Kru Phons teaching styles is heavily based on teaching proper Muay Thai technique, while teaching you the fighting benefits of what you are doing. Phon will not stop showing you a proper technique until you get it right. Phon can answer all your questions about Muay Thai techniques as he was a top lumpinee fighter of the early 90s.
Kru Dohs teaching style is heavily based on proper techniques, just like kru Phon. Doh knows Muay Thai in and out, and will share all his Muay Thai knowledge with you.
Apple has been around Santai Gym since the Siam number 1 day and is an energetic and happy trainer. He is loud and highly motivating when teaching. He has ranked up around 300 fights and has fought at the top Bangkok stadium, Lumpinee.
Kru Nan was one of the famous Pinsinchai / Narupai superstars during the gyms greatest years in the 80 - 90s, he has about 70 fights at Lumpinee stadium and about 20 at Rajadamnern stadium and in total maybe 300 fights.
Daeng is a humorous bad-boy who loves to joke around, but is serious when it comes down to training.
Lop was consistently within the top 5 rankings at both Lumpini and Rajadamnern Stadiums back in his prime, and was known for his technical skill and high fight IQ / intelligence.
Manasak is a former Pinsinchai fighter, brought up by the fantastic Pinsinchai team- Aswindam, Pichit, Sancherng, and Kru Nan amongst others. Manasak has recently retired holding the fourth rank at Lumpinee, as well as holding belts from Rajadamnern, WMC World, and more. Manasak has been a top fighter for over a decade, and is one of the greatest.
July 2017, BookMartialArts
Great team of trainers and awesome people who train at the gym
Only having one month. Also be prepared for the heat.
Loukas A. Greece
Santai Gym is a great place to train! There are talented trainers for every level, the gym is well equipped, the accommodation is more than you would have expected for a Muay Thai camp and the town is remote enough to keep you focused, but also has most of the things you might need along with the cheapest massage place I have ever been to (which comes VERY handy). If I decide to go back to Thailand for Muay Thai, Santai will be my first and only choice.
As a complete beginner to Muay Thai, with a last minute decision and a quick search on Google I feel like I completely lucked out in choosing Santai Gym. I was only here for two weeks in between other travels, my main purpose was to get in shape and lose some weight (which I did, 4.5kg!). To an amateur turning up to such a place it can be an intimidating experience with the thump of pads being kicked, the shouts from the trainers and grunts from the fighters but after the first morning session we were made to feel right at home. The facilities, location, accommodation and, last but not least, the trainers are all perfect for such an experience. Only on doing some further reading did I realize we were being trained by such absolute legends in the Muay Thai game. They take they training seriously with a great sense of pride but do so with an amazing sense of humour and although they make you work hard, you have fun whilst doing it. There is a real family feel about the gym and after two shorts weeks I had learnt so much and was sad to leave. I hope I get the opportunity to return in the future.
Kristen Tomajka Australia
I am a beginner at Muay Thai and admittedly was very intimidated when I arrived at Santai, it seemed to be full of professionals and, as I had expected a lot of males. After my first session I knew there was no need to be intimidated, the trainers and all the students were very friendly and welcoming and only happy to help out. The two training sessions per day are intense but varied and you are never left feeling bored, you do however feel a few aches and pains in areas you didn't know a muscle still existed! When I look back at this experience I really can't believe the value for money, you are with word class trainers, who put a smile on your face every day, in a small village in Chiang Mai with a very friendly community, and have a private room with your own double bed, fan and fridge, with all facilities easily accessible. I also loved the fact the gym has a family vibe and you are also training with Thai students. I cannot thank the gym enough for whipping me back into shape and showing me what I am capable of and never giving up on making sure I had the correct technique. For people who are worried about the atmosphere because they are doing it on their own, there is no need, most of the students I was training with were on there own and you quickly make new friends and barely eat alone, there are also options for social outings with the gym. I can't wait to return next year.
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I have been travelling and training full time at various Muay Thai gyms around Thailand for 5 months. Santai Muay Thai is among the best gyms I have encountered.
The trainers are all not only exceptional former (and some current) fighters, they also really know how to teach! They hone in on an individual’s particular skill set, and really drill out bad habits, and teach you how to exploit your strengths. They are also incredibly patient, they will not allow sloppy technique to slide!
The afternoon session consists of five 5 minute pad rounds, for which Santai is renowned. This means you will basically be getting a private session every day, half an hour of one on one time where you are pushed, encouraged, and will step out of the ring exhausted, smiling and feeling achieved.
Socially, the gym fosters a family culture – the students eat together, enjoy Sunday’s off together and generally help each other out. The trainers encourage us, are patient and always make us laugh. I live at the gym accommodation (Chaidee House) which is my favorite gym accommodation in Thailand so far. It is recently built, very clean and comfortable.
Lastly, the cost of living in Northern Thailand will be a huge relief for those used to Phuket prices. I can’t say enough positive things about this gym and the community in which it is found! It offers excellent training, in a great setting, for the right price, and is excellently managed and maintained.
I wish i started my training here at Santai instead of Phuket.
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