(Muay Thai Camp) A Review Of Sumalee Boxing Gym By Alexdoyle
My name is Alex Doyle i'm 22 years old and i've been Thai boxing for about 5 years, i've had 8 professional fights 5 of them being in Thailand. Ive been to Thailand 3 times. on 2 of those occasions I was stayed at Sumalee Boxing Gym. I travelled from England to Thailand on a triple entry tourist visa, which was very very easy to obtain. I first got to the gym in August 2014 and stayed for 6 months. i heard about this camp through a friend. having researched the gym I decided that this was the place I wanted to train. The accommodation looked modern and spacious, they have an on site restaurant and swimming pool. the camp is situated within a rural setting giving it the perfect training experience. The structure of training was excellent, we would train and run twice a day 6 days a week and the training included:
5k run in the morning, followed by skipping, stretching, shadow boxing with the coaches, sparring, and pad work.
the afternoon sessions were similar but more intense as we would clinch at the end of the session.
whether your a professional or a beginner there is a structured program to meet your needs. The teaching at the camp was excellent, each trainer specialised in a different aspect of the sport which provided a wide range of diverse styles and skills. Due to the trainers enthusiasm and passion for the sport I came away learning something new about it every day. communication with the trainers was never a problem, all of them could speak a bit of english. Jack the head trainer is fluent, it certainly did not impact on their ability to teach. the gym equipment was all brand new sandee gear, there was more than enough to go around, even when the camp was full. excellent value for money. The fights were always entertaining I went to the stadium every week to support either the coaches that were fighting or the students. many other people staying at the camp would come to watch and show their support which made for a good atmosphere and team spirit. I fought for the camp 5 times at 72kg I won 2 of the fights by knockout and lost the other 3 on points. i found that I was matched equally to my opponents making each one of my fights challenging and exciting. my accommodation was very comfortable I stayed in a shared room, with air conditioning and hot water. the room also included a mini fridge for water, and a TV. The rooms were cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels. excellent value for money. The camp had a ringside restaurant which provided 3 meals a day 6 days a week. The menu was always being updated to provide healthy eating options. The menu included a diverse range of food from local Thai cuisine to international dishes. There are plenty of places to eat surrounding the camp, ranging from street restaurants to western steak houses. prices would range from 40-200 bhart. There are small bars and a local club in the Thalang area, but if people would want to party then they would go to Patong for the night life. there are various temples to visit, night markets, wake boarding, elephant trekking, quad biking through the jungle, not forgetting the beautiful beaches. overall my experience at Sumalee was incredible, ive met so many people from all around the world. i've made some great friends and would go back in a heartbeat. I have also learnt a great deal about Thai boxing and have improved my overall fitness, technique and strength and have come away a new fighter.
i would highly recommend a stay at Sumalee Bxoing Gym whether your a beginner or a fighter it will be an experience you will never forget, and will leave you wanting to come back time and time again.
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