I spent the primary six weeks of 2020 in Thailand, and half of that point was devoted totally to blended martial arts (MMA) and Muay Thai coaching.
Two of these weeks had been spent within the island paradise of Phuket at Tiger Muay Thai, top-of-the-line MMA gyms on the planet. As soon as in Phuket, I met up with SB Nation video producer Case Harts, and we went to work on capturing the expertise of coaching at an elite stage in another country.
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Over the course of three weeks, Case and I recorded a ton of footage. Primarily, the main focus of all this recording was coaching and martial arts associated. For the primary two weeks, I educated at Tiger Muay Thai day by day, experiencing as a lot as I may of what the huge facility and dozens of coaches supplied. Then, we relocated to Bangkok, the place I visited a number of totally different academies.
Let’s dig into the sixth episode:
Episode Six: We relocate from the island of Phuket to the equally sizzling metropolis of Bangkok, the place I visited a number of gyms and get beat up within the clinch.
Behind-The-Scenes: Bangkok is residence to most of the world’s greatest Muay Thai fighters, and it reveals.
The first gymnasium featured within the video — Case was delayed in journey and missed my go to to Yokkao, Saenchai’s gymnasium — is Muay Thai Academy/Rompo Fitness center. It’s subsequent to a resort and doesn’t have the open air, luxurious really feel of many wealthier academies round Thailand.
By and enormous, it was a fighter’s gymnasium. Whereas there have been just a few others like myself visiting for the day, it was clear that many of the principal athletes coaching lived regionally, or at the least generally did a number of month stays on the gymnasium. I used to be clinching with real Muay Thai professionals, which typically didn’t go nicely for me.
On a technical stage, there may be one main distinction between Muay Thai and MMA clinches that almost all affected me. In Muay Thai, the athletes sq. their hips as they strategy the clinch. Such foot place would get you double-legged within the cage, so MMA fighters are inclined to strategy from a extra bladed stance.
At TMT, I routinely out-pummeled coaching companions and threw them in the event that they reached a bit far with their knee makes an attempt. At Rompo Fitness center, I may barely take a step into the clinch with getting my lead leg swept out from beneath me.