To the Badass Nak Muay and Nak Muayettes of the NMN Training Camp:
I say “badass” because it takes dedication to be a part of this team.
It doesn’t take much to watch the videos and to talk about training in Thailand “one day,” but it does take a certain individual, a go getter, to commit to the Muay Thai life – in the heart of where it all began.
Welcome to a team of individuals that is going to set the bar for every camp from here on out. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the USA National Muay Thai team, and to feel the impact that camaraderie can instill upon a group of individuals. I am taking this experience and replicating it tenfold.
No matter what your level, we will bring out the best version of you. We will push you to limits you never thought you had, instill success where you never thought possible, and make you feel like a part of something bigger.
That is exactly what this is: something BIGGER. It is a span of time you will remember forever; experiences that will shape your future, build resilience within you, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.
I can’t express enough to you the excitement I have to sweat, smile, bleed, laugh, and cry – in no specific order – with you. Thailand is a special place, it is a place of balance: six hours of training paired with amazing food, cheap massages, breath-taking views, and amazing people. With that said, our camp will be focused on reaching the full potential of what is possible. To ensure this, the expectations are as follows:
- Open Communication – Voice your concerns, the good (training) and the bad (overtaining). Whatever is on your mind will be understood and discussed in a private or a team setting. Your ideas could make the trip even more entertaining, so don’t be shy!
- Team Work and Support – Some of us are self-motivated. Some of us need a literal push – perhaps teep. Everyone’s style will be respected. If you are a lone wolf no one will be barging in to bother you. Thailand is the perfect place to meditate and find yourself. However, we will be holding weekly “huddle-ups” to discuss how everyone is feeling, any adjustments we can make, upcoming fights, support, and how we can improve as one team.
- Reaching Potential – One of the main goals is to do something you haven’t done before. We have no job to worry about, no screaming kids – hopefully – and every opportunity to push ourselves past our normal limits. You aren’t pressured to fight injured or to do something you are not ready for. But we are here to ensure that you are ready for something you are uncomfortable with, so that by the end of the trip you say, “I can’t believe I did that.”
Be Camera Friendly – Candid moments are coming. We will be documenting your trip, we want you to be able to share this experience with your friends, family, and older self. Less selfies and fake smiles, more true moments captured.
- Have Fun – I have burned out in Thailand before, taking it seriously day in and day out. We have plenty of time to train hard, focus, and be serious. But we also have plenty of time to train for fun – to appreciate the moment. The goal is to forget all about the stressors back home, to let go, and to do what we love.
Thank you for the opportunity to train beside you, and for your trust. It’s time to bring a new meaning to the word Limitless.
Paul “Reaper” Banasiak
- Paul Banasiak is a blogger, Muay Thai fighter, 3x Champion, and strength trainer with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. After traveling and fighting in Thailand, his unquenched thirst to learn and provide information has created MuayThaiAthlete.com. Paul wants to create an outlet created to feed your Muay Thai, Health, Nutrition, and Fitness addiction. To educate and motivate. To strengthen your body, but more importantly your mind.