Posted by Mastodon2
I'd love to meet Buakaw like, not so arsed about Nong Tom but a famous lady boy boxer is a famous lady boy boxer right?
Glad you had a good time mate!
But if I got to meet Somrak Kamsing, Deiselnoi, or the Galaxy brothers...
The best advice I can give you is to focus on improving your cardio and flexibility, they will get you plenty strong. But if you don't have the lungs to run in the weather over there (It's going to feel like a pressure cooker if you go any time from late June through the first bit of September) and if you pull anything etc. while training, you're going to be in a world of hurt.
Outside of that, I would suggest taking the time to learn the basics of their culture and custom. The Thai as a people are very much rooted in tradition, and very polite. If you respect their ways and their culture, they will take care of you like family. But if you disrespect them as a people, or worse yet the King or Buddha, you are screwed. And for god's sake, if you decide to partake in the fleshly vices offered over there, be careful. Go somewhere reputable and take precautions, as HIV/AIDS is a pretty big problem.
Other than that, just listen to your trainers and don't be afraid to ask the people you meet who speak english to explain things or help you out in any way. I really cannot stress how wonderful the people of Thailand are, all it takes is a smile and a simple showing of respect and they practically welcome you into their lives like a long lost friend.Be safe,be very polite,and always show respect, and you will never want to leave.
Have fun, and take LOTS of pictures to share when you get back. If I get it okayed I'll be there this winter or next spring on shore leave (I'm a Navy guy) to train. Should be great.