Friday, February 27, 2009


This mornings training -
8km jog
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the bag
3 rounds thai pads
3 rounds heavy bag

I had to leave it after that, I've been so tired lately. I don't know if it's the weather, or I'm not getting enough sleep, or what it is. Anyway, I'm taking this afternoon off training to see if that helps. I tried to fall asleep earlier and instead of that falling feeling you get, I felt like someone was throwing a punch at me, so I blocked it and woke myself back up. Too much fighting I think..

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Up The Intensity

This mornings training -
6km jog
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the bag
3 rounds thai pads
3 rounds heavy bag
3 rounds grappling

And that was all because I was exhausted. I didn't sleep well last night, which makes a huge difference in my energy levels the next day.

This afternoons training -
2km jog
1 round muay thai shadow boxing
1 round boxing shadow boxing
3 rounds boxing sparring

And that was all because I was still exhausted. It's my own fault for not sleeping well and taking time off when I was sick. Training at this intensity is something that your body takes a while to get used to.

The boxing sparring was better than I expected, I only got hit maybe 3 times and twice by punches I just didn't see. Looking forward to next time surprisingly.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This mornings training -
None because my body was feeling it

This afternoons training -
2km jog
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the bag
4 rounds thai pads
3 rounds heavy bag work
1 round low kicks on bag

Nothing to report...they cleaned the mats at the gym, some new Japanese fighter started today but I didn't get a chance to watch him.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kill Me Now

This mornings training -
8km jog
1 round shadow boxing
2 rounds fast punching on the bag
3 rounds thai pads
1 round focus pads
3 rounds heavy bag
2 sets shoulder press (max)
2 sets sit up (max)

I'm exhausted, I can't believe that's only half the days training. Someone please kill me now. I've started taking a protein suppliement to see if it makes any difference to my recovery time. I'll post results as soon as I have some.

This afternoons training -
2km jog in unbearable heat
1 round shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the bag
3 rounds heavy bag
3 rounds thai pads
5 rounds technique work
50 knees on heavy bag
2 sets shoulder press (max)

New people at the gym today, I wish they would take it easy instead of feeling they have to prove themselves. I remember reading an interview with the owner of the gym once and he said "family don't hurt family". Sure we are thai boxing, but there is a difference between training hard and being a cockbrain.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back Into It

This mornings training -
None because I slept in until 10:30...whoops

This afternoons training -
2km jog
2 rounds shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the heavy bag
3 rounds thai pads
4 rounds heavy bag
1 set situps (max)

I felt good today after not training for almost two weeks. Running was easy, the pad work was easy. Have to remember to keep my chin down but I haven't lost much conditioning. Currently weight 70 kgs.

Parawit lost on the weekend but only on points. I can't believe it. He fought so well for 4 rounds, but got dumped too often in the 5th. I didn't get a program so I can't post up results but I felt bad for the guy who got knocked out in the first round of the first fight. I think after he got knocked out he got hit another 3 times before he hit the ground. Fights happen at Channel 3 tv studio every Saturday, and entry is 200 baht. I'd highly recommend going as it's a good stadium and always has good fights on.

Muay thai faq coming soon...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Back Into It

Yesterdays Training -
4km jog

Todays Training -
4km jog

I desperately wanted to run 6kms but I couldn't. It's a lot warmer now then when I trained last so it's harder to breathe, and not training for 8 days has taken it's toll. I'll do another 4km this afternoon but the 6kms may have to wait until Monday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Clean Bill Of Health

My staph infection is almost gone. My arm is back to normal size. So Monday I will resume normal training at the gym. Today I ran 4 kms which was hard because it's just started to heat up in BKK and the only exercise I had done in the past week was to walk downstairs to buy more whiskey. Tomorrow I'll run 6 kms in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.

Saturday I am going to Channel 3 with some of the guys from the gym to watch Parowit fight. He's been training hard for this so I'm keen to see how quickly he finishes the other guy off. He's got such a great on/off style and is totally calm when he fights. I'll post the results and photos soon as I can.

Train hard.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Health Concern #1 Continued

Well I wasn't so happy with the advice I got from the chemist, particularly when I saw Chris the next day loaded up with a bag of pills he got from the hospital. So I decided to visit Lad Prao hospital and see what they had to say.

Apparently what I had wasn't some infection caused by sweat and exercise, but a staph infection that I had contracted from one of the people at my gym. Staph is not a serious problem, but it can be if a fever develops. So now I'm on antibiotics and resting until I get rid of it to avoid anyone else contracting it. I really need to buy a tv...back to square one...

Staph Infection Explaned..

What is a Staph Infection?
It is a type of infection caused by a Staphylococcus (or "staph") bacteria. Actually, about 25% of people normally carry staph in the nose, mouth, genitals, and anal area. The foot is also very prone to pick up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria.
These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is how deep and how fast the infection spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in North America, because of our overuse of antibiotics.
The type of staph infection that involves skin is called cellulitis and affects the skin's deeper layers. It is treatable with antibiotics.
This type of infection is very common in the general population -- and more common and more severe in people with weak immune systems. People who have diabetes or weakened immunity are particularly prone to developing cellulitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Staph Infection?
Staph cellulitis usually begins as a small area of tenderness, swelling, and redness. Sometimes it begins with an open sore. Other times, there is no break in the skin at all -- and it's anyone's guess where the bacteria came from.
The signs of cellulitis are those of any inflammation -- redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Any skin sore or ulcer that has these signs may be developing cellulitis. If the staph infection spreads, the person may develop a fever, sometimes with chills and sweats, as well as swelling in the area.

What’s the Treatment for Staph Infection?
Antibiotics are used to treat these infections. But there's been a gradual change in how well these antibiotics work. While most staph infections used to be treatable with penicillin, in the 1980s that changed and stronger antibiotics are now used.
In about 50% of cases, however, resistance is seen to even these stronger antibiotics. These cases are not just happening in hospitals -- as once was true -- but now are occurring in the general community. That's been a problem. Many doctors are accustomed to using certain antibiotics, but those then fail because of antibiotic resistance. There are several more potent antibiotics now, but doctors need to know when to use them.
There's another treatment sometimes used with staph infections. If the infection goes so deep that it involves muscles or fibers that enclose muscles, it needs to be surgically cleaned.

Can Staph Infection Be Prevented?
You can take steps to help prevent it. Any time you have a cut or skin breakdown, wash it with soap and water, keep it clean and dry, use antiseptic ointment, and keep it covered. A couple of recent outbreaks among football players began when one team member had a boil, and the infection was spread to other team members.
The staph infection is contagious if the wound is weeping or draining, and if people share towels or other items that are contaminated. Wearing foot coverings in locker rooms and other commonly used areas can help prevent contamination.
If the sore becomes unusually painful or red, get prompt medical attention. If red lines develop, that's a sign the infection is spreading and needs immediate medical attention.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Health Concern #1

Ok so this isn't the first time I've been concerned about my health here, but the first time I've been concerned enough to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

The last couple of days I have had red spots under my armpits. Today I noticed they were spreading to the rest of my body. They have been itchy and some of them look like whiteheads (sorry). But the interesting thing is someone else from the gym has had the exact same symptoms, someone I spend 15 minutes clinching/grappling with about 3 days ago.

So I caught up with him again today before training, and he gave me the name of a chemist to go and see at Foodland on Ramkamheng Road. The chemist speaks english very well and I'd highly recommend him. You walk into foodland and turn right. Apparently what I have is not uncommon in Thailand, and is just a simple bacterial infection on my skin. However, it is contagious, which means no touching anyone for 3 days, and more importantly, no training where I sweat and it can be easily transferred.

So either I caught it from Chris or he caught it from me, it doesn't matter. But if you experience this yourself, you need to get some ointment/cream called Quadrimerm, and apply it 3 times daily. Also you need to rest while you recover, which is going to drive me nuts because I was ready to get back into it today.

Apart from that, all is well. I was on TV today, on the sports section of Channel 9 news so that was amusing to see.

I won't write any more until I get back to training next week...sorry for the layoff but I'm very annoyed about it myself. I can't even do any exercise where I may sweat but I'm happy it's nothing serious. I was worried it was something I caught from some dirty mosquito. Amazing Thailand.

On a side note, I've started back on the multivitamins today, which I would recommend anyone coming here for longer than 2 weeks to take.

See you next week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Life in Thailand

Today I thought I'd give the writing about training a rest and talk about life in Thailand for a change.

Now I've moved into my own apartment life is certainly a lot better. There were a lot of mosquitos at the gym, and to be honest, the level of hygiene was a concern. Now I can shower under a normal hot shower instead of using a cold bucket of water, and no-one comes into the room late at night and wakes everyone up, which used to happen at the gym a lot.

To be honest a lot of my time is spent sleeping and eating. The meals here are small in portion but the food is aroi mak mak (very delicious). I live about 15 minutes walk away from a huge mall that has a waterfall in it, and a waterpark on the roof. There is an internet cafe directly downstairs from my apartment, a laundry and a 7-11 convenience store that sells bottles of whisky for $4.50

The language has proven difficult in many ways, especially since I am one of the few ferangs (foreigners) living in this area. Taxi drivers never know where I want to go unless I have the destination written in thai for them. Restaurants are also hard because you write your order down in thai instead of someone coming to your table and taking it. It's extra motivation to improve my thai though, and I've only eaten at McDonalds once since I've been here.

I've gotten used to people riding motorbikes on the footpath, elephants walking around, the unrelenting heat and the spicy food, and I'm really happy to live here. Back to training tomorrow..

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This Mornings Training -
6km jog
1 round shadow boxing
2 rounds fast punching onthe bag
3 rounds thai pads
3 rounds heavy bag work
5 rounds grappling/clinch

After that I took my sorry ass home, I can't believe how much my neck hurts, and how technical grappling is. Finally I'm starting to be able to throw someone else around for a change though.

Moved into my apartment yesterday, so I can enjoy hot showers, and peace and quiet.

Yuya, the junior K1 fighter from Japan won his fight on Sunday by KO in the 2nd round.

I'm resting this afternoon, and probably taking another 5 or 6 hot showers.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ok So I've Been Lazy Lately

Yeah I know I've been lazy with updating my blog, but it's been a lazy week. I've had a problem with my shin since I kicked that guy in the elbow, and a problem with the knuckle on my left hand. I've still been training, but I've taken two days off this week just to try and get my body back to normal. After three weeks of training hard I really needed it. I've been sparring a lot, twice on Thursday (4 rounds and 5 rounds) and running a lot longer lately.

Some people came to the gym on Thursday to film for some show they are doing about foreigners training in Thailand. It will be on TV next Thursday at 12:30pm so I have a background spot, getting kicked around the ring by some thai guy I think, I'm not sure what they filmed exactly.

Also, I think I found a place nearby the gym to stay, so I'm going to ask about that this weekend and hopefully move there during the week. I've missed hot water so much, and it'll be nice to have some privacy for a change instead of sharing a room with 3 other guys.

Monday, February 2, 2009

This mornings training-

6 km jog
1 round grappling/knees sparring
5 rounds muay thai sparring with shin pads
2 x 20 kicks on the pads
2 x 20 elbows on the pads

Felt good sparring and not getting the shit belted out of me. I landed some good kicks and knees. My room mate (The junior K1 fighter from Japan) is fighting this weekend so I'm eager to see how he does.