HOW I LEARNT THAI KICKBOXING- LEARN MUAY THAI IN PHUKET THAILAND
About two years ago I decided that it was time to mix up my fitness training. After several years of dancing, weights training and cardio exercise, I was starting to get bored. I decided, I needed a change.
My personal trainer had been doing Thai boxing for some time and decided to open her own all women’s Muay Thai gym in Sydney. I joined immediately and fell in love with the sport instantly!
Muay Thai kickboxing is a form of combat sport that includes punching, clinching (wrestling holds), kicking and other forms of striking. I must be honest, it’s not for the faint hearted. It’s a very physically demanding sport and requires a lot of strength and stamina.
At the end of 2015, Maddy, the owner of Bikini Bods helped to organise a trip for a group of us to go to Thailand. The purpose of the trip was to enhance our skills and learn from the Thai masters themselves.
The trip was organised for the first week of January, which is right in the heart of the summer holidays in Australia. In previous years, I would have spent most of that holiday getting drunk and over eating, so the thought of a healthy holiday sounded like a nice change! 10 gruelling days sweating it out, so I can look fit and fabulous for the NY sounded like a great idea!
Our group trained daily at Tiger Muay Thai training camp, located in Chalong area of Phuket. The training facility is known around the world as not only one of the largest, but also one of the best. Tiger camp see’s many professional MMA, boxing and Muay Thai fighters attend their camp every month.
Tiger is the largest premise in Phuket and caters to all training levels, including absolute beginners. When I first went in 2015, I was only a beginner and very nervous about attending the camp, but I needn’t have been. The beginners class was made up of both males and females and most mornings would see up to 60 people. To match the number of people in the class, there were also around 15 trainers.
Each of the trainers were experienced fighters themselves and acted with a high degree of professionalism. During the beginner’s class, they spent a great deal of time correcting our technique and making sure to spend time with each student. I found this particularly helpful as I was learning what to do and it also ensured that people were not getting hurt.
A normal day for me began with the 7 AM beginners class, followed by a healthy meal at the cafeteria. After that I would head to one of the massage shops next door for a one hour body massage, which would cost around $10 USD. After a nice breakfast and a massage, I was ready for round two.
In my second round of training, I concentrated more on my technique. I found a trainer I liked and organised 1:1 with him daily. I found the one to one sessions to be hugely beneficial, because there were things that I needed to concentrate on, that may not have been covered in the classes.
By about lunchtime I was done with my training, which left me with plenty of time to relax at the beach and explore Phuket.
While Tiger started off as a Muay Thai training centre, it has expanded to offer so much more. The camp offers a wide range of classes including beginners through to professional level Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, beach boot camps, yoga, weights training, crossfit and more. I personally enjoy balancing intense training day with a bit of yoga. This helped to stretch out my muscles and open the hips, which can get tight from all the kicking.
For 2018, the Bikini Bods crew are back to Thailand again. Who’s with me?!
LEARN MUAY THAI IN PHUKET THAILAND WRITTEN BY MELANIE DUCA