With Thailand only a month away, I figured it was time to write a post about what I plan to do during my stay there. I’ve been writing out my goals for Thailand since I first came up with the plan about 6 months ago, and since then I’ve come up with millions of ideas that I need to prioritize and sort out. I figured what better time then now?
My Muay Thai Goals for Thailand
#1. Fight and Win at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern
This might be a lofty goal, but I believe that I have the heart and skill to beat a tough Thai opponent at both of the legendary stadiums. That being said, I know I have a lot of work I need to do to improve and be ready for the toughest fights of my career. I will gradually build up to be ready for a fight at a stadium by training with focus and intensity and fighting often on local shows throughout Thailand.
#2. Have 10+ Fights by 2015
I think this is doable as long as I’m healthy. Since there are fights nearly every day, I’m sure there will be more than enough opportunities to gain ring experience.
Along with fighting at least 10 times, I want to make sure I’m training consistently and working on my weaknesses. Even though Thai’s train 2x a day, 6x a week, I will most likely not because I don’t want to burn out or over-train, which I’ve done the past two times I’ve been in Thailand. If I do train twice a day, I will probably have 2 days off a week to give my body and mind ample time to rest and recover.
#3. Make Muay Thai Guy Even Better
Since I’ll literally be eating, sleeping and breathing Muay Thai, there is no excuse not to make Muay Thai Guy the best Muay Thai website there is. I’ll have my girlfriend Liz with me who will be helping me with making videos of techniques, drills, and training to share with you and help you with your training.
I’ve also started writing a “Thailand Training Guide” that will give you tons of practical tips and knowledge so that one day you too can travel to Thailand to live the dream! Not to mention I will also be interviewing other foreigners (and possibly Thai’s) about their lives in Thailand so you get more perspectives on what life is like in the land of smiles!
My Other Goals For Thailand
Although the trip to Thailand is primarily to improve my Muay Thai and gain experience in the ring, there are goals outside of Muay Thai that I want to accomplish while I’m in Thailand as well.
I’ve always wanted to volunteer, but I’ve always made excuses to why I couldn’t. No more excuses! I need to volunteer because I know how rewarding of an experience it will be. Right now I have a few volunteering options in mind with the two main ones being at a Thai orphanage and another one being at an elephant sanctuary. Ideally I’d like to do both, but we’ll have to wait and see.
#2. Continue Building My Relationship With Liz
I’m super excited for Liz because this will be her first time out of the country, and first time not having to worry about work or school. One of the reasons I love her so much is because she thinks a lot like me in terms of not wanting to live a boring, normal life. She wants to live life on her own terms and work for herself… just like me!
She’s been in the process of creating her own blog called “Looking For Liz” which will about her journey of self-discovery through yoga, fitness, food, and life in Thailand. The first time I traveled to Thailand it was a life-changing experience, I know it will be the same for her.
#3. Explore, Take Pictures, Enjoy Life
Sounds pretty simple, but I often get caught up in the day to day hustle of training and working on my website. Although I love doing both, I want to make sure I make time to enjoy the local culture and take pictures/video with Liz of our experiences living in Thailand.
Along the same lines of enjoying life, I want to be able to speak Thai enough to have basic conversations with my trainers and locals. Being more immersed in the culture of Thailand and exploring the beautiful scenery throughout the country will make the experience that much more fulfilling.
So, what are my plans?
Originally we were planning on heading to Diamond Muay Thai on Koh Phangan island for the first leg of our stay, but after a friend offered me an opportunity to fight at a Songkran festival in Surin, it looks like we will be staying in Phuket at Nitah Muay Thai for a couple months instead!
After Phuket we will head to Diamond Muay Thai to live, train, and explore the island of Koh Phangan for a couple months. After that, who knows!
We’ve been leaning towards heading to Chiang Mai afterwards or possibly Bangkok depending on a few things, but to be honest, it’s completely up in the air as of right now. I’d love to train at Sitmonchai and Sitsongpeenong with some of the top Thai’s, and I have my eye on a handful of other gyms throughout Thailand too. Needless to say, the options are limitless and I’m excited to see where our travels will take us!
What do you think?
I’m interested to hear your take on my goals and plans in Thailand! Is there anything else I’m missing that I have to do? I was thinking about doing a meditation retreat, but it’s kind of intimidating. Also if happen to be in Thailand (or going to be) make sure to let me know and maybe we can link up and train!