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Group Size: Avg 6-20
Trip code: THMT
Duration: 2-4 weeks
Learn traditional Thai martial arts techniques on this Muay Thai boxing trip. Joining our Muay Thai fight school, you’ll be working up a sweat on the tropical oasis of Koh Tao Island. Perfecting your skills and practicing your punches, you can enjoy a backdrop of beach life while you learn the skills of this challenging national Thai sport. With world-class diving and snorkelling from Koh Tao, your island adventures won’t be limited to just Muay Thai boxing! Alongside full access to a gym and top boxing and training facilities, you’ll be invited to attend thrice monthly fight nights, and can take advantage of the island’s brilliant beach bars, nightlife and music scene in your spare time. Whether you’re a well practiced fighter looking to brush up on your technique, a traditional Thai fighting enthusiast, or a brand new beginner seeking a new martial arts experience; learning to tackle the Muay Thai style of boxing is a dream for any martial arts enthusiast.
Signing up to the Muay Thai challenge you’ll need to be prepared for some intensive daily training which will get you ring ready in no time! With two trainer-led workouts a day, 6 days a week, a typical session will begin in the morning as you greet the tropical dawn with a short wake-up run through the hillsides, getting your heart beating before the day becomes too hot! Training sessions will include a mixture of Muay Thai, Western Boxing and Gladiator Fitness Training.
Once you’re awake and raring to go, you’ll be put through a basic warm up, stretching your muscles to increase your flexibility, suppleness and range of movement. Continuing your warm up preparations with a new loose and limber attitude, after a few lunges you can move on to the skipping rope, whipping through a few short bouts before an intensive workout in order to improve upon your footwork, agility and speed.
After this your Muay Thai training will begin with short rounds of bag-work, where you’ll spend between three and five minutes attacking your kick-bag opponent, punching, kicking, kneeing and elbowing in order to increase your stamina.
Moving onto pad work with our trainers you’ll be put through your paces in three to five minute rounds, working up your accuracy training and fine tuning your technique, as you perfect your boxing stance and improve on your range, testing out your reaction times and mobility as you land a few blows! Your Muay Thai trainers will be wearing shin, stomach and hand pads for this, so don’t worry if you think you pack a powerful punch!
And now for the clincher – during your clinch training you’ll be working on your knee and elbow strike techniques, as unlike other boxing styles, when Muay Thai boxers clinch in a fight they’re not separated, and instead can use their knees and elbows to try to bring down their opponent! As the last few points of contact in the “Art of the Eight Limbs” (with the total sum of points of contact being your two hands, feet, knees and elbows) this vital grappling work is what really sets aside Thai boxing style and technique from any other. Spending around ten minutes to half an hour getting up close and personal, you’ll finish up with some light shadow-boxing, crunches and sit-ups in order to increase your muscular flexibility and prevent damage, cramps and pulled muscles.
If your main aim on this trip is to get yourself ring-ready and prepped for a fight, you’ll be sent on another stamina increasing hillside run, before coming back to join the rest of the fight school for another training session at 16:00. During your stay you’ll also have full access to the brand new, modern gym facilities 7 days a week (between the hours of 7am-9pm), so you can lift a few weights during any time you’re not training.
After all your exertions, the rest of the time is up to you, and you can either crash out on the beach watching the condensation roll down your cooling cocktail glass, explore a little more of the island or check out the local shops before relaxing in your room.
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