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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Helpful and Inspiring Links for Beginners

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This post is for the Muay Thai beginners and newbies that are interested in embarking on your own journey of Muay Thai training in Thailand. In my quest for information myself, I discovered some excellent resources that I recommend you read before you go.

Before I went to Superpro Samui to spend a month Muay Thai training in Thailand, I knew absolutely NOTHING about Muay Thai. Zilch. Zero. Nada.

I'd never watched a Muay Thai fight in my life. I didn't know that Muay Thai is nicknamed the sport of eight limbs (fists, elbows, knees and kicking). I didn't know how freaking tough it would be to do two hours of training in a day, let alone the days where we committed to four hours training. I didn't know how much I would learn so quickly. I didn't really think about it as learning a new skill, I thought of it more as a fitness bootcamp. I didn't know I'd even enjoy Muay Thai, let alone find it interesting to watch and read about!

After my first class and realising I was way out of my comfort zone, it quickly became my mission to learn as much as possible about this intriguing form of martial art as I could. I found SO much inspiring and helpful information, that I am happily sharing in this post to inspire and help you!

You can read all my posts about Muay Thai training in Thailand at the following links:


Miss Roxy Balboa

Miss Roxy Balboa, a former Pro Muay Thai Fighter come Muay Thai Coach, has so many helpful posts focussed towards beginners to the sport. Some of my favourites are...

20 Tips for Muay Thai Newbies - a must read!

I Just Started Muay Thai & My (Blank) Hurts. Is This Normal? - talks about all different kinds of injuries/pain/bruising etc you may experience (I sure did!) and what to do about it.

Muay Thai Sparring: It's okay not to want to get punched in the face - because I don't want to get punched in the face, please.


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Emma is an English fighter working in Bangkok and training out of Master Toddy's Gym. She writes lots of interesting articles on her blog and I also follow her Facebook page. My favourite posts are as follows, but you can easily get lost in her blog for hours!

Muay Thai Documentaries and TV Shows - The Directory - since coming across this directory I've watched heaps of these, its worth bookmarking!

Three Years of Living and Training at Master Toddy's - will your story be similar to Emma's?

Does Fighting Change You?

Emma also has a directory of Female Muay Thai Blogs and Websites that may have some further helpful information, insights and resources for you!


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A team of contributors write this blog, each chronicling their own journeys and insights into the world of Muay Thai training in Thailand.

Guidelines for Training in Thailand's Muay Thai Gyms - extensive advice to not only help you manage physically, but also adapt to ensure you are being culturally sensitive during your training.

Interested in Training Muay Thai in Thailand? Some Things to Consider Before You Go, followed by part 2: What Can You Really Handle? - A must read series before you go, with all the right questions to ask yourself. Ensure you know why you are going, what you want to get out of your Muay Thai experience, and that you are going to the right place.


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An American fighter in Thailand, on her blog Sylvie chronicles her journey to 100 fights in Thailand (a goal to which she is currently very close!). In addition to fight recaps, Sylvie covers a range of Muay Thai topics that are very interesting to read.

How Do You Know When You're Ready To Fight? - I'm not personally interested in being a fighter, but for those of you that are? Read this.

15 New Techniques That Will Improve Your Muay Thai - a post with tonnes of videos Sylvie has made that are worth a watch, you'll certainly learn a thing or two!

The Myth of Overtraining - Endurance, Physical and Mental for Muay Thai - There's no doubt that Muay Thai is intense training (let along Sylvia's training schedule, which is super full on!). This post covers a lot of information that will inspire you to push yourself through the pain.

I hope this post helps you with some inspiration and information to kick-start your Muay Thai training in Thailand. Let me know in the comments if you have any further helpful links to add!


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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Week 4

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In the two weeks since we left our beloved Superpro on Koh Samui, we have stayed in four different towns/cities, and five different guesthouses. After staying in a single place for one glorious month I had forgotten how much moving around and having just a couple of days somewhere makes you busy, busy, busy!

Not to mention some unfortunate food-poisoning-laced Tofu Noodle Soup, along with the fact we have been spending hours upon hours (upon HOURS) putting together our three-week itinerary to obtain our China visas (which we leave for on December 29th!), my stressed out little brain has had little time for my beloved little corner of the internet.

But I digress!

Though Week 4 of Muay Thai training in Thailand may have ended over two weeks ago... better late than never, right? Let's talk about our final week at Superpro Samui!

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Our final training session

Week 4 was a fun one. We knew we were coming to the end of our time there so were making the most of our last few days with our group of friends. We continued to train every day, except Saturday as our bus picked us up early in the morning, onwards to our next adventure!

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Despite the smiles, we were so sad to leave!

Classes were feeling easier (though by no means does that mean they were easy!), and I noticed how much fitness I'd gained in the past three weeks. It was still hard to make it to the top of the hill each morning on those killer runs, but it was certainly easier! Since I first made it up without stopping at the end of Week 1, I never once walked up the hill again - a physical and mental feat I am proud of.

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The rounds in the ring were also noticeably easier to get through. In Weeks 1 and 2, I was dying by the third round, but by Week 4 I could get through four three minute rounds with energy, even though I consistently sucked at the compulsory push-ups between rounds. I was still being corrected on my form, but was coming out of the ring with a touch of energy remaining, enough to get through to the end of class.

As I mentioned earlier, Week 4 definitely became more about our friends. Training was just a mere side-activity! We enjoyed plenty of dinners out, revisiting some of our favourite local haunts and some last-minute sightseeing before we left.

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The most epic night of all was our final night on Koh Samui. Everybody squeezed into our little studio apartment and we ruined the last four weeks of hard work by noshing down on copious amounts of chips, cheese and crackers. Later on we headed out for dinner to one of our favourites: Wine Connection at Central Festival (100 baht red wine, yes please!). Perhaps a few too many glasses of wine and Spy wine coolers later, my head was spinning adequately as I drifted off to sleep. A night of lots of fun and a million selfies, but also very sad to to say goodbye to some of my favourite people. Thank goodness for Facebook, right?

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Before we arrived to Superpro Samui, I had absolutely no idea what Muay Thai training in Thailand was going to be like. And I suppose for everybody, depending on your goals and reasons for being there, nobody will come away with the same experience.

However, it certainly came as a surprise to me (and Alan), that not only did I handle an entire month of this full on training schedule in a sport I had absolutely zero prior knowledge about, I really ENJOYED it!

Even when I was frustrated because I just couldn't get the technique right. Even when my alarm bleeped at 7.30 in the morning telling me it was time to wake up. Even when I arrived at the bottom of that damn hill, looked up, and knew that a hellish run was ahead of me. Even when I cried in the shower after my first ever training  wondering how on earth I would get through the whole month.

I'm so, so happy I pushed through the pain and did this.

I'm super proud of my month training Muay Thai in Thailand. Not only did I learn some new bad-ass self defence skills, discover a new sport that I enjoy (I don't mind watching the fighting, though can't see myself ever doing that thanks!), and exercise more often and with more intensity than I ever have before - there is one thing that I am proud of above all else:

I did something completely out of my comfort zone, something that scared the living daylights out of me, and I enjoyed it!

That's what makes me proudest of all.

I miss Superpro Samui every single day.

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See you next time, Samui

Read about the rest of my Muay Thai experiences here: Week 1, Week 2 & Week 3.

If you are a fellow newbie considering Muay Thai training in Thailand, or even if you have never considered it (like me!), but it intrigues you in some way - go for it! You won't regret it.


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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Week 3

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How on earth we are already more than 3/4 of the way through our month training Muay Thai at Superpro Samui is beyond me. I remember Week One going soooo slooooow, but this past week has zoomed by! Where has the time gone and can I have it back now please?

I took training a lot easier this week, after spending last Sunday hobbling around feeling sorry for myself. Two hours of morning Muay Thai training, followed by two hours again in the afternoon, before compulsory Saturday night drinks and dancing on the beach (because hey, I'm on a tropical island), apparently makes for one sore left hip that plagued me for much of the week. Kicking, of which there is plenty in Muay Thai, was not possible for a few days!

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Totally worth it though

I skipped Monday entirely, then took it easy for the rest of week with just one class a day. Ha - its funny how 'taking it easy' was still 10 hours of training in a single week, which is more than I'd EVER do at home! But its all relative I guess.

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I was kind of kicking again by Wednesday, and by Thursday was almost back to normal. But then Friday I turned the ripe old age of 25 (when did I grow up?!?!) and I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've ever worked out on my birthday. Of course, I only did it so I could eat without guilt all the cheeseburgers, milkshakes, cake, lollies, chocolate, chips, cheese and wine....that I may have consumed over the course of the day! Needless to say, getting up on Saturday morning for Muay Thai training was quite the challenge so I'm glad it turned out to be the most relaxed class we've had so far.

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You better believe this was my birthday lunch. BEST EVER.

In terms of the Muay Thai itself, as I say in every weekly update it is bit by bit becoming more natural. Of course I've still got plenty to learn but its surprising how quickly you pick it up when you are training every day in a condensed format like this (as opposed to going once or twice a week like you might for sport's practice at home).

Its funny, because I was chatting to someone here saying how at first I used to enjoy the 20-minute warm up run because it was the part that I could actually do. Now that I can get through the Muay Thai drills without doing everything wrong (more or less, albeit in some awkward beginner way), I actually prefer the Muay Thai part of the class and dread the run! Hill runs suck, why do I choose that route every single day?

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On Saturday night we went to watch the fighting in Lamai - there were a couple of women's Muay Thai fights but also three men's fights, and two young boys fighting (which I mostly covered my eyes for - I didn't want to see them hurt!). One of the men's fights ended in a KO (knockout) which was rather exciting and one of the girl's fight in a TKO (technical knockout). Another men's fight also ended in KO and an elbow that had caught him to the eye had his face dripping with blood. Intense much! It was an interesting experience, where its kind of exciting but also nerve-wracking and also rather violent so you're not quite sure how to feel. I think I kind of enjoyed it?

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Performing their Ram Muay before the fight begins

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Wham! Knockout.

There have been a few goodbyes this week, which is always sad. You have your little group of Muay Thai friends but its always changing as people come and go. It makes me sad to think that its going to be us departing next week - its such a happy little lifestyle here!

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Friends and birthdays. Love my Superpro family!

I felt like this was a lazy week, but laziness is going to hit me for real when we leave in a week's time to Koh Tao. I am going to do nothing for a few glorious days and soak up every second - just like this water buffalo...

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Three weeks down, one to go!

Read about the rest of my Muay Thai experiences here: Week 1Week 2 & Week 4.


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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Week 2

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I can't believe how quickly time is flying by on Koh Samui. We have been training Muay Thai at Superpro Samui for two weeks now, but it barely feels like yesterday we arrived!

There is no doubt that Week 1 was tough, and both Alan & I were constantly sore and tired for the week's entirety. Week 2 has been SO much better! After working through the initial fatigue, bruising and in my case an almost inability to even brush my hair because my arms were too sore (!), I'm beyond pleased that we have come out the other side feeling mostly like normal people again.

As in, we can train in the morning and instead of being sore and exhausted for the rest of the day, we have energy to get out and about and explore this beautiful island of Koh Samui.

And explore we have!

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Since my very first class where I was the only female and only beginner, thing sure have changed a lot over the past week! There are now a number of other newbies staying and training onsite, including a few girls, so I'm no longer alone.

Over this second week I definitely have noticed my form improving and I'm being corrected a lot less which is very motivating, however just in the last couple of days I feel like I have hit a bit of a lull. It feels like my body is starting to catch up with what I'm putting it through and I'm just feeling a little lower on energy during training, to the point where it is beginning to affect my form.

I've trained consistently every day this week so am looking forward to Sunday (tomorrow) off like crazy - just got to get through tonight's session first. Raging way to spend a Saturday night, eh!

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Shadow boxing during warm-ups. Saturday morning's class is small!

In my recap on Week 1 I mentioned the challenge of learning and remembering all the lingo - thankfully this is becoming a lot easier to me now and I'm mostly able to focus on my technique and becoming faster, than simply trying to remember what's what in each drill. Although I still look like an absolute dork in these photos it definitely is becoming more natural!

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I'm pleased to say that I've already smashed one of my goals, I'm able to run up the hill before training non-stop, and have done multiple times now. Even though I feel like I'm dying every time I run up, it feels pretty good afterwards! The abs still need plenty of work though...perhaps a few too many panang curries and pad thais? haha.

I know I said this last week, and its kind of gross but I'm going to say it again: Muay Thai training (especially in Thailand's heat) makes you sweat so freaking much! I'm literally drenched before the class is even halfway through. We often do a warm-up drill that involves 100 elbows - left, right, left, etc - and sweat just flies off my elbows each time like a shower, often hitting whichever unfortunate person is in front of me. For two hours straight it's pretty much just drip, drip, drip. Your bag gets sweaty, the floor gets sweaty (and slippery!), everything gets sweaty. SO much sweat. I always thought sweat was disgusting but when everyone else is in the same boat as you, profuse sweating strangely becomes quite normal.

Please excuse my ridiculous concentration/this-is-killing-me facial expressions...

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Injuries. Despite the bruising having gone down and seemingly becoming hardened to bleeding knuckles, barefoot training on foam mats has led to both Alan and I suffering nasty foot blisters this past week. I had a bit of a blister explosion while I was on my rounds in the ring (yuck!), it stung like MAD but I could't stop until the time was up. Maybe I'm already toughening up?! We didn't miss any training sessions because of the damn blisters, but it sure made training a rather sore and difficult activity for a couple of days! We even had to get up 10 minutes earlier each morning to have time for taping them up, waaah!

I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but I'm almost SAD that two weeks have flown by and I don't feel ready to leave! Alan and I need to start planning where we go from Koh Samui when we finish up in two weeks (because uh, we've planned pretty much zilch so far), but I'm not ready to think about leaving! I'm feeling settled, stronger and (relatively) dedicated to this lifestyle - I'm not sure where Muay Thai is going to fit into my life once we leave here. Yep, some days I dread training just like the next person, but afterwards, wow! There's nothing quite like accomplishing an intense, two-hour Muay Thai session.

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Dare I say it out loud, but I am proud of what I've achieved in the past two weeks of my life, and can't wait to become even more so in the couple of weeks to come. Muay Thai training in Thailand is hard work, but SO immensely rewarding. I'd recommend it to anyone!

I've got a post coming up on all the gear and essentials you'll need for your Muay Thai training, plus I'll also share some links to blogs and websites that I've found helpful and inspiring in my Muay Thai training journey. Keep an eye out!

Read about the rest of my Muay Thai experiences here: Week 1Week 3 & Week 4.


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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Why Am I Here?

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I'll be writing a full series of blog posts about Muay Thai training in Thailand over the next few weeks. I found it near impossible to come across much information about what to expect from Muay Thai training in Thailand as a female and absolute beginner. I'm hoping that I'll be able to help out other beginners who are interested in this physical and mental challenge, with information and insights to what Muay Thai training in Thailand is like.

These posts will be interspersed amongst catch up travel posts from our last six weeks in Malaysia and Singapore.


If you've read my last blog post, you'll know that I'm currently a few days into a month-long Muay Thai training in Thailand. If you know me personally, you'll probably be thinking that this is a very unusual activity for me to choose, and what on earth am I doing here?! Don't worry, I've been thinking that a fair bit myself too.

Even with just my first few training sessions under my belt, I have plenty to share about this Muay Thai lifestyle that I am so new to and somehow, strangely enough, am enjoying (who would have thought!). But we have a whole month to talk about what I've learned and all that jazz. I figure that I had better start by explaining how I've ended up here in the first place!

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My life for the next month...

As you'll know if you've been reading the blog, I'm travelling with my other half, Alan. Despite not admitting to it, he's a martial arts fanatic. He has been training in Taekwondo for more than 20 years, is a 5th degree black belt in the sport, has taught classes for the last 15 years, and has competed and trained all over the world. In his spare time, it is normal for him to lose hours of his life watching youtube videos of Taekwondo, MMA and UFC...at which point my eyes roll into the back of my head with boredom. Ha.

So, even without reading any further I am sure you can already guess that this was not my idea.

Before we left for our long-term travels through Asia, Alan mentioned a few times in passing that he'd love to do a month-long martial arts training camp somewhere along the way. My reaction to this was to smile and laugh, then quickly change the subject.

When Alan began to seriously look into different training complexes in Southeast Asia, I knew this was more than just a passing thought. Knowing that we had two full months in Thailand, he began researching specifically for Muay Thai training gyms there.

I'd imagined my Thailand days being filled with copious amounts of Pad Thai, Chang beers and mango smoothies, sun-filled days spent tanning on the beach. You can imagine my horror when I began to process the thought of spending an entire month doing hardcore Muay Thai training in Thailand for hours a day - my dream of Chang-fuelled nights out dissipating from existence.

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There are fights multiple times a week in Koh Samui. Gazavat on this promotional poster is training here at Superpro.

It was while we were in Singapore that Alan was emailing back and forth with Superpro Samui and before I knew it we had paid a deposit to spend a month there, living in their accommodation on-complex and training as much as we wanted. There was no turning back now!

Fast-forward five or so weeks to last Thursday and we arrived at Superpro Samui, on Thailand's tropical paradise of Koh Samui. I'm currently Muay Thai training in Thailand - how crazy is that? I'm already a few training sessions in - despite being black and blue all over, sporting a bleeding knuckle on my left hand, and an inability to move when I wake up in the morning, I'm feeling good!

I don't have to be here doing this. I could have travelled somewhere else for the month and met back up with Alan afterwards, or I could be staying here and relaxing pool/beachside for the month while Alan trains his ass off each day. But I've chosen to be here, and commit to this.

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Purchased some gloves. Pink, of course.

Despite Muay Thai (really, martial arts in general) being so far out of my comfort zone, strangely enough I want to be here. Sure, its hard and it hurts! I've said before that I like to live outside my comfort zone, and this is a real life-changing challenge for me, to push through some tough mental and physical barriers. Perhaps one day soon my eyes won't be rolling so far back into my head if I have to suffer through martial arts videos - I'm already surprisingly into watching Muay Thai documentaries!

Maybe it'll toughen me up a bit, eh!

Have you ever trained in Muay Thai or another martial art? Would you consider training Muay Thai in Thailand?


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