How Training In Thailand Changed My Life
Before I convince you to get off your asses and book a trip to Thailand I need to say I am no way at all being paid or have been told to try and sell this to you. This is purely me showing the passion this has given me for the sport.
I know what you’re thinking. . . how does this actually shape you, change you?
I remember sitting on the plane just before departing having last second thoughts, “oh fuck what am I doing, I am not ready for this!”
Before I traveled to Thailand and took part in a one month training camp at Khongsittha Muay Thai [alongside the Muay Thai Guy and Paul “Reaper” Banasiak] and an additional two weeks in Kho Phangan at Diamond Muay Thai, I never took training as seriously as I should had back in England
[Photo on Right: Jack Training with his mates in England in preparation for his fight after Thailand]
You know the deal, you finish your work for the day, head home and if you can, you lounge around before your session, giving you about 10 minutes before the session to wrap your hands and catch up with your pals. You would do the session and that would be it until next time. The one thing that hit me once I came home from my time away was the fact that damn, training for one to two hours per day just doesn’t cut it in any aspect, it doesn’t seem enough.
I can now say that my vision and drive has changed now, drastically.
Here you’re constantly focused and grinding towards your goals in this beautiful place, keeping such focus yet having an amazing and enjoyable trip at the same time.
Here is a condensed schedule of my “day in the life” whilst training in Bangkok:
- 6:30 am 10k run, stretch, and wrap up.
- 08:00 am the first session begins; this would consist of multiple rounds of pads, bag work, technique and sparring or clinch work. [I should mention the natural mental break down halfway through a round on the pads in why the hell am I doing this] – all followed by a sudden realization that this is the most fun I’ve had in ages.
(Followed by catching my breath back in the shower. . .okay let’s continue to the rest of the day. . .)
- Around 11:00 AM/12:00 go get some food with your homies!
- Nap – you’ll need it.
- 3pm maybe another run, jump rope and mimic your morning session
- More food followed by some more food (benefits of training 7 hours a day)
- All the sleep. How much? All of it – again, you need it.
Fucking awesome am I right!
Not only are you training with high level trainers and fighters, but like myself, you literally meet the best bunch of guys and girls from all over the world, I can safely say that these people I will have ties with for life. There is an organic camaraderie you all develop being side by side with Nak Muay who are just as passionate about the sport as you are. Training your absolute asses of 6 days a week for a good 7 hours a day. This sort of grind shapes you, makes you, it drives you as a person and as a fighter. There are no egos here, egos can’t survive in this terrain.
You shouldn’t have any energy to break anyone down, only to build each other up.
When you are pushing yourself to your limits each and every day, striving to hit that early morning 10k in a quicker time, smashing the shit out of that leather trying to not show how fatigued and broken you are [which inside is harder than it looks to everyone else] you notice you’re right where you’re need to be. This is where you’re meant to be.
I’m no one special, not a big name in the fight scene but as I sit here and try to describe to you about this god damn amazing place, I can’t. Putting it into words wouldn’t give it any justice, what I can say however, is that this is a memory that I look back on every single fucking day. How many memories can you say that about? That is how much it has impacted my life, all the way from the way that I train now, to the way I communicate with other people.
It’s all well and good giving the “yeah I’d be down” or “I’d love to go train in Thailand one day” bull shit. Go out and get it. I’ve said it before, you can spend all your life thinking and talking about it, so why not go out and get it – it is just a flip of the switch. I know every one has got their excuses, we all live very different and challenging lives, but don’t let yours stop you from doing something that will impact your life in a positive way in the long term. We all have a shot to work towards the ‘limitless’ lifestyle, starting today.
This is only a short piece but I’m hoping its more than enough to encourage you to step out your comfort zone and experience this wonderful culture.
Think about it.
No forced smiles here, just passion.
Paul Banasiak is a Professional Muay Thai fighter/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life, mindset & training to the next level.
Today we begin forging our bodies and
strengthening our limitless minds.
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