Review of Training Muay Thai @ Sitsongpeenong Phuket

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  1. Bernard Bar

    Bernard Bar White Belt

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    Guys this will be my first post . I have been reading Sheerdog for over a year and have enjoyed / benefited a lot from lots of the posts . I am a Muay Thai Practitioner , Cant say I'm an expert not even close but my experience goes to about 200Hrs of Group Training and about 65hrs of one one one Training . 50 of the under Melchor Menor here in San Diego and 15 Split Under Tony Palafox and Coach Steven Frye

    Well last November I decided to fly to Thailand and improve my skills , my first options were : yokkao , Benchamek Gym and Fairtex all in Bangkok but at the end I decided to go to the island of Phuket and thought Sitsongpeenong would be the perfect place . Why?? Well they are a small operation , more run like a family business , they offered good accommodations next door ( owner owns a small hotel that was turned into the camp accommodations and housing for the fight team ) which is clean and nice but most important close to the Gym , I would be walking most of the time ( didn't wanted to take the risk to kill myself riding a scooter in a place that drives on the opposite side) so after a 3 hr training session the least you want is to walk far to get to your hotel or room . I must address that the onsite accommodations has private room with bath/shower and a small kitchen or it can be a shared room . The price will lower if shared . Both have nice hot water , AC and Cable TV with a bunch of fight channels so its cool . Another thing I considered is been part of the group by staying there which would make the experience better.

    Well now to the Training . The morning session starts about 6:30AM so if you need to eat something small you better get up early , there's a 7 Eleven down the street so you can find most stuff there . Then you start with the morning run , usually the fight team will gather and run from Surin Beach to Kamala Beach through the highway . Its very motivating to see how much pride people have on their Boxers so lot of people with thumb you up and smile while running , the down side is that the public buses exhausts are not fun when passing next to them but oh well ... Running is not an obligation and nothing else on training but if you want to be taken serious and get respect from the Trainers / guys then you better run no questions about it . Plus its not bad at all , the pace is not fast but more to build endurance . Once back its when the fun begins , you have around 7 Trainers on Site and they will start with stretching , bag work ( about 5 rounds ) until its your turn to hit pads inside the ring with one of them . We were anywhere between 12 to 20 people during my stay so the trainer / student ratio is very good . They wont let you slack not a single session is easy and keep correcting you if they see any miss form on technique . Most important for them is to have good mechanics on every strike and keep that Thai Style which is a little different than what we learn in America which is very influenced by western boxing . Once in the Ring you'll do about 4 rounds with a trainer holding Thai Pads and one last round with just strikes / boxing mitts . Then back to the bag work for another 5 Rounds , Also every end of round you will do 20 pushups for the entire session . After every one has hit pads you will still do another 4 rounds between Jumping / skipping knees , Push kick , small combos etc. Then either circuit training ( squats , lounges , kettle bells , ropes , etc... ) or Abs , once completed we all thank the trainers and your free to go get Breakfast . About 100 Yards from the camp there is a small restaurant called butterfly , the owner is amazing his food is great and will remember your name every single time . Everyone goes there and prices are very good - A full meal was less than $4 US.
    I almost forgot to mention you will be consuming about 3 quarts of water (from 7 eleven ha ha *no drinking tap water by any means*) per training session , the humidity and hot weather make you sweat like crazy . The afternoon session is pretty much like the morning but it alternates lots of bag work for either clinching or sparring . The running starts at 3:30 and session ends at 6PM
    Pretty Much you sleep , train , eat and repeat. Yes Sunday is the only day off and most of the guys will go out Saturday for a crazy night in town . Bangla road is a 30 Min Cab ride , Its not far at all its just that The roads are small and limited to get to places so driving from point A to B takes a long time and even little traffic makes it way worst . Plus Phuket is a big ass island . The other MMA oriented gyms like Tiger , Phuket Top Team , AKA and so are in a remote location of the island so for them was even farther so Pretty much people stay and train where they are . There are fights at the stadiums multiple times per week , and if someone from the Camp / Gym fights that card then a group will get together and probably one of the trainers will drive you there and even get you discounted tickets for the stadium . Trainers are very involved with their students so they make sure all is nice and safe at all times.

    The fight team is very Active so they fight about every other week (about 7 to 10 Guys from the camp are in the team which is almost half of the camp population) , If they got no damage they will be back in the ring very soon , The higher Level guys fight on MX Muay Extreme which is Muay Thai Full rules with MMA Gloves out of Pattaya so the Owner Tim and a Trainer will take them to Bangkok . If not the local stadiums also put some good shows mostly between the Camps / Gyms and some Thai guys too . If you are interested in fighting just tell the trainers and you will be there if you are at the required level

    I read a lot about Phuket been a tourist trap but that was not the case here , Sitsonpeenong trainers are all Lumpini champions , champions of Thailand , channel 7 champions so they all have a lot to give in regards of training . Their English is good enough to explain technique and work with you . My trainer had over 400 Fights and is still active so if you think your skills are better than that , God Bless you.

    Over all the experience is incredible so if your thinking about it just go ahead and do it ! my flight from Los Angeles was like $600 bucks round and you wont spend a lot there . Training is 500 bht for both sessions which is about $13 bucks and if you stay in the accommodations then its included in the rate . There are monthly rates and long term prices which are lower. I am now planning to go back in April for a little longer term and keep improving.

    In December Sitsonpeenong opened a new facility close by which is larger and has much better equipment , I did not got to check it out but I'm sure its top notch , Heard is open space too which is nice with the weather but you better take some bug spray or your legs will be eaten alive by mosquitos . ha ha

    Hope this helps someone who's planning to take the trip down there .
     
  2. Noodles03

    Noodles03 Blue Belt

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    Thank you for the review and I'm hoping to go to Thailand by the end of this year. I'm kind of nervous simply because I've done very little muay thai (mostly boxing) and I never been out of the country by my self. However, it should be fun.
     
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    Frode Falch Gold Belt Professional Fighter

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    Nice read.. Made me miss Thailand again.
     
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    These kind of reviews are always welcome and thanks for sharing your experience. If I wasn't on the east coast, I'd take a trip out there. The cheap cost get washed out when I have to fly to the west coast first.
     
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    thank you for the review, my gf and i are hoping to train there in march. very helpful.
     
  6. Bernard Bar

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    A girl i met there trains out of NYC , tickets were less than $600 for her too , Check China Eastern
     
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  7. Bernard Bar

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    Hey dont worry for skill level , you aint getting into the ring on a fight or at least not until you and the trainers fell your ready . As long as you know the basic strikes and Kicks you will learn and improve incredibly.

    Look at it this way . The regular person in America trains 2 to 3 hrs x week Muay thai . You will do 30 hrs x week there so its 10 times more . that helps your development fast.
     
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  8. Bernard Bar

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    I got to meet 2 or 3 Fit couples on the camp , Its even better if you can go with your girl so you can Ice each other legs ha ha . But no I mean it , Its an incredible country and place so if you can have your girl its awsome
     
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    i kind of priced everything out at the sitsonpeenong (shared private room, meals, etc), also looking to train at another camp close to bangkok. only thing that we have to worry about now are flights and transportation to and from the airport. fwiw, my coach is going to attachai this saturday, so let's see what he says about that camp.
     
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    Cool, that's good to hear. One more question, was it straight forward far as landing in Thailand and finding a taxi or transportation to your destination?
     
  11. Bernard Bar

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    Ok here is the Trick : Download the App GRAB in your iphone and use it for transportation , Its like uber maybe better . Taxis will always try to over charge and then you have to haggle them . I don't have the patience for that so I rather pay a little over the haggle down price but don't deal with it . Plus that app can message the driver and translate from English to Thai .

    Last a lot of International flights land in the middle of the night but as long as the camp knows your arriving they will accommodate or leave you the keys with the manager . In Thailand everything is chill and laid back , they are cool like that
     
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  12. Bernard Bar

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    Attachai is great camp too , I'm sure he will have a good experience.
     
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    my main focus will be on clinch so i am sure most places will be great lol
     
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    I envy guys who can actually train in Thailand, I think I would die from humidity and heat :D
     
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    Cool, ty for the info.

    You can always go during the winter time, November to February.
     
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    Lmao you sound like me, i'm trying to go by the end of this year too want to meet up over their, if we both get accomadations in the same room it will be cheaper, no homo. I actually heard that sitsonpeenong was a tour trap, but this guy gave too much of a detailed review for him to promote a tourist trap gym.
     
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