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    Sinbi Muay Thai- Week Three and Beyond!

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    My third week at Sinbi, where I’m training in the Thai martial art of muay thai, was awesome.  I did two private training sessions daily, one with Pot and one with Bao V, plus group sessions.  I’ve learnt A LOT, and try to take notes after each session, although it can be difficult to remember everything.  Pot, who is reputed to be the best clincher in Thailand and has quite the experience and impressive reputation, teaches me only a handful of key techniques each time to ensure I won’t be overwhelmed, and with Bao V we mostly spar and he’ll review drills and critique while doing so. …continue reading Sinbi Muay Thai- Week Three and Beyond!

    Sinbi- Week One

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    I am bruised, battered, blistered, beaten and bitten, and loving every minute (well, except the bitten part- pesky mosquitoes).  My first week went well.  I’ve now settled into a routine and have adjusted to the intensity of twice a day trainings. So I’m adding in private lessons:)!

    Communication here is done through laughter, gesturing, and muay thai grunts of “mmm-MMMM” and “Ooooh-AAAAAY!”.  Despite a mostly English clientele, the trainers don’t speak much English, and the few words they do take some deciphering (“lip kick? You want me to kick your lip?? Oh, you’re saying LEFT kick!”).  But it works, and the sessions are both hard work and a lot of fun for everyone.  Now that they’re used to me, they like to come over, look at what I’m doing, and laugh, but all good-naturedly.  They’ll imitate me, point out whatever they want me to change, shake their heads and say “No, bad!”  They then show me what they want and say “Yes, good!”  When I get it, cries of “Yes! See!” and “mmm-MMMM!” abound.

    …continue reading Sinbi- Week One

    First Few Days at Sinbi Muay Thai

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    I’m at Sinbi Muay Thai camp in Phuket, Thailand.

    There’s a rhythm here in terms of how the days flow. I get up at 6am and go for a run. Morning training starts at 7:30am and lasts until 9:30 or 10. Then I stretch. Afternoon session begins at 4pm, but I like to get there a little earlier to do some of my own conditioning (push-ups, sit-ups, weights, etc). It runs 2- 2.5 hours, and then I stretch again. I start private lessons this week as well. The training is excellent and very intense. The trainers are all top notch, former or current fighters, and have their specialties, although it seems like they’re all good at everything!

    …continue reading First Few Days at Sinbi Muay Thai