Island Muay Thai – Koh Tao

Posted by Tom on Oct 26, 2010 in Gym Reviews, Southern |

The gym is located just off Sairee beach, which is the main party beach on the island. Everyone there is friendly and sessions usually start with a light jog which the locals like to do before the actual sessions. There is a lot of emphasis on clinching after the actual pad work and it’s nice to always have one of the trainers, when they aren’t busy, to shout tips and techniques when your in the middle of wrestling someone.
The training camp itself is the only one on the island and so whenever there’s a fight they quickly turn it into a nice stadium and blast some pop/techno between the rounds. It is a nice atmosphere and essentially a practical place, if you want to get your first few fights in as the opponents they bring to the fights aren’t seasonal fighters, so it makes a fairly even challenge.

Here’s some words from Ali Behnamnia that’s been a regular there on his one month stop during his round the world trip.
Island Muay Thai is the perfect way to stay fit whilst you’re on Koh Tao.

The staff, in particular Bang and Samat have a good enough grasp of English to help you learn all the techniques and correct you when you’re not quite getting it right.
There are some good local fighters who also regularly assist during your sessions. Watching them also will aid you with picking up Muay Thai.
The gym isn’t state of the art but you shouldn’t enter this camp with high expectations of what might be common place in a western gym.
Sessions tend to last atleast 1 hour 30 minute’s and you can stay longer if you want to do extra sit up’s and press up’s. If you want to spar the local guys will always be willing to assist and show you the basic’s of clenching and Muay Thai sparring.

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May 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

nothing like training there for a long period of time! nice to chill down by the beach afterwards

Jessie Lahm
May 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I was there for a few times and really enjoyed it! the trainers were awesome and just fun loving. wanna go back!

Mike K
May 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Yeah. Love it boy!!!



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