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Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, you are all welcome to join one of Team Quest Thailand's MMA and Muay Thai camp. With the vision to offer traditional Muay Thai training to foreigners who want to learn it in its most authentic form, Team Quest Thailand has hand-picked its instructors based on their ability to teach techniques and relate ideas to foreign students. Join one of their camps and you will learn Muay Thai in its most pure form.
Team Quest Thailand has a great set up for students looking for Chiang Mai accommodation. You are able to stay on-site in one of four fully furnished on-site rooms. Three rooms are single beds for people wanting more privacy. There is one shared room set up for budget travelers looking to prolong their time here for as long as possible.
Single rooms come fully equipped with a 23-inch television, a comfortable queen sized bed, a dresser to hang clothing, a safe to lock valuables in, a large fridge, and a Hatari fan to keep cool. You are able to get the room cleaned once a week by the on-site maid. Shared rooms for budget students come equipped with bunk beds, a place to hang clothing, and Hatari fans. The on-site shared room is very spacious so you can still enjoy your own area.
The shared room accommodation is cleaned twice per week by Team Quest Thailand’s on-site maid. You will be happy to know that everything you could want is close in proximity to the gym. You will have access to internet cafes, restaurants, laundry facilities, massages, convenient stores, and more. Although Team Quest Thailand’s facility is very private and located in a quiet area of Chaing Mai, they are also located in walking distance to the central airport plaza shopping mall.
The largest shopping mall in Chiang Mai is only a 5-minute walk from the facility. Team Quest Thailand’s on-site rooms are reserved for students and fighters who are looking to maximize their Muay Thai and MMA experience in Thailand. Because many fighters and staff also stay on site, you are asked to be quiet after 9 p.m. and try to keep fighters' hours.
Because Team Quest Thailand wants to remain a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone, you are asked not to bring any overnight guest’s or friends. If you are not being respectful of Team Quest Thailand’s rules, they reserve the right to ask you to leave the facility.
A typical Muay Thai training session lasts two hours and consists of five main areas including warm-up, pad work, bag work, techniques, and sparring and clinching. Team Quest Thailand starts training sessions off with a nice light jog or jumps roping, depending on preference. Despite some people’s thoughts, the warm up, although helps cardiovascular endurance, is not meant exclusively for cardio. It helps to excite the body’s nervous system.
The nervous system helps to send signals to your body’s joints and muscles. This helps to control your body’s movements in a more effective way. After the warm up, you will wrap your hands, stretch, and shadow box. You will then get with a trainer and work one-on-one with the trainer of your choice. If a trainer is not available because he is working with another student, you will practice previously learned techniques on the bag. As soon as the trainer is free, he will be working with the next available student for their individual needs.
After pad and bag work comes the fun part. You are encouraged to participate in an optional sparring and clinching session. Before sparring and clinching begins, trainers will teach you practical techniques that will be the focus of the training session. After you drill the techniques, you can put the techniques to practical use and use them to spar and clinch. If you are not ready to spar or clinch, you can join one of the Muay Thai trainers for some more focused Muay Thai technique.
After sparring and clinching, Team Quest Thailand trainers will run you through a cool down period. The cool down is a great way to help prevent injuries and let your body adjust back to its normal environment.
Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art practiced in large parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The art is similar to others in Southeast Asia such as Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Lethwei in Myanmar, Tomoi in Malaysia, and Lao boxing in Laos. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's national sport.
Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as the art of the eight limbs, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai, nak muay, thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight points of contact, as opposed to two points, fists, in Western boxing and four points, fists and feet, used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
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 including 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.
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 punch techniques in Muay Thai were originally quite simple being crosses and a long or lazy circular strike made with a straight but not locked arm and landing with the heel of the palm. Cross-fertilization with Western boxing and western martial arts mean the full range of western boxing punches are now used including jab, straight right or cross, hook, uppercut, shovel, and corkscrew punches and overhands as well as hammer fists and back fists.
As a tactic, body punching is used less in Muay Thai than most other striking martial arts to avoid exposing the attacker's head to counter strikes from knees or elbows. To utilize the range of targeting points, in keeping with the theory of Muay Thai Centre Line, the advocate can use either Western or Thai stance which allows for either long range or short range attacks to be undertaken effectively without compromising guard.
Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, is the perfect host for your boot camp experience. The early morning mist mesmerizes, the crisp mountain air invigorates. Spread along the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai is a treasure house of jungle covered mountains, caves, waterfalls, hot springs, and a vibrant city offering local and international restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.
Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand and with a population of over one million in the metropolitan area, it is the fifth-largest city in Thailand. It is surrounded by mountains and verdant countryside, situated on a plain at an elevation of 316 meters. Chiang Mai is a lot quieter than the capital and has a feeling of modernity about it. Many expats live in the Chiang Mai region and it is known by locals as the Rose of the North.
Chiang Mai is a cultural and historical city. Its historical center is the walled city, in which there are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality. Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas, and pagodas laced with precious metal filigree also abound. Modern day, Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, but most prominently to the east. Here you will find Chang Klan road, the famous night bazaar, and where the bulk of Chiang Mais accommodation and nightlife is located.
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Chiang Mai is known for its laid back lifestyle and eating is a big part of it. Being the cultural capital of Thailand, you can count on the food being authentic. Various food options are available throughout the city. It just depends on what you are in the mood for.
Chiang Mai offers some of the best Thai cuisines in the entire country. There are places to eat for any budget. Depending on what area you are in, Chiang Mai offers anything from fancy Thai restaurants to street food. There is an array of choices depending on your preference. Street food can cost as little as 25 THB per meal. If you are looking to eat at a top notch fancy restaurant then you can spend up to 400 THB per plate. The typical day to day meal you will eat in Chiang Mai will cost about 50 THB which will include a meal of your choice and a fruit shake to wash it down.
In Chiang Mai, you will have access to any type of western restaurant you would have access to at home. Anything from fast food to nice restaurants is everywhere in the city. Typical fast food restaurants that can be easily located are McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, and more. There are a number of nice restaurants that are great when you have had enough of the Thai food.
One particular Mexican restaurant is El Diablo’s Burrito’s located within walking distance from the popular Chiang Mai landmark Thapea gate. If you want to eat healthily, you should try out The Salad Concept located in the Nimmanhaeman district. At The Salad Concept, you can build your own salads with fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. It is perfect for athletes and people wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. The best part is that it will not cost you more than 100 THB.
Thai massages are available at additional costs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request or you can easily catch a taxi from the airport to Team Quest Thailand for less than 120 THB or 4 USD.