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7 Tips For Driving a Motorbike in Thailand (and Surviving)

Thailand is a dangerous place to drive. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the land of smiles and rent motorbikes, without realizing how dangerous the roads are. Thailand has the second-highest amount road accident deaths per 100,000 people in the world. This ranking includes all third world countries, not just Western nations. If you talk to someone who has lived in Thailand long enough, they will know someone involved in a tragic accident. Everyone knows somebody who has been killed or seriously injured on a motorbike. Before visiting Thailand, I had never seen a motorcycle accident in person. Sure,...

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AKA Thailand

Updated 2017 Since it has opened its doors in 2014, AKA has grown into one of the main destinations for MMA enthusiasts coming to Thailand. While there are many Muay Thai gyms in Phuket, AKA is part of a small group of gyms on the island that offer MMA. Started by AKA team member Mike “Quick” Swich and Javier Mendez, this gym offers of breadth of fresh air to Phuket’s MMA scene. AKA is probably the biggest MMA gym in Thailand (besides Tiger Muay Thai) and a number of well established UFC fighters train at AKA. Mark Hunt, for example,...

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Tiger Muay Thai Gym: The Muay Thai Factory of Thailand

  Imagine you took the most commercialized fitness gym in your home country like “The Good Life” or “Fitness First,” turned it into a Muay Thai gym and transported it to Thailand. This is probably as close to a comparison as you can get. If you are like me, you probably heard of Tiger Muay Thai because of their marketing. In terms of marketing, there is no bigger and better gym than Tiger. This gym spends $$$$ making sure they have the biggest search engine presence on the web, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. They have a full video production team that...

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Short vs Tall: Maximizing Reach and Height Advantages in Muay Thai

Generally speaking, being taller is going to give you a natural advantage in a fight. Without taking into account other factors like speed, agility, timing, skill, fitness etc., if you take two fighters who are the same level, the fighter with more reach will be able to land more shots. In our last article in our Short vs Tall series, we discussed specific techniques that shorter fighters can use to counter a tall opponent’s reach advantages. This follow-up article, however, is designed for tall fighters who are facing shorter opponents. While you might assume that this guide is only beneficial for taller fighters, unless you are Saenchai’s...

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Dragon Muay Thai

Dragon Muay Thai is one of the original Muay Thai gyms in Phuket that started targeting tourist. Since they opened their doors over 8 years ago, they have become a popular alternative to people who don’t want to train at Tiger Muay Thai. Situated on the same street as Tiger, the owner Ekkarin Lookchan used to work at Chalong Muay Thai gym (which later turned into Tiger Muay Thai). The gym has had a solid reputation over the years and have had a number of high level fighters who have came through the doors. They have a regular group of local Thai...

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