Below is a video edit of some of my pad work with trainer Banglee from Saturday morning. The rounds at Nongnapat are around 5 minutes long with a 1 minute rest. Like a lot of gyms, there is no round timer. Here, the trainers just watch a clock that is posted over the ring. This means that rounds can end up being anywhere from 3-5 minutes long. Banglee is pretty accurate in his round timings though, and when I reviewed the video, I was surprised at how close each round was to five minutes. Watching these videos makes me realize how much I need to work on turning my hip over when I kick. Banglee was constantly telling me 'more hip.' I think my technique is generally better on the bag, but during pads I get tired and lazy and resort to punting my kicks in.
I also got some footage of sparring. As is typical in many Thai gyms, sparring is very light and playful. You can tell we are having a lot of fun in the video. The good thing about sparring with Banglee, or you padholder in general, is that they can find your weak points in sparring and work them on the pads. For example, I had a terrible time with checking back leg kicks from Banglee who is a southpaw. He noticed this in sparring and would drill this a lot during padwork.
I really enjoyed my week of training with Banglee who held pads, sparred, and clinched with me about 90% of the time I was at Nongnapat. Banglee seems to have a passion for teaching Muay Thai, and being a trainer and holding pads is not just a job for him, it is something he loves to do.
On Monday night before leaving Thailand to return to the states, Linda and I decided to watch some Muay Thai at Rajadamnern stadium. We took the BTS skytrain from Sukhumvit to Ratchathewi and from there grabbed a Tuk Tuk to the stadium.
|Linda's first Tuk-Tuk ride.
|Linda and I with Superjek