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.

Check out my training video !!

 

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.

Amsterdam Experience

Trip in Amsterdam was crazy,  I went there 4 times already and I just love it. The girls, the coffee shops, the hostels, the clubs, the tourist, the architecture, everything is beautiful with a unique style giving Amsterdam a particular vibe.  I had the chance to visit the country a little bit.  I went to my friend’s place in Zwolle, an hour away from Amsterdam.  I stayed there for two nights.  We visited the city, the old windmills and the different castles around it was really nice to see. My friend Matthias from Germany also came with me to visit my friend since we all met back in Thailand.  Then I went back to Amsterdam and I stayed there at the flying pig and enjoyed my last days in Amsterdam.  Partying at night cruising around the streets admiring the beautiful girls in the windows and visiting in the day time.

Check out this movie I have made from Amsterdam !!

Prostitution is legal in Holland, and in Amsterdam most of it is concentrated in the  Red Light District where it has enjoyed a long tradition of tolerance. Since October 2000, window prostitutes have been allowed to legally ply their trade. Today, prostitutes in the Netherlands are also taxpayers. Unfortunately, discrimination is still very much part and parcel in this trade as many prostitutes report that some banks even refuse to grant mortgages for example. However, now as a legal profession, the government ensures that all prostitutes are able to access medical care and work in better conditions by regulating and monitoring working practices and standards.

It cost 50 euros for 15 minutes with the girls in the little cabin they have.  Some windows, men are waiting in line for their turn, and one by one, they go in and out of the window and this for a long time.  The ladies were very busy and also making good money.  Those girls come from all around the world, many different nationalities.

Don’t visit the Red Light District first otherwise you may get the wrong idea about the Dutch and Amsterdam as this is not only about the windows, Amsterdam is full of history, museum, shops, coffee shops, concert, art and technology.  The night life in Amsterdam can be very interesting, going to the theater or going to a peep show, then in the club till very late or just in a nice coffee shop or even a Pub, and then back at the hotel.  In the day time, a good idea is to rent a bicycle to go around the city, everyone use them, since cruising around with an automobile is very difficult due to the canals around.  Did you know that Amsterdam have almost more canals then Venice ?  More then 500 000 bicycles were counted in 2006 and 54 000 stolen in a year and Amsterdam is not a very big city.

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