Training in Thailand – Ingram Gym Bangkok

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So according to my web reporting, lots of you are looking for “Muay Thai Camps”. So here is my 2 cents. For those of you who really want to go, I encourage you to do so. Life is too short, get out there and do it. I’ve met people who’ve hated it and those who continue to go back each year. You need to have some perspective… there are great camps who are interested in your development and their reputation. You also have camps who are only interested in taking your money.

The Magic and Mystique

Ok you may find it motivating to be training alongside people who’ve made Muay Thai their life. There may be something about being in a strange place surrounded by a language and customs you don’t understand… But by going to train in Thailand you are not going to comeback with anymore than you put into it. There’s no secret sauce… Sure you may learn a great deal or pick up some tricks but at the end of the day, it’s just training. The magic is that you are training twice a day without the distractions of a job or school to interfere.

Communication

I would have to say that it’s a decent idea to find a camp that is accustomed to having westerners (Farang) at the gym. You would be very hard pressed to not to find one. My reasoning for this is purely from a communication stand point. It’s going to be hard for a trainer to elaborate on the subtle nuisances of technique if they can’t speak a lick of English. It isn’t always the case however it takes a lot of time and energy for a trainer to try to explain things to you. They may lose the “motivation” to explain every little detail if it’s difficult for them to do so.

Motivation

You will be pushed as hard as you want to be pushed. Make your intentions clear, let the trainers know exactly what you are trying to achieve. Some people have upcoming fights, some are looking to clean up their technique, some are just looking to say they trained in Thailand. Trainers are good at smelling bullshit, they’ll know if your really there to work. You take it seriously, they’ll take you seriously.

Which camp do I chose?

You need to do your homework. I don’t have an answer for you. You need to get on the message boards talk to people, find out what their training experience was like.

Ingram Gym

My parents still live in Bangkok, so I try to get back a couple of times a year. When I’m back I typically train at the Ingram Gym in Bangkok. The Ingram gym is primarily responsibly for initially managing and introducing Buakaw to K-1. Notable fighters for Ingram included Samkor Keatmonthep and Toshiyuki Kinami. Currently Ingram is home to Sagatpetch a 2x Lumpinee, Rajadomnern and Mitsubishi Tournament Champion.

The Gym is run by Hideki Suzuki a Japanese Ex-pat and retired fighter. He’s lived in Thailand for several years with Fairtex and Kaewsamrit. The gym has a partnership with Team Inoki of Japan, “Following Buakaw Por.Pramuk, Sagatpetch is going to be the second ‘Muay Thai Weapon’ being sent to Japan from Team Inoki” any new Thai fighters fighting in Japan will most likely come through Ingram.

Photo Credit: Susumu NAGAO

 

Ingram is a small camp located on between 63-65 Sukhumvit Ave. In downtown Bangkok. The camp is home to three top ranked fighters, Sagatpetch, Ali and Daosaming. On most days you will also see Bernung Sakhomsin sparring and grappling. I was originally introduced to the camp through Neungsiam “The Rock”. Prior to joining us in the States he was a trainer at Ingram. Everyone there is mad cool, no attitude… just hard training. All the guys are very approachable and helpful.

Ali, Sagatpetch, Daosaming – Team Ingram

Photo Credit: Ken DOZONO

The accommodations seem to be fine, but I can’t vouch for them as I’ve never spent the night. The Gym is very accessible, its about 2 blocks from the BTS Ekkamai stop. The location is a great, if you’ve never been to Thailand, your going to want to explore. You’ve made it this far… you might want to take in the sites and see something other then a heavy bag. You can get all over the city without any hassles via the skytrain. If you prefer to be out in the weeds, that’s your call.

If your looking to train in Bangkok, I can whole heartedly recommend the Ingram Gym. You can get all their contact info via their website.

Who knows maybe we’ll see each other there. Where do you guys train when your in Thailand? What camps do you recommend? I would love to hear from you guys. Here is a link with a fairly big list of camps in 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.

23 Comments

  1. When I go to Bangkok I train in the Rompo Gym of the teacher Pek, there train also some Russian champions who fight in Japan, as the brothers Magomedov, Ignashov, etc. But have not Thai boys training there, only foreign people, farangs.

  2. I have always trained at the Lanna Muay Thai camp in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a great town, not too big and not too small. Despite the fact of it sometimes being over crowded the training and trainers are great. Half of the farang that go there to train are wannabes anyway so they only train for 30 minutes before hitting the bars which leaves the rest of the 3 and a half hours for the serious boxers. Going again for the 3rd time during the fall this year.

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  4. I went to Thailand earlier this year to train for the first time. I ended up at Rawai Muay Thai. I should have just stuck with my initial choice and gone to Kaewsamrit. I have nothing bad to say about Rawai but I just wanted something a bit more organized.

  5. It was more of a social gathering than a gym. The one trainer who really showed me interested was Fhad. I came to Thailand to train. I chose Rawai beacuse of the good feedback that was on it’s websites forum. He was cool and he corrected my technique when it was needed. Also when chicks showed up at the gym, a few of the trainers appeared to forget about some of guys who really wanted to train. If you really want to train and you are SERIOUS, choose another gym. I’d say one with a current champion.

  6. I’m looking at going in july for 4 or 5 weeks. I’ve been recommended fairtex but the cost of that puts me off a bit. the number of other camps I’ve come across with good feedback is a bit overwhelming. what I think I might do is select a few camps I like the look of and divide my time between these? your opinion please??

    if you didn’t stay in the camps, what did you guys do about food?

    cheers

    gaz

  7. Tobias is dead on about Rawai,
    More of a social gathering where westerners go to say they “trained” or “fought” in Thailand. If your in phuket, Sinbi is the place to go.

  8. ”In which part of Thailand is the food the hottest?”

    Ian you are joking rigth? The answer would be everywhere around the world. Generally speaking tho Lao/Isaan food is spicy but there are plenty of thai dishes that are hot as hell too.

    Or did you mean hot as in temperature? :) haha

  9. No you were right. I was refering to which area of Thailand is food the spiciest. Of course there are other cultures around the world with spicy food. I was only wondering about the food in Thailand though. I heard thai food is different depending on which region of the country you are in, so I’m curious.

  10. Gaz, July is the rainy season, are you sure that that’s a good time to go?

    I’m thinking about going in October. I have mostly grappling experience so I’m getting my kickboxing up between now and then.

    I’ve found a ridiculous number of gyms in Thailand… Any advice on picking one would be great. I’ve read that too many Farangs is bad because that usually means that the gym isn’t as good, but it’s good because it means that the trainers will be able to talk to you…

    I’m looking to train hard, no BS. Would Fairtex be a good choice? Ingram? Tiger Muay Thai apparently has an MMA program as well. Would that be a good or bad thing? :)

  11. A little update on the Ingram gym. The gym has moved from sukhumvit road to Rama 4 which is not too far away from its old location. Fellow MMT member Matt Lucas is training here at the moment and plans to fight out here in Thailand in March or so! Unfortunately one of the head coaches “Bu” has resigned but the training is still of excellent quality.

    Sagatpetch, one of their former main nak muays, has returned after one and a half years absence to start his comeback in the 130 pounds weight class. He had to give up his Lumpinee champion ship belt after sustaining a serious injury in his right calf muscle, but his injury seems to have healed and he is now ready to clean up the 130 pound division at Ratchadamoern stadium. He has his first fight on March 2nd!

    Sagatpetch has faced the who-is-who of fighters in Thailand including standouts Buakaw and Yodsenklai. He got koed by Buakaw but has a win over Yodsenklai on his record!

  12. michaellangelo on

    a mate of mine told me about a gym in bangkok, but he didnt know the name of it…. it was good because the actual gym was indoors and the only training done outdoors was running…..

    that sort of gym would be good because i heard you can lose up to 2kg a day training in thailand in the outdoors….. when ur skinny already that inevitably leads to sickness and injuries….. id love to train in thailand but dont want to come back a skeleton……. (a very dangerous skeleton but still… haha)

    does anyone know the name of this gym or a similar gym??? or stayed at one similar….??

  13. hey, does anyone know a good gym around On Nut? I’m staying in the area for a month and don’t want to travel across whole of Bangkok. Any tips appreciated. Thanx

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