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  1. On 5/31/2020 at 1:32 PM, Alexander C. said:

    According to Sagat the gym might be changing locations soon as well...Im not certain on the story, but he relayed that the owner (Mr. Coke), since he died a few years ago, his widow has wanted to close the gym, and no one has been paying rent on the gym to the landowner for a year, and the gym might move soon 


    I even think this happend more recently than a few years ago. A few months ago?
    I hope the gym still keeps existing and in the same setting 🤞🏻🤞🏻

  2. 6 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Ohhhh ok, if you got insurance then forget my last post bro.

    Didn't have it myself because seeing quotes made me go like, "wtf...no, not paying that, would rather pay doctor as and when".

    Probably a good thing you don't have my paranoia. Highly dislike insurance companies.

    What she just said on food - agreed. So far been eating whatever the grandma of the gym cooks for all the boys. No cheat day for 6 weeks now, and would actually happily murder someone for a burger and fries right now. Even dream at night about burgers, pizza and kebabs. Pathetic, right?

    Tomorrow when the afternoon training is over, gonna get a Burger King delivery... 2 burgers, 2 sides of onion rings. You all just convinced me.

    I would always suggest people to get good insurance (no one like to pay it) because IF something happens you need to pay it all from your own money and costs can be pretty high (especially as a farang 😉 ).
    Even if you get hit by a car (and it's not your own fault), perforated appendix, some serious injury/illness, ...

    Quotes for insurance are really different if staying long term vs 3 month travel. But still something to think about.
    Enough people already needed to start a GoFundMe or other things to collect money to pay their hospital bills.


    4 hours ago, LengLeng said:

    But you would probably have to pay up front I guess? 

    Probably, yes.

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  3. On 4/15/2020 at 2:32 PM, Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu said:

    The benefit to the chest strap is that you can take the watch part off your wrist and just keep it close by for bagwork. Like, wrap it around the leg of a chair within range of it still reading your heart rate. If you have only the wristband, you have to keep it on your wrist under your glove for it to continue reading your heart during those workouts. I don't like that. Kevin doesn't seem to mind at all. Depends on your own preference but that's what I consider between the two.

    I also like the chest strap and it doesn't annoy me while training (and he can handle teeps 😛 ). Like Sylvie explained you get put the watch on the side if using a chest strap. The watch on my wrist would annoy me and I would not be able to wrap my hands good, to clinch, ...

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  4. 19 hours ago, Oliver said:

    Agreed, 💯.

    Since first posting this question on the forum, have given up all booze for good now. Feel way way better, and don't even miss it.

    But maybe wasn't much of a sacrifice, never was a big drinker anyway. Seems like it's one of those things that's just socially expected of you.

    I hate that part. Some people even act like their fun is gone when you don't drink... hahaha

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  5. 9 hours ago, LengLeng said:

    I am not sure this is because lack of control. Where I have trained in Thailand there is always this belief that regardless of her size, a woman is always weaker (and somewhat fragile) that you tend to believe it yourself so you think you are not strong as a guy and your strikes won't be painful. I also feel that whenever I am smaller than the person I am sparring with, that I have to go harder because they can take more pain or whatever. 

    So I am not sure this is about having a lack of control but rather not understanding your own strength. 

    In my experience, women spar harder than men. I sparred with this woman fighter some months ago and I felt she went hard so I went hard too. She usually trains with guys and she told me afterwards no one had hit her as hard as I had. While I felt she went super hard. Eh haha. 

    True, that's also more what I meant (but didn't wrote 😛 ).
    The lack of control is more a problem with guys that don't want to look bad so go a bit harder and harder to make up for their lack of technique. Ego things because they don't want to loose 🤨🤨 (their is no winning in training only learning? 😄 ).

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  6. On 10/13/2019 at 7:33 PM, gconley said:

    i wish i was not arriving so late to the airport.  my wife booked everything for me and she said she was having trouble finding other times.  i will have to make the best out of it and figure it out.  

    my contact with fa group gave me two phone numbers to call when i arrive.  she said its the owner but she did not say if it is the owner of sl residence or fa group.

    i also don't speak thai so i hope whoever answers the phone will speak english.  if i am stuck, maybe i will just sleep in the gym until somebody comes in the morning lol.

    The gym is locked at night I think 😄 BUT there are people sleeping at the gym so there will be someone to help you out IF the 2 phone numbers can't help (but since your communication with that gym person was in English the people at the phone will also be able to speak English I think. Don't worry.
    Like Snack Payback said a lot of options if it don't workout well.
    As example G9 hotel is close by. 

    On 10/14/2019 at 2:23 PM, Snack Payback said:

    Just send SL residence an e mail and let them know what time you're likely to arrive. Hotels/guesthouses in Thailand almost always have someone there for night shift who can let you into your room. In the highly unlikely event you can't access SL residence, you could just get an affordable room at another hotel. Bangkok is full of hotels and it's pretty much a 24 hour city, easy to grab a taxi, a meal or a beer at any time of night. Don't stress, sabai sabai as the Thai's say.

    SL residence is not really a hotel/guesthouse there mostly rent their condo's for 1-12 months. (3 years ago they had someone at the "reception" between specific hours, in the day time).

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    On 10/12/2019 at 5:04 PM, gconley said:

    so do the sims have minutes to actually talk or is that an extra fee?  

    also, i will check with my credit card and bank card because if the atm is my only option they i will have to use it as i will need to take a taxi and I'm sure they won't take usd.

    i have heard of super rich being the best there.  do you think its worth it to take a little bit out of the atm when i arrive and then after a few days return to somewhere that i can exchange more?  or just take out everything that i need for the month from the atm?


    ahhhh that explains it.  how about their website though, there was some great info on there but i can not even find a link to their website either.  strange.

    Yes some amount will be for calling, or just use your internet with Line (most used application for communication in Thailand) to call.
    You will see it, or can aks it, when you get your SIM card package.

    There are a lot of branches of Super Rich so no need to go back to the airport for it. As example Central LadPrao also has a branch of SR inside and is a lot closer to SL residence. I would take a bit from an ATM or exchange at one of the exchange office that are still open at the airport when you arrive for the first days and taxi to SL.

    No idea about their website but I also can not reach it. I will ask them.

    1 hour ago, gconley said:

    i am reading that the rail system is super easy, would you guys take a taxi or use the rail system?  

    Yes it is super easy, especially with your location (and relatively cheap compared to a taxi) only the operating hours... I think it will be closed when you get out of the airport?
    And they have a (too?) strong AC inside also.


  8. On 9/1/2019 at 5:18 AM, LengLeng said:

    Regarding sparring with girls yeah we know. And we use it to our advantage all the time. 😁 We know the guy can't go too hard without looking bad.

    But a lot of girls go (too) hard also in my experience (non intentionally I guess, but by lack of control?).
    Giving front kicks to woman is also a bit hard for me, I don't want to kick them too high or too low... 😉

    But mostly I got no problems training with other males or females, unless they go too hard because they can't control themselves (or when you hold back because you would hit them hard on a good spot and they do counter super hard because you hold back 😕 ) or people that don't want to "loose" in training haha or if they are lazy/skip warm up/being late on purpose.

    If you don't bring too much ego to the gym all is fine, I think.

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  9. 4 hours ago, gconley said:

    thanks so much for your response.  

    i was just starting to think about what will actually be open in the airport as far as sim cards, money exchange, etc.  if all i have as an option is the atm, should i take enough money out for a couple days and then go somewhere to exchange more for a better rate?

    my contact with fa group has sent me a phone number for when i arrive so i should be ok once the taxi gets me to the gym.

    also, could you send me the links to their social medias as well as their website because none of them are working for me anymore, its very strange.  i asked my contact about this but she never responded to it lol.

    also, how do you quote individual sentences here instead of the entire reply?  


    No problem. Happy to help.

    From what I found inline now the SIM would be no problem
    Super Rich will be closed (5am - 11pm), but I am sure that the ones on the floor that you arrive will be open (rating is less good/bad) and they have ATM's, make sure that your card is opened to work in Asia (if that is needed for American cards, no idea).
    Change a bit for some food, taxi, ... and ask the contact person about the payment for SL
    There are a lot of places to exchange money (this is just one company https://www.superrich1965.com/location.php ) and there are a lot of ATM's also.

    They also provided you the adres in Thai probably to show your taxi driver? Works great 🙂 If he still don't get it let him drive to the "Channel 7 TV studio's" and from there on use your Google Maps, it's the next street.

    I see that they have a new IG account recently now (2nd link):

    Pressing the "+" on the left side under a post, next to the "quote" button from all the posts you would like to quote, than on the right bottom on your screen there is a new button which says "Quote x posts", press that one and you get the quotes.

  10. On 9/28/2019 at 4:44 PM, gconley said:

    Hello everyone, first post here, just joined.  Just want to start a thread on my upcoming Training.  This is going to be a life changing experience and im super excited/nervous.

    My name is Gary and I am 35 and from Chicago.  On October 30th I leave for Fa Group.  I will be there for 2 weeks by myself and staying at the SL residence that they set me up with.  I would of stayed at the gym but they didn't have private bathrooms as an option.  My wife will be coming out at the end of the 2 weeks and we will stay another 2 weeks but not in bangkok.  we will be traveling to phuket, krabi, and koh samui where i will be training morning sessions only at the nearest gyms to our hotel.

    I have been doing only muay thai for 3 years now but have done mma since my early 20's, on and off.  I always enjoyed the muay thai portion of the mma training the best as im 6'1" and skinny lol.  never fought, just do it to stay in shape and because i never enjoyed lifting weights lol.  

    I must admit i am very nervous.  I have been running every day but i run about a 10min mile and haven't been able to push myself past 40min yet.  I run right before my class starts at the gym.  since the running i have absolutely felt gains in my training sessions at my gym.   

    I will be running every morning and afternoon with the guys from fa group, but being 4.5 weeks out and only at 4miles, I imagine i will be left behind during the run and will have to just keep at my pace and end it when i need to.  My biggest fear is pushing myself too much for the run to where I will be too exhausted for clinching and the rest of the session.  Im only there 2 weeks so i want to soak in as much knowledge I possibly can.

    I have a couple quick questions.  

    1.  what is the best means of transportation from the airport to the gym?  taxi or their version of uber?  i will be arriving very late (11pm)  

    2.  is it best to convert my usd to baht once I am there or here in the states?  i have never been anywhere near that side of the earth lol

    3.  tips on food in that area?  things to stay away from or things that i must have?

    4.  tips on training in general?  i do not have an ego so i will absolutely not be trying to prove anything.

    5.  maybe a silly question for some but i am very very white, almost ghostly lol.  i must wear sunscreen when exposed and im a bit worried that it will be disrespectful to train with sunscreen on?  is there rinsing stations? 

    my main concern is being rag dolled and exhausted to the point where learning things will be too hard and i will just be in survival mode.      

    thanks so much guys, looking forward to feedback and i am excited to share my experiences with you.

    Exciting 😄 😄 

    1) The AirportRailLink/BTS (SkyTrain) is very convenient especially with your location but will probably be closed when you get out of the Airport (ignore anyone inside the airport that is offering you a taxi), so like told above follow the taxi sign to the correct floor get outside and get a ticket from the machine and go to the corresponding number, these taxi will use his meter + a 50 baht fee. The expressway fee is also for you to pay (if you use it).
    The cost will be around 300-500 baht so make sure to have some money changed or to withdraw it from and ATM at the airport (also a fee will be paid normally each time you withdraw from an ATM, no matter how much money always the same fee).

    2) The best rate you will get if you exchange your cash money at one of the exchange offices, like Super Rich they have a good rate, in Thailand (don't exchanges much money at the airport! They give a bad rating. At the lowest level of the airport the exchange rate is better (but I'm not sure that they will still be open at midnight).
    Exchange rate: https://daytodaydata.net

    3) A lot of options in your area!! The street of and next to SL haves a lot of streetfood options where all the people that work in the neighborhood eat at noon. If you walk to the big road and get a taxi (or one station with MRT, or a bit of a walk) you are in Central LadPrao/Union mall quickly.

    4) Do your best! But don't go ALL OUT at your first session.
    For the running, sometimes they went to the park with their car some people run together, some don't, just do your thing, try your best. Some people did 2 laps some people did 4 laps.
    And if you are to exhausted think about the rest you can get after 2 weeks, or skip one training to be able to train twice again the day after.

    5) Being a ghost myself, I would advise long sleeves to run in (especially in the afternoon) and a cap maybe. The sunscreen gets of easier when you sweat and believe me, you will sweat 😄 Also cheap to get at Decathlon normally.

    6) Make sure you have some contact from the gym to help you when you arrive at SL, because maybe their is no one to help you out that late (and they only spoke Thai at SL 3 years ago 😉 ).

    Most of all enjoy your time!! And keep us posted.

    On 9/30/2019 at 8:25 PM, gconley said:

    Thanks so much for the input guys.  Much appreciated.

    couple more questions...

    1. Can you explain the SIM cards or send me a link.  I have Verizon but am assuming it would be crazy to go through them for an international plan for the month.  

    2.  What is the general consensus on their version of uber? grab I think it is called?  

    3.  i guess this next one isn’t so much a question but more of a concern.  My biggest concern is being rag dolled and exhausted to the point of surviving and not learning as much.  I would imagine I can just go at my own pace to some degree?  I don’t want to be a bother to anybody Or an annoyance but I know I will have so many questions about technique. I don’t want to overstep their boundaries or interfere with the flow of the class.  Am I thinking too much into this?  

    SIM you figured out already and yep it is easy and cheap.
    Grab is really easy like explained above, sometimes it is a bit hard to explain to a regular taxi driver where you want to go (sometimes they don't understand, sometimes they act like they don't understand you 😉 ).
    If you use a regular taxi in Bangkok be sure that they use the taxi-meter, if they tell you that their fixed price is cheaper because of whatever kinda reason, why would they offer you a price that make them earn less? 😉 If they don't want to use the meter you just get out and take the next one.

    On 10/5/2019 at 4:01 PM, Oliver said:

    FA always interested me but I never tried it unfortunately. If you're a western guy, will they give you a Thai to clinch with every day, or do they just pair up the farang with eachother?

    Appreciate if anybody knows 😀

    You will mostly clinch with a Thai and switch up so you get different clinchpartners.

    On 10/6/2019 at 7:31 PM, gconley said:

    also, anyone having trouble still viewing their Instagram, website, and Facebook?

    Works fine here.

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