(Muay Thai Camp) A Review Of Sumalee Boxing Gym By Kesillo


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I'm a 20 year old fighter from Chile, I've been doing Muay Thai for 2 and a half years now and this was my first time in Thailand. No problem for South Americans if you go for less than 3 months! I stayed at this camp for 4 weeks. After staying 2 months in Bangkok, I wanted to go to a camp where I could still get the excellent training I was receiving there, but in a more tropical environment where I could go to the beach between sessions or in my day off and Sumalee looked like the place to go. I must say that I came to the camp wanting to fight, so the structure may change slightly if you want to go there for other reasons!

The morning session would consist of:
- Morning run (3 to 5km) - if you're fighting this is a must i'd say.
- Warming up at the camp via skipping rope or tire jumping.
- Up to 3 rounds of shadowboxing in front of the huge mirror that the gym has, with the trainers watching you and correcting your form!
- Group stretching guided by one of the trainers.
- Bag work until you get called to the ring to do pads.
- Pad work - I always got 5 rounds.
- After the pad work, I did some rounds on the bag and then head to the group stretching.

The afternoon session would consist of:
- Morning run (3km usually) - the sun was really hot in the afternoon sessions, so I'd usually make a short run.
- Warming up at the camp via skipping rope or tire jumping.
- Up to 3 rounds of shadowboxing in front of the huge mirror that the gym has, with the trainers watching you and correcting your form!
- Group stretching guided by one of the trainers.
- Boxing/Muay Thai sparring - up to 5 rounds - I did most of my sparrings with the sponsored fighters from the gym to get prepared for my fight! But don't worry if you're not fighting, because you would be helped by the fighters and trainers.
- Bag work until you get called to the ring to do pads.
- Pad work - I always got 5 rounds and in the afternoon they were more intense.
- Clinching - you'd clinch with the sponsored fighters from the gym until you were exhausted, because there wasn't any structured rounds (which I found awesome).
- 200 knees to the bag followed by some conditioning.
- Stretching The trainers will really care in your progress if you work hard and focus on learning. Being a tall fighter, the trainers primary focused on working my knees and kicks which I really liked, but they will also make sure you progress in the other aspects, like punches and elbows. I think the trainers spoke really good english, I never had any problems at all even though english isn't my main language! But for Muay Thai I don't think you need an excellent english to teach. The gym has plenty of equipment as it's sponsored by Sandee. Everything was new and clean. There are 2 rings and around 10 bags. The gym is matted which is really nice. They also have everything for your training, like shin guards and boxing gloves. I paid around 25,000 baht for a shared room which included training twice a day and eating at the camp. 2 - At Bangla Boxing Stadium. 1 - It was my first fight in Thailand, so I was pretty excited about it! I fought a guy from AKA Thailand and the fight ended in a draw. Well I know Bangla is known for not matching up very well, but I must say that my fight was matched up well and the other fights I watched also. I must say that the rooms at this camp are really comfortable, I was used to a basic room with just a bed and a bathroom with cold water, so when I arrived it looked like I was staying in a hotel. The room has airconditioning, hot water and even a TV. One thing I need to point out is that the beds are really comfortable I paid around 25,000 baht for a shared room which included training twice a day and eating at the camp. The camp has a restaurant which is awesome. I was used to eating Thai food but when I arrived here I was impressed by the menu. It has both western and Thai food and it's really tasty. I chose to eat twice per day (breakfast and dinner) but the restaurant also gives you the option on having lunch also. There are some food stalls in the street next to the camp and a little Thai restaurant about 3 min. of the camp. I didn't see much clubs around the club, but I went to this camp to train, so it wasn't a problem at all! If you want to train and party, I must say this isn't the gym to go. I know there's a waterfall near the camp where people go but beside that, I don't think there's much to do. The good thing is that the gym has it's own pool, so I would go there in between sessions to relax a little bit. On Sundays I'd usually go to Surin beach, which is around 10/15 minutes from the camp via scooter or other. I need to say that my experience at Sumalee Boxing Gym was incredible. I was coming from training in a good gym in Bangkok and I wanted to still receive the good training I was receiving there, but in a more tropical environment and I must admit that this gym fulfiled my expectations.

The trainers would make sure I was getting the most out of the training sessions and they would really push me in order to get prepared for my fight, which I really liked.

I also had my first fight in Thailand and I couldn't ask for more, it was well matched up and it was an incredible experience!

Lynne, the camp owner, will make sure everything is running smoothly in the camp! She's a very welcoming person and will arrange anything you need! During my stay we also had like 3 BBQ's, which were awesome! Really tasty food and a great time with the people of the camp!
It was my first time travelling alone so I really appreciated that the gym was really welcoming and everyone there was friendly!

I'm really looking forward for my next time at Sumalee Boxing Gym and I can highly recommend the gym to anyone that's looking for some good training and a really good time!

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