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Cho. Nateetong invites you to experience Muay Thai in a stress-free environment with accomplished trainers to guide you. If you seek a good break to learn and master Muay Thai, seek no more. The schedule at Cho. Nateetong is arranged for you to focus on the training and have good breaks between the sessions. They have put up a team of accomplished trainers to train and guide you. The trainers will make sure that you learn without pressure or stress. It is one of their goals to keep their students focused on the training with minimal distraction. So if you are looking for a Muay Thai training focused break, this is it!
Cho. Nateetong offers 4 types of accommodation options to their students. These room types are the private rooms with fan or air conditioning and the shared double rooms with fan or air conditioning. All of the rooms feature the following:
Private /shared bathroom
Training at Cho Nateetong gym is done twice daily, 6 times a week, from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays are allotted for the students and the trainers as well to take a break from the intense training that they had during the week. Sundays are also used by students as an opportunity to explore the rest of the area or the nearby islands. The sessions which are divided into two are done every morning from 8 :00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and done in the afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The history of Muay Thai was lost when the Burmese army sacked and razed Ayuddhaya to the ground. With them, much of the early Muay Thai history also went. The little we do know about Muay Thai comes from the writings of the Burmese, Cambodian, early European visitors and some of the chronicles of the Lanna Kingdom - Chiangmai.
What all sources agree on is that Muay Thai began as a close combat battlefield fighting skill. More deadly than the weapons it replaced. The sources aren't clear and often contradict each other. But there are two main theories. One says that the art developed as the Thai people moved down from China; honed in the struggle for land. The other theory of the history of Muay Thai says that the Thai people were already here and that Muay Thai developed to defend the land and people from constant invasion threats.
The history of Muay Thai second theory, while controversial, has considerable academic backing and archaeological evidence. The first is, however, possible as the area opened up to the early pioneers. What is known is that the history of Muay Thai was an essential part of Thai culture right from its dawn. And in Thailand, it's the sport of kings.
The people have always followed the sport and have been instrumental in moving it from the battlefield to the ring. They have been as much a part of making it a sport as have the Kings. One of the prime movers in transforming the sport was the Tiger King, who not only influenced fighting styles but also the equipment.
During the reign of the Tiger King, the hands and forearms began being bound with strips of horse hair. This was to serve a dual purpose - protect the fighter and inflict more damage on the opponent. Later, these were replaced by hemp ropes or starched strips of cotton. For particular challenge matches and with the fighters agreement, ground glass was mixed with glue and spread on the strips.
The changes that the sport has undergone have been changes to equipment used rather than radical change. For example, Thai fighters have always worn groin guards. A kick or knee to the groin was a perfectly legal move up until the 1930's. In the early days, the protection was made from tree bark or sea shells held in place with a piece of cloth tied between the legs and around the waist
The groin guard later became a triangular shaped pillow, red or blue, tied around the waist with a through strap between the legs. The pillow went, after a boxer on a trip to Malaysia saw a groin box. He came back with the idea, which is close to the original idea of the sea shell and since then, Muay Thai fighters have used them.
The 1930's saw the most radical change in the sport. It was then that it was codified and today's rules and regulations were introduced. Rope bindings of the arms and hands were abandoned and gloves took their place.
Tak is currently professional boxer in the Thai circuits. He has several championships under his belt.
Saeb is trained in Muay Thai and Western Boxing, and has won championships in Thailand and China.
Tuk specializes in training for professional Muay Thai and Western Boxing. He has also won several championships in Thailand.
Watt specializes in training for professional Muay Thai and Western Boxing. He has also won several championships in Thailand.
Cho. Nateetong is located in the quiet residential area of Sukhumvit 31, Pattaya. The said area is one of the distraction free and quiet areas away from the crazy and distracting nightlife that Pattaya is known for.
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"Cho. Nateetong Gym.A newer gym that I checked out (though only for 1 session) is Cho Nateetong. Tak, the owner, was brought up in the Sityodtong gym and he seemed like a really nice guy. Training starts late here as most people did not start on pads until after 5pm. The gym is a bit out of the way (just off Sukhumvit road just as you enter Pattaya) but its accessible via the baht buses that drive up and down the main street.I wish I had spent a bit more time here so I could get a better idea of what the training is like. Having only trained there once, I can say that based on my limited experience, the training seemed alright. Everyone who was training there (pretty much all foreigners when I went) seemed like they were on a high level.There are 2 rings but theres a shortage of bags to use. Actually, the facility itself is lacking a bit but that doesnt really matter too much as long as the training is good. A lot of the students did a run before and while I had to dip out of training a bit early, I got the impression that the sessions were complete (running, pads, sparring, clinching) .. Just not a lot of bag work because they barely have any there."
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