A boat from Ko Phi Phi a couple local buses and then a stroll down a road past Tiger Muay Thai and I arrived at the blue beauty of a building called Phuket Top Team. After some research online I heard Top Team was superior to Tiger Muay Thai because of class sizes and trainers.
A one month membership and a beauty straw hut behind the gym I call home and I”m ready to go. My original thought was to participate in all the classes since they have BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing, Submission Grappling, strength and conditioning and of course Muay Thai. The classes are very full on and intense so two to three classes per day I found out quickly was certainly my maximum. The first couple of weeks were rough as I hadn”t done much physical activity for a while, slowly but surely my cardio improved as I was improving my fitness as well as adapting to the scorching heat, at times it feels like you”re training in a sauna.
One month has passed and I have improved a ton, sparring everything from MMA professionals to helping beginners. My level and confidence has increased tremendously from great teammates and excellent coaches. Training Martial Arts is as addicting as snowboarding is to me, it”s the chess match, the seemingly endless knowledge of techniques and most importantly testing your bodies capabilities and getting the most out of yourself.
Martial Arts is a way of life and as Bruce Lee would say a way of expressing yourself, completely and honestly. Certainly looking forward to seeing how far one more month can take me.