I cannot wait!!
We've been doing this training camp 2 years in a row and it has never been a disappointing experience
Both times we've stayed in Chalong, Phuket, where you have a bunch of thaiboxing gyms on the same street. Actually many of them are adapting and bringing in MMA coaches, and as a result you get very complete training as you can chose what you need to work on.
The gym that I'd say is the most well known, amongst both pros and amateurs is Tiger Muay Thai. Many well known Ufc fighters train there, and they have their UFC poster girl Valentina Shevshenko training there as well. Last time I was there I was lucky enough to catch her at the gym and we train together. But she left for Bali next day I think.
Anyways, the MMA classes were great! They were lead by an all American champ. Can't remember his name tho. This was last January so I was just starting doing MMA properly, and I felt I could keep up, he explained really well and had time to help.
If you're a complete noob in martial arts it might be somewhat complicated tho. For a beginners class in MMA I would recommend AKA. It's a bit further away, but it's a modern and fresh facility with both beginners and pro level in MMA. The beginners level was a bit too beginner for me cause the people going there had barely done sports before. So yeah, in that sense Tiger was better.
However, me and the rest of us were not too happy about the ambience at Tiger, you can definitely tell they've changed management and that they're completely set on making money. Even the Thai coaches are completely nonchalant towards the students, especially for beginners. And the girls I met doing privates there told me at least one had tried to hit on them.
So we changed to Phuket top team, and thats were we are going back this time. Good mma training, great grappling as well as good thaiboxing classes. A lot of UFC fighters train there as well. Cyborg was there a couple of weeks ago for instance.
I dunno, I liked Phuket top team, genuine feeling, genuine people, cute dogs in in the reception...
As of combining business with pleasure, in Thailand it's EASY. Do your training, relax in between sessions by the pool and during the weekends you can go explore little islands nearby. You have a bunch where you can avoid tourists.
Last time in Thailand we went to an island that was beautiful, super calm and fairly untouched, called Kho yao noi.
As I see it, there are only benefits in doing a camp over there!
- Great training
- Delicious food
- Beautiful surroundings
- Easy to get around, rent a moped and ur set
- Everyday life is cheap - housing, food, gas, activities
I mean what else can you ask for?
Below I've posted some photos of the everyday life. As usual I'm terrible at taking pictures of the actual training, i really dont think of it, to concentrated on actually training (which is good of course) , but I promise I'll shape up documenting this shizzle!