No matter how long you’ve been around in the scene or what you’ve accomplished, it can still be hard to feel like you fit in. Muay Thai has given Angela Chang a powerful way to express herself.
“I never really felt like I belonged anywhere, but I felt at the gym people like who I am,” says Chang. A long-time fighter out of Bangkok, Thailand, by way of New York City, the athlete believes fighting has helped her find a stronger sense of self. “After a few months of training at Sitan, I just felt like I was something stronger and better.”
Training since her early 20’s, Chang emphasizes the sense of family she has gained as a member of both Sitan Gym in NY and Sitsongpeenong in BKK. Close to both her coaches Aziz Nabih and Monlit Sitphodaeng, she says, “The people around me really accepted me for who I am. My teammates and my coaches don’t care if I’m flawed. They know that you’re just a person. They just care that you’re trying to be a better version of yourself.”
As Chang continues to compete in Thailand, she looks forward to growing as a competitor and student of the sport. With well over thirty fights now, she emphasizes that at the end of every experience, “above all else, I just wanted to fight again. Everything that I do, I try to give my maximum effort.”
The best thing one can do is to simply continue - whether it’s showing up at the gym or stepping into the ring, despite the nerves and uncertainty. Chang presses on, no matter what is happening around her.
“I always try to do my best to do the right thing. And if I didn't do the right thing, then I try to correct it.”