(Muay Thai Camp) A Review Of Sumalee Boxing Gym By Rozikomlos
My name is Rozi Komlos and i'm a professional Muay Thai fighter. I've been training for over 5 years now both in Thailand and Australia.
I've been to Thailand now for three lengthy trips to train and fight, I will be returning this year to live for a year and train at Sumalee boxing gym. I travelled from Sydney, Australia - this passport is very welcomed so it wasn't difficult to gain entry. Prior to entering Thailand though I applied for a double entry tourist visa, this allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days at a time then you must do a simple visa run to re-enter. it's all very easy, take's a little time but not difficult! I started training at Sumalee on the 8th of november 2014 and left on the 15th of February 2015. Began the new year with team Sumalee! I had been hearing a lot about Sumalee boxing gym over the last year through their fighter sponsorship programme and followed their facebook page closely. Sumalee very regularly post's updates about the camp, their fighters and now nutritional blogs also! The structure of training is what appealed to me the most from day 1! From beginners to fighters - everyone trains together! Extremely well organised, it is the standard structure of a Muay Thai gym but with trainers and fighters all encouraging & working together.
a standard session includes;
warm up - skipping/tire jump etc
sparring - boxing/muay Thai - all levels with fighters helping beginners
group warm down stretch The trainers are incredible, having all been champions at one stayed in their life they live & breathe Muay Thai . The difference between my experience at Sumalee and previous camps is that the trainers genuinely want to pass on their knowledge. They truly care & if you listen and respect there is no end in their efforts to make you great! I learnt so much about both technique (the tricky stuff) and pure power (how to fight hard). I left the gym a new fighter. All the trainers speak good english! Head trainer Parinya is fluent as he's lived and trained over sea's. There was never any problems with communication. The gym is filled with the best quality equipment from there sponsors Sandee. The gym is cleaned every morning and afternoon. There is plenty of gloves and shinpads everyone can use but you can also purchase everything at the Sumalee shop. I payed approximatey 30,000bht a month for accommodation and training.
This included training twice a day and a private airconditioned room. Great value for money, the accommodation is great! Depending on what you choose the size of the rooms vary but all include very comfortable beds with real lined (blanket, nice pillows) and room's are cleaned every morning whilst you train. We would regularly head to the local stadium (bangla boxing stadium) to watch team mates fight - at least once a week if not more! The fight nights are very entertaining, we all sit together & celebrate together! I fought for the camp 4 times coming away with wins for all of them. I fought at 58-60kgs as there is no weigh in's for Bangla stadium. The match ups can vary depending on experience and weather or not the promoters know your name/gym name. After my first fight (which was unevenly matched, myself being much stronger) it was evident to the promoter and my trainers that I should be fighter higher class opponents. From then on the match ups were great! The accommodation is excellent! A very comfortable stay compared to other Muay Thai gyms, the rooms are cleaned daily and supplied with fresh towels and toilet paper. The rooms are airconditioned with hot water and a flat screen TV. 30,000bht for a private room with a kingsize bed + twice a day training included. The on site restaurant serves clean & tasty food! There is a wide variety of Traditional Thai food and western food. You can add the meal plan option as a bonus to your stay or just pay as you eat! The gyms Nutritionist has recently updated the menu to include a fighters menu also, this is a huge help as there is lean and healthy options readily available. Outside of the gym there are many little food stalls and beautiful Isaan (Nothern Thailand) restaurants. This area is not filled with bar's and night clubs (which I personally loved) There are a couple local bar's that the whole team will head out to occasionally for a laugh but other than that if your looking to party the closest place is Surin beach area - around 20minutes from the camp. Near the camp there are some beautiful running routes and a waterfall not too far. Surin, bang tao and banana beach are all a short scooter ride away. My experience at Sumalee boxing gym was incredible.
This gym attracts hard working, passionate individuals — no egos, everyone is very friendly & always willing to help each other.
The trainers are dedicated & extremely passionate when it comes to training and passing on their knowledge, they want to teach true Muay Thai to whoever is willing to learn.
There is also a lovely family feel to this gym! The owner Lynne miller has her two children (Riah & Sam) also helping to manage different aspects of the gym. They never hesitate to help with any questions or issues, the gym is run very professionally.
Check out Sumalee if your a beginner to experience real Muay Thai , if your a fighter to train with some of the best foreign fighters in the world (Craig dickson, Martin avery, Jordan coe) or if your like me and needed your passion re-ignited, this place will certainly do that!
Nice review rozi. Its good to hear nothing changed at the camp with the switch of trainers. I think jacky is the only 1 left from the old team.
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