive record of 40 wins in 50 professional fights.

In the ring, she was known as “Kwa Tonsung” and “Pareploy Mor Krungthep Thon”, the latter referring to her alma mater from Bangkokthonburi University. She majored in sports science and represented her university at several tournaments.

Boasting a cabinet full of medals and boxing trophies, she was even hired to teach policewomen how to protect themselves.

“Physically, women aren’t as strong as men, but skills help,” Pareploy said. “I think women should learn combat skills because they can be useful in an emergency.”

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boxing beauties

There is no longer a gap between boxing and beauty, and Pareploy is living proof of that. Although she likes to punch and kick, she also loves the latest fashion and makeup trends like her peers.

For a famous example of femininity mixed with fighting spirit, look no further than luk-thung singer Nipaporn “Kratae” Boonyaliang. Driven by her love of Thai boxing, she jumped into the professional ring as a girl and fought 24 times, becoming the winner of most bouts. Although she switched to singing as a day job, she still boxes regularly in her spare time.

A string of other actresses and singers have also chosen to make boxing their fitness routine. Among them are Sarunrat “Lydia” Deane, Thanchanok “Bebe” Ritnaka, Janie Tienphosuwan and Keerati “Gypsy” Mahapreukpong.

Sparring for confidence

A bank clerk in her late twenties said that since taking up boxing she feels more confident and free in public. She no longer fears returning late at night on her motorbike and has also noticed that the men have stopped teasing her.

In fact, her boxing skills have become so good that she even trains professionally when she can take time off from her daily job. “My colleagues encourage me. When I win a match, they give me extra prizes,” she said.

A university student said she started taking Muay Thai lessons when she was 15 because unwanted advances from men made her feel uncomfortable.

“After learning fighting skills, all the flirting and joking went away,” she said, adding that her fighting skills have become so good that she too sometimes fights professionally.

By General Office of Thai PBS World

Kristen T. Prall