Sasiprapa

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I hope you all had a good holiday and New Years.  Per my usual MO I was back in Bangkok catching up with friends and family.  It’s always great to get back, my mom passed away a couple of years ago and she was the preverbal glue of our family.  It’s strange to come home and not to have a program of events lined up for you.

My visits have always somehow revolved around family commitments.  Recently I’m finding myself with a little more free time…  I decided this time around I was going to try to get around and check out more camps.

Dii Mak’s article “Drive by MuayThai” talks about people who are interested in getting some training in while in Bangkok, but don’t necessarily want it to be the sole focus of their time in Thailand.  I fall solidly into that demographic.

When I’m in Thailand, I’m going to train that goes without saying, but I’m not really interested in doing 2 sessions or going to bed at 10 so I can make the 6am run…

A few months ago I had the opportunity to Meet Khun Thakoon, the GM of the Sasiprapa Camp in Bangkok.  He had brought some fighters to the MSA show in Bolton.    I decided Sasiprapa would be a nice jumping off point.

It’s Christmas morning about 8 am when I roll into Sasiprapa… the camp is located around Lad Phrao 130.  There isn’t MRT or Skytrain access so you’ll have to cab it.  Fortunately at 7am it’s a reverse commute and should only take you about 10 mins from the Lad Phrao MRT stop.

Here is a map of the Thai directions… if I were you I would print them off and hand them to the cabby.  It isn’t that easy to find…

The camp is a semi-enclosed space in the heart of a residential neighborhood.  The gym is decorated with flags and pictures of students who’ve all honed their skills under the Sasiprapa banner.

Chao

I roll into the camp and it’s quiet, nearly all the fighters (Thai and foreign) are back home with family.  I’ve got the place to myself…

I’m met by Kru Sit, the senior (instructor/trainer) of the Camp, who greets me with a warm smile and a jump rope…  “Jump”

It turns out Kru Sit is about 54 and has been teaching and training fighters for about 26 years.  He fought back in the day and immediately starting training after his retirement from the ring.  He trained Malaipetch and Malaidang (Malaipetch’s brother)

Kru Sit

I don’t think Kru Sit get’s to communicate much with the foreign fighters, as he had a lot of questions about why MuayThai was so popular with foreigners, what training was like abroad, if there were many Thai owned gyms abroad etc.

He’s got a very easy going and warm way about him, he reminds me of my uncles…

He’s explains that’s he’s 54 but he’s still quite active, to prove his point he drops and pumps out about a dozen push ups…

only in Thailand would you have a no smoking sign next to the bags!

We do 5 solid rounds with loads of details and tips; it’s really quite an honor to receive knowledge from someone who’s been involved in our sport/art for so long.

I do realize that the day I dropped in was probably the quietest day they’ve had all year.  I realize I didn’t get to see the camp in full swing… but based on what I could see and my short time with Kru Sit, I would recommend Sasiprapa to you without hesitation.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t usually stay at the camps… so I didn’t get a look at their accommodations.  I’m sure they are adequate.

I would recommend dropping khun Thakoon and email, go in for a visit, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Email : thakoonp@hotmail.com
Website : www.muaythaisasiprapa.com
Address : 401 Soi Ladprao 130 Klongchan Bangkapi Bangkok 10240 Thailand

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I started My Muay Thai back in 2006... I was tired of reading about MMA, and wanted somewhere I could watch real muay thai fights, be inspired and connect with others who love muay thai as much as I do... I currently live in London... when I'm not geeking out over muay thai you can find me bombing around London on my scrambler, ferreting out the latest street food gems.

24 Comments

  1. sorry for your loss brother.

    sasiprapa is on my list of places to go next and this just further cemented that option.

    also; on the black and white map above, what the hell is “THE FISH?”

  2. A no smoking sign next to the bags? I know where I am going should I ever make it to Thailand again. I have some kind of asthma-like reaction to cigarette smoke, and hated training with all of the smokers hanging out nearby.

  3. I trained in Sasiprapa for a Month, And Kru Sit held pads for me, and Thakoon is the Nicest Man in the World!!! The Accomodations is either in the Bunks in the Gym, with Saengathit The Top fighter of the Camp, or in the Hotel straight across the Gym, with Wireless Internet and Toilets and Showers! Very Western rooms, and very Nice, I stayed in the Hotel!!! I have Tons of pics, and I made a Video about our trip to Sasiprapa!! Just write me and Ill provide!

  4. Hey shady i would really appreciate it if you could provide me with some of them pics and videos as im stil unsure which camp to visit this summer..thanks alot

  5. hey ANYONE hear about “kay” sasiprapa lately? i can’t find a thing on him anymore. has he been fighting lately? anyone have any links to his old fights?

  6. I believe sasiprapa is on the farther end of bkk, like near the airport correct? I really am having a harder time finding a good gym near like the MBK side of bkk. Anyone with any help? yes ive looked at the thread here on gyms and am coming up short. Chuwattana is looking like my only bet, unelss this gym is closer then i thought.

  7. Ryan. Sasiprapa is not near the Savarnabumi airport. I live in Lat Phrao. It takes me about 5 minutes to get to the gym, but about a half hour to get to the airport (depending on traffic).

    I went there the other day. I was by far the least experienced, most out of shape guy there. That’s not saying much, but I think it’s a worthwhile visit.

  8. Jake I dunno the Name, but it was straight across the Street of The Gym, and I think Thakoon partly owns it, so its always used for foreing Nak Muays of Sasiprapa!

  9. I’m actually wrapping up my stay here at Sasiprapa, I’m at the vaboir lodge in their computer room. Very nice and I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t accustomed to staying in a muay thai gym.

  10. one thing: watch out for the rabid dogs that wander around near the gym, had a couple of close encounters and one of the boxers there later told me he actually got bit the other day.

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