A THAI TRAINER IN HIS OWN WORDS

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“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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