Archive | December, 2005

Official Invitation to the 2006 World Championship

16 Dec

by WMC HQ (2005-12-16)

Muaythai World Championships 2006
MUAYTHAI EXPO
FIRST EVER MUAYTHAI AEROBIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

31st May – 8th June 2006, Bangkok Thailand

Official Invitation

On this auspicious occasion, we cordially invite your association to from a National Amateur (Male Devision A and B, Female Division, and Junior Division) to participate in world championships 2006.

Kindly acknowledge that additional invitation shall be forwarded to Non-Amateur Muaythai Teams to participate in a special part of the championships.

Different courses of Wai Kru, Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong, Instructor and Referee will be arranged for participation.

Further detail will be circulated to you in due time.

General Pichitr Kullavanijaya
Chairman of Advisory Board
WMC-IFMA-FAMA

General Chetta Thanajaro
WMC President

Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan
IFMA President
AMTAT President

CHAMPION YODSAENKLAI EYES K-1 MAX

16 Dec

by FTX (2005-12-16)

Thailand’s super champ Yodsaenklai Fairtex is eyeing the prospects of fighting in the K1 max.

After winning the first WBC muaythai world title against John Wayne Parr in Queensland, Australia, K1 glory would be the final topping off.

Returning to Thailand the 20-year-old champ said he was still buzzing with his sensational WBC title win.

“The build up to the fight was incredible. The papers were running stories and all along the Gold coast the talk was ‘Xplosion and WBC Muaythai.

“The night of the fight was really great with all the special effects, fire flames and really slick introductions. It made me really proud to represent Thailand at the highest level of Muaythai.

“I have a great respect for John Wayne. He had the crowd right behind him and I was so pleased that his supporters were great sports and cheered me after I had won the title. If the opportunity presents I would certainly come back to Queensland and Surfer’s Paradise…I love the people and the beaches and the big Muaythai event.�?

Meanwhile JWP said he had overcome the disappointment of his loss and was now focused on taking on Steve Wakeling, the Fairtex sponsored UK champion, for the WBC Middleweight title contest on 12 March 2005.

“The extra weight will be helpful and I will be giving everything I’ve got to beat Steve who I understand has great fighting talent. I will need to produce my best to win.�?

Parr said his fight plan against Yodsaenklai came unstuck when he was felled by a huge head high kick in the second round.

“After the kick down I had to land a big equalizer. But I couldn’t get close enough to him. I just couldn’t catch him. Fortunately I have a second chance and the fight with Wakeling is really important.�?

Nothing “Krazy”? About Faber’s Win – Griffen Defends Belt

15 Dec

by Jeff Sherwood (Sherdog.com) (2005-12-15)

COARSEGOLD, Calif. Dec. 11 — Gladiator Challenge took a step into uncharted waters Sunday, trying its hand at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino just north of Fresno. It appears the gamble worked out in their favor. With a packed house and a beautiful venue the fans got a treat tonight with eight competitive and exciting fights.

In the main event, King of the Cage 145-pound champ Urijah Faber (Pictures) faced the very colorful Charles “Krazy Horse�? Bennett. As Bennett laid down in the cage waiting for the champ to make his entrance, he had a big smile on his face showing off his bling. Then as the fighters came to the center of the ring for the stare down Bennett showed why they call him “Krazy�? by smelling Faber’s armpits. Strange cat.

Faber came out and landed a big leg kick as the fight started, only to bring the bling out of Bennett again. Bennett looked to be patiently waiting to unload his big right, but Faber was not going to give him the chance. Faber threw a left and followed up with a takedown. Then a grappling match ensued as Faber tried to pass guard. Bennett showed his strength by reversing. Faber then returned half guard.

There was a lot of scrambling at first and Bennett acted like nothing fazed him, but he had yet to throw a punch. Faber was able to get mount and drop a few elbows but then Bennett showed his strength once again and got to his feet, only to get picked up and slammed. Bennett then got to his feet and Faber, not wanting to stand, got the takedown yet again and went to mount.

As the bantamweight champion dropped a big elbow the only answer Bennett had was another smile, so Faber returned a smiling elbow back at him. Even though Bennett never really seemed like he was emotionally in the fight he was able to reverse position once again. But Faber reversed him right back. Once this happened Bennett rolled to his back and Faber sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win 4:38 into round one to remain the KOTC 145-pound champ.

In the night’s other title fight, Gladiator Challenge 145-pound champion Tyson Griffen (Pictures) (Nor Cal Fighting Alliance), who just two months ago defeated Faber to win the belt, battled a very game Jorge Evangelista (Pictures).

Griffen came in looking like a mini Earl Campbell, with huge strong legs, especially for such a small guy. Evangelista tried to draw first blood with a left-right combination that did not connect. Griffen, however, landed a nice kick to the body. After a brief exchange with both landing some good shots Evangelista gave Griffen back the body kick then attempted to go headhunting with another kick that did not land.

The kicks seemed to upset Griffen. As both fighters tried to throw kicks at the same time, Griffen scored first and knocked Evangelista to the mat. With the fighters in close Evangelista turned his back and clowned around, bumping into Griffen with his rear end and waving his hands in front of his face as if to say the champion smelled.

Well this did not seem like a smart thing to do. The sleeping animal in Griffen awoke and he proceeded to land another nice leg kick and then followed up with a groin kick, which halted the fight for about a minute as Evangelista was allowed to recover. Evangelista returned to action by throwing a left-right, then followed up with a high kick that Griffen blocked. After a short clinch and some knees to the legs of Griffen, the champion got a very nice throw and landed in Evangelista’s guard.

Once in this position Griffen started unloading and Evangelista turned his back. At one point Griffen looked at the referee as if to say, “What do I need to do?�? When there was no stoppage Griffen started back up and eventually got the knockout at 3:14 in round one. Great fight by two worthy fighters, and Griffen gets to wear his belt home once again.

The next bout featured a 205-pound clash between Anthony Ruiz (Pictures) and Shane Yokum. After encountering a bit of a slump losing three fights in a row, Ruiz has started a new streak with back-to-back wins.

Although Yokum was a game fighter, tonight was Ruiz’s night, as he seemed a bit angry. Once Ruiz got the fight to the ground it turned into a tough night for Yokum, especially after Ruiz figured out Yokum’s tight guard. Yokum, however, was always trying to defend and even attempted a Kimura. Yet Ruiz was just too much with his ground-and-pound and secured the TKO 4:54 into round one.

Andy Maccarone (Pictures), win or lose, always comes to fight — and more times then not he wins. His opponent this evening, Kenny Ento (Pictures), seems to be a Central Valley up-and-comer with some solid game.

This fight was a battle of submissions, as both fighters had many attempts. Ento secured an armbar on Maccarone only to be picked up and slammed, forcing its release. Maccarone battled for position and got full mount, causing Ento to turn his back. Ento reversed position on Maccarone only to find himself battling a triangle. Maccarone then turned Ento while having the triangle and proceeded to unload about five big shots forcing Ento to tapout at 3:58 into round one.

Reto Maximo VI – Results

14 Dec

by Marco Perez (thefightgame.tv) (2005-12-14)

Chris “Bloodshot�? Brennan wins Reto Maximo Jr. Welterweight Championship.

Jose Guardado wins IKBA Jr. Welterweight Kick Boxing World Championship.

Reto Maximo VII December 11th, 2005
Tangaloo Club, Tijuana, Mexico

RESULTS:

Fight 1 – MMA Bout / 170 lbs.
– Marco Soto (1 – 0) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, Mexico
– Jesse Soto (0 – 1) Brawley Combat Club, Brawley, CA
Marco Soto wins at 2:35�?second round TKO (strikes from the mount)

Fight 2 – MMA Bout / 150 lbs.
– Chance Farrar (2 – 0) Lister’s Fight Center, San Diego, CA
– Isaac Peralta (1 – 3) Team Bad Boy MMA, Ensenada, Mexico
Chance Farrar wins at:22�? by first round TKO (strikes from back mount)

Fight 3 – Boxing bout / 6 RD Featherweight
– Juan Carlos Burgos (7 – 0, 6KO) Sandoval’s Boxing Team, Tijuana, MEX
– Juan Pablo Bojorquez (10 – 7, 4KO) Gimnasio Pedro Moran, Tijuana, Mexico
Juan Carlos Burgos wins by TKO at 1:01�? of the third round

Fight 4 – MMA Bout / 165 lbs.
– Neal Abrams (1 – 0) Dunn’s Fight Academy, Sta. Clarita, CA
– Michel García (4 – 2) Team Minetti, Montpellier, France
Neal Abrams wins by second round TKO

Fight 5 – Muay Thai Middleweight ITBO National Title Bout
– Luis Bio (1 – 0) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, MEX
– Gabriel Medina (2 – 1) Pit Bull Gym, Tijuana, MEX
Luis Bio wins by TKO at 1:30�? of the fourth round

Fight 6 – Muay Thai Light Heavyweight ITBO National Title Bout
– Erik Osorio (3 – 2) Pit Bull Gym, Tijuana, MEX
– Omar Jimenez(3 – 1) Lozano’s Vale Todo, Tijuana, MEX
Erik Osorio wins by TKO at 1:13�? of the fifth round

Fight 7 – MMA Bout / 175 lbs.
– Grant “Windstorm�? Whitmer (2 – 0) Lister’s Fight Center, San Diego, CA
– Gilbert Salinas (1 – 1) Riverside Submission Academy, Riverside, CA
Grant Whitmer wins by first round TKO (towel)

Fight 8 – Kick Boxing Jr. Welterweight IKBA World Title Bout
– Jose Guardado (15 – 1, 13 KO) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, MEX
– Arturo “Frances�? Dumaine (2 – 3, 2 KO) Kick Muay Lama, Irapuato, Guanajuato
Jose Guardado wins by TKO at :30�? of the fourth round

Fight 9 – MMA Reto Maximo Jr. Welterweight Title Bout
– Chris “Bloodshot�? Brennan (18-9-1) Next Generation, Irving, CA
– Shannon Ritch (33 -54) Team Valor / Cannon MMA, Coolidge, AZ
Chris Brennan wins by first round submission (triangle/strikes)

I’d like to thank Chris and Shannon for putting on a very good and exciting fight last Sunday night in Tijuana, Mexico.

It honors me to have Chris Brennan represent my organization Reto Maximo as Jr. Welterweight Champion. Congratulations Chris and thanks for your support.

Thanks Shannon for stepping up on a week’s notice to take a shot at Chris again, permitting me to hold up my MMA main event match.

SPECIAL THANKS to all the fighters that participated in Reto Maximo VII providing a sensational night of action. My outmost respect and appreciation for yourperformance and sportsmanship.

Thanks to my co producer Juan Noriega; Larry Landless, Manuel Cota (ITBO), and Danny Rodarte (IKBA), as my production team in generaland friends for all the support.

Thanks to all the media, Fairtex and a series of Mexican based business firms for your sponsorship.

Last but not least… to each and all the fans that attended and/or put forth positive energy for
RETO MAXIMO, A VERY SPECIAL THANKS!

May everyone have a Merry Christmas a Happy New Year 2006!

Sincerely
Marco Perez (Tony)
Reto Maximo – Producer

Adrian Pang Interview

14 Dec

by Tony Colin Green (2005-12-14)

Adrian “The Hunter” Pang is a very skilled well-rounded fighter who has tested himself at the highest level in many fighting disciplines. Adrian grew up amongst the tribal natives in Papua New Guinea quickly learning the value of self-defence in this primitive, dangerous land for a young boy of mixed Asian/European descent.

Because of his willingness to fearlessly defend himself and his family against any odds, he was given as a young boy the nickname ‘man bilong pait’, which means Warrior or Man That Likes to Fight in Pupua New Guinea’s native tongue.He carries a permanent reminder of the savageness of the conflicts he was involved in as a boy with the scarring from a spear wound running the length of his forearm.

Starting his Martial Arts Training in Chow GarTong Long Kung Fu under Sifu Paul Brennan Adrian has developed into a very technical but explosive fighter with a face that shows no pain or weakness. He has had brutal wins in MMA, Muay-thai and boxing. With Adrian’s well-sharpened hands and excellent grappling skills, he has made a huge impact in the 65kg division winning the Warriors Realm Australian Light Weight Title and recently defeating a top Japanese Pancrase fighter. Adrian is very humble and is an exciting fighter that can quickly adapt to any situation he encounters whilst doing battle in the MMA arena. No weakness is his greatest strength. A crowd favourite with the looks to match his ability, he is a drawcard on any fight show. Expect big thing Internationally for The Hunter in the future.

INTERVIEW:

What does your daily/weekly training routine involve over the weeks preceding a fight? (be as specific as you can: eg. Mondays, run 10km at 6am, 2 hours boxing and wrestling at 12pm, etc. etc.)
Mon to Sat:
· 5.30 a.m. 3 km run + 40min weight session
· Breakfast
· Work (cabinet making business – All Type Cabinets Stafford)
· 6 pm-8pm- Generally 1 session of wrestling, 2 sessions muaythai, 3 sessions of submission fighting. Per week.

Is it a cycle of building up then tapering and resting? How does this work?

Generally the intensity picks up in the last 6 weeks before a fight as we train very hard year round. In the last 6 to 8 weeks before a fight our fitness and conditioning is the main focus which gradually intensifies up to about a few days out and we back off a little to allow our bodies to recover. Whoever in our team is fighting in an event becomes our main focus and we all combine to make him ready for his fight. We also start to do specific mma fight training to ensure all facets of our fight game flow.

Do you concentrate on conditioning/fitness, then technique, etc. at different times during the lead-up, or is it a steady mix of all the required elements?

All the required elements are combined but more so the fitness/conditioning and mma specific training. Our techniques have been practiced and improved constantly between fights but my trainer Dan Higgins certainly lets us know if we become lazy or sloppy in our techniques coming into a fight. Sloppy techniques get you beaten.

Give some examples of some of your favourite conditioning drills/exercises

I really wouldn’t claim any as favourites because they are so tuff that at the time you dread doing them, so I guess the question is which are most beneficial. Dan Higgins and Tony Green have combined their knowledge in this department to put together some awesome workouts. A lot of the basic Olympic lifts like squats, dead lifts and clean and press combined with high intensity bodyweight repetition work give us a solid base of strength and muscular endurance. We also do a lot of static contraction training and core body strength movements.

Is your training focus different depending on your opponent? If so, how?

We certainly concentrate on an area that we believe may have to be strengthened for a particular opponent but also develop our own game plan to ensure we are fighting to our strengths. I like to concentrate on everything to ensure all my weapons are up to scratch no matter where the fight goes as MMA can be very difficult to stick to fighting in any one particular style. This is where being able to adapt your fighting style to any scenario becomes very important. If you go out there with the outlook that you will not go to ground and train specifically to stand and fight not only will you be unprepared physically if it does hit the ground but mentally you will not be able to adapt quickly enough to recover.

How does it affect you if you don’t stick to the plan, or take a fight on short notice? (Are there any incidents you can refer to as evidence of this)?

Taking a fight on short notice can be a big mistake. Generally when we are approached to fight on short notice we weight up the fors and againsts. There are many considerations such as your opponent’s ability, the impact a win or loss may have on your career. I fought Steve Gillinder on short notice in Australias Shooto NHB last year and although I won the fight by submission I was very fatigued. My team and I have also had to pass up the opportunity to fight in Japan as the fight was too short notice and when I finally fight over there I want to ensure that the Japanese see me at my best. They can be a little unforgiving in that if you do not perform well you may never fight in Japan again.

What element of training is the most crucial to a successful fight, and why?

Apart from technique and ability your conditioning would have to be the most important aspect of your preparation. Someone once said that conditioning is your greatest hold and I think this is very true. You can have all the skill and heart in the world but if your body cannot perform as you want it to due to poor cardio it is very likely that you will be defeated.Also mental preparation and the courage to face your fears head on is important. Courage is not a matter of if you feel fear or uncertainty before a fight but how you deal with it.

How do you recover post-fight, and what is your process for healing injuries and resuming a training schedule?

I usually have a full week or so off training completely and enjoy the time to relax and maybe get away somewhere where the rigours of training wouldn’t usually allow. Enjoy some nice food if my diet was strict to cut weight leading into an event, but generally just some time to allow your mind to get away from the stress of competition. This also allows some of your niggling injuries some time to recover as most fighters including myself train around minor injuries during your prefight preparation.

Do you have to balance your schedule around work/family, etc.?

I am very busy as I run my own cabinet making business All Type Cabinets in Stafford Brisbane. So my lifestyle is extremely busy combining work and training. I am very lucky to have a very understanding and supportive girlfriend. It makes a huge difference when your partner is helping you achieve your goals, I don’t think I could train and fight as hard as I do without her support.

Do you follow a specific diet, and does this change as a fight comes closer?

In the last 12 months I have been a lot stricter and more formatted with my eating and supplementation. With the help of my teams manager and strength and conditioning trainer Tony Green I have gained a better understanding of the requirements that my body has to train at the high intensity that I place myself under. Also I have started to focus more on my resistance training and have put on a few kilos of muscle. This in turn requires me to be a lot stricter when dieting down to my fight weight of 65kg. No more Macas and coke like I used to eat even leading up to fights. My diet is now balanced with good quality protein and carbohydrates and added health fats such as fish oil. With the support of our team’s sponsors such as Redback Supplements and Go Fast energy drinks I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy the best in Sports Supplementation that has made a huge difference to my recovery and performance.

Are there specific things you do to prepare mentally for a fight?

Our team has a pre-fight format that we pretty much stick to before every fight. We share a bond and understanding that being together before our fights pretty much mentally prepares us for anything.

YODSENGLAI FAIRTEX WINS FIRST WBC MUAYTHAI WORLD TITLE

13 Dec

by Fairtex BKK (2005-12-13)

Thailand kick fighting superstar Yodsaenklai Fairtex won the first WBC muaythai world title when he knocked down Australian champion John Wayne Parr on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia last Saturday.

The 20-year-old Thai champion outclassed Australia’s muaythai, K1 and kickboxing hero to win the WBC title belt on a unanimous points decision over five rounds at the Queensland Convention Centre.

Yodsaenklai Fairtex takes a break in the surf at Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland

In the second round Parr was stunned by a head high roundhouse kick that sent him to the canvass for the count. Although he came back with some heavy punches Yodsaenklai kept away and never lost control of the contest.

Parr had struggled to make the super welterweight requirements of 70 kls and seemed to lack the power to put the Thai champion under pressure.

The Australian will now go up to the middleweight division and will fight Britain ‘s Steve Wakeling for the vacant WBC muaythai middleweight title in London on 12 March 2006 .

“I just couldn’t get close enough to Yodsaenklai,�? said a disappointed Parr.�? My focus is now on beating Wakeling in London .�?

More than 4,000 people jammed into the Australian Gold Coast venue for the two WBC muaythai titles.

Australia ‘s Nathan “Carnage�? Corbett stopped Japan ‘s Magnum Sakai (JPN) after the Queenslander used punches, elbows and knee attacks to knock down the courageous Sakai twice.

Corbett has now won 31 of his 32 muaythai contests and says he expects to be challenged by the Dutch, Germans, French and Russians who are particularly strong in the cruiserweight division.

“Now that I have won the WBC world title belt I expect there will be some strong challengers. Fighting the best will show to the world that I am the best.�?

At Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing Camp

12 Dec

by Mike Honore, http://www.reactiv.co.nz (2005-12-12)

A lot of you have asked about my Muay Thai training trip to the Fairtex camp in Thailand. Well here’s my brief rundown of 3 weeks of shin bashing, Muay Thai training torture!

As it turned out, and as painful as they were, my pulverized shins were the least of the impending suffering… don’t get me wrong though, the thrill of the training far outweighed the ‘discomfort’!

The decision was made when a friend of mine convinced me to join him and 2 other mates at Fairtex, the world’s number one Muay Thai boxing training camp based in the smoggy industrial outskirts of Bangkok in Thailand. Fairtex have been building fighting machines for the last 30 years – they pump out iron-willed, hard and conditioned fighters, and have over 30 world champion fighters to their credit, with titles such as Rajadamnern, Lumpinee, and ISKA among others. From what I saw there are plenty more on the way. The standard of fighters there is something you have to see, it’s UNBELIEVABLE, they are EXTREME athletes!

Fairtex like to describe their camp as ‘fun’, but of course it depends on your definition of fun. The way I see it a more accurate description would be summed up by the word ‘PAIN’. Sure, you are taught technique, and your fitness is taken to a new level (if you want to get lean and fit believe me 2 x 3 hr sessions a day at Fairtex is THE BEST way!), but at the end of the day what you are REALLY learning about is dealing with pain – and the trainers dish it out in copious amounts with a look of deviant glee on their faces. How you respond is up to you, but you better learn to deal with it – or, if you don’t, well you see them come and goes, surprisingly the majority stay… which gives you some comfort knowing there are other people around with similar self infliction mindsets as your own.

When there’s no alternative the only choice is pushing on, ha-ha pain becomes your partner in training. It turns out that part of the intended result of the punishing is developing self control, to be more relaxed. The trainers repeat the word ‘relax’ a lot – it makes sense, if you want to be a good fighter you need to be relaxed enough in the ring to react without restriction. The goal is to find that calmness, so with every movement you aren’t giving your game away. If you are uncomfortable with what’s coming then your body becomes tense, breathing becomes restricted and your responses are slow and rigid, too easy for an opponent to read, ha-ha so apparently you learn to relax.

The local Thai fighters have a very relaxed look about their fighting style, shoulders and hips appear loose – they say ‘dancing, dancing’, what they mean is relax and find your rhythm. Watching two Thai Boxers fight is like a dance, it follows a rhythm, and when they find their rhythm they unleash all hell!

Arriving at the camp I soon realized that English is not a strong point for the Thai’s – actually with the trainers it’s down to single words, not even sentences – that’s hard – so training becomes instinctual from the start, a good thing in any fighters book. Rather than relying so much on being told what to do, reading your trainers movements and responding to these becomes reflex.

Each morning you are there, at about 5am, if you haven’t already been woken by the mosquitoes and the suffocating heat, you are woken by the slapping crack of kicks on bags outside. Soon begins the first of the 2 training sessions for your day. My room was the closest to the training area – less than 3 meters away – the training area consists of 4 full-size boxing rings, a bag area of about 10 bags plus speed balls and some other ingenious punching and kicking gadgets that only the Thai’s could have invented.

At about 5am the youngest of the local Fairtex fighters begin their training before going to school. The rest of us including the local senior Fairtex fighters start training between 6 and 6:30am, beginning with a 30min run (or longer if you are so inclined), then some stretching, wrap your hands, then out to the rings – you choose a trainer, or they choose you – then you pretty much stick with them as your one on one trainer for the duration of your stay.

You get quite a bond, they push you to your limits so there is some bizarre bond thing there. And all the trainers are friendly, humble, and VERY laid back, always cracking jokes or playing tricks on you and each other.

The actual handpicked local Fairtex fighters training there train like their lives depend on it, and really they do – they have been handpicked to perform from some very ‘difficult’ backgrounds – this is their one chance to break out of what looks like a very bleak existence, Fairtex offers them a rosier future.

Like I have said they are true machines. These guys generally start about 6 years old and peak in their career at about 20 years, most retire soon after as they’ve been fighting for so many years, sometimes with a good 100 or 200 fights under their belt! Then if they are lucky enough they go on to become Fairtex trainers.

The second daily training session begins at 2:30pm and follows the same format as the morning session; I soon learned why there wasn’t much activity during the day. The only way I could sustain the intensity of 2 marathon sessions per day was by sleeping during the day too. After breakfast I would sleep for 2 hrs, eat then be ready to train again at 2:30pm, after that was dinner, relax for a bit then hit the sack again, and still everyone is nagged by annoying injuries – if you are unlucky they become excruciating injuries. And EVERYONE develops some type of injury.

Along with “relax” the other most used word by the trainers is “power”, constantly yelling “power, power” the trainers demand full power with every kick, punch, knee, or elbow, it’s 100% or get out of the ring. After kicking and punching full power it doesn’t take long for things to start hurting, ankles, shins, fists, muscle strains, heamatomas – and any grazes and cuts soon become infected, any open wound get’s infected as I found out.

On the third day my toe was throbbing and pusfilled. I’d ignored the flies buzzing around my weeping foot, for the next few days kicking became a truly ‘surreal’ experience – fortunately after taking a look the local Dr didn’t take too much convincing to give me a bag full of painkillers and antibiotics…

During your stay you soon build up a good fitness level – once in the ring it is 6 x 6min ballistic rounds on the pads – they HAMMER you – and you get drilled and drilled…. and drilled on the basics. You think you are getting it right, and then they make you do it again and again… remember ‘wax on wax off’ from the ‘Karate Kid’ well this has to be what that’s all about.

During my time I was frustrated, I wanted to get on and learn the moves I’d seen in the movie ‘ONG BAK’ (If you haven’t seen it, this a great Thai Boxing movie). Anyway now that I am at home I understand the benefit of their ‘wax on wax off’ approach, the subtle body positioning and technique is imprinted on my brain forevermore.

After rounds in the ring it’s bags for 3 to 5 rounds (6 mins each again), then after that some ab work, then if you are up for it, it’s rounds of grappling and sparring. All in all it’s hardout but then you always look over and see the Thai’s training far, far harder and for much longer – I wonder whether or not it’s possible for an ‘outsider’ to ever reach that same level?

If you have ever thought about traveling to Thailand for some Muay Thai training of your own, it is well worth doing. Yeah, it is hardout, and it’s definitely not for the faint hearted – but the exhilaration and satisfaction from the training far outweighs the ‘discomfort’ factor’. What you walk away with will be with you forever. Sure you learn technical skill – and yeah the Thai’s are all about technique – they are master technicians of the art and they won’t accept any less from you either – but you take home a WHOLE lot more than that… I can’t wait to get back there again for more!

The Fairtex Bangplee training camp is located in Bangkok, Thailand – very soon a multi-million dollar, second camp will be completed in Pattaya, Thailand. Please visit the Fairtex website for more information: http://www.fairtex.com

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