Week 5

Posted: 3rd October 2010 by glyn.roberts in Thailand

Week 5 consisted of Muay Thai as normal, but I also concentrated on my running more.

The trainers constantly say that Muay Thai fighters run, so this week I pushed my running for as long as possible.

Running at Tiger is not great unfortunately due to there not being any footpaths here. You have to run on the roads and keep an eye out for the traffic as road safety is not something that seems to be considered by Thai Drivers. It’s not too bad but you do need to keep an eye out for those drivers that do not know exactly how wide their vehicle is.
My method is running towards traffic on the road as you can see what is coming and jump out of the way if they get a bit too close.
Near the end of the week I ran to the Big Buddha. Its a tough run and sharp inclines to get to the top of the mountain (big hill).
It’s about 10k to the top from Tiger and the last 6k is quite safe running as there is not much traffic.
I messed my feet up a bit with my shoes rubbing my heals which I think it due to the incline so if you try it, be careful as it could put you out of running for a week while they heal.

The Muay Thai classes continue as always as I slowly get better at reading the opponents moves before they punch/kick. The main improvement is due to watching how the opponent either moves their eyes or shoulders. If a shoulder drops a bit then a kick is coming. My sparing does need improving so this should get easier as I continue with these classes.

Karon Beach

Posted: 2nd October 2010 by glyn.roberts in Places, Thailand

Karon Beach is just north of Kata beach and south of Patong.
Its a good long beach which is well kept with plenty to keep you occupied.
There are several surf shops for rental and usually a water scooter rental right on the beach.
Renting a sunbed is 100baht as usual on any beach in Phuket.
Opposite the beach are several restaurants but not many shops as you find near other beaches.

The Big Buddha

Posted: 2nd October 2010 by glyn.roberts in Places, Thailand

The Big Buddha is this huge statue that sits on top of one of the mountain tops in Phuket which can be seen from the Tiger training area.

View half way up the mountain

The distance to the reach the Big Buddha from Tiger is about 12km. The last 6 km is all up hill with some sharp inclines so its easiest getting a scooter or taxi to the top.
I decided to run it from Tiger which was a great challenge, but not planning to do it again anytime soon 🙂
In certain religions, the harder the journey to get to the place of worship the more your voice would be heard by God.
There are no walking paths to the top so you have to stay on the road. Not much traffic goes up and down so its safe but a tough journey. Most locals traveling up and down will offer you a free ride if they see you making the journey on foot.

The journey to the top is great as you see elephants working alongside Thai locals, monkey shows and some great views of the whole island.

The Big Buddha

Once you reach the top there is a temple which sells memorabilia, drinks and snacks. Also inside the temple is a monk (which I think is there everyday) who offers prayers to you.
You can get right up to the Buddha by walking through the temple to the steps at the back and following them to the base of the statue. This is all free though there are several donation boxes for those that wish to help with the restoration of the Buddha.

The site from the top is amazing as you can see the sea on all sides if the day is clear. There is also a golden Buddha and other religious artifacts at the top so worth taking a look about.

BBQ Beatdown

Posted: 29th September 2010 by glyn.roberts in Thailand

The last saturday of every month is the Tiger BBQ beatdown. They change the whole days training schedule so the Tiger camp can be prepared for the evenings entertainments.

The morning Muay Thai classes are on the beach. They offer a minibus from the camp at 7:30am for all guests that wish to train in the morning. Once arrived the session is filled with running along the beach, techniques and a few fun and games at the end.
There are no evening Muay Thai classes on BBQ beatdown days.

The afternoon consists of a football match guests against the trainers. The football pitch is at a local school a short 10min run or 5 min ride from the Tiger camp. A minibus is offered to this venue also.
One concern I had was the pitch is a concreted area with sand on top that has blown in from the road. This makes the game much more difficult as the surface is now very slippery.
The match was fun and you can tell the Thai people play football regularly as they were quite good. We lost 3-2 against the trainers but it was fun to play against them.

The evenings entertainment was a BBQ followed by fights throughout the night. A ticket for the food and drink was 350baht but it was all you can eat and drink while they still had any available.
There were 3 Muay Thai fights, 1 boxing match and 3 cage fights keeping us rabble entertained for the rest of the evening. The entertainment ended around 11pm though several of the lads continued the night by heading into Patong.
I stayed at the camp with a few of the lads and continued drinking. A great way to see out the month.

Week 4

Posted: 27th September 2010 by glyn.roberts in Thailand

This week training continued as usual. Muay Thai classes and now I’m adding in a more concentrated gym schedule.

The Thai Hulk

I had a chat with the main gym instructor Peter aka “Thai Hulk” and went through a program to improve my conditioning. Peter has a excellent history in competing in Mr Thailand and Mr Asia body building championships each year. This helped my focus on the muscle groups that need the most improvement and give me an overall improvement to my fitness.

The Muay Thai classes are the same each week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is Muay Thai sparing. Tuesday and Thursdays are clinching techniques. Saturday is a combination training. I feel a real difference in my technique as I seem to keep my form in the sparing sessions without too much concentration now.

BBQ beatdown on Saturday so you can read the other posts regarding that.

Sunday spent recovering from an excellent weekend 🙂