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!
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.
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.
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?