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Come to Thailand and experience the country, the people and their culture, engage in their martial art pride - Muay Thai. You will enjoy intensive training, stay in deluxe accommodation, enjoy the heaven called Phuket with its white beaches and turquoise water, experience Thai cuisine - which is one of the best in the world, and have a great time of your life overall.
The bungalows where you will stay are located about 300 meters from the training camps and about 20 meters from the restaurant. Each one includes WiFi Internet, hot showers, cable TV, a small refrigerator, and maid service.
Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. It is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition; however, it can be scaled for any skill or fitness level. Training regimens include many staples of combat sport conditioning, such as running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training.
Training that is specific to Muay Thai skills includes training with coaches on Thai pads, focus mitts, heavy bag, and sparring. The daily training includes many rounds (three to five-minute periods broken up by a short rest, which is usually one to two minutes) of these various methods of practice. Thai pad training is a cornerstone of Muay Thai conditioning, which involves practicing punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes with a trainer wearing thick pads that cover the forearms and hands. These special pads are used to absorb the impact of the fighter’s strikes and allow the fighter to react to the attacks of the pad holder in an “alive” manner. The trainer will often also wear a belly pad around the abdominal area so that the fighter can attack with straight kicks or knees to the body at any time during the round.
The Muay Thai beginner program is designed for individuals with little or no previous experience in Muay Thai or any other martial art. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamental techniques of Muay Thai and boxing and allowing for a thorough understanding of the movements. Skills taught include punching, kicking, balancing, proper rhythm, and increasing speed and power.
The intermediate program is designed to refine techniques and push the level of fitness to that of a professional fighter. The focus is on advanced Muay Thai techniques. Drills are incorporated to improve cardio, endurance, strength, speed, and overall ability to execute proper Muay Thai boxing strikes and blocks in both offensive and defensive forms.
The advanced program is for those who have had extensive training along with amateur and/or professional fights. With an emphasis on higher levels of technique, the advanced fighter will improve skills and push cardio to a level of a professional Muay Thai fighter! This program is extensive, concentrating more on ring skills, discipline, cardio, endurance, and stamina for a five-round fight. Extreme commitment and effort are required.
Running, sparring, ring, pad, and bag drills are all part of the advanced training. Each session consists of a minimum of five rounds on the bags, three to five rounds sparring, and five rounds of pad work with a trainer.
There is something different about immersion training where you eat, sleep, and live it; where you are surrounded by a culture that has been embracing the art for thousands of years; where you are around others who are on the same path as you; and where you can focus on learning, growing, and bettering yourself. The distractions of home are left behind!
Consider this, the average training session at most martial arts gyms in North America is one hour. The average person typically can only train 2 to 3 days per week because of other obligations. In Thailand, there is the opportunity to train up to 8 hours per day. That means, just 6 days of training in Thailand is equivalent to 48 days of training in the US, roughly 16 weeks or four months! Immersion works! You will gain serious skills and get into the best shape of your life - all while experiencing an exciting new culture!
Upon your arrival in Phuket, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your bungalow for check in. The first planned activity is the evening welcome reception, followed by a tour of the training facility and local area.
Remember this is your experience! You can customize your training schedule to your physical ability, energy levels, and interest. You can train up to two times per day, plus yoga and running which can be a lot even for the most extreme athlete. You will probably want to begin training with yoga at 7:00 a.m. to get a good stretch and at 8:00 a.m. go into the Muay Thai or MMA morning training program until about 10:30 or 11:00 when you can return to your bungalow, shower, and get breakfast. Then you will have free time until 3:30.
At 3:30pm to 4:00 p.m. you have another optional running program and Muay Thai training starts at 4:00 and continues until 6:30 p.m. After that is free time. After a few days, you may want to increase your training to twice per day so you can get the maximum benefit, but it is not required. Listen to your body and only train as much as you can handle. It is important to have an enjoyable experience.
Saturday is typically a full training day, but frequently the morning training sessions are conducted at the beach! If that is not the case, we all go to the beach right after training. The beaches in Thailand are some of the most beautiful in the world! We will go swimming, play beach soccer, or just lie around and relax! Again, it is up to you! It’s your experience!
At the evening Muay Thai class on Saturday, you will learn about the Wai-Kru, a pre-match Muay Thai spiritual ceremony. The ceremony seals off the ring from outside influences and pays homage to gods, parents, teachers, loved ones, king, and country. You will want to experience this!
There are a variety of excursions you could take, such as elephant trekking, safaris and kayaking, but our group day trip is to the Phi Phi Islands, a magical place located in the middle of Andaman Sea to the east of Phuket. One of the Islands, Phi Phi Leh, is where the movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed. These islands are home to some of the best scenery and snorkeling in the world.
7:30 - 8:00: Running, stretching
8:00 - 9:00: Muay Thai technique
9:00 - 10:30: Muay Thai training in ring, on the pads, and on the bags with the trainers; sparring and clinching sessions for intermediate and advanced levels
10:30 - 11:00: Cool down, stretching
15:30 - 16:00: Running, stretching
16:00 - 17:00: Muay Thai technique
17:00 - 18:30: Muay Thai training in ring, on the pads, and on the bags with the trainers; sparring and clinching sessions for intermediate and advanced levels
18:30 - 19:00: Cool down and stretching
Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) in sport-oriented martial arts.
Muay Thai (called Muay Boran in ancient times) was originally developed by the Thai army to defend the Thai king and the king’s people in hand-to-hand combat against the Burmese and other intruders. As a result, Muay Thai has become an integral part of Thailand’s culture and history.
Since Muay Thai is the number one striking method for UFC fighters, also known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), many of the camps in Thailand now offer MMA classes as well. The MMA classes emphasize Muay Thai techniques that focus on the MMA style of combat, utilizing wrestling, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, and ground and pound.
Phi Phi Island
The largest island in Thailand, Phuket is a beautiful destination for sightseeing and adventuring. The island itself is rife with diverse landscapes, from its famous sandy beaches to forested hills, mountains, limestone cliffs, low plains, lagoons, and lush tropical vegetation.
Patong Beach is the most popular and developed beach in Phuket. With its white sands and beautiful waters, this beach attracts families, couples and single travelers looking for a lively vacation in a hopping tourist spot. Jet skis, motor boats, vendors, sunbathers and tourists engaged in all kinds of water sports make this beach anything but tranquil. For a more relaxing visit you might enjoy the much quieter Kalim Bay to the north of Patong. The beaches of the south coast of Phuket are very popular with tourists, with their fine white sand beaches and lush vegetation that stretches up from the coast to the nearby mountains. Between Relax Bay in the west and Cape Panwa in the east, this coast includes some of the most idyllic stretches of beach in the world.
The beaches of the north coast are by far more tranquil than those of the south. Visitors with a desire for a tranquil tropical vaction will enjoy the unspoiled beaches and rugged beauty of this region. Majestic casuarinas form natural parasols that provide a reprive from the heat of the sun.
Surin, Bangtao, and Layan beach, in the north west, are all lovely beaches. They are much less developed, more spacious, relaxed and romantic, better for couples and young families.
With instruction and equipment available at many of the major beaches, activities such as diving and snorkeling are vastly popular in Phuket. Even if you have never gone scuba diving, this is a beautiful place to learn. Sailing, wind surfing and sea canoeing are also exciting and popular choices. Swimming is also very popular, but not recommended during monsoon season. Make sure to observe the warnings on the beaches. If the red flag is flying, don’t go in! Even with such observations to keep in mind, there is no shortage of seaside activities for the adventurous traveler in Phuket.
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Only breakfasts are included in the package price since MMA Fight Flights doesn't want to limit your exploration of Thai cuisine to one meal plan. There is a restaurant just 30 meters from the training camp, and the food in Thailand is very cheap.
Arrive at Phuket International Airport.
"This was the best trip of my life! Everyone was so nice and the trainers were awesome. Even though I have never trained Muay Thai before, I was able to learn so much from the trainers. A lot of them are past champions who have retired from their professional career. The food was so healthy, delicious and really cheap, only 2 - 3 USD per meal! After only one week I dropped 15 lbs! I will definitely be going back with MMA Fight Fights next year"
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