My Muay Thai Journey – Toronto, Canada
Toronto is loaded with a number of top quality Muay Thai gyms, so when I was invited to come stay with my buddy Lawrence Kenshin, I knew that I had to come and see what it was all about.
After arriving late Sunday night, we immediately started preparing for training… and by preparing for training, I mean going to a Korean Spa to do some sauna sessions and relax in the hot tub.
It was my first time at a spa like this, but it won’t be my last! It had multiple sauna rooms, an ice room, a lounge area (with couches and a pool table) and a couple of hot tubs. Needless to say, it was a great way to prepare mentally and physically for the week of training.
After a good nights sleep, the next stop was to do a short Cryotherapy session at Cryotherapy Health and Wellness... which was another first for me. I’ve seen pro MMA fighters post videos on it and I’ve also heard Joe Rogan talk about it, so I was excited to give it a go.
Once I arrived, Roman (the owner) explained to me the number of benefits of doing Cryotherapy (inflammation, blood flow, pain relief plus much more). On top of that, he said it wasn’t nearly as torturous as an ice bath due to the fact that there’s no moisture touching your skin.
So I entered in my boxers and long socks and was prepared for the frigid cold. After about 3 minutes of sitting in the Cryo-chamber thingy I exited feeling refreshed, energized and ready for my first training session. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was gonna be!
Training at Lin Martial Arts
The first gym I trained at was at Lin’s Martial Arts, which some of my friends in Toronto train at. Although known primarily as a Jiu Jitsu, I was able to get some quality rounds in with Jeff Chan, who’s a seasoned striker with about 20+ fights. You can check out some of the rounds we did below:
After sparring a number of rounds and taking some hard leg kicks that made me want to cry, it was a time for a break.
Once I returned back to the house, I immediately started to foam roll my legs, take some ibuprofen and get ready for a well-deserved nap. I knew that I would be doing a lighter session at night and teaching a little bit too, so I wasn’t too worried about being brutalized with more kicks the second time around.
The next gym I’ll be heading to is Warrior’s Muay Thai owned by Zubair Khan. I met Zubair and one of his top fighters Amin Almelik at a Friday Night Fights event in New York City, and after spending a short time with them I knew that if I ever made it up to Toronto that their gym would be on the top of the places I wanted to stop by.
Tonight is fighter training from 5:30-8:30… hopefully I’ll survive whatever they put me through!
I’ll be doing my best to keep the blog updated and post videos throughout my week stay here in Toronto, so make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to keep an eye out for new videos!