1 Week Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training in Thailand

  • Emerald Gym, 505 Moo 2, Soi 11 Aonang, Krabi, 81000, Thailand

Overview

Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training in Ao Nang

Beginner or professional, you are all welcome to join Emerald Gym today and learn the different techniques used in Muay Thai and BJJ. You will be trained by former professional boxers and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ao Nang Beach while you work out a sweat. Whether your goal is to master the basics or learn more advanced techniques, you can all do it at Emerald Gym.

Highlights

  • Muay Thai training twice daily
  • Daily BJJ and Muay Thai training Monday to Saturday
  • Ex-professional boxers as Muay Thai trainers
  • Idyllic and wonderful location
  • All levels are welcome here
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 6 days with instruction
  • French, Thai, English
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They offer dormitory, private, fan, and air conditioned rooms. All of which are inclusive of cable tv, hot shower, Western toilets, fridge, safety box, towel, bed sheets, and maid service.

BJJ training program

Warm Up (30 minutes): The warm up usually consists of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling specific movements and even shows some conditioning exercises and drills. Expect the warm up to be pretty hard if you are a beginner as the movements are somewhat different from your usual warm up. It is designed to get your body ready for working on the ground and while standing, get the joint liquids flowing so you can move smoothly and prepare your lungs and heart for the soon to come aerobic / anaerobic endurance work. The warm up is usually the most important part of training as it will get your mind ready and will help prevent injuries due to your muscles being cold.

Technique (30 minutes - hour): This is the main part of training. You will learn pins, \holds, submissions, escapes, sweeps, and all there is to learn about BJJ. Learning techniques is the foundation of a good Jiu Jitsu game and is crucial to being able to actually fight. In this part of training you will usually learn between 2 and 4 different techniques which often will be chained techniques or movements and counter-movements. After you have learned the technique it is time to drill them and repeat them as often as possible to carve them into your muscle memory in order to achieve a fluid, instinctive movement.

Sparring (30 minutes - 1 hour): After learning techniques, it is time to apply them while fighting against a resisting opponent, your friends from the gym. Respectfully, you will try to take advantage of your opponents wrong movements and apply the previously learnt techniques as well as develop a sense for timing, a feeling for your opponents movements and get to know your own body and your capabilities. Please note that fighting on the ground is a kind of endurance which you will have never experienced before and even if you are in very good shape, you wont be able to prepare for this, so just go to class and enjoy the training. Sparring in BJJ can take many forms. You can start in specific positions with a goal in mind (for example start in the guard and the goal is to pass the guard) or you can spar free with the goal to submit your opponent. Each and every form of sparring and each and every minute will help you to a more solid Jiu Jitsu and you will gain the necessary experience to apply techniques in real life scenarios.

Cool down / stretching (15 minutes): This should be pretty clear. Your muscles are very warm, especially after sparring, and you will take the remaining time of class to cool down and stretch. This is also the time to talk with your training partners/instructors about your flaws and strengths, how to get better at BJJ or just about your daily life. Everyone in the gym should be your friend as you strive for the same goal in the end, to get better.

Muay Thai morning session

The morning is essentially reserved for the work of the physical condition, the development of the physical qualities, and the technique. The various energy systems are so taken into account, and improved according to time. The session begins at 7 a.m. (footing) and ends between 10 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

The jogging done in the morning are not compulsory for the non-competitors / non-fighters. Beginners take 5 kilometres jogging session up to the beach of Ao Nang, on an average of 30 minutes. Intermediate level students take a 7 kilometres jogging session up to the beach of Nopparat on an average of 45 minutes.

Meanwhile Confirmed students usually take a 10 kilometres jogging session up to the national park of Nopparat, on an average of 55 minutes and professional boxers have a 12 kilometres jogging session up to the national park of Nopparat with 30% of the slope for an hour. Some days of the week will be reserved for the anaerobic systems (sprints).

Muay Thai morning session routine

Stretching, warm-up sessions: 5 minutes of stretch; 20 minutes of shadow.

Heavy bag work sessions: 3 rounds of 3 minutes free.

Boxing ring: Work with subjects (styles, attack, defense), technical correction, sparring.

Specific work out: Work out being used is the specific effort to Muay Thai, K1 or boxing. Development of the strength / speed, the stamina, the power (clinch) and the explosion.

Muay Thai afternoon session routine

Warm-up: 10 minutes of stretch, 15 minutes of skipping, 20 minutes of shadow.

Heavy bag work: 3 to 5 rounds of 3 to 5 minutes (according to energy systems trained) in subjects (fists, feet, knees, elbows).

Boxing ring: 3 x 3 rounds of paos of 3 to 5 minutes with your trainer, with who you can learn and put into practice most possible techniques; sparring (not compulsory for the non competitors); clinching.

Stretching and sit ups: Stretching of 15 minutes; work of abdominal muscles, big right(law), obliques, lumbar vertebrae, 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Daily schedule Monday to Saturday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Muay Thai running
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Muay Thai sparring
  • 10:00 - 12:00 BJJ training sessions
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Muay Thai training sessions

Variations on daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Muay Thai training sessions (Saturday)
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Muay Thai training sessions (Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays)

Martial Arts

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling Martial Art which specializes in ground fighting techniques. The Aim is to control the opponent and eventually use a Submission technique to render him unconscious or attack joints. Of course this is trained in a friendly and respectful manner without any danger.

History

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hlio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground, most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.

Style of fighting

Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage instead of pure physical strength.

BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a takedown to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to pull guard. This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners.

A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (like a dislocated joint or unconsciousness). Renzo Gracie wrote in his book Mastering Jiu-jitsu: The classical jujutsu of old Japan appeared to have no common strategy to guide a combatant over the course of a fight. Indeed, this was one of Kanos most fundamental and perceptive criticisms of the classical program. Maeda not only taught the art of judo to Carlos Gracie, but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat developed by Kano.

And then, further refined by Maeda based on his worldwide travels competing against fighters skilled in a wide variety of martial arts. The book details Maedas theory as arguing that physical combat could be broken down into distinct phases, such as the striking phase, the grappling phase, the ground phase, etc. Thus, it was a smart fighters task to keep the fight located in the phase of combat that best suited to his own strengths. Renzo Gracie stated that this was a fundamental influence on the Gracie approach to combat; these strategies were further developed over time by the Gracies and others, and became prominent in contemporary MMA.

Benefits of BJJ

Ground Fighting Techniques

Submissions

Escaping

Takedown Awareness

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This sport includes the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and feet.

The Muay Thai story

Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. As with the most countries in the region, Thai culture is highly influenced by ancient civilizations within Southeast Asia. Muay Thais origin in Thailand can be traced back to its ancestor Muay Boran (ancient boxing), an unarmed combat used by Siamese soldiers in conjunction with Krabi Krabong, the weapon-based style.

Eventually Muay Boran was divided to: Muay Korat (Northeast) emphasized strength. A technique like Throwing Buffalo Punch was used. It could supposedly defeat a buffalo in one blow; Muay Lopburi (Center region) emphasized movements. Its strong points were straight and counter punches; Muay Chaiya (South) emphasized posture and defense, as well as elbows and knees; and Muay Pra Nakorn (North) emphasized speed, particularly in kicking. Because of its faster speed, it was called as well Ling Lom (windy monkey or Loris).

There is a phrase about Muay Boran that states, Punch Korat, Wit Lopburi, Posture Chaiya, Faster Thasao. As well as continuing to function as a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay Thai became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. This kind of muay contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples. It was even used as entertainment to kings.

Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of rope wrapped around their hands and forearms. This type of match was called muay kaad chuek ().

In its original form, Muay Thai consisted of an arsenal of nine weapons - the head, fists, elbows, knees and feet - known collectively as na-wa arwud. However in modern Muay Thai, both amateur and professional, head-butting an opponent is no longer allowed.

To strike and bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used: the clinch. Formal Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: Mae Mai or major techniques and Luk Mai or minor techniques. Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand, but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit.

With the success of Muay Thai in mixed martial arts fighting, it has become the de facto martial art of choice for competitive stand-up fighters. As a result, it has evolved and incorporated much more powerful hand striking techniques used in western style boxing and the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable. Note: when Muay Thai fighters compete against fighters of other styles (and if the rules permit it), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage in fighting.

Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, and block. The rotation of the hips in Muay Thai techniques, and intensive focus on core muscles (such as abdominal muscles and surrounding muscles) is very distinctive and is what sets Muay Thai apart from other styles of martial arts. The televisions of the whole world broadcast the big fights of Muay Thai in Thailand and in Japan and more particularly the spectacular tournament of K1.

Benefits of Muay Thai

Striking techniques

Clinching

Timing, coordination

Stamina, explosive power

Language course and Course preparation

Conditioning before coming to the camp is recommended. Although Emerald Gym welcomes all levels and will adjust the training syllabus according to your own pace, intensive workout is expected, which requires above average physical strength and stamina.

  • Wilfried Montagne

    Wil manages all the trainers and is in charge of the boxing and K1 techniques mainly for the fighters. He is a 3 time French Champion, 1 time European Champion, Kickboxing Vice World Champion. He has trained champions like Mohamed Bouchared, Emmanuel Payet, Mike Long, Samuel Andoche, and Mohamed Galaoui.

  • Keensak

    The head trainer has 30 years of experience in Muay Thai, he trained lot of big champions. His specialty is elbow and knee. He has over 200 fights, and is a trainer at famous Jitti, Vorapin and Kaewsamrit Gym. He is an 8-time Lumpini Champion. He is the trainer of big champions such as Radjasak, Kriengkrai, and Sampaet.

  • Deng

    Deng is an All-round trainer, he will provide all pure and efficient techniques.

  • Bao

    The youngest trainer at Emerald Gym looks after the beginners students; he will take his time to explain every move.

  • Karoon

    Kru Karoon has over 150 fights under his belt and is Krabi and Phuket Champion. He is the Trainer of the Amateur Team in South University.

  • Tom

    Tom pays a special attention to the beginners, step by step, he can speak english fluently.

The camp is located in the south of Thailand, in the province of Krabi, and more exactly in Ao Nang Beach. It is situated 800 km from Bangkok and 180 km from Phuket. Rapidly growing, this region is nevertheless protected from the mass tourism, allowing the practice of the camps sports activities and the discovery of this magnificent region.

Its very beautiful beach allows us to make some of our activities in an idyllic atmosphere, but it is also a place of rest and relaxation, as well as a point of access towards the visit of islands aboard charming long tail boats. If the sport is your passion we will be able to advise you to practice other activities within the best structures of the region (diving, climbing, trekking, and kayaking). Naturally the region is convenient for the tasting of the excellent thai dishes.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Gym
  • Kayak
  • Snorkeling nearby
General
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter rental
  • Scooter rental nearby
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

Food is not included in the price. Participants will be responsible for their own meals.

Ao Nang Beach

Krabi Speedway

Railay Beach

Tiger Cave Temple

  • 6 nights accomodation
  • Daily training in Muay Thai (twice per day) and BJJ (once per day) from Monday to Saturday
  • Room service daily
  • Air travel expenses
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The fastest way to arrive to the gym is by plane, about 1 hour 15 minutes from Bangkok to Krabi (town) and about 20 minutes by bus or by taxi from the airport. Book your flight ticket with these companies Air Asia, Thai airways, or Bangkok airways.

Arrival by bus

A cheaper solution and more local style is to take a bus on the regular line Bangkok - Krabi. Book your ticket directly at the southern bus station Sai Tai Mai at Bangkok. It takes around twelve hours to reach Krabi.

Arrival from Phuket

  • From Phuket, you can take a minivan, departure every day at 7 a.m., or the ferry, departure every day at 8.30 a.m.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Emerald Gym an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Torgeir A

    "Trainers was energetic and fun to work with. Good value for the money and some new "tools" in the Muaythai backpack :)"

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  • Review by A traveler

    "Trainer Karoon was very good and patient, and corrected many of my bad habits and mistakes. I had 3 rounds of pad work and 1-to-1 training for punch/elbow/kick/knee. Thanks to him I learned a lot during my short session."

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  • Review by Dan from Australia

    "Will and crew were awesome. I learned some great new techniques and refined some old. The trainers are great fun and light hearted, the gym very well set up and catered for us (over 40 people) without being too crowded. Left some sweat & blood there!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "One thing we love about Emerald Gym is the fact it doesn't try to persuade you or scream "look at me", it doesn't have to. It simply speaks for itself via the caliber of trainers, the skill, strength and standard of the participants and the day-by-day improvement in your own technique and fitness.From the outset my sister and I were completely in awe of the exceptional skill level that surrounded us and only days later learnt we were in the company of legendary fighters, namely founding owner/operator Wilfried Montagne - a 3 x French and European Champion!To watch Wilfried in action and train alongside him is really something else and just one of the many joys of Emerald Muay Thai Gym.As newcomers we were very impressed at how swiftly the Thai trainers assessed our skill level, gave us specific, simple instruction and challenging yet achievable rounds in the ring! And thank you fellas for always letting us win ;-)So what can we say - just get yourself to Emerald, join a 2-hr group session, line up alongside Wilfried and his team and go for it. We'll be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Hong Kong

    "Great place to train Muay Thai. Trainers are friendly and give time to students fairly. The owner/manager Wilfried will also give time to as many students as he can. They could do with some newer equipment as the equipment was quite worn when we went. Take your own gloves if possible."

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  • Review by a traveler from Krabi Town, Thailand

    "This month I visited the Emerald Gym for training Muay Thai. The gym is very well equipped with many punching bags and two big fighting rings. The atmosphere is very nice and friendly - the trainers always have time for some jokes :)! I am clearly a beginner but still the trainers would take their time for me, unlike many other commercial gyms where only big fighters get attention. I can definitely recommend going there!"

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Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

Emerald Gym is a Muay Thai gym located in Ao Nang Beach. We train beginners or professionals, all our trainers are Thai and used to be professional boxers.

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