Not so sunny days in Barcelona with these three.
Last week I took my sisters to Louisiana and I was absolutely blown away by the Diane Arbus retrospective:
(All images borrowed)
Back in Bangkok, back in FA Group. I don’t wanna go home.
Snapshots week 3. Hard days in the gym, lazy days at the beach.
I am in no way a professional fighter, I have trained regularly for many years and have had a couple of fights. Over the years I have been in Thailand many times, training (a lot) and fighting a little. Being back in Thailand and being back and training makes me realise just how hard it is. Somehow, I tend to forget it every time, thinking I am in okay shape, thinking I am good to go and dive straight into it. But here I am, two weeks in, drained and dead. Not that I complain though.
I get a lot of questions about the experience and I thought I’d share my view. First things first: Training in Thailand is not like training at home. The training is different, the weather is different, the food is different, and even the teaching methods are different. Muay Thai (or thai boxing) is Thailand’s national sport, and there are hundreds of training camps around the country. Some targeted towards foreigners (farang) and even more ancient gyms with thai fighters of all ages and experiences. When deciding to train in Thailand, you should prepare yourself for one of the most exhausting, and painful, yet rewarding, enjoyable, and memorable experience you’ll ever have. The most important reason is that it’s an amazing opportunity to accelerate and improve your technical and tactical skill development – iff you find the right gym and trainer. Planning ahead will get you a long way.
A normal day of training will consist of a morning or afternoon run, two sessions that last between two-three hours each, and fighters will commonly train six days a week. The morning sessions are usually a little lighter than the afternoons, with shadow boxing, bag work, lighter padwork and conditioning. The “classes” (in lack of better words) are quite informal and not structured for a whole group to carry out the same drills and activities. If you are looking for a fixed schedule, you are in the wrong place. But training at a muya thai gym, you will be be expected to run with the group before training and spend a certain number of rounds of skipping, shadow boxing, pad work, bag work, and sometimes clinch and sparring (depending on your level of experience).
A typical morning session, starting around 07.00 could be:
The afternoons are harder. Not only because you are tired from the morning and because the heat has gone up. It’s more focused on hard pad work and harder sparring, with trainers and with your partners.
A typical afternoon, starting around 15.00 could be:
With this said (if you are not in fight camp); it is up to you how hard you go and how much effort you put in to it. You don’t have to commit to the thai fighters’ training schedule. But if you don’t – don’t expect to get the trainers attention. The longer you stay at a gym with your trainers, the more effort and attention they will invest in you – and the better progress you’ll make. If you keep changing gyms, you begin this trust building process again.
Muay thai is not only a sport but an important part of thai culture. So be sure to use the opportunity to check out the beauty of Thailand and mix a little bit of history. Plan your time and training well, listen to your trainers and learn everyday. Some days will be hard but it’s part of the process. Don’t complain. Rest if you need to. For every time you come back, you will continue to experience and learn more.
Four photos best describing my physical and mental state at the moment.
I only stayed in Bangkok for 24 hours, then I went straight for Hua Hin and Sitjaopho Muay Thai. I’ve had one full week of training and feeling better (and worse) everyday. I am so happy to be here.
I made it. Still waiting to see if I will be able to leave the quarantine hotel room tomorrow though. Fingers crossed.
One of the best moments of 2021. Yung Lean, Store Vega, Copenhagen 9 December 2021. Photos by Erling Brodersen.
Tattoos on and by my only girl @emelinn.
Talking ’bout the real things
My intention wasn’t always honest
I don’t wanna talk about your feelings
Can we just live in the moment?
(We can talk about it in the morning)
Baby girl, I know you adore me
Feel my body shivering
To tell you the truth, I’ll give you hell