Friday, March 12, 2010

Pornsaneh Vs Pakon

This happened last week at Lumpinee Stadium, one of the greatest fights you will ever see..

Thursday, February 25, 2010

DIY Wrist Roller

I couldn't find one of these for sale anywhere so I decided to make my own.
Used - 1 x 40mm PVC pipe

1 x 38 - 50mm hose clamp

Aprox 1.5m of rope

1 x 0.5 kg weight

Pretty self explanitory really. There are probably better ways to do it but I'm lazy and unskilled.

So there you have it, your very own wrist roller. Total cost - about $7.00

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lesson 2

It's been a lazy week for exercise. I only had a couple of good hard sessions on the bag myself, the rest of the time I've been trying to improve my poker game.

Anyway, today was my students second lesson. Although he is still making basic mistakes, there is improvement from last week so I'm happy to see that.

The lesson was -
1 round skipping
1 round shadow boxing
1 round fast punching
3 rounds thai pads. I'm starting to throw some slow punches at him now to get him used to moving out of the way.
2 rounds technique. 1 round check rib kick (with shin pad) & 1 round parry punch
2 rounds heavy bag
2 rounds kick spar (1 round defending, 1 round attacking)
35 push ups (showed him diamond push ups)
35 sit ups
1 round light shadow boxing cool down

I think next week I will teach him the leg kick and really keep drilling the basics into him.

I really have to start ramping up my training now too, stop being so bloody lazy.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lesson 1

So today I had my first student. He hasn't done any kind of martial art or fighting sport before.

It was interesting, some things I need to improve myself, I need to explain things better (in more detail), and I really need to break things down more, to a more basic level. When you're just training yourself and going through the motions, you don't realise how much you know and how much of a technique is muscle memory.

The program I got him to do was as follows
1 round skipping
Basic stance, guard and footwork
Basic jab, cross and left and right rib kick. Got him to do this in the air while I told him what he was doing wrong
3 rounds thai pads, just jab, cross, rib kick
1 round rib kick defence (catch kick) and counter
1 round jab defence (parry) and counter
2 rounds heavy bag
3 x 10 push ups
3 x 10 sit ups
1 round shadow boxing

He seemed to enjoy it and got a good workout so I'm happy about that, but my method of explaining things needs work. I found it was the little things I missed, like I showed him how to jab and cross using good footwork and hand movement, but forgot about telling him to breathe out on the punch. I guess that will come with more experience though. All in all, a good session.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Happy New Year Everyone!

It's been a long time since I wrote last so what has changed? Well I'm now in Australia looking after my mum who had to have a total knee replacement. She is making good progress to recovery and the scar she has is gnarly! At the moment I'm just killing time until she is completely better. As soon as she can drive a car again, I'm off back to Bangkok.

There is no muay thai gym where I live, nothing even close. I have a heavy bag and some thai pads, so I've put an ad in the paper and tomorrow somebody is coming for their first lesson.

In regards to my own training, I've dropped right back on the running, doing some work with a slip bag, my own heavy bag and started getting into the weights. I'm doing a program called 'Ripptoes Starting Strength' which is as follows

Workout 1
Squats 3 x 5
Bench Press 3 x 5
Deadlift 3 x 5
Dips 2 x 8

Workout 2
Squats 3 x 5
Overhead Press 3 x 5
Bent Over Rows 3 x 5
Pull ups 2 x 8

Workout 3 times a week, alternating programs.

I'm gaining about 1 kg per week on this program.

I know this blog is supposed to be about training in Thailand, and it will be when I go back there in about 6 weeks (hopefully), but for now I'm going to keep recording my training in Australia here too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Gym

Wow.. so many things have happened since I last posted and I haven't had a lot of time to get to an internet cafe to write about them.

I've taken a break from Sasiprapa for a while. It's been 3 weeks since my last fight and my chest still isn't right. I think maybe something broken so I'm not training hard, mostly jogging.

I did run into an old friend at the local mall from a gym called Sor Ploenchit. The gym takes in mostly kids who have no parents or come from poor families. He's had 260-270 odd fights and won a few belts in Thailand. He's just holidaying here, sorting out some visa stuff before he goes back to Australia to help out with teaching muay thai over there and luckily for me he's the head trainer at this gym so I get to train there for free.

The gym is really impressive. I already knew a few of the kids from last time I visited him there and they're always happy to see us white folk. It's a large gym and really well built. It's obvious the owner has put a lot of thought into its design. It has a hard wooden floor, the ring is softer then I'm used to though, you can work 360 degrees around the bags and the equipment and gloves etc are in good condition. There are a lot of mirrors and floor space in the middle. They even have showers, no hot water, but working showers, not just a bucket of water and a cup.

So I'm planning on staying there for a week or so, just some light training to stay in shape and spend some time with my friend. We play games with the kids, take them to the pool, buy them lunch (they're too poor to eat 3 meals a day) and just muck around with them a lot.

While the gym is good, it's not a tourist gym and doesn't usually take in or train new students so I'll try and make the most of the opportunity and get some photos to post up.

I'll update more as soon as I can, and try and get some photos.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Back into it

This mornings training -
6km jog
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round fast punching
2 rounds heavy bag
3 rounds thai pads
2 rounds heavy bag
3 rounds technique work
50 knees heavy bag

Not bad for a start up session after over 1 week off. I haven't lost much conditioning or fitness. Looking forward to fighting again in 3/4 weeks time. I ran into the owner of the gym yesterday as I was buying breakfast and he told me to get my ass back to training, train for 3 weeks and fight again. Fun times.

This aftenroons training -
2km jog
1 round shadow boxing
3 rounds thai pads
2 rounds heavy bag
2 rounds tyre/footwork with weights
A lot of rounds grappling
50 knees heavy bag

Thats it, end of the day thank christ. After tomorrow I have no excuses, time to knuckle down.