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gconley last won the day on June 30 2020

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  1. thats khun pluk pluk holding pads in the second picture. he's not in the fourth picture though. he is absolutely brutal though, got to see him fight my 3rd or 4th day there too. he is a killer. very unassuming power in the clinch. he beat the crap out of me in the clinch.
  2. Hey there everyone, just thought I would stop by and finally share my 2 week experience at FA group in November of 2019. I know, I'm a procrastinator lol. First off I will say it was the greatest experience of my life to say the least. I was so nervous about going, never travelled anywhere close to being that far away, I am from Chicago, IL. I had never been away from my wife and my dog for that long, had pretty much zero clinch experience. I am also 35years old so was a bit nervous about hanging with the young guys. Also wanted to challenge myself with the running every morning, which I did at my own pace, but i still did it lol. My main purpose for picking this gym was clinching, the little bit of clinching that is done at my gym is with people that have little experience and don't know what they are doing. most people just want to get two hands behind the head and pull down lol. I have always loved watching thais clinch and how beautiful it looks, and brutal of course lol. I will say my biggest surprise about the gym, which was a big shock to me, was there was no drilling. I have been doing muay thai for a few years now here in Chicago and did mma on and off for over 10 years and there has never been a class in which an instructor didn't go over drills to work on with a partner. With that being said, I couldn't have been happier with not having drills to work on. The way the gym operated was perfect for me. I didn't know that going in, but loved it immediately. We ran at 6am in Chatuchak park, came back to the gym around 7am, jumped rope for about 15min. I will also say i was shocked that all the jump ropes were weighted ones. I had never used a weighted one so needless to say, my shoulders and arms burnt out very quickly. After jumping rope, everybody walked into the ring. Kru Diesel was waiting there already and matches everyone up to clinch. We clinched for 30-45min. After clinching, we would do some thai pushups in the ring and then everyone would wrap up their hands and get ready for some pad work with the trainers. Everyone gets 2x 5min rounds. if your not picked first out of the 3-4 trainers then you just shadow box, stretch out, hit the bag, etc.. until your called upon. After your pad rounds are done, you start doing your 300 knees on the bag. After this first day I went back to my room and had no idea how i was going to continue because my neck was shredded from the first clinching session. I was matched up with a guy from Sweden who was taking full advantage of my lack of experience and just cranking on my neck. I was seriously worried about being able to continue for the afternoon session. 3pm came around and its the same routine except no running. Some guys would run a bit at the end though. Kru Diesel saw me struggling with getting my neck pushed down with the same Swedish guy again and he showed me a couple counters which helped big time. I learned very quickly how to defend that. I will say that by the last few days of training my shins were pretty much done. I think it was mainly from the running, I have never ran that much in my life. I can't say enough great things about this gym. Everybody was so friendly and generous. I truly was humbled by the generosity and friendliness of the people i met, as well as the instructors and fighters. I made some friends, hung out some nights to go see some fights, get some beers, eat some food, etc... I will say that my 2 week experience had helped my clinch game immensely at my gym back home. Its night and day compared to before I came to FA Group. I wasn't sure how much I had actually learned from being thrown into the fire immediately without drilling some clinching techniques. I am now the clinching guy at my gym lol. I have just made my reservations for returning in September. I will be 36 in July and plan to go back once a year as long as my body can handle it. It was a mental and physical struggle to train 2x a day in that heat, with only Sundays being an off day. I have never pushed my body to those limits. By the way, that picture of me with bruises was just one side of my body, and this was only after a couple days lol. Lastly I want to thank Silvie for having this platform to share my experience with you guys. Watching her videos on youtube also gave me a lot of motivation to pull the trigger and challenge myself like I never had before. Thanks Silvie.
  3. well, tomorrow i leave. thanks for everyones help and input. much appreciated. i will hopefully take some good video and pictures if i can, to share with you guys when i come back.
  4. I have not found an email for them, and i don't have a Facebook account or any social media for that matter. ill figure it out hopefully lol. not too worried. just sucks that I'm getting in so late. only about a week to go until i leave, I'm getting super excited/nervous.
  5. 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.
  6. i am reading that the rail system is super easy, would you guys take a taxi or use the rail system?
  7. i have not been stretching after running. i time my runs so that i jump right into class after the run. after wrapping my hands and changing clothes. i don't stretch much at all, which i feel is bad. how do you get more limber without stretching??? also, i gotta say, i have been running consistently for 35-40min before my thai class begins and i can honestly say that i have seen major improvements in my cardio during class. i am surprised at how much it has helped. i run at a snails pace but i run at a consistent pace for the entire time. I've only started running to prepare for my trip to thailand in a couple weeks. glad i did because i didnt expect it to improve me as much as it has.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. If you watch their videos on YouTube and their Instagram, you can see westerners with Thais. As far as I have seen and heard, you are paired up with Thais. 3 weeks and 1 day to go now, super excited. also, anyone having trouble still viewing their Instagram, website, and Facebook?
  11. Thanks so much for your input. Verizon wants around $10 a day for their international plan so I will be doing the SIM card replacement. I actually found a video on YouTube with a man who shows you exactly where to go in the airport to get them lol. Gotta love YouTube. as far as spotting me, it won’t be hard. Very white, tall and red hair lol. thanks again for your input. I am so excited to learn clinch. I just want to learn so much.
  12. Hey there, I will be there for 2 weeks starting November1st. I fly in on October 31st at 11pm. When will you be there? i had them set me up at the sl residence as they don’t offer private bathrooms if you use the accommodation at the actual gym. i did pay months ago for the gym and hotel through the gym using PayPal and they just refunded me a few days ago. They stated that I will have to pay upon arrival as the apartment has a new contract. i also noticed that fa groups website, Instagram and Facebook are all down. Can anyone else confirm this?
  13. 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?
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