Muay Thai Camp 2012 !!

Recently I went in Pattaya and did some Muay Thai and Krav Maga for 3 weeks. I did not really know what to expect from my training except that I will have to work hard if I want to get into a real fight. The gym was great, everyone came from different places around the world. Many were from Italiy and Russia. Those 2 countries have many good Muay Thai fighters. During my stay I met people who were to the camp to loss weight, so the gym was controlling the food for them and the had to train very hard.

The schedule is warming up around 8 a.m and 8:30 the training starts with some bags, skipping rope, dumbbells, push-up, shadow boxing, till the trainers call you, then you got to work on your technique in the ring with pads and gloves. For me this one on one training was the best,you really can work on the precision and the power of your punches. Then you work in a group, learning different techniques in buddy teams until 10.am. And then the morning training was over, rest was coming for us, but for the loose weight program they had to do an hour of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Then between 11:30 and 2:30 we could go to the restaurant to eat. The Training includes food and the lodge, so you can concentrate more on the camp.

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Then the evening training started at 18:00 warming up, 18:30 in the gym and training. Self training, then technique on the ring with a trainer, followed by a group training and then for those who wants to do some sparring can try each other. I did it 3 times, first time against a Russian guy, Igor. He was training there since 10 months and was very quick. Good thing it was sparring !! It all finished around 20:45 and then it was the Krav Maga lessons until 22:00 p.m.  Let’s say my first nights it was not difficult for me to fall asleep after all this training.

My second time was with The World Champion from Russia Denis Varaxa. I was trying many ways to approach him with a punch but impossible. He just played with me the whole time, and I could never hit him. Thanks to me, he gave me a chance and I brought him on the ground with a non solid punch. Thanks for this camera effect, works good. Denis is a great guy, he spoke Russian and a little bit of english, so Alexandra from Bella Russia was translating for us. He his a very serious athlete. Denis is a fighter since he is 12 years old. Started as a Kick Boxer and Muay Thai Fighter, he has over 100 fights and won 70 from all of them. Recently he had a fight with Samkor the champion of Thailand and he won in his category.

Muay Thai fighters are very strong and powerful.  The style of martial art is very interesting, you can hit with pretty everything, elbows, knees, punches, kicks.  The first week was very difficult to eat only what the give to me for my training.  I would have need more food, only because I was burning more calories in one day then usually in a week.

Simbad was the guard of the gym, a big Pitbull.  He his now the father of 4 other big Pit Bull.  In total there is around 6 Pitbull, but only 2 walk free in the gym.  Simbad have this way of always stealing your socks and walk around the gym with them in his mouth or a empty bottle of water.  He his always happy and when he see something he don’t like, he can be very agressive.  He was a strange funny dog.

In between training we could go to the pool or at the beach.  Walking Street is a fun place and it distracts  you just like you need. This is  a very good place to see nice girls dancing, also at night there is many night clubs in Pattaya on Walking Street.  I was there to train but still had great party with the people from the gym in the clubs.  Walking street is well know for their girls.  Sexy Girls dance all nights for men or women.  They play drinking games with you.   The street is packed of bars and clubs, women are everywhere on the street, some places break dance show on the street next to a soccer show, let’s say going down this street is very entertaining. Thai girls are beautiful and good company, some of them speak a very good English, some of them had a boyfriend from somewhere so they speak a little of every languages.  After all of this training you deserve a break I think, this is not easy but it feels good and I will do it again very soon here on Koh Phangan.

Canadian Sisters Found Dead in Phi Phi


Police are investigating the cause of death of two Canadian sisters found dead in their hotel room on Phi Phi Island yesterday afternoon.

The sisters, one aged 20 and the other aged 26, checked in to the hotel on Tuesday.
“They went out and came back to their room that same night, but stayed in their room all day on Wednesday,” he said.
It was not until yesterday that hotel staff became concerned for the women’s welfare.

“A maid knocked on the door to clean the room on Thursday, but there was no response, so the maid thought the women needed more rest and left,” explained Lt Siwa.

The maid returned to clean the room yesterday, but again there was no response to her knocks on the door.

After repeated attempts failed to rouse the women, the maid obtained a master key to open the door.
Lt Col Rat Somboon of Krabi Provincial Police told us that officers at the scene believed that the women had died about 12 hours before their bodies were found.

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Police suspect poisoning he said.

“There was a lot of vomit in the room, and both bodies showed similar signs [of trauma]. They had skin lesions and it seemed that they had bled from the gums. Also, their fingernails and toenails were blue,” Col Rat explained.

“We will have experts conduct tests on the vomit and urine samples taken from the scene to try to determine the cause of death,” he added.

The women’s bodies are now being kept at Krabi Hospital in Krabi Town.

The deaths of these two women follow an American and two Norwegian tourists dying of suspected poisoning after staying at ‘The Laleena guesthouse’ on Phi Phi Island in 2009.

Extensive tests failed to provide evidences as to what those three tourists died of.

Early last year, four guests; three foreign and one Thai died after staying at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai. While food poisoning was ruled out in that case, the Thai Department of Disease Control speculated that pesticide used as vermin control may have contributed to the deaths.

The Downtown Inn has since been demolished.

Let’s see if this time the police will conclude the same way as the last time or this time will admit what really happens.  We don’t have more news for the moment but will keep up to date.

R.I.P Audrey and Noemi Bélanger


LAOS TUBING VANG VIENG 2012 CRAZY WEEK

I went in Laos Vang Vieng January 2012.  I planned on staying there only a couple of days but finally end up staying for 2 weeks. This place is just amazing on every aspect, Nature, Party, Girls, Activities, Hiking, Caving, Tubing, Relaxing, Eating.  SABADEE is what you ear the most from the locals, wich is their way of saying HI, I must say it sounds good to ear all the time you meet with them.  I found Laos charming and the people very welcoming and helpful with the tourist.  I mean this little community have been invade by crazy tourist devastating everything around.  I should say, they have adapted their own party life style as well wich makes a beautiful harmony between everyone.  I just love this country, I will go back anytime.  The place is far away, and on the way to go, you really feel like you are going to a secret Eden or something.  After all the stories I had ear about this place…. It is confirmed, everything is a true paradise.

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Landscapes are amazing, animals are part of the community as well, they walk free everywhere they want the whole day and the night they all go back home to sleep.