Wat Huay Nuea
Muay Thai in Thailand
Training muay thai in Thailand is easier than you think. You may think back to all those Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and think it to be this exotic training regiment. It actually is like training in the West, complete with pads, heavy bags, sparring, rings, and no kicking banana trees. With the macho alpha male climate of MMA in the West, it's nice to train in one of the deadliest striking arts in the world with some of the most humble trainers. One can learn so much more about technique and culture training muay thai, than in the West. Also, getting a fight is easy in Thailand. No matter how much experience you have, when you're ready, you will find a fight. The best place to fight is at the temple festivals. This is the true heart of Thailand. Instead of fighting in front of drunken tourists in Chiang Mai who fail to appreciate the beauty of muay thai, the temple festivals have crazy Thai fans who take pride in their sport. They show you respect as a foreign fighter who is willing to train with them. This was my fourth fight in Thailand, and despite losing this fight on a decision, but it was the most fun I've ever had. Fighting in Thailand is something anyone can do with the proper training. Even MMA fighters in the West would love to have the opportunity to fight here, and it was a true honor to fight in front of the Thais.
By Mike Bacos
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