The other day I decided I wanted to do a quick side trip away from Bangkok. Originally I had planned on going to Samui for a night or two. I forgot that Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on flights into Samui. I looked into flights from Bangkok 8,000 Baht… what a piss take. F you Bangkok Airways. So where to should I go? Screw it I’ll go to Phuket, It’s been about 10 years since my last trip.
Since I’ve moved away, there have been boatloads of low cost carriers that have entered the scene. I booked with Nok Air for 3,500 THB. As I was getting on the plane I remembered I had exchanged a few e-mails with Sing, aka Sinbi Taewoong from Sinbi Muay Thai about linking to his camp. I think I’ll drop by for a session.
It’s about 4pm and the air is fairly muggy. I’ve been lounging around on Kata beach and getting the snot knocked out of me body surfing. I’m secretly hoping they don’t work me too hard.
I’m greeted by “Good Girl” the camps full time PR Manager, Marketing Manager, Translator, and Camera Women. I have to say I really like to layout of the camp. If you’ve never seen the camp you can check them out here. The camp is under a giant hanger, which gives it a nice open and airy feel. There about a dozen students warming up getting ready for their rounds. There is a small contingent of pro fighters from Korea, among them is Park Yong Soo. Thank god he doesn’t read English or heard of Mymuaythai.
Sing is busy checking his stop-watch, and watching over everything. I’m surprised and impressed at how involved he is with everyone’s training. Good Girl has a quick chat with him and introduces me. He wants to know how long I’ve been training… and we jump right into leg kicks and blocks. He makes some adjustments and corrects my technique. He tells me to put on some gloves and points me in the direction of Sohn, a Thai Trainer who’s spent the last couple of years training fighters in Sweden.
I think Good Girl told them I was going to be doing a post on their gym. As soon the round started we went to work. We ended up doing 5 rounds, despite my last round being decidedly feeble. After pad sparring Sing pointed to the bags, he wanted me to do some teeps and knees; I wasn’t going to be let off the hook just yet.
There were a lot of foreign students who had just recently come over from Rawai Muay Thai: Italians, Australians, English and American’s. They were all pretty fed up with scene over there. I was told that unless you’re a pro fighter they weren’t interested in spending anytime on you. I haven’t spent anytime at Rawai, but judging from the number of defections I would have to say there must be some truth to it all.
I’ve only been in for a short visit, but I like the feel of the place. The trainers are attentive, and I could see myself training there. It seemed to me that there was a good ratio of trainers to students. It was nice to see trainers stopping the action to point out errors.I asked how they thought they would fair if they doubled the amount of students. I was assured that Sing had a waiting list of well qualified trainers who were waiting to join the gym.
I was also surprised to find that Phuket has a thriving local fight scene. I think you can watch fights most nights of the week. Phuket has three boxing venues; the night I was there I went to Bangla Boxing Stadium… more on that later. If you’re interested in fighting in Thailand, I would suggest coming to Phuket. I was told that the Sinbi can arrange a fight for practically anyone even on short notice.
So ff you’re in visiting Thailand, or looking to train in Thailand Sinbi Muay Thai is another camp I can recommend without reservations. Any of you guys been yet?
Here’s a nice HL of Sing in action.