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2008/12/17

Cross training - surfing


I'm always looking for other ways to keep fit, outside of standard training, and when I moved down to Phuket I was reminded as to how good surfing is as a form of conditioning.

I've been surfing (more specifically bodyboarding) for nearly 20 years now, mostly in the cold waters of Cornwall, UK. After moving to Thailand, I didn't get many chances to surf... Bangkok doesn't have many waves, but I did manage to get a few surfs in, the best being in Bali about 4 years ago.

Moving down here to Phuket was great, because I moved down at the end of the low season, and my first week here had a solid swell rolling in. My first dip in the water had me a little worried, as I wasn't sure if the muay chaiya training that I'd been doing would be enough for me to charge the surf like I used to (in my younger days;) but, I was pleasantly surprised. My cardio was up to scratch, and all the chaiya guard/elbow training had left my arms and shoulders in pretty good shape. My legs were strong as well, which is important for bodyboarding (we wear flippers to help paddling the shorter board) and it all added up to me having a GREAT time and surfing the best that I had done in years.

After a week of this, I was pleasantly surprised that not only was I able to surf consistently well, but it had also picked up my fitness level a lot, maybe an additional 15% on my cardio. To anyone training in high heat, you'll know how valuable this can be, especially if you're wanting to last those extra rounds.

So, why do I think it's such a good form of training? Well...
  1. It's fun! There aren't many sports that constantly make you want to keep pushing yourself. In surfing this works on several levels. First you have to paddle out through the waves to get 'out back' depending on the conditions this can take as little as a minute to 10 minutes. Once you're out there, you're paddling around looking for waves, and trying to position yourself for the best ride. Catching a wave is not easy, and you can expend a lot of energy just trying, and riding the wave can be very extreme, physically and mentally. If you're unlucky, you'll get nailed in a bad wipeout. AND THEN... you have to paddle out again to get out back again. So, you get out back and you think "ok I'll have a little break", but then a nice wave comes through, and before you know it, you're paddling for it, riding it, and then back to the inside with another long paddle out ahead of you! This can go on, and on... but it's just so damn fun you can't help yourself!
  2. When surfing you have to learn to control your breathing, and mix the heavy exercise with holding your breath for long periods. 10-15secs of holding your breath may not sound bad, but it can seem like eternity when you're getting thrashed under the water after paddling your ass off. This exercise/breathing mix does wonders for you lungs and cardio system.
  3. No mattter how much your arms/legs ache you have to keep pushing yourself... either to avoid getting pummelled in the paddle out, or catching the next choice wave. Great for conditioning. Also, due to the posture you hold whilst padding the board, it's a great ab/back/core exercise.
  4. The water keeps you cool (this is taken to the extreme in cold places like the UK) which means that it's hard to overheat. Your body's temp is kept to an acceptable level and you can keep pushing yourself.
  5. It's great for the soul. Surfing can be very relaxing and a great way of getting back to nature, and out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Downsides:
  1. Inconsistent surf. It's one of th biggest curses of the sport, and I'm feeling the hurt right now. There hasn't been a good wave in Phuket for over a month now, and I'm really missing it. I'm very jealous of guys who get to live in places that get surf all year round...
  2. Surfing in cold contries. I learnt to surf in Cornwall, UK, and went to university in Swansea South Wales whic is even colder. It take real commitment to get a cold, wet wetsuit on and torture yourself for several hours in icy conditions, but I think this is a testament to how much fun surfing is. Also, I think the additional effort required to paddle with a wetsuit and the cold water itself actually makes surfing in cold conditions an even better for you than in warm waters. Just don't forget to bring a thermos of hot soup for after ;)
My friend Genny, likes to surf in the low season and train at Tiger Muay Thai in the high season (when there's no surf) to keep good shape, all year round. Teaching muay thai is a part of my life, and so I have to balance this with the surfing, maybe replacing one of my training sessions with a a surf session (doing 2 muay thai sessions AND a surf session in one day is pretty hard core!).

How to learn?
Being a long time bodyboarder I reccomend learning to bodyboard first, and then moving on to 'stand up' surfing when/if you feel the need. The reason for this is that like in fighting, 50% is physical training and 50% is mental. The mental side of surfing is learning how the waves move, form and break, and I feel that learning this is much easier on the bodyboard (the initial learning curve is less steep). But, at the end of the day, it's up to you, so just remember to go with the flow!

Do any of you guys have interesting cross training methods? I'd love to hear, and I'm always up for something new.

Thanks to Nopstar at mymuaythai.com for giving me the idea for this article.

2008/12/12

The long wait is over... Ong Bak 2

So, you may know that I'm a big fan of the original Ong Bak movie, as it's one of the reasons that I took an interest in ancient muay thai in the first place. I've been waiting to see the sequel for a long time now, especially after meeting one of the stars of the film, Ajarn Chiwin, who plays one of Tony Jaa's teachers in the film, and is a friend of Tony Jaa in real life.



The film was what I was expecting, not a great deal of storyline, but great action and mix of martial arts styles mixed with the usual Tony Jaa high standard. A little slow to get going, we're reqarded at the end by some great fight scenes, my favourite being when Tony's character was in between a muay thai guy and a tiger style kung fu, and he kept switching back between the two styles to suit his opponent. A great bit of choreography and skill that really had my attention.

The ending was a little abrupt and baffling however, even my student (who is Thai) was a little perplexed, but u guys can make up your own mind when you get a chance to see it. No bets on when it'll be released abroad, anyone got any info on this?

Update: I heard on the grapevine that they're planning a total of 6 Ong Bak movies! Can anyone verify this?

Oldish Video, Tae Chaiya and Kru Pong

I just got pointed to this video of a little play that Tae (Baan Chang Thai) and Pong (Siamyuth) had last year. They decided on just a kick fight, but you can still get a feel for the movement and power of the style when watching Tae (white shorts).



As you can see, it was all kept pretty light-hearted (we didn't want things to get serious ;) even when Tae forgot that it was just kicking few times... old habits die hard!

If u look carefully, u can see me in the blue shirt in the background...

Update: I just found round two...

2008/12/10

Ajarn Lek and Baan Chang Thai

About Ajarn Lek
He's a great guy with a big heart, who is passionate that Muay Chaiya should be taught in the traditional manner as he was taught not only by Kruu Tong, but by the real master of Muay Thai Ajarn Kaet Siriapai (please check this blog for a more detailed account). As a sidenote, I do consider Ajarn Lek to be a master in the classical sense, as he not only teaches Muay Thai, but several other traditional Thai arts and so he is a well balanced and rounded individual, and not just someone who teaches fighting for a living! This may also account for Baan Chang Thai's lack of exposure, and difficulty to find.

Learning at Baan Chang Thai, Ekkemai 10/2, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Ajarn Lek's method of teaching Muay Chaiya gave me great respect for the art, as he focuses of the basics and fundamental techniques so that:

1) Non of the details (and there are many) that make the style strong are missed
2) You gain the body feel required to be able to use the style effectively and intuitively
3) As in all traditional martial arts, part of the time spent learning is also to enable you to grasp some of the underlying spiritual and ethical nuances, and hopefully shape you into a balanced person (who will not misuse the art, and have a bad attitude.. ie go round with your mouth flapping wildly)
4) THERE IS NO GROUNDWORK which is emphasized by the hard floor that we train on! Muay Chaiya is primarily a striking art, and this is what it is good for. There is a lot of hand work, and a good Chaiya fighter is just as good with his fists as he is with his feet.
5) Whilst the teaching is very rigid on technique, Ajarn Lek considers that once you have the Chaiya 'heart' then a lot of the details become second nature, and true expression of the style can begin.

The ambiance at Baan Chang Thai, is very friendly, and anyone is welcome to come and learn. They even have an open door policy, so that people (as long as they are respectful etc) can come and train with the equipment at any time for free. Unfortunately there are only a few people at Baan Chang Thai who train enough and have the experience to be able to really compete or fight professionally, but there are many capable students.

People of different styles are welcome to come, and the students are always keen to learn details an insights from other kinds of Martial Arts. Likewise, many types of people come and learn, from young to old, both men and women, who want to learn Muay Thai, but are put off by the image of modern Muay Thai camps.

2008/11/04

Learning Muay Chaiya: Class details in Phuket

I have been reminded that I haven't got any details of my classes here on mymuaythaichaiya.com, which I admit is a bit of an oversight... so here we go:

Each class is 2 hours long and follow a similar format as classes in Baan Chang Thai taught by my teacher Kru Lek:
  • 40 min exercise set (including 10 min break)
  • 10 min break
  • 40 min technique practice
  • 30 min technique application practice
Pad work and sparring after classes for those who want it.

Classes come in 3 different groups; weekday, weekend and extra. Standard (weekday and weekend) classes are held Mon-Fri evenings and Sat&Sun morning and evening. Extra classes require advanced booking, and are 1on1 classes.



Weekly
Monthly
3 Months
6 Months
Yearly
Class 1 Mon/Wed : 17:30-19:30
480
1,700
4,800
9,000
17,000
Class 2 Tue/Thu : 17:30-19:30
480
1,700
4,800
9,000
17,000
Class 3

Sat/Sun : 09:00-11:00

600
2,100
6,000
11,500
21,500
Class 4 Sat/Sun : 16:00-18:00
600
2,100
6,000
11,500
21,500

Remark
Day pass 500 Baht/time (can enter standard class)
12 times day pass 4,800 Baht (valid 3 months)
Extra classes are 1,500 Baht

How much for 1 month?
If you'd like to attend all the standard classes in a month, then it would work out as follows:

Weekday classes: 1,700 x 2
Weekend evening and morning classes: 2,100 x 2
Total: 7,600 Baht

Accomodation
We can arrange a variety of accomodation depending on the length of your stay, budget and requirements, but please give use advance warning so that we can make arrangements and inform you of costs (which vary according to season).

Guiding prices:
  • A studio appartment with bathroom: approximately 7,000 Baht per month.
  • A two bedroom appartment: 9,000 Baht per month.

2008/10/24

Yok Khao Guard compared





My second article now for www.mymuaythai.com this time about the Yok Khao Guard (raised knee guard).

Head on over to Nopstar's blog for all the latest on Muay Thai.

2008/10/18

Muay Chaiya: Key fundamentals

Muay Thai Chaiya is an old style of Muay Thai, with its roots based on the battlefields of ancient Thailand.

An effective form of self defense, Muay Chaiya is a full martial art with a level of detail not to be found in the popular modern Muay Thai sport. Often described as the ‘Turian Style’ after the prickly fruit, due to the emphasis on blocking with the elbows and knees, Muay Chaiya concentrates on damaging the opponents weapons (arms legs etc) whilst blocking.

Muay Chaiya is taught differently from modern muay thai, with more emphasis on technique and form instead of the concentration on pure body conditioning (although this is important for any serious fighters). The classes include challenging exercises that help the student practice key movements that are used within the style.

Muay Chaiya can be learnt by people of all ages, both men and women, for exercise, self-defense and competitive fighting.

It is a striking style, therefore most of the moves involve strikes from various weapons of the body. These include:
  • Fists
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Shin/Feet

These are the same weapons that can be found in many martial arts, and similarly, Muay Chaiya has a underlying systems that trains the practitioner to have a strong foundation of techniques. These foundations are devised to ensure that a Muay Chaiya fighter protects himself at all times, whilst dealing maximum damage to their opponent, ultimately finishing a fight as quickly and 'safely' as possible. Another important point is that Muay Chaiya doesn't favour a side, and all moves are trained on the left and right stance equally.

These foundations include:

Tha Kru

The Tha Kru is the standard guard of Muay Chaiya. All style of Muay Thai havea Tha Kru, and you can easily identify the style being used simply by looking at the guard being employed. The Muay Chaiya guard is primarily used to guard the face, covering it at all times, but with both arms angled at 45°, the elbows are exposed and readily available to block incomming attacks. Most techniques in Muay Chaiya start from the Tha Kru, ensuring that there is minimal telegraphing ('show' or 'tell') of moves.

Phan Mut

This fundamental technique plays a vital role in both the Muay Chaiya defense and in the mechanics of more advanced moves. Phan Mut literally means 'Pass fist' and primarily employed when changing guard (e.g. from right to left), but is also used to parry incoming attacks. A fundamental technique, it is practiced throughout training, including most of the Borihaan Feug Rang-gai (10 moves to train power).

Yang Sam Khum

The cornerstone technique of Muay Chaiya the Step of the Three Treasures, teaches many of the main aspects of Muay Chaiya defense including:

  • Footwork
  • Posture
  • Yok Khao (rising knee)
  • Tha Kru (Guard)
  • Phan Mut

Used constantly in training, it is a technique that must be mastered, missing the details of this technique leads to bad form and bad habits. Taught in stages (feet first then hands) there are several variations including the long step and the hop step.

Prik Liam

Something like a cross better Wing Chun's body swivel and boxing's rotation from the feet, Prik Liam is essential for getting maximum speed and power for all of the Chaiya hand techniques, attack and defense alike. Muay Chaiya is effective for people of all body types, and Prik Liam enables power and speed to be developed from the use of good technique and not just size and strength, by using the weight of the body as a driving force behind both attack and defense.

The four Baw Blaa's of Muay Chaiya

Baw Blaa is the Thai character (blaa means fish) and is the first character of the 4 main techniques for defense in Muay Chaiya:

  1. Bong - Guard
  2. Bat - Slap/swat
  3. Bit - Close
  4. Beurt - Open

These techniques are used throughout training, and can often be seen being utilised in the training Bat Malang Waan (swatting flies) and Dop Hoo (slapping ears), which train students in correct timing and distancing so that they can guard themselves from a wide variety of attacks.

2008/10/12

New website for Baan Chang Thai - www.samkhum.com



Great news, Kru Lek's (Baan Chang Thai) new website is pretty much finished (there's a few links that are still not working) so get on over and check it out at www.samkhum.com.

The bad news, it's only in Thai so I'm afraid for most of you it won't make a lot of sense. I'm finishing up a few things of my own, and then I'll be translating it into english, so stay tuned.

But for now, there are plenty of pictures and a few videos to check out.

For pictures of Muay Chaiya follow this link.

For the videos, follow this link and then scroll to the bottom of the page. There's four videos:

  1. Montage of Tae Chaiya in training (see if you can spot me in there)
  2. A video of one of the choreographed sequences that Kru Aof and K.Tae perform (Muay Chaiya vs Knife).
  3. A video of Baan Chang Thai's recent visit to Spain, showing them teaching some of the Chaiya Look Mai to some spectators
  4. Footage of k.Tae and Kru Aof demonstrating some Muay Chaiya combinations if the kick pads
There's lots of information on this site, but for now, you'll have to get a Thai friend to translate for you. I'll let you know when it's available in English.

As a side note, check out the video on the home page. This features footage of Kru Lek and Tae Chaiya 'playing' at a recent visit they made to Spain. They playing the Dopp Hoo game (slap ears) which is one of the basic training methods that we use for reactions and timing. I spoke to Ajarn Lek shortly after they got back from Spain, and he told me that his body was soar all over. After seeing this footage, I can understand why!

The dopp hoo game is fun, but if you play it hard and fast, then it can really hurt... not the person blocking, but the person hitting! K.Tae is very good at this, and when you go full force, you will come away with your forearms fully bruised, and your thighs smarting (trust me I know). But it's all good fun, and a great way of training.

2008/09/12

Close Relatives

If anyone was wondering where I got the idea for the name of this blog from, then you should check out mymuaythai.com. It's a great blog which keeps up to date with the main events of the Muay Thai world, and has a good following of great fighters.

It's creator Nopstar recently asked me to write a post for the site on Muay Chaiya, and I was happy to oblige. So surf on over to mymuaythai.com and check it out!

2008/08/30

Making friends

I had a little time in between classes at the beginning of the week and decided to take a road trip to Had Yai to meet Ajarn Chiwin, who teaches Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Muay Thai and Thai sword work. Ajarn Chiwin is a past student of Kruu Thong, and studied Muay Chaiya alongside my teacher, Ajarn Lek.

It's a long drive, so I invited my new friend George who is training at Suwi Gym in Phuket, and will soon be partaking on his own journey of discovery, venturing in to Iisan to train in another old style of Muay Thai (details to folow!).

I heard about Ajarn Chiwin through Federico, an Italian who is dedicating his free time to learning Thai swordwork Muay Thai (apart from other styles). I met Federico through defend.net's forums, and decided to take the trip to Had Yai so I could meet both Federico and Ajarn Chiwin.

After a greuling 7 hour drive (and getting lost on the way!) we found Ajarn Chiwin's school of Tai Fu Do, and were met by the Ajarn and his wife Cat, who welcomed us in and provided us with a room.

My time was short (I had a class to teach the following evening) and so we wasted no time, first A.Chiwin showed us around his school. The ground floor is for general training, with several punch bags, Mook Jong (wooden dummies) and plenty of sticks! The second floor has a small shrine, a variety of traditional swords (including several authentic antiques) and is has a padded floor. The third floor has rooms for students to stay, with lots of room, showers etc. I can imagine training here being very comfortable and relaxing experience. A.Chiwin offers very cheap room rates, and welcomes anyone who shows a desire to learn.

After the tour, we sat down and talked for nearly three hours (in Thai, respect for George who sat through this and showed great patience!) about teaching in Thailand, muay thai chaiya and traditional Thai swords. Ajarn Chiwin has an impressive collection of authentic Thai swords, and is extremely knowledgable about their history and use.

A martial artist with plenty of experience in a variety of martial arts, he had plenty of great advise for me to help me in my new path of teaching.

After a short break for lunch, we returned to find students at the school warming up for classes. He has some very capable students, and I really enjoyed the variety of forms and exercises in the class, some of which I recognised from many years of watching old kung fu movies :).

Then followed the Muay Thai Hadpayud class, which has it's roots in A.Chiwin's time learning with Kru Thong, and has evolved with his experience in his other martial arts.

After a great evening meal, we got an early night, as I new I would have a full day of driving if I was to get back to Phuket in time for class.

Many thanks to A.Chiwin for welcoming us into his home, and giving me lots of great advice. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to spend, but I know I'll be seeing him soon in Phuket, as he's keen to try some of the local sea food!

Thanks again to Federico, I hope you have a safe trip back to Phuket!

Check out more details and information at www.taifudo.com.

2008/08/22

Is the style effective?

Yes, very much so. I've spent most of my life studying one martial art or another, and many of the concepts in Muay Chaiya are very progressive and sometimes almost beautiful in their simplicity. The basic guard is strong, a lot of emphasis is put on footwork and the style of fighting is very pragmatic. One of the basic principles is to hurt the opponent's weapons (e.g. arm leg etc) at any given opportunity, hence the focus on blocking with the elbows and knees. The elbows and kicks are the bread and butter of Chaiya, but a huge amount of work goes into developing a student's 'boxing' skills. Many techniques have a feel of western boxing and Jeet Kune Do concepts mixed together, and quite often the shortest, most simple route is the best (no superfluous moves).
In recent years, Baan Chang Thai have produced several capable students, including Tae Chaiya (as seen in the ‘Chaiya’ movie who is one of the best stand up fighter’s I’ve had the pleasure to know) and has proved himself in the ring on many occasions, Kruu Aof is Baan Chang Thai’s main teacher (under Kruu Lek of course!) who is also a very capable fighter, great teacher and close friend. Kruu Pedro who’s persona reminds me a stalking tiger, has proven himself on many occasions. And there is also young Yao (sorry, not sure of surname who has had little problem proving herself in the ring (check out the youtube video YouTube - (Female fighter) Yao fights Muaythai @ Phuket Thailand for a nice example of the Muay Chaiya ram muay and a good fight).

A lot of the footage you see is of the more ‘flashy’ moves which are called the Look Mai (I believe this is why this was thread started) which are mostly advanced moves, and should only be used by experienced fighters. The core of the art is the basics, and the advanced Look Mai should be reserved for ‘the right moment’ in a fight, as they can be vulnerable to counter attack by competent, fresh fighters. To pull these moves of correctly when fighting a ‘real’ fighter, lots of practice and experience is required.

Fight!
When fighting in Muay Chaiya, the range is primarily controlled using fast and hard kicks to the lower and upper legs and knees. Higher kicks are reserved for ‘the right moment’ as any proficient fighter knows that high kicks can put you in a very vulnerable position. Once the range is closed, the elbows really come into play, and Muay Chiaya has a variety, each with their one usage for both attack and defense.

Obviously, sparring is tricky in any martial art, and certain restraints have to be put down. When we spar at Baan Chang Thai, the only thing we remove is any dangerous Look Mai, and the elbows. Heaviness of sparring is up to the students! It’s important to note that we do learn to fight! Not the showy style that you’ve probably seen on a lot of online videos. Sometimes we enjoy western boxing if we feel lazy or just to preserve our shins, as attacking someone who blocks with the elbows and knees can be very painful! Experienced fighters (with the right attitude) are welcomed, as it gives our students the opportunity to gain variety in their training.

Muay Chaiya and Groundwork
Some people think that Muay Chaiya should have groundwork, and this I disagree on. Martial arts have this striking/groundwork 'separation' because each area is vastly different in style and concept, and there is a huge amount of detail to be learned within each style. Coming from a Jeet Kune Do background, I feel that if you want to be a fully rounded fighter, then you should mix the styles you learn, but the styles shouldn't be mixed for you to learn (if that makes sense). Find a great master in each field, and then master them to your own capabilities. Gone are the days where you had to sign your life to a single master!

I would like to mention the venerable Kruu Pedro who runs a Muay Thai school in Chiang Mai. Kruu Pedro as a wonderful person who has taken the task of seeking out as many of the authentic SEA martial arts to combine them into his own style Muay Sangka. Kruu Pedro has a great amount of experience in both Muay Thai and ground fighting and has practical experience in the ring, both in Muay Thai and MMA. If you want to learn a more ‘full’ system, then please check out his website www.ancientmuaythai.com to learn more.

2008/08/04

Filming for the upcoming DVD of Muay Thai Chaiya Look Mai





So, the on the day before I left for Phuket, Ajarn Lek, Kruu Aof, Yee, Tae Chaiya and I went to Wat Phichaiyad in Bangkok to begin the filming for a new instructional DVD. This will really be a priceless item, as it will contain details and examples of all of the Look Mai (advance techniques) from Muay Thai Chaiya.

Although I wasn't appearing in the DVD (Tae and Aof look better on screen than me ;) I thought it was a great opportunity to brush up on my own knowledge as there are nearly 100 Look Mai techniques to learn! I am still learning the Look Mai, as one of my biggest hurdles is remembering the names in Thai, which quite often contain old Thai and have references from Thai history and folk law.

Although we only had time to film a few of the Look Mai in the one day, I made sure I took plenty of photos. I'll be posting these photos with an explanation of each technique over the next few months (I'll try and make sure I post one every week!).

Hopefully, you'll be able to get a feel for what's in store from the coming DVD. So stay tuned to mychaiya.com!

In the mean time, check out some pictures from onset.

2008/08/03

Leaving party


Before leaving Bangkok for Phuket, I decided to throw a leaving party at Baan Chang Thai to thank Ajarn Lek and students for taking me in and making me feel like part of their family. It was also a chance for me to invite some of my friends from outside of Muay Thai Chaiya and introduce them to the Baan Chang Thai crew.

Food aplenty and more than enough drink to go around, we had a fun night. Big screen Tekken, Twister and a dog bite (sorry Rikky!) ensured a very interesting evening!

Thanks to all for coming, and I'll be seeing you soon!

Check out more pics from the leaving party

2008/07/25

The History of Muay Thai Chaiya

I read many different versions of the history of Muay Chaiya, and so I was grateful for the chance to sit down with Ajarn Lek and nail some details and iron out some inconsistencies. As far as I know, Ajarn Lek is the only teacher of Muay Thai Chaiya that had the honor or learning under Master Kaet Siriyapai, so I guess he's a good person to ask!

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From the name, you would think that Muay Chaiya comes from the Chaiya district in southern Thailand, but in fact the founder Phor Than Ma came from Bangkok. He had been the number one soldier of Bangkok in the Thai army for many years, when he retired and ordained as a monk. He traveled south from Bangkok, traveling from town to town until he reached the Chaiya district where he helped the people rid themselves of some troublesome elephants using coconut husks. This gained him great respect from the people of Chaiya, who then built a temple to be built for Phaw Than Ma to reside.

Phaw Than Ma then taught Muay Chaiya to the people and specifically the governor of Chaiya, Praya Wajisata Ya Rag (Kam Siriyaphai) who then taught it to his son, Kaet Siriyapai. Kaet Siriyapai also learnt other styles of Muay from 12 famous teachers, the last of which was Ajarn Kimseng Tha Wi Sit, who primarily taught the Paak Klang style. He was to become the master of Muay Chaiya.

Now considered one of the most important people in Muay Thai history, Ajarn Kaet taught many students. One of his best students was Kruu Thong Lor Ya Lae, who went on to make a name for himself and Muay Chaiya by fighting over 200 ring fights.

Kruu Thong also had many students including:

  • Khun Har
  • Khun Pat
  • Khun Korb
  • Khun Pik Pok
  • Khun Juab

Another student of Kruu Thong, Kridakorn Sodprasert (Ajarn Lek) who had already studied Muay Chaiya under Ajarn Kaet, still teaches Muay Chaiya to this day at Baan Chang Thai (House of Thai Artisans) in Bangkok.

2008/07/17

Visit from an old friend



Today, an old student and friend of Baan Chang Thai came to visit as he passed through Bangkok. Kruu Pedro has been old and respected friend of Baan Chang Thai for many years now, and it was great to see him, even if it was only for a few hours.

Pedro has been learning martial arts for many, many years, and has experience in MMA, Muay Thai and has spent more than a decade in Thailand increasing his skill and knowledge about Thai, and other south east asian martial arts. Now retired from fighting, he teaches what he has learned in his school in Chiang Mai where he teaches Muay Thai Chaiya and Muay Thai Sangka.

Pedro has recently been on a tour of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia searching for different styles of south east asian martial arts. He had some really interesting styles and move to show, that he picked up his travels. Check out his website www.ancientmuaythai.com for the full story.

Check out the photo above, from left to right: Yee, Nathan, Pedro, Ajarn Lek, Tae, Aof.

2008/07/16

My first blog!

I can't believe that I've been programming website for over 10 years, and I've only just got around to sorting a blog! but i suppose that's because I've never felt like I've had anything worth talking about!!

For those who care, this blog will be primarily about Muay Thai Chaiya, which I have had the opportunity to learn for the last 5 years under Ajarn Lek @Baan Chang Thai in Bangkok.

Soon, I'll be moving to Phuket to open my own school of Muay Thai Chaiya at the luxury resort Sukko Spa (www.sukkospa.com) which should be interesting!

Anyway, I'll be keeping this blog up to date with as much news about Muay Thai as I can find, so stay tuned...