Day 2 Muay Thai training in Thailand

This morning Hugh got stuck at Raellai Beach. The boat man refused to move until 8 people came to book passage back to Ao Nang. After several very frustrating hours for Hugh he paid 4x the normal price for a ticket and got to Ao Nang just in time to miss morning training.

I woke up at 0600. With 2 hours until training I decided to eat. Protein shake, 2 bananas, coffee, and ¼ of a pine apple. My body felt like it weighted 500 lbs. I hopped on the bike and when to Emerald.

I am down to 158. I have now lost 13 lbs in four days. I struggle through shadow boxing. Incidentally the area reserved for shadow boxing has a concrete floor. The Thai guys don’t seem to have much problem with it but I slide a lot and nearly fell while doing a round kick. I am dripping with sweat; they seem unaffected by the heat.

Wil has us go to the heavy bags next. These bags are quite different than what you find in the states. They range in weight from 20 KG to 30 KG and are about twice as wide as a normal Thai bag. They are only 4 feet long or so. They provide excellent resistance and shin conditioning. 3x three minute rounds later I feel am a bit dizzy but OK.

Wil holds pads for me after heavy bag training. He is an excellent pad holder and teaches very well. It is obvious why people traverse the globe to train here.

Back on the bag I have to do 100 knees and 100 theeps. My legs feel like they are made of lead.

Finally 300 more Thai sit ups.

Day two training 0800

5 KM jog

Shadow boxing

  • 3 – minute free
  • 1 – minute knees
  • 10 push ups
  • 1 min break
  • (repeat 3 times)

 

Heavy Bag (3x 3 min rounds)

  • 3 minutes – 10 sec fast punches, 10 sec normal bag work, 15 seconds fast punches, 15 seconds normal bag work, 20 seconds fast punches, 20 seconds normal bag work, and back down until 3 minutes is up
  • Same
  • 10 seconds fast punches and 10 seconds rest for 3 minutes

Pads (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Will was a boxer before he did Muay Thai and his pad work reflects this. Lots of advancing jab/hook and upper cut drills

Heavy Bag

  • 100 theeps (alternating)
  • 100 kness

 

Abs

  • 300 thai sit ups (that is 900 in two days now)

At 1600 Hugh and I make the quick trip back to Emerald Muay Thai. The 1st sign of over training is not wanting to train. I go anyway. I pound M150 energy drink.

There is a new Thai guy at the gym to help train us and the head coach is there too. We start off with 10 minutes of jump rope. Oddly I get though it much better. I check my weight and Im back up to 74 KG (163.14 lbs). I’m still WAY more tired than I would be in a climate controlled gym in the US but compared to how I have been feeling it’s great.

Coach sends us to the heavy bags. I must have made a good impression because he just says for Hugh and I to do any Muay Thai we want. I feel much cooler than just alternating punches and one simple drill. We do 2x threes on the bags.

Hugh starts doing pads with the head coach and I go with the younger Thai man. We work a lot of kicks, theeps, and some very cool defensive techniques. We do 3x three minute rounds.

The head coach puts on boxing gloves and shin guards then throws me some shin guards and smiles. He says he wants to do light sparring. I am a bit nervous to say the least. This is a world champion Thai boxer with hundreds of fights. I start slowly and he tells me to pick it up. We do 3x three minute rounds and he humors me until I gas out and then he kicks my butt a bit. He is hitting me very softly and I know that he could KO me at any time. When holding pads for me he is loud, smiling, and very nice. Standing across the ring from him he stares at me with the dead stare of a shark looking at a fish. There is something very intimidating about it and I am glad that he is my coach and not my opponent.

Hugh is up next and does better than I do but is still out classed by a 65 KG man. Hugh out weights this man by 30 KG and is about 1 foot taller but his presence makes him seem the same size as Hugh.

Next we work clinch. I work with the head coach and Hugh now works with the younger Thai guy that held pads for me. We both learn a lot. 15 minutes of clinch with no breaks against fighters of this caliber is intense to say the least.

Back to the bags for 100 theeps and 100 knees.

Day two training 1600

10 min jump rope

Shadow boxing

  • 3 – minute free
  • 1 – minute knees
  • 10 push ups
  • 1 min break
  • (repeat 3 times)

 

Heavy Bag (2x 3 min rounds)

  • Full speed and power Muay Thai

Pads (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Worked knees, kicks, elbows, and theeps.
  • Theeps when opponent attempts kick
  • Round kick to theep with out putting foot down

Light sparring (3x 3 min rounds)

  • With no cup and no mouth piece we sparred. We sparred at a fast pace with no power and no ego. I have no bruises from it and learned a lot.

Clinch (15 minutes)

  • Worked full clinch with light knees

Heavy Bag

  • 100 theeps (alternating)
  • 100 knees

Muay Thai Training in Thailand

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