Training Camp Thailand

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.

With Valentina at Tiger

With Valentina at Tiger

After a sparring session. Still very few women. 

After a sparring session. Still very few women. 

I was in need of vitamin D.. Jeez

I was in need of vitamin D.. Jeez

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. 

AKA

AKA

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. 

Phuket top team, after grappling class

Phuket top team, after grappling class

With Lauren, great fighter and friend! 

With Lauren, great fighter and friend! 

I dunno, I liked Phuket top team, genuine feeling, genuine people, cute dogs in in the reception...

 

I've got problems I know, but look at HIM!!!!!  

I've got problems I know, but look at HIM!!!!!  

Pooch!!!!!!!!

Pooch!!!!!!!!

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. 

Speedboat on our way   

Speedboat on our way   

Breakfast with a view

Breakfast with a view

Relax level: 110% 

Relax level: 110% 

In front of our bungalows

In front of our bungalows

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! 

All day errday!

All day errday!

This is SO good, you make your own soup. Typical Thai place. 

This is SO good, you make your own soup. Typical Thai place. 

On our way to visit the Big Buddah.  

On our way to visit the Big Buddah.  

Cant remember the name of this place but it's close to Phuket top team. Great mixed grilled platters if u eat meat. Kaos during rush hour tho!

Cant remember the name of this place but it's close to Phuket top team. Great mixed grilled platters if u eat meat. Kaos during rush hour tho!

The fruit shakes are also part of the everyday food intake. I think at least twice a day we down one of them puppies... 

The fruit shakes are also part of the everyday food intake. I think at least twice a day we down one of them puppies... 

Cosy dinners with friends after long days of training

Cosy dinners with friends after long days of training

This one was with Mia and Leo who were trying out thaiboxing for the first time.  

This one was with Mia and Leo who were trying out thaiboxing for the first time.