Muay Thai or Thai kick boxing is Thailand’s national sport and has been so for many years and is steeped in tradition. The ritual dance that contestants perform before starting the fight is always impressive. The boxing itself is considered one of the most lethal sports in the world and is a constant source of fascination for visitors as it is totally different to western-style boxing. Going to see a Muay Thai match is a must-do while in Samui.
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What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is no doubt very entertaining and exciting to watch (though it sometimes can be a little shocking for sensitive viewers.) It’s hard to sit still when you see grown adults punch and kick each other around as well as shove their opponents around with the feet. Fists, elbows, forearms, feet, shins and knees are commonly used in the fight and it can end all rather quickly if there’s a TKO or ‘Technical Knock Out’ involved.
Most skilled Thai fighters start as early as about seven or eight years old. They learn to develop the use of their body as dangerous weapons and build up skills to attack, defend as well as evade their opponent. A boxing match consists of no more than five rounds, each three minutes long with a two-minute break period in between rounds. The boxers are closely observed and awarded scores round by round by three judges. The scores are based on many factors including the behavior of the fighters, strategies and fighting skills.
Muay Thai training sessions in Samui
During the past few years, Muay Thai has become a very popular sport and hobby all over the world as people find it challenging and not at all boring while the sport keeps you in tip-top shape. Samui has quite a handful of well-maintained gyms that are devoted to Muay Thai training. They offer training sessions for people of all ages and sex (usually from about 10 years old up).
As for what to expect from a Samui Muay Thai camp, it’s simple – a lot of sweat and a hard work out. There usually morning and afternoon training sessions. Each training class lasts for about two to three hours and is a mix of stretching, jogging, skipping and pad work as well as learning fighting techniques from an instructor in the ring.
Prices vary, depending on what kind of class you take and how long you train for.
Did you Know?
The boxers wear no shirt or shoes in the flight.
For professional matches, boxers must weigh in naked before the fight.
Traditionally, women were not allowed to get in the ring, let alone getting up there to fight. But even though nowadays things have changed dramatically you’ll still find that at some famous stadiums in Thailand don’t allow women in the men’s ring because of superstitious reasons.
List of Muay Thai Camps in Samui
All Thai boxing camps in Samui provide ample of space for training with a adequate rings and exercise equipment. Most venues also feature basic accommodation and shops selling Muay Thai goods from famous brands like Twins and Top King.
Jun Muay Thai Camp
The camp owned by an experience Thai fighter and trainer called Jun or Koson Matuwet in full. His centre has about 10 experienced trainers.
Open: Morning session: 07:30 - 09:30, afternoon session: 16:30 - 18:30. Closed
Location: Soi Lamai Pattana 2 (opposite a PTT Gas Station), Lamai Beach
Lamai Muay Thai Camp
Open: All year round
Location: Lamai Beach
Tel: +66 (0)87-0826970
Superpro Samui Muay Thai and MMA training camp
Superpro is part of a resort purpose built for Muay Thai, MMA training and more.
Open: Morning class: 08:00 - 10:00, afternoon class: 17:00 - 19:00. Closed on Sundays.
Location: In a small soi/street on the main ring road in Chaweng, south of the Bangkok Samui Hospital. Look for a sign said 'Superpro Samui', it will lead you to the gym.
Tel: +66 (0)77-414393
Wech Pinyo Muay Thai
The main instructor at Wech Pinyo is Pinyo, an ex-Muay Thai champion. His gym features two rings and plenty of space for working out.
Open: All year round
Location: Lamai Beach
Tel: +66 (0)77-458312