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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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How to Find the Best Muay Thai Gym in Thailand

Every week I get emails from people around the world asking me the same question: “What is the best Muay Thai gym in Thailand?” If you ask 10 different people to name their favorite gym in Thailand, you will probably get 10 different answers. A seasoned fighter with a lot of experience will have a different perspective than someone who is training Muay Thai for the first time. If you have only been to one gym your whole life, you won’t have anything to compare your training experiences too. Finding a Muay Thai camp is like choosing what University you want to attend. Everyone has a...

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The Important Role of the Promoter When You Fight in Thailand

There’s a lot going on below the surface when it comes to fighting. We all know about the important roles that coaches, refs, and judges play in determining the outcome of fights, but most people don’t realize that the promoter is an important player in the fighting process. The difference between a good matchup and a complete mismatch often comes down to the promoter. While your ego might believe that you can compete against anyone in the ring, that is simply not the case. Skill, size, conditioning, fighting styles, mental toughness and experience all play important roles in determining who wins a...

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14 Fight Outcomes That Can Happen When You Fight in Thailand

After watching hundreds of people step into the Muay Thai ring and have their first fight in Thailand, I’ve become pretty good at guessing how someone will do in a fight. There are some fighters you know will either win or go the distance in a hard fight regardless of their opponent, and there are other guys that are likely to lose unless they fight a bum. When I spar with someone preparing for a fight, it is easy to tell if that person is ready for a fight or not. Any mistakes you do in sparring will often become...

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Why Competing in the Ring Feels so Different than Sparring

Have you ever wondered why some people look great in sparring, but completely flop when it comes to competition? While most people understand that competition is different than training, unless you compete you won’t understand how different it really feels. Rarely, and I mean rarely, do you see a fighter step into the ring for the first time and look like they do in training (it does happen on the rare occasion). What usually happens is wonder why they felt so slow and out of rhythm. The more fights a fighter has, the more comfortable they feel during competition. Fighters who have lots of experience are able to stay relaxed...

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