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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 Muay Thai- Week Two

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    This week started off frustrating, to say the least.

    I felt like I was getting slower, not faster, and indeed I’m convinced that I was.  On Monday and Tuesday it seemed like no matter what I did I wasn’t blocking fast enough, hitting hard enough, or reacting like a proper fighter.  I suspect that’s because the amount and intensity of training had caught up with my body which was now trying to adapt and recover.  I certainly felt a little discouraged, but knew that I could push through this, and by the time Wednesday rolled around I was back up to par.

    …continue reading Sinbi Muay Thai- Week Two

    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