Muay Thai in Thailand part 3
Part 3 of a series where I will review different Muay Thai training camps in Thailand.
Click here to view part 1 of the series where I also discuss some general info about training Muay Thai in Thailand.
Now we continue with a modern Muay Thai camp, Both in facilities as in style:
This camp is located in the gulf of Thailand on the Island of Samui right next to Koh Phangan which hosts the legendary full moon party and Koh Tao where people from all over the world come to dive. So a combination trip might be an idea.
The camp has 2 Muay Thai rings, 1 MMA cage and a full fitness gym. The complex is really nice. They have a swimming pool right between their apartments. The apartments are the best I have ever seen in a Thai boxing camp. They give you the idea your staying in a hotel. A nice king size bed along with a television, wifi, fridge, balcony and a really nice shower. They even have an option to rent a master house where you can stay with up to six persons. This master house has it's own kitchen, a hot tub and a living room. If you stay there you don't have to pay for training. You will see why later when we review the costs. Somewhere in late 2010 they expanded so most of their facilities are new. All their pads and heavy bags are high quality. Basically all the things around training are great.
Another cool thing about the camp is that it has connections with the dutch management of It's Showtime. Which brings a lot of famous fighters to their camp. While I was there I trained with Ernesto Hoost, Peter Graham, Mosab Amrani and Pajonsuk. The last one mentioned does his preparation at Superpro when he has a fight at an It's Showtime event somewhere in Europe. Pretty cool to see him at work and train alongside of him. In 2010 and 2011 there was a television show hosted at the camp which you can check out at http://www.enfusion-tv.com.
As I mentioned above at Superpro Samui you get to train with some of the best fighters in the world. So you won't have to be afraid of ending up in a camp where you won't learn a lot.
But the training at Superpro Samui is slightly different then in other camps. The only thing different is that they have brought European style of training to Thailand. Which basically means you work with a partner and do combinations holding up your gloves for your partner. Which gives you the opportunity to work on your defense and counters. Instead of doing that during sparring where you have to learn the hard way. Don't get me wrong this is still a camp where they teach Muay Thai. You'll still have the five rounds of pad-work and the usual kicks and elbows. They just added a bit of a European style. Which I think is good since as you might have read in the first part of these series. Thai traditions are hard to break. Superpro Samui is really good if your looking to lose weight. The trainings make you push yourself and your limits. They include a lot of circuit trainings where you'll be kicking the heavy bag for a round. And after the beep move right on to a pad holder or a round of sparring.
If you want to plan a fight at Superpro they have plenty of options. They hold fights at the local Chaweng stadium. One thing I have to say is be careful with this. If you don't have a lot of experience make sure you have a matching opponent. One of my buddies was told he would have an easy fight, ending up against a professional Thai with 119 fights under his belt. The Thais over at Superpro seem to have a slightly different interpretation when it comes to easy fight.
Overall I am pretty excited about Superpro Samui, but there are a few possible downsides, depending on your expectations and desires.
Since there are so many professional fighters. Most of the attention might go their way. And you might feel a little bit left aside. Another thing is that the camp has a little bit of a Euro-feel to it. It has Thai trainers and other Thai people, but still the camp has a lot of European influences. It doesn't get you the Die-hard Thai Muay Thai experience.
Now let's see how much you pay for all that wonderful accommodation and high end material.
I like to take a monthly price rate, since I consider a month a period of time to really learn something. And get the real experience of the camp your staying in.
If you stay at the resort these prices include training. The prices are different depending on the season.
Accommodation: Their website says they have ''fan rooms'' for 10.000 bath (316$) But I did not even know they exist.
A luxury apartment: 1400 bath a day x 31 = 43400 bath (1362$) which you can split if you share a room.
The Master house (6 pers): 7500 bath a day x 31 = 232500 bath (7300$)
If you stay somewhere else you can train at Superpo for 7500 bath (235$)
So yes, this camp is pretty expensive. It's like training in Saint Tropez. But if money is not an issue this is a pretty cool place to train at.
For more information about pricing and other stuff check out www.superprosamui.com