Day 7 Muay Thai training in Thailand

Waking up is easy. My body and mind feel great. Hugh is off to Cambodia so I went to Emerald alone. There are many people at the gym today and everyone is excited that Rit is going to fight at Ao Nang Stadium tonight. We start off with the normal morning jog. I still hate running but it is getting much easier for me to do. Shadow boxing is great. I feel 100%. On the bag we take turns doing punch combinations with our partner holding the bag. I work with a small, but damn tough, fighter from Belgium.

Pakda is holding pads today. I am getting much better with him since I am now used to his hand signals and commands. We do 4 rounds. After the rounds I have a conversation with a world champion fighter from the Netherlands. He is retired now but still is in exceptional shape for a 44 year old man. He is about 100 or so KG and stands several inches above me. We share very similar philosophies about fighting and what it takes to be a fighter.

We go back to the heavy bag for 200 knees and 200 theeps. I have totally acclimatized and my body feels better than I can ever remember it feeling in my life. We breeze through 300 abs to finish the day.

Day seven training 0800

5 KM jog

Shadow boxing

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

Heavy Bag

  • jab + cross + hook + cross, jab + cross + slip + cross + hook, jab + cross + R elbow + L elbow
  • 10 seconds hard punches with 10 seconds rest for 3 minutes

Pads (4x 3 min rounds with boxing sparring during breaks)

  • Jab + cross + hook + upper cuts + elbow + tak malla (up elbow). Attacking from being pushed around with theep and elbows. Lots of checks and blocking hard punches after punching.

 

Heavy Bag

  • 200 kness
  • 200 theeps

Abs

  • 40 Thai sit ups
  • 40 Russian twists
  • 40 bicycles
  • 80 side crunches
  • 40 bird dog
  • 60 leg ups

 

 

 

After training I get a really good Thai massage with tiger balm. My mind is totally at ease. My body feels light and strong. Even though I trained hard this morning and know I will train hard again this evening I go on a hike up a small mountain to get to a secluded beach to swim.

The day passes quickly, too quickly, and it is time to make the journey back to the gym. The gym is packed tonight. I see a new Thai that I have not seen before. He is a pro with over 100 fights and currently fights at Lumpinee Stadium. This means he is one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world. I am excited to work with him.

We do 10 minutes of rope and 3 rounds of shadow boxing. This is becoming very easy which is great. On the heavy bag we work with a partner doing alternating round house kicks in 10 kick increments. I work the fighter from Belgium because I know he works hard and is tough. We push each other hard and it is good training.

Today I work with Wil on the pads. Wil loves to push cardio but I feel ready for anything. We work lots of kicks for the 1st two rounds and mainly knees and clinch for the final round.

I ask Wil if I can spar someone in the other ring and he asks the Lumpinee fighter to work with me. We do 9 rounds of very fast sparring. I feel very good sparring him. I am bigger than he is but he doesn’t feel small. He is very tough and we have a lot of fun. I feel good with him punching and kicking but when we clinch I can see the difference in our experience. After sparring I ask him to work clinch with me so that I can learn from him. We work 20 minutes of clinch.

On the heavy bag we work 200 knees and 200 theeps. 300 abs and we are finished for the day.

Good times!

Day seven training 1600

10 min jump rope

Shadow boxing (15 minutes)

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

Heavy Bag (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Round kicks in 10 kick intervals

Pads (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Kicks, kicks, and more kicks
  • Clinch and knee.

Light full speed sparring (9×3 min rounds)

Clinch (20 minutes)

Heavy Bag

  • 200 knees
  • 200 theeps

Abs

  • 40 Thai sit ups
  • 60 Russian twists
  • 60 cross leg crunches
  • 40 cross leg with both feet off ground
  • 60 leg straight up toe touch
  • 50 leg raises with partner

Nick training in Thailand with Lumpini Muay Thai fighter

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