A THAI TRAINER IN HIS OWN WORDS
“There are hundreds of gyms in Bangkok to choose from, and a lot of them are very good,” Cedric Gautier, owner of Elite Fight Club, told me. “Before, the top FDPSV GLGQ· W WDNH LQ IRUHLJQ ÀJKWHUV EXW QRZ IRU EXVLQHVV reasons, they do. But you have to be careful: They someWLPHV FRQFHQWUDWH RQ WKHLU RZQ 7KDL ÀJKWHUV DQG GRQ· W take a lot of time to work with the others.
“Every camp has its own style and the way they train. To start, look on the internet for information and reviews. Then decide where and how you want to train. Do one session and see how you like it.
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“When a guy comes to our club and they are serious about competing in muay Thai, we teach them the traditions. They learn the wai khru (ceremonial dance) and choose the pra jiad (armband), and we give them a monkol (headband) blessed by a monk. We try to stay as traditional as possible in our approach.
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