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Hello,

I am new to Muay Thai and this forum as well. I have been training diligently for 9 months. In Oct, I have a block leave period of about 1 week and is thinking to go to BKK for MT training.

I particularly like being a pressure fighter, pressure defend block and counters. Would like to develop this style.

Any gym or trainer recommendation? I am willing to do PT.

Please recommend even if it is outside BKK, I can shortlist for my next trip.

And I have almost zero Thai language proficiency.

Feel free to share your experience.

Appreciate your advice greatly.

Thanks

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Not easy. Popular BKK gyms at the moment are PK Saenchai and FA Group.

A really interesting gym, outside of Bangkok, would be Ramba Somdet's gym in Pattaya, or Sor. Klinmee Gym which is 50 meters next door. If you took privates from Rambaa you would learn a very hardened, counter-striking, stand-in style. Both are small, family style gyms. Sor. Klinmee would have larger fighters if you are bigger bodied.

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Just ran into this post on Reddit. Keatkomtorn gym is historically very solid. We've been there several times. The hardest thing about finding gyms is getting in-time reports because gyms change so often. Maybe you can ask them about the training. Keatkomtorn is traditionally a pressure fighting gym with strong clinchers:

 

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7 hours ago, Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu said:

Not easy. Popular BKK gyms at the moment are PK Saenchai and FA Group.

A really interesting gym, outside of Bangkok, would be Ramba Somdet's gym in Pattaya, or Sor. Klinmee Gym which is 50 meters next door. If you took privates from Rambaa you would learn a very hardened, counter-striking, stand-in style. Both are small, family style gyms. Sor. Klinmee would have larger fighters if you are bigger bodied.

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Just ran into this post on Reddit. Keatkomtorn gym is historically very solid. We've been there several times. The hardest thing about finding gyms is getting in-time reports because gyms change so often. Maybe you can ask them about the training. Keatkomtorn is traditionally a pressure fighting gym with strong clinchers:

 

Thank you so much for sharing Kevin.

I have took note of the gyms you recommend and would like to visit Rambaa one day. 

I am in my opinion rather lean at 168cm and 57kg. 

I have checked Keatkhamtorn schedule and a class is 3hours. Do you have any idea what they do? I am worried I am not able to last 3hrs.

Lastly have you heard or tried Kongsittha gym?

Thanks,

GX

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On 9/5/2022 at 11:18 AM, 10e5x said:

 I have checked Keatkhamtorn schedule and a class is 3hours. Do you have any idea what they do? I am worried I am not able to last 3hrs.

This is something you really don't have to worry about. Thailand training is not super-pressure training. Basically, you can sit down at any point and ask out, or come and leave at any time. Plus, I have a very strong feeling that the 3 hrs is simply the window in which you can train in, how much you train is up to you. You can come at the beginning of the 3 hrs, or in the middle, or towards the end. It's more like: We are open and training is happening during these hours. You can make use of all of it, or only a little. That is my guess, given how training is usually the case. As for what that training is, I know it's a hard training gym, but we've only been there in off-hours taking privates. Best is just to ask that fellow on Reddit who is there right now.

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Lastly have you heard or tried Kongsittha gym?

We were there many years ago when it opened. It honestly isn't a "real" Thai gym, in the sense that the way it is set up seems catered to tourists or somewhat affluent Thais? This is just my impression from years ago. It doesn't mean that it doesn't provide good very training (that usually just depends on the quality of padman, and I would imagine that they have good, solid padmen given the connections of the owner). We are usually partial to more organic, Thai style gyms that produce Thai stadium fighters, just so you have a more cultural feel of Thailand's Muay Thai. On the other hand, Kongsittha might be a very good gym if it's your first time in Thailand and you don't feel like roughing it. Rambaa's for instance, would be roughing it, for sure.

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