Ok I thought someone would have something to say about this by now so I'll chip in my 0.01 cents (cos my knowledge is really limited).
While I was in Thailand I visited plenty of temples. I went every Sunday for a while. I've been blessed by a monk before a fight where I went on to have my...
Welcome to the community.
Regarding shin guards, check with your gym. I would recommend buying your own because you don't want to be sharing equipment that other peoples sweat have come into contact with. It's an easy way to pick up a nasty skin infection.
Other equipment you will need are...
I couldn't find one of these for sale anywhere so I decided to make my own.
Used - 1 x 40mm PVC pipe
1 x 38 - 50mm hose clamp
Aprox 1.5m of rope
1 x 0.5 kg weight
Pretty self explanitory really. There are probably better ways to do it but I'm lazy and unskilled.
So there you have it, your...
I've broken mine 6 times, only once from fighting, the rest of the time was from doing dumb ****. Last time I broke it I was doing sheep work and got headbutted by a sheep. I took 3 weeks off sparring last time but I think most broken bones used to be in plaster for 6 weeks so 6 weeks would be...
Arnuld with all respect to you, I think you are confusing Muay Thai and Muay Boran.
Muay Thai is a ringsport, and as such, most of the techniques used on the battlefield with Muay Boran that aren't useful in the ring are simply not used practiced in muay thai. Some are, but a lot of them just...
Most martial arts gyms will let you take 1 or 2 free lessons right? So do a lesson of each and see what you enjoy the most.
PS muay thai is a sport, not a martial art. If you got bored of wrestling you may get bored of this too, but don't let that put you off trying it, just something to...
Where are you from?
I sometimes bought the trainers a small bottle of sang som or hong tong (rum/whisky, available from the 7/11 in Thailand, about 100-110 thb), I saw some other people give them t-shirts they bought from Twins/King at Lumpinee Stadium, someone bought a cheap dvd player for...
Haha ok ok you got me.
Look I've never been to a muay thai gym that trains with any footwear, that is, you should *always* train barefoot.
If they do insist you wear shoes though (and I cant imagine why they would), then get some cheap Dunlop Volleys or change gyms.
These will not only give you grip, they will keep your feet warm at the same time, therefore giving you added protection against any ankle injuries.
People will probably say things like "what the **** are you wearing" and "you are a dickhead" but just ignore that, those people...
I don't know what you're doing wrong bro, it's hard to see over teh internetz.
Can you put a video up?
Are you stepping with your front foot when you jab and your back foot when you punch?
I'm wondering if it's just an issue of being out of range when you're throwing these techniques.
Denmyos which one are you in that video?
Alphacat no I'm not training for anything specifically, just keeping in shape for now. I haven't been thinking too much about another fight at the moment to be honest, just working on cutting some body fat more than anything.
I started on a basic...
The Thai culture is certainly appealing and once people know you train or fight they really treat you differently. I've had so many offers to stay at complete strangers houses or been invited over for meals.
Personally I keep training because it seems I have no choice anymore. When I'm in...
Thanks! I'll just be going back to Thailand to fight, I won't be staying for months at a time (at least not for a while). Anyway I'm still trying to decide what to do with myself, it's good to have options but it's hard to know what the right thing to do is also. For now I'm just giving people...
You mean Nine Dragons?
You know I went to a local martial arts school who proclaims to teach everything but I was amazed to see how badly the classes were run, how bad the students forms were, how bad the sparring was.. I don't know how these people sleep at night teaching absolute rubbish and...
Hey Alphacat, it's good to see you're enjoying your training and stuck with it. Put some photos up sometime.
Things are going ok for me, I'm in Australia at the moment training some people, looking at starting up a gym over here. Goddamn its expensive buying all the gear.
Work hard and be good to your mother.
I dunno, have you done anything like this before?
Biggest problems I find with teaching people from scratch are
1) They won't relax
2) I have to tell them the same thing over and over and over and over and...
I'm not trying to belittle them, I know...
Where are you training?
I would recommend concentrating on the basics for now.
Make sure you're eating enough food, especially protein.
If you're training hard, you're going to need at least 2/2.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. If you don't eat enough, you won't be training...
Cool, please let us know for sure, I'm interested to hear what you think of the McDojo.
Hopefully this kung fu place will appeal to your son, I haven't trained there for a few years now but the training was good when I went there.
The kung fu school is
Shaolin Chow Ka...
Wow, I didn't hear about Lee, my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
I've never heard of Nine Dragons before, sorry. To be honest I steer clear of anything with 'Dragon' in the name.
Yeah it's difficult with all the gyms being spread so far apart. Perth could really do with a few...
Only gym I know SOR is way way south down in Mandurah.
Not too far North though you can try
1 Edith St
Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
(08) 9227 5296
Rear 137 Scarborough Beach Road, MT HAWTHORN
PO Box 340 Mount Hawthorn WA 6915
P:0415 122 856
There are belts in muay thai, based on various thai animal forms of fighting.
Lowest is soi dog, highest is golden elephant.
I can train you and rank you officially complete system to golden elephant level 50 for only $599 USD. Just email me your credit card details and I'll send you the...
If you want to learn for self defense, I would recommend something that teaches you ground fighting and countering choke holds. In my experience none of those 3 you mentioned do that (except kung fu a little, depending on which style you're learning).
Nice post Jimi.
The Thai kids in who get involved in muay thai do so because they don't have any other options. The come from absolute povety and are sold to gyms by their families, or orphaned at an early age. There are gyms in Thailand who just work with kids. I sometimes call into Sor...