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Joseph Arthur De Gonzo

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  1. Yes Hongthong will book you fight if they can (depending on your size etc). Althougth, as of early March, there was still no fights in Chiang Mai. If you want to fight like now and often, you'd be better off in Phuket or Krabi.
  2. If you want to train with tall guys in a remote place, you can try Nuengtrakan gym formely Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee muay thai which is the gym of the golden age awesome fighter Lamnmmoon. There are only two fighters training there on a permanent basic, two brit brothers, one is 6'7" and the other is like 6'5". Nueng is a great, old school a bit nuts trainer. To give you an idea, he's a muay thai trainer by day and fighting roosters trainer by night. Basically all he thinks about is fighting. Also, Lamnammoon does pass sometimes and train people. Nueng will find you a Ubon style fight if you want to fight. But he will only like you if you train hard, really hard. He wants nothing to do with "casual" people who train once a day type of thing ahahah. Anyway, let me know if you want to go, I can put you in contact with Nueng or the brothers.
  3. I had the same thing as a kid. Slipped in public showers and hit my head and needed a few stiches.
  4. It's hard to hit people. I always struggle to hit hard. Even when I am sparring assholes that cause super hard, I find it hard to throw back with the same bad intention. I am actually working on been meaner in sparring. Not in a douchy way, but just, not giving a break and say I am sorry every time I clip someone good. Anyway, one thing that helps. Is before the bell ring, try to take the habbit of like closing your eye, concentrate and decide on your intentions and mood for that round. Don't go chatting, not thinking about what you're about to do as if you were just hanging out with your best budd. Go within yourself, be mindful and punch them in the face. Like yoga, but with blood, sweat and tears....
  5. I am 230lbs and 6'4" and I've been ragdolled by thais who where at most 165 and like 5'9". And I would always be the first to be tired. If you get exhausted it's because you're not relaxing enough and you're not framing enough. When you frame, meaning, you use your bones instead of your muscle to control the space between you and your partner, you should be able to relax. Now, throws and sweep will be very hard against someone with that type of size on you. Thais are never able to sweep or throw me in clinch, which is frustrating to them because Thais LOVE to sweep falangs. But they can crank my neck, bring me to the floor and ragdoll me accross the ring enough to make me cry. I guess you're partner is taller than you, if that's the case. Work on getting very close to him, getting to neck and cranking the shit out of it. Remember to hold the head high, not the neck, basically where the jewish yamulka is. And work on locking this position and the kind of triangle lock that Sylvie shows in some clips, this is hell for a tall guy. Now, if your parnet is a short, stocky, hyper muscular guy, I don't really have any advice.
  6. I don't think it's a tough dude issue or whatever like this, it's a technique issue. To answer about thailand, no, there is no padholding from fighters or students only pad holders and pad hitters, but you don't exchange role cause you pay more to get "personalized" training. In the "west" or anywhere else, if you're a member of a gym, you'll hit pads and hold pads alternatively. I am 6'4" and 230 lbs, so I kick pretty hard. I had big guys struggling holding pads for me and I had tiny girls holding pads just fine. As a kicker, you can see when the pad holder would pay to be somewhere else and when they is some sort of wiplast effect in the movement of the pad holder. Like other said, pad holding is an art and good pad holding is quite rare, even in Thailand where in my opinon, lots of pad holder, to protect themself, are holding the pad way to hard. My guess is you do not "come to meet" enough, you're a bit to loose, so the power transfer from the kick to your arms and then your neck. I would ask a more advance big dude at your gym to help with that. Try to find the sweet spot between been to loose and leaning to hard and preventing the kicker to kick properly. You want to meet the kick with force but without going through if you see what I mean. Like a short, brief, intense shove, leaning a bit, keeping your elbows tucked and absorbing the blow with your core more than with your arms. Good luck and hope you'll be fine and don't hate on us big guys, we were born this way. Not our fault.
  7. Hello, I am wondering if anyone experienced or know some gyms to be good in and around Krabi? Thank you
  8. I've trained both in the winter and in the summer in Bangkok and elsewhere. Honnestly, to me, from Canada, it's just freaking hot and humid and I want to die for the first two weeks. I would not say I saw that much of difference. Maybe more the evening. The evenings in Jan. where cooler than the evening in June. Besides. if you're used to train inside, it's though at the begining.
  9. It's a complicated issue that is actually federal. They changed the criminal bill on prize fighting when they modify the Bill to permit pro-MMA, but they added a clause made amateur mma, muay thai, bjj or any other combat sport not recognized by the Olympic committee, illegal. Now, the Lieutenant Governor in each provinces can change this, but it's quite complicated and the combat sports community needs to get together and lobby as a group. Problem is that, in Québec, few gyms have been in a feud (KB vs MT) so it is not happening. Actually the whole thing started (because the police had not known about the clause and was letting people fight for years) because a gym sntiched on another one for organizing an event, then the other did so too with resulted in amateur MMA, KB, MT and BJJ to be banned throughout the province and only organized in first nation reservations. Anyway, long story short, since MT is not recognized by the OIC, it should be okay if the gym owners get they head out of their asses. I don't know Loiseau's gym is still a thing. Tri-Star: Well, it is what it is, you know. When a gym become that popular....
  10. Thank you @Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu I pretty much decided I am only going to do January in Chiang Mai and then February and March elsewhere to make sure I avoid the burning season. One think I don't understand is that googling "burning season in Thailand" I only find information about Chiang Mai. But the phenomenon of farmer burning fields + densely populated city in a valley must not be unique to Chiang Mai in the country. Do you know if the burning season affects only Chiang Mai or is it also bad in Chiang Rai, north of Bangkok and Isaan?
  11. Hello all, but mostly @Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu and @Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu since I know you lived in Chiang Mai for years. I'll be in Thailand Jan til April and for some reason I thought the burning season was closer to june but I just realized that these months are basically the heart of it. And from what I've seen it seems that it's getting worse avery year. Anyways, would like to have your input. My main concern is that I am traveling with my 8-months baby and I thought, well, maybe it's not the best to impose a crazy smog to my little girl. So instead of doing three months in Chiang Mai, I am now thinking of doing January in Chiang Mai, February in southern Isaan and April on the Islands, maybe Krabi. Would that make sense in terms of avoiding the worse of the burning season? Also, would like your opinion on the burning season in general, am I freaking out? I get contradicting messages online about it. Some say it's the worse, others that the worse about it is people complaining about it. Personally, I did not mind training in Bangkok or Pattaya as far as pollution goes. Thank you very much
  12. 100% agree with everything Kevin said. If you can't afford training, the MT librairy is a gold mine. I mean, I think everyone who likes MT should be a patreon. What Sylvie and Kevin are doing is basically sport anthopology and you get sooooo much for the amount you pay. I would only add that if you're training alone, maybe taking video of your shaddow, bag work and sparring session would be helpful to seee what you need to focus on.
  13. Hello. I've done trips of one about one months two times. I would agree with what was said. Both time I did at least two weeks in one gyms and then little trips (day or few days) in specific gyms. But especially if you're new to muay thai. I would say, unless you really dislike the gym, just stay at the same same gym or do 2 weeks at one place and 2 weeks at another if you want to see different part of the country. I hated Bangkok the first time and loved it the second. I would say, it is a bit of an overwhelming introduction to Thailand and southeast asian cities if it will be your first time. I actually never being to one of these mega MT complexes like Tiger Muay Thai, but I heard it's really hit and miss with the trainers while at all the small gyms I've been, the trainers where great with beginners and kids. Especially with kids. If you want to go in the South. Yodyut Muay Thai in Koe Samui is a great place. I am actually going back with my GF and 8 months old baby. I'll be in Chiang Mai at Hongthong gym for Jan. and then going south to miss the burning season. Anyway, good luck.
  14. I would strongly suggest PK Saenchai. I trained there for two weeks in 2019 and it's high level alright and I don't think there are many gyms with that many thai elite fighters. There are a few foreigners fighting out of the gym to. They'll book you fight if you asked. Training is VERY hard and serious. But of course, the downside is they put a lof of focuse on the ones that have fights coming up in the next few weeks. But that said, I really loved it. You get to spar and clinch with current champions. They also will do like little session where one of the top fighter will teach a specific technic he specialize in. Like Tawanchai did one on his famous teeps. Dieselnoi sometimes go to help as well as Saenchai will drop in once in a while. The atmosphere is great. I've been in quite a few gym and I never saw any gym where everyone was training as hard. I would say the only down side is that the level is so high, this gym is what I would call a tweaking fighter gym rather than a building fighter gym. They basically buy fighter that other gym trained and tweak certain things. So the teaching can sometime lack technical tips. But if you're good at learning by doing and observing, you'll get a lot from it. I don't remember the price but it was a bit on the upper hand. On the other hand, they rent scooters are a ridiculous price. They are quick to respond on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym
  15. Hello Kevin, I tried to look at the video of the live stream, but the link is dead and I can't find it on their facebook page, do you still have access to it on your side? Also, I guess Kru Thailand would not be suited for a heavyweight/cruiserweight right?
  16. Hey Barbara, Happy to help. Thail Long should be open. I know why it was closed, they have a schedule on their website. I was asking my friend Ben and he said, Angry Monkey and Apex are also pretty good. Also, it depends where you're located. Thai Long is just north of the Petite Italy and Ben's home gym is in Rosemont, while angry Monkey is in Verdun. If you ever come to Ottawa, I train at Ottawa Fight and Fitness, it's a very nice a friendly gym. Thought recently they absorbed a boxing gym that closed, so there is a lot of focus on boxing lately, but still a good gym. Anyway, let me know where you go, especially if you go to Thai Long, cause I am moving back to Mtl int he comins months, year, and I was thinking of joining Thai long.
  17. Hello, So there are a few gyms in Montreal, it really depends what you're looking for. Most gym are (if not all by now) multi sports gym. I know they were two brothers, I believe they were from Cambodia or Laos, but practicing their version of 8 limbs fighting, but I can't find them on google. But for gyms here is a quick review. Académie Frontenac. Mostly for beginniners and people who want to be fit. Classes are both boxing and muay thai and often the coaches are not muay thai guys, they will just add a kick at the end of a boxing combo. But the main coach, is really good and if you're into advance classe, fighting and sparring, then he's running these classes. Also, pretty cheap and lots and lots of classes for anyones schedules. Underdog Boxing. Primary a boxing gym, a very good one (you'll see pros like Jean Pascal train there once in a while), run by two brothers. They have a muay thai "program" run by two other brother, I believe there is only 3 classes a week, tuesday, thursday and saturday. Also very cheap. The advanced team is good, fun sparring, fun training. The two brothers are pasionnated and fun to train with. Thai Long: never trained there but it has a good reputation, they do pretty well in local competitions. Titans: Pretty good main trainer Kru Ash, active and involved in the Montreal and eastern canada muay thai community. Never trained there. Skarbowsky Gym: So Jean-Charles Skarbowsky is apparently taking over the world, he has gyms in France, China, Thailand and now Montreal. I don't think it is open yet, but should open soon. You can contact him on facebook I am sure he will respond. But he obsviously won't be there on a regular basis and the main trainer he choose to run the place seems a bit of a knuckle head, but I don't actually know, I only base this judgement on his facebook profile. Tristar: don't go, their muay thai guy suck and they always lose in local fights. Finally, I got a friend of mine, Ben Rancher, he coaches at two gyms but also in his garage with a small group of people. He's awesome, nice, respecful and very good. You might want to try this. I don't know how much it is. Here is his instagram. https://www.instagram.com/ben.rancher/ Good luck
  18. Oh yeah, you need more than that, it needs to be as compact as possible. You can get in the bag and push with your legs also.
  19. Mmm, weird. That's what most people do indeed. You need to find a way to compress it more. Maybe try refilling it by stage, putting weight on top of it for a few hours, then, more, then weights, and so on. Some people also put bags of sands in the middle. You might want to try this.
  20. Is that a constant all over Thailand? I haven't notice the links in my two trips, but that would be a very usefull tip.
  21. Hello, sorry for the delay. Thanks for the answer. Yeah I agree, I want to give priority to have a nice neighborhood to live in, that both my spouse and my little one can enjoy, so with proximity to nices parks and markets and such. I drive both bike (by this you mean scooter or motobike, but not bicycle I suppose cause I don't recall seing much bicycles in thailand) and alone, I would certainly just put the baby in a carrier, but I am not sure how this will go with my spouse. Lol. We'll see. I might try to find a bike with a sidecar. Anyways, any suggestion for a specific district?
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