What makes a good day good or a bad day bad? Some days, everything goes right, and on some really horrible days everything goes wrong. But generally speaking, it’s one thing that flavors your interpretation of an entire day. Yesterday was like this for me. In my mind, it was a hard day and I failed. When I really stop and go through everything that happened, it’s about 10 minutes that made the day a failure; literally every other part of it was pretty good. I was pretty good, but I held on to those 10 minutes where I sucked
[you can read about how my first week went at Petchrungruang Gym here] Having learned from our experiences from our first trip down to Pattaya three months ago, Kevin and I decided that we’d have our main focus for training at Petchrungruang Gym and supplement that with the invaluable lessons from working with Sakmongkol. Incidentally, the distribution of hours between the gyms is actually the same as it was the first time around, although we’ve discontinued the private sessions with Mong that we’d attempted our first trip down. Mostly that’s a financial decision. Upon first returning to WKO it felt
This is just a short post to direct your attention to a great article that includes a great little interview with Sakmongkol, and an even better highlighting of his wonderful career. I really look forward to spending a year learning under him. He already expanded my fight and training awareness a great deal in two months. There isn’t a lot written about his career on the Internet, so definitely check this out. Read the Siamfightmag.com article here. There are tons of photos from his storied past against both Thai greats and farang top names. Some of the interesting ones include
Muay Farang has a really nice article by Roberto Cassarino on Muay Thai Scoring. Do read it to get the most of what is written below. How Muay Thai is Scored in Thailand There really is very little written about scoring in Thailand and this piece is perhaps one of the best there is. It comes from the author’s personal experience and perspective, but in the main it’s dead on. In the past I summarized a fantastic Tony Myers seminar on the principles of scoring: Balance and Control – Keys to Muay Thai Scoring, the video of which you can
I learned a ton training with Sakmongkol in Pattaya for 7 weeks, as well in my time at Petchrungruang Gym. You can see my daily blog posts of my time with Sakmongkol here if you want to dig into the evolution of my lessons, the posts are pretty detailed with lots of video. Below are the lessons I learned, in particular the lessons or techniques I’m going to consciously work into my training at Lanna, now that I’m back in Chiang Mai. I’ll try to tell you why they were important for me and maybe they could help you, too.
I’ve only come back to training at WKO with Sakmongkol in the past few days because of the stitches I received after my fight last Wednesday. It feels so good to be back to hitting things after being careful to not break a sweat for a couple days after the fight when the stitches were new. I’m actually impressed that my trainers at both Petchrunruang and Sakmongkol and Kru Mutt at WKO were willing to train me on the pads even with the stitches still in, but I’m very grateful that everyone was on board. The first day back with
*** A quick note on how these days are numbered: I go by only counting actual days of training with Sakmongkol, so I’ve been in Pattaya longer than 26 days and these two days actually have a day of rest between them. Day 25 – Back to Training with Mong On Saturday I finally got Sakmongkol to agree to hold pads for me after nearly a week of not training our extra hour and a few days of him not holding pads for me at all. We both got sick and I took Wednesday off to recover, when I came
Day 23 – Use Your Advantages This morning on the way to Petchrungruang I was actually retching on the bike and continued to feel really nauseated as I was warming up. Given that Kru Nu is one of few trainers who is capable of making me feel tired and sometimes to the point of gagging between rounds (sorry to be so crude, but also not sorry at all – welcome to Muay Thai!), so I did worry just slightly that I’d be sick over the side of the ring at some point during training. I didn’t throw up, but I