Introducing Alex

Written by Alex. Posted in All, Tradition and Culture

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Published on November 23, 2010 with 23 Comments

Hello MMT! I wanted to introduce you guys to Alex.  Alex is a new addition to our MMT community.  I’m not going to steal any of Alex’s thunder… but he’s one of our new guys “on the ground”  I’m looking forward to reading more of his posts in the upcoming weeks.

-Nopstar

As with a lot of Americans I have JCVD’s movie “Kickboxer”to thank for sparking my interest in Muay Thai. As we all know the “Muay Thai” shown in that movie couldn’t have been further than what we all know as real Muay Thai, but it was enough to light the fire under my ass. As a youngster my parents didn’t let me train Muay Thai. My Dad swore I wasn’t tough enough, and my Mom said it was too dangerous. So they signed me up for martial arts instead. I didn’t get started in Muay Thai until I was 18 years old, already late by Thai standards. I made my first trip to Thailand a few months later for a short training excursion with some friends and swore I would soon return to live and train there. Life kept getting in my way with having a job, responsibilities, family obligations, and so on… In the next 8 years I had made 3 more trips to Thailand each one not being over 3 weeks. Each time I got back I would try to figure out how to go back and stay there.

P’Lam & I

Finally I thought my dream would never happen. I got married (too young) and then divorced a couple years later and had nothing to my name. After bumming around on my Mom’s couch for almost a year I was able to save a bit of money teaching Muay Thai at a local BJJ school and doing odd jobs here and there and decided it was time to leave the States for a while to live my dream. I didn’t know how long I would be going for but I knew I just had to get to Thailand, find a camp to train at, and fight as much as I can because the money I had left wouldn’t be enough for me to stay for long. My Mom thought I was crazy, but supported me as long as I was going to be happy doing what I wanted to do. My Dad thought it would be a better idea to stay in America and find a “decent job”.

Lookprabat

I had a couple camps in mind that I wanted to check out. None of which I could really find any info about online. When I got to Thailand I stayed in Korat with a Thai family that were friends of friends from back home in the States. I knew that I wanted to stay out of Bangkok and the more tourist cities we all know and love to hate… I was told by many people in that area that there is a really good camp not too far away from Korat. One of the Uncles in the family told me the camp is called Lookprabat, and is in Saraburi Province. He said he would take me there in a few days to see if I can train there. I knew Lookprabat was a really good camp, but wasn’t sure if they have any foreigners training there, or if they would welcome me.

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We head out to the camp and after a lot of questions and answers from the manager he said I could stay there and train. I was right, there are no foreigners there. They said they had a few here and there before but they only came for short periods. At first they weren’t sure about me. Maybe they thought I wouldn’t be here for long. So, fast forward about 6 months and I’m still here. This camp has become my extended family. I have been living my dream as a Muay Thai fighter. The camp has been getting me many fights both in Thailand and abroad. I have been able to make a living from fighting Muay Thai, something nearly impossible to do back home. The training here is amazing and Lookprabat is known for having strong clinch and knees. I do miss my friends and family back home, and will most likely plan a visit for sometime in 2011, but I can’t see myself returning to life back in the U.S. just yet. Looks like I’ll be in the Land of Smiles for a good while.

I’ve learned a thing or two while being out here. Most of the time I made mistakes, and learned the hard way. I’ll be writing a variety of posts geared towards saving and spending your money wisely while in Thailand, help in choosing the right type of camp for you, and basically life in Thailand in general. I welcome any suggestions and questions you might have. In no way do I consider myself and expert, but I can share my $0.02 with you and who knows it might help out. If there’s some you would like to know about let me know. Anyone…? Anyone…?

More about Alex Anoushian

Alex Anoushian

Born and raised in Southern California and now live in Thailand. I started training Muay Thai in the States at the age of 18. After my first trip to Thailand I fell in love with the sport and the “sabai, sabai” lifestyle of Thailand. I kept telling myself one day I will move to Thailand to train and fight – To “live the dream” as many people would say. In the next 7 years I made 3 more short trips to Thailand, but each time I would have to return home because of work and other obligations. I was getting tired of the 9-5 rat race lifestyle, and thought it is time to re-evaluate my life. At the age of 25 I sold most of my belongings and bought my plane ticket to Thailand. I didn’t know what camp I would be training at, or how long I would be there for. All I knew is that once I got there I will figure it all out. Been here since May 2010, living and training at a camp in Saraburi Province. I’m grateful for the things I have accomplished so far and always looking forward to what’s next. I always like to tell people… Do what you like to do, not what you’re expected to do. Live YOUR life, not someone else’s.

About Alex

Born and raised in Southern California and now live in Thailand. I started training Muay Thai in the States at the age of 18. After my first trip to Thailand I fell in love with the sport and the “sabai, sabai” lifestyle of Thailand. I finally got tired of the 9-5 rat race life in Los Angeles, and thought it is time to re-evaluate my life. At the age of 25 I sold most of my belongings and bought my plane ticket to Thailand. I’m grateful for the things I have accomplished so far and always looking forward to what’s next.

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  1. hey,

    what city are you from? where did u start training in the so cal?

  2. I’d like to know about the financial side of things… how much cut does the camp take? What expenses do you have? Are you able to save? Basically how hard is it to making a living out in Sara Buri.

  3. Greetings Alex, MAN am I excited to read about your life over there. I have a question along the lines of Nop’s – you say:
    “I have been able to make a living from fighting Muay Thai…” Does this mean that you are able to just live, or are you able to put some money away for the future? Also as Nop said expenses would be interesting to hear about. Thanks, Dan.

  4. Hello Alex,

    We met when I visited Lookprabat in July of this year,hope your well.

    Nice to see your going to be writing for MMT.

    Could you tell me how Emm is doing and also is the new accomodation open yet?.

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures:0.

  5. Hey Alex,

    It’s Jonathan, we met out there when I was with Roy.

    Glad you hopped on board with MMT, you have some crazy stories and they should be heard by everyone. :)

  6. Thats kool Alex. Looking fwd for more posts from you, especially living and training in Thailand. Your first muay thai fight and money you make outta fighting as a farang there and more about livin in Thailand. And main thing do you know thai language and is it managable there without knowing thai lang, inside- outside camp.

  7. Nice one Alex! Man, I’m so jealous right now but like you said, it took you a while and now you’re there living the dream – awesome.

    Am looking forward to your updates. Take care :)

  8. Im so jealous. I’m about 6 foot 2 and was wondering is it hard for foreigners my height to train at a camp like lukprabart where not many foreigners are known to train?

  9. Hi Guys. First off I would like to say thank you for reading my story. Glad to be a part of the MMT team. I will try my best to help out whoever I can.

    SE – I’m from a little city called La Verne, and I started training at Sityodtong L.A. in Pasadena, Ca.

    Nop & Dan – For the financial part Lookprabat is the same with most of the other camps out here… The camp trains, houses and feeds the fighters and in return they take 50% of the purse. For visitors they have packaged rates for training, food, and accommodation and if they want to fight they get to keep their fight purse. Before I was living at the camp, but have a gf now (who also trains/fights), so we have a small apartment right next to the camp. So, my main expense right now is for the apartment, water, electricity, food. I don’t really make a fortune off my fights, but I make enough to live and enjoy my life. Thankfully this area is not as expensive as Bangkok or other more popular destinations.

    Namphon – Yes! I remember you. Emm has been fighting regularly at Rajadamnern. Just fought last week I believe, lost on points though. The new rooms are almost ready. They are working hard to finish the rooms first and then they will finish building the new training area. We will also have a website for Lookprabat soon too with all the information about the camp, fighters, training packages, and everything on it. Hope to see you soon.

    Jonathan – How’s it going bud! I see you’re fighting in So Cal on the Kings Cup show. That’s awesome. Hope training is going well. Yeah, you know first hand about some of my stories, now I get to share it with everyone here. Take care man, and let me know how your fight goes.

    Koolkick – Not sure about your question, but I hope I get this right. When I first moved here I didn’t make much from my fights, but the more you fight and the better you do the more money you can make. I am still fighting about every 2-3 weeks. When you make a name for yourself then you can make better money per fight.

    hamoracci – Thank you

    tfwmt – Depending on your weight I think the hard part would be finding training partners for sparring and clinching. There are a couple trainers here that are bigger than the average Thai that would be able to hold pads for you. Let me know whats your weight.

  10. I have a couple more – what is your fight record, and are there some youtubes of some of your fights?

    Lastly, how the hell do you fight every 2-3 weeks? I would think you would be beaten to hell – do you do special workouts/rituals to heal up?

    Thanks!

  11. Dan – My record is 12-4-0. As far as I know there is one of my fights on youtube. It was my first fight in Thailand from about 1 year ago. I fight as often as I can to try to make as much money as I can. After my fights I always ice as much as possible for the first 24 hours. After that I use heat on where ever might be bruised or in pain. And also drink “Ya naam ra dom pon” or however its spelled phonetically. It tastes like crap, and makes you shit like crazy but after you feel better. Hope this made sense.

  12. Livin the dream man! I’m Jealous! Just turned 22, been training obsessively maybe 3 almost 4 years. I’m ready to ditch my life here for a while and live in Thailand. Might wanna finish up my degree first so the parents get off my back.

    Already got a cool 5 grand saved up so far, that should last me in the less expensive regions right? I hear bangkok/pattaya/phuket are just money suckers.

    Have a good one bro.

  13. “And also drink “Ya naam ra dom pon” or however its spelled phonetically. It tastes like crap, and makes you shit like crazy but after you feel better. Hope this made sense.”

    Well, it made sense up until this part :)

  14. How about a link to that youtube?

  15. I thought of something else, what type of diet does the camp have you guys on? I assume since they pay for the food they pick what you eat?

  16. Alex! It’s Yilen! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 6 foot 2 about 170. I’m 19 about to be 20, and would love to go train in thailand for an extended period of time but Ive got bad shoulders. I’ve had 2 shoulder surgeries in the past 2 years and I’m scheduled for a third coming up, all for torn cartilage so I worry how they would hold up.

  18. Dan – Haha, sorry about that… Here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_CvO4iRKtI

    I don’t think the guy I fought had any pro fights before. And that drink I’m talking about is this Thai herbal drink. Its a brown bottle with an angry looking guy on it. I didn’t know why he looks so angry, but then I thought about and maybe it’s because he was crapping his brains out at the time the pic was taken. Laura did a great write up on it a while ago. http://www.mymuaythai.com/archives/ya-nam-la-lonphon-or-something-to-the-affect-of%E2%80%A6/

    As far as diet and food go… The camp cooks and/or buys food from the nearby market. I don’t think they stick to any diet here. They pretty much pick the food daily, but that’s ok with me. I eat everything.

    WHATS UP YILEN!

    tfwmt – email me at a a n o u s h i a n at y a h o o

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  19. Great post! I think it inspired other young men on mmt. Looking forward to reading more from you. Thanks!

  20. Thanks for the great post.. Welcome to our disfunctional family. Very much look forward to your future posts.. Best of luck in your future fights..

  21. What’s up Alex. Your post sounds amazing! I am 19 and I have currently been training in Bang Na, Bangkok for a month now. I have been looking at Lookprabat camp for a long time now just for the simple fact that it looks like a basic camp but if you look at the lumpinee, raja and Thailand top ten rankings the name Lookprabat almost comes up in every weight class which shows that its a good camp with serious fighters and trainers. This week I would like to take a day of training and come up to Lookprabat to see what its like but I have no clue where it is. How would I get there from Bangkok and how much is it by taxi? Also would they let me train there for 2 months?

  22. Joshua, I will be back in Thailand on the 23rd. Email me your phone number and I will give you a call and let you know how to get from Bangkok to the camp for cheap. Yes, they will let you train for 2 months.

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  23. Thanks mate. I don’t have a mobile with me in Thailand at the moment but I will send you an email now.

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