Jump to content
gconley

My Time at F.A. Group Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok

Recommended Posts

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.spacer.png

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.

IMG_7963.JPG

IMG_7962.JPG

IMG_8137.JPG

IMG_8143.JPG

IMG_8134.JPG

IMG_8029.JPG

IMG_7939.JPG

1A90A121-62FA-4E94-9CE3-8DE1629F4AFF.JPG

IMG_7932.JPG

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Most Recent Topics

  • Latest Comments

    • I've been asking myself that a lot lately, as I keep working on it. I think we all have a 2.0, 3.0, 4.0... onward. It's a way to find a direction you want to develop and just f***ing go for it. For me, the "Sylvie 3.0" model is largely about feeling and the kinds of freedoms and lack of fear/tensions I want as a fighter. Those are really, really hard to accomplish. And there's no blueprint. It's a re-invention but also fixing a lot of bugs, making more efficient, offering better features, etc. to borrow from computer and application terminology. In the process of working toward Sylvie 3.0, I hit up against a lot of the old grooves and habits I have. Those are "bugs" in my system, to me. 
    • I fixed the graphic. We had a server mishap and lost many of the forum's posted photos, looks like this:
    • Hello! First of all I want to say that Ive been inspired by Sylvia that it is possible to combine a ketogenic diet with combat sports. Ive looked through all the Patreon resources that you have regarding this topic, and learned quite a bit! I do a ketogenic diet for therapeutic reasons (under the guidence of the researchers/doctors at https://www.paleomedicina.com/), but Im thinking about going back to doing BJJ. What Im curious about is how much fat Sylvia consumes, compared to proteins. Typical recommendations (Ketogains, Stephen Phinney, etc) say to eat 70-75% calories from fat (roughly 1:1 or 1.5:1 fat-to-protein ratio). They also tend to keep proteins and overall food intake on the high side, often 120-150g protein per day (1.2 to 2.0 grams per kg body weight). Unfortunately, the picture with Sylvia's macros which youve posted isnt rendering in for me, for some reason. Could you clarify what Sylvia's macros are, and roughly how much food she eats in a day (protein/fat)? And in periods when she is doing loads of training, does she primarily increase fats, or does she just increase the amount of food while keeping the macro-ratio the same? Does she do any type of targeted ketogenic diet (adding extra carbs around training times)? Personally Ive been recommended to eat a fat-to-protein ratio of 2:1 (80 % calories from fat), and if doing lots of exercise and sports, then additional food should be added at a 3:1 fat-to-protein ratio. Protein should be kept around 50-60g per day, or a bit higher if doing lots of training (0.8g protein per kg bodyweight). Finally, I want to share this article with you, I think it might be of some interest to you since Ive seen that you have a interest in our evolutionary past and how it affects our sports performance and diet requirements: https://www.paleomedicina.com/en/stone-age-diet-workout. According to the authors, such an animal food based approach to the ketogenic diet is what we are evolutionary adapted to, and they recommend it for athletes/sportsmen. As a sidenote, theyve published papers showing that this particular approach makes the addition of supplements (such as magnesium and electrolytes) unecessary (its aquired through the diet alone, especially through organ meats).
  • The Latest From Open Topics Forum

    • Moderation. Small doses of quality alcohol are good for health. During the lockdown, I started making cocktails at home, mostly non-alcohol, but sometimes I added a bit of polish potato vodka. As for the smoking, I'm strongly against it. 
    • Very interesting guy. Didn't know much about him aside from that one video of him ragdolling a whitebelt in a bjj comp! Sounds like Inner Mongolian wrestling doesn't allow leg grabs - so I'm interested to see how the ties and locks contrast with the Thai Clinch. 
    • Lavell Marshall is a great interesting guy and his video tutorials were real good too. I wondered what happened to him! I guess now I know. Cheers for sharing!
    • Fascinating podcast on the culture of Inner Mongolian Bökh - described by Lavell Marshall, an American who has been living in the Inner Mongolian grasslands for a year and taking part in the competitions there. Mongolians have a reputation for being some of the toughest grappling competitors across the grappling arts (judo, sambo, sumo). Lavell himself is a Shuai Jiao champ - so hearing his take on what makes the Mongolian culture of wrestling so special is really interesting.  I particularly liked his description of the culture of play in wrestling training and the importance of feeling and connection to the land as a factor in wrestling performance.  Here's the link to the podcast: https://thousandholds.net/a-phonecall-to-the-inner-mongolian-steppe/ Sidenote: The Hero with a Thousand Holds is a an excellent project documenting folk wrestling styles. He's done great work on researching Irish Collar and Elbow - a  European folk wrestling style that was once incredibly popular.
  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      968
    • Total Posts
      9,392
×
×
  • Create New...