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.

CRAZY FIGHT MBK CENTER, THAILAND, BANGKOK

MBK Shopping center is selling counterfeit, certain shops are selling proper real material.  When they sell fake to you the price should also be lower than the normal one, if not you just need to bargain a little bit more and they will drop it.  I went in the Spy Discovery shop on the 4th floor and saw those new Beats headphones by Dr.Dre.  They where in the original box, but the plastic cover was opened, so I tried to look in the box, but the salesman told me not to, and that he will give me another headphones set to try them.  I tried to speak with him and asked him to give me explanations and when I started filming his headphones he pushed me and then tried to hit me.  I fight back and then went out of the store and gave the camera to my friend for a better angle in the movie and came back in the store to kick his ass.  I mean you don’t hit a customer because he is filming something in your shop !!!!!

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The MBK Center is on the other hand very useful when you need basic things or even things for your computer, they sell everything  there, and there is also an awesome cinema on the last floor, the place is so big you can spend the whole day there and have a lot of fun shopping.  To get to MBK, The Skytrain is the fastest way.  The Skytrain is an elevated monorail system which transports visitors high above Bangkok’s streets. The BTS is safe, modern, comfortable and fully air-conditioned. The nearest stop is the National Stadium Station, which is connected to the MBK by elevated walkways, you can also get off at the Siam Square stop, which is a 5-minute walk away from MBK.

The Grand Palace And The Temple of The Emerald Buddha – Bangkok, Thailand

I just came back from the Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok, the journey was fantastic ! To get there I took the Sky Train to the boat terminal, located near the Saphan Taksin station.  It is easier this way then to hassle with a Taxi to get there believe me, the BTS is the best thing ever invented in Bangkok. I went down at Saphan Taksin and cross the street to enter the boat terminal. I traveled to the Grand Palace by Chao Phraya Express Boat. I purchased a ticket at the boat terminal. I bought a round-trip ticket in advance to save troubles on the return.  I Boarded the Chao Phraya Express Boat at the boat terminal until  Tha Chang, stop number 9 but from stop number 8 ( Tha Tien ) is also possible to reach the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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The water taxi fare is collected by a woman shaking a container of coins. Depending on which type of water taxi you’ve boarded and where you boarded, the fare will be in the 14-25 baht range. Then I went out of the boat and walked in direction of the temple. A little advice, do not buy tickets before the entrance or do not listen what people are telling you, I heard sometimes, the Palace is closed, but they proposed me to go visit some other What with them.  No the Palace is open 365 days per year, so keep walking !

There is a dress code for entering this complex: no shorts, no tank tops or sleeveless tops, no flip flops. You are asked to dress respectfully and behave respectfully here. This is both the holiest site in all of Thailand as it is the shrine of the Emerald Buddha, and it is the site most associated with the King of Thailand, the world’s longest reigning monarch and beloved by the Thai people.

If you do not have proper clothes, they will give you some for the visit, they do not look good as you can see in my video or on my pictures but at least you don’t have to travel the whole day under the sun with long clothes.

Tickets costs 200 baht for one person and are sold between 8:30-15:30.  You can either do the visit with a guide or by yourself.  The buildings and temples are amazing, but also the the paintings on the wall are incredible.  They show the history of the temple.  If you ever go to Bangkok, I suggest you stop by the Palace to learn more about Thai Culture and its origins. It  was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings.  Now Thailand is still using the Grand Palace for important ceremonies with the King of Thailand.  Many Monks live around the Palace and it is one of the most visited destination in Bangkok.

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