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Beginner seeking to master the basics or professional trying to learn more advanced techniques, you are all welcome at Emerald Gym and will find it all there. Emerald Gym is located in the beautiful town of Ao Nang, Krabi, one of Thailands most popular tourist destination. Join Emerald Gym and you will be trained by former professional boxers while enjoying the time of your life at one of Thailands best beach towns.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Stamina, explosive power
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.
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.
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 is an All-round trainer, he will provide all pure and efficient techniques.
The youngest trainer at Emerald Gym looks after the beginners students; he will take his time to explain every move.
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 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.
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Food is not included in the price. Participants will be responsible for their own meals.
Ao Nang Beach
Tiger Cave Temple
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.
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.
"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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