Sasiprapa

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Sasiprapa

Published on January 22, 2010 with 24 Comments

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 .

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 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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  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. Nice post- I have to check it out soon- Thank`s mate

  4. “The fish” is a restaurant right near the corner of soi 130

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AA1JMFBT
    Here is the Download Link for my Video “Mikenta in Sasiprapa” Either Download it, or Watch it on Megavideo! Get me your E-Mail and I can send you some Pics!

  8. hey dagobert, who’s that in your avatar pic?

  9. 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?

  10. kru sit looks pretty scary

  11. 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.

  12. shadyeskimo – what was the name of the hotel you stayed at/what was the rate? I’m looking into sasiprapa this summer for a month.

  13. ryan,

    those shorts are hella gangster

    SE

  14. 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.

  15. Thanks brownhornet, if something falls out with chuwattana then i think sasiprapa will be my home in about a month.

  16. 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!

  17. And it has nice Bed, TV, Aircondition, Wireless Internett Connection and Shower and Toilet!!

  18. thank you for the info shady.

    anyone else know anything about this hotel? I believe i will be out there in may or possibly earlier of this year.

  19. for anyone interested, Thankoon responded to my email and sent me a link for the hotel…

    http://www.vaboirlodge.com

  20. 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.

  21. how was your training thresher?

    do tell do tell! im like a giddy child when it comes to this stuff.

  22. Jake: it was great training, great environment for training and learned a lot from the short amount of time that I was there.

  23. 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.

  24. Kru Sit is a great trainer and Sasiprapa is a great camp. I trained in Sasiprapa in 1995.

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