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The 18 Types of Foreigners You Find Fighting in Thailand

When you fight in Thailand, you will encounter people from all walks of life. Some people are part time fighters who fight when they go on vacation, while others are full-time fighters living in Thailand for years. If you meet enough fighters in Thailand, you will start seeing similarities among fighters who come from various backgrounds. The following is a tongue and cheek look at some of the different foreign fighters you will see in Thailand. Please keep in mind that the categories are not mutually exclusive. Some fighters may fit into multiple categories. #1 – The Bucket List...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Teep (Part 3) – Different Variations in the Teep

The teep is one of the most versatile weapons in Muay Thai. While most people think of the teep as a single weapon, there are different variations of the teep you will often see used. In my previous articles, I broke down why you should master the teep and how to throw a teep correctly. Now that we understand the basics of the teep, this article is going to break down some variations you will see. While the basic mechanics of the teep remain the same through every technique, there are slight differences that create variations in the teep....

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Where to Train Muay Thai in Thailand – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Koh Samui or Phuket

One of the best parts of training in Thailand is choosing where to train. With so many great places to train in Thailand, it can be hard to choose where to train. Should you train in the mountainous region to the north or on the tropical islands near the beaches? For most people, the choice will come down to the four largest destinations in Thailand for Muay Thai: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket. Each place represents an entirely different environment for training. There are some other regions like Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan, Krabi, and Koh Tao that...

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Taking Responsibility For Your Muay Thai Development

A while ago I received an email from someone named Mike (not his real name), who was complaining about his training circumstances. Mike wasn’t happy… Without going into much detail of the email, Mike felt that his coach was not investing enough time in him. He was jealous that other people at the gym were receiving more attention and he wasn’t developing as much as he would have liked. Mike believed that his Muay Thai development was the responsibility of his coach – a view that is quite common among beginners. Now, if Mike was paying his coach a full-time salary to...

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5 Muay Thai Sparring Tips That Will Improve Your Game

To reach a high level in Muay Thai, you need to spar.  Unless you are fighting every three weeks, sparring is how you are going to develop your offensive and defensive timing. You can work on technique and practice drills all day long, but sparring is where your theory gets put into action. Once you get over the initial stage fright of being hit in the face, sparring starts becoming fun. Instead of worrying about surviving, you will start thinking about different strategies and tactics you can use to beat your opponent. In your first year of sparring, you will face people...

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