The Hidden Muay Thai Gem of Phuket (Instructional and Padwork Footage Included)
I remember when I first started (Around 2012) a video was going viral of a Sinbi trainer handling Saenchai in the clinch during one of their sessions. Back then I thought that it was solely due to an apparent weight disadvantage.
After my session with the trainer featured in the video himself and having re-watched the video, I learned how far ahead his positioning and control is. My lady and I had the pleasure of working with Kru Pot during our one week holiday in Phuket.
His attention to minute detail (with real purpose, having given me a variety of options to work with) was something that reminded me much of Namsaknoi’s high-level coaching. Kru Pot also asked a lot of questions, and if you have trained at any significant number of Muay Thai gyms in Thailand. . . you know that doesn’t exactly happen often. Per the norm, you just do what you are told, why? Because. Or “because it makes strong”. It’s then usually left at that to continue the rhythm of training.
That wasn’t the case during my visit in both the private and group training. His first questions were not “what stance are you?”, but “what punch feels more strong? what kick feels more strong? where do you feel weak? your favorite style? Last time you hurt in fight, what happen? In clinch, what position you feel strong? Where weak?”
Here is a video of Kru Pot answering one of the questions students often ask, “do I swing my arm down or across when kicking?”:
My first round of shadowboxing was a physical and reactionary assessment. He would interrupt some of my movement to spar and to read my reactions to get a baseline to work from. The flow of the sessions reminded me of a doctor or (professional trainer) who assesses their patient’s full history, their habits, their character, and draws upon experience to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
We covered everything from the small details of where to place the hand on the long knee versus a mid-range knee, where to swing the arm when kicking for a “low risk-high reward” outcome, all the way to the adjustments that have to be made in the clinch for the shorter fighter as well as the taller clincher as transitions are made.
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Padwork and “The #1 Bone to Cut Open” Vs. Opponents With a High Guard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fighting against opponents with a high & tight guard provides us with certain limitations (such as smaller gaps that are open for punches, and less of an ability to prod and counter) however, every style has its downfall. Kru @potbunpot Of @phuketkingmuaythai covered a number of tactics for me to use as a taller fighter against power punchers, fighters with a tight guard, and clinch specific recommendations for someone with my build. Pad work is becoming more and more enjoyable the more mobile I become, this is the moat open that my hips and body have felt, which makes me feel twice as fast with my longer strikes. Changes to training have come with great benefit, I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys some of these less popular approaches that I have taken to my regimen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #MuayThaiTips #PadWork #ThaiPads #Hellbow #Elbows #Boxing #Phuket #thailandtravel #PhuketMuayThai #ReaperSquad #LifeLessons #FightTips #muaythailife #training💪 #knowledgeispower
Needless to say, I wasn’t in Phuket very long, but a ton of people reach out to me about quality instruction in Phuket and its neighboring areas. Pot now owns his own gym PhuketKing Muay Thai in the heart of Phuket City.
Ps. I have no affiliation to Phuket King Muay Thai, I wasn’t given any discounts or deals during our stay, but I was recommended to see him by a friend of mine. Many fighters who used to train at Sinbi Muay Thai were questioning Pot’s whereabouts as I made a few posts about training with him. I believe that it is valuable to share a good experience in a market that is becoming saturated from a business standpoint. Credit comes where it is due.
I will be releasing more videos to help others get a better idea of what the gym is about, as well as breaking down & analyzing everything that we went over on Patreon.com/MuayThaiTechnician – my exclusive library featuring all of my clinics, seminars, exclusive tutorials, full fights, a private chat option to connect with me, and much more.
Paul Banasiak is a Professional Muay Thai Athlete/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving his studies in the medical field without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, graduating first in class with a Health and Exercise Science Degree and creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for passionate individuals that want to take their lifestyle, mindset & training to the next level.
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