So I’ve been here for about a week now and I’ve enjoyed myself. Spent a lot of money, yes… but that’s alright in small doses. From this point on it’s time to cut out the drinking and nightly gogo bar visits and focus on my training. Actually, that’s not true. I’m still going to go to the gogos. Who am I kidding? Walking street is like a magnet and honestly, I can’t seem to stay away. I’ll just make the switch from Thai whiskey to orange juice and water.
So what better way to start things off and settle into a serious training groove than a visit to Sityodtong? Sityodtong is one camp that I was really looking forward to visiting just based on its reputation for producing quality fighters. The Sityodtong camp is what a Muay Thai camp should be. It’s far away from the madness of central Pattaya and the environment allows you to completely immerse yourself into the training.
As I arrived, I was welcomed by the thunderous sound of a shin hitting the heavy bag. Unfortunately, the battery in my camera ran out a little prematurely so the noise coming from the stable to the right wasn’t captured. Anyway, check it out, my arrival to Sityodtong…
Immediately upon arrival, I was greeted by a trainer I had seen in a few youtube videos. “You come for training? Ok, I train you” he said. He said his name was Paul but I’m pretty sure that’s just the name he gives to foreigners as they think it’s easier for us to remember. It’s like bargirls telling foreigners their name is “Ice”.
I started with the usual skipping. I asked how long I should skip for and my response was what seems to be the slogan of Thailand – “up to you”. So after about 20 minutes or so of skipping and some light stretches, I was ready to begin my pad-work. I grabbed my hand-wraps but Paul insisted that he do it for me. He had a unique way of doing it as I had never seen his method before. The finished product felt awesome though. It felt like I could punch threw a wall without hurting my hand. I’ll try to record it next time so you guys can see the wrapping technique he uses.
During the pad-work, he simulated things in a way that resembled a real fight (which is what a good pad-holder is supposed to do). Overall, I was really impressed with the place. There’s something about training in such a prestigious gym that’s really motivating. On another note, I should mention that before going to Sityodtong, I popped a couple Beta-Alanine pills for the first time. I noticed a difference for sure. I still couldn’t complete all the rounds at a fast pace but there was a definite improvement. Beta-Alanine = good stuff!
Here are a couple videos I took to give you an idea what the training environment at Sityodtong is like. I didn’t want to be the tourist “falang” (foreigner) that shows up for 1 workout and films the entire time so I tried to be a discreet as I could. Check out all the little soldiers jumping on the tires. Sityodtong has at least 20 young Thai kids training there (just from what I saw). These kids are going to be fighting machines in a few years. I wonder if any future Lumpinee champions were training there today.
On a different note, I think I messed up. I went out on Saturday night (my official get crunk night) and I dealt with the wrong girl. When I checked into this apartment, I told myself that I wouldn’t hook-up with any of the girls that work here because it’s obviously a recipe for drama. Well, when you drink, logical thoughts get thrown out the window and you do things you shouldn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, the girl is beautiful, but this is Pattaya – where the girl to guy ratio is somewhere around 10-1. Beautiful girls are everywhere here. It’s not the place where you want to be tied down. There’s this one girl that works here during the daytime named Rung. She’s beautiful as well and she’s who I paid for the room. I think she just does the administration stuff here.
Anyway, Rung came up to me last night to say hello and the other girl intercepted the greeting and basically sent Rung on her way. I think she’s claimed me. I’m dealing with a “stage 5 clinger” here.
Listen to me. Complaining about being stalked but a hot Thai girl. I guess that’s just life in Thailand for you. Rough stuff.. haha
I’m pretty sure that if I met this girl in Canada, I’D be the one lockin’ HER down…
Anyway, I’m going to take a video tour of this place so you guys can see how I’m livin’ in my next entry.
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