Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It Doesnt Matter How Many Times You Get Knocked Down, But How Many Times You Get Up

This mornings training -
8km jog
1 round shadow boxing
1 round fast punching on the bag
1 round heavy bag
3 rounds thai pads
3 rounds heavy bag
3 rounds muay thai sparring with British amatuer muay thai champion

Great session this morning. Running is still killing me, but I finally managed to correct my kicking action on the pads with the trainer. You may think it's easy, but hard when I don't speak much thai, and they don't speak much english.

The sparring was also great fun, but I'm finding I drop my hands when I block a kick, and I got tagged a couple of times in the head for it. I'm surprised that after 2 months training here I still have so much to learn. Takhoon reminded me about the upcoming fight today and sparring made me nervous about that, but I have to keep pushing on.

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

Someone (anon) asked some questions via comment and didn't leave an email address so I'll answer them here. Thanks for the comments about the blog too, I'm really glad you enjoy it.

What prior experience had you had before going to Thailand?
Black belt in Shotokan Karate, learned 2 different styles of kung fu (ging mo kune & shaolin chok ra), but only trained in muay thai about 9 months prior to coming to Thailand.

How can you stay here for 12 months? What visa is that?
Well actually it's easy. I went to the Thai Consulate General in my country and applied for a Non Immigrant O Visa with multiple entries. This allows you to stay in Thailand for up to 12 months, and you can exit and enter Thailand as many times as you like during that 12 months, however you still have to do border runs every 90 days. To apply, I filled out an application form, paid about $200 AUD, gave them a passport photo and a letter of invitation from Sasiprapa gym stating they wanted me to train there for 12 months. There is no trick to getting this visa and it's very easy to get.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks very much for taking the time to answer my questions man. Best of luck with all your training, and I'll keep checking in! Thanks!