There is not a bigger sport in Thailand than the full-contact sport of Muay Thai or Thai boxing. As mixed martial arts or MMA is now gaining popularity all over the world, Muay Thai is receiving more and more attention. Athletes and martial artists from the US and UK regularly visit parts of Thailand for training in Muay Thai. The sport is also alive in the beautiful island of Phuket. Muay Thai in Phuket is drawing crowds of curious tourists as much as the beaches and dive spots.
Phuket is the most popular tourist destination in Thailand, if not the whole world. This island-province, which is the largest in the country, is home to 17 white sandy beaches and a host of internationally renowned diving spots. It also has magnificent rock formations, mountains, islands, bays and waterfalls that could not be seen elsewhere in the world. Phuket is connected to mainland Thailand only by a bridge.
The island is also full of rich Thai culture and heritage. There are a number of cultural and religious spots such as its many temples and the Big Buddha on top of a hill and overlooking the entire island. But nothing can represent the Thai spirit better than Muay Thai.
Muay Thai is gruesome and yet a highly disciplined sport. The objective is to hurt the opponent using several points of one’s body as weapons, which include the elbows and knees. Using these points is unheard of in western contact sports as they can be very hurtful and damaging.
All over Phuket and much of the country of Thailand, there are Muay Thai competitions in coliseums and street corners to the delight of foreign spectators. Competitors and Muay Thai athletes can be very young, which makes the matches more amusing and sometimes hilarious. But the sport is no laughing matter. Elderly warriors train their children in the belief that all Thai males should learn the discipline, both physical and spiritual, that is required in Muay Thai.
There are several Muay Thai training centers in the island for those who wish to more deeply immerse themselves in the sport. Some of the training centers are the Rawai Muay Thai Camp, Sinb Muay Thai Training Camp, Phromthep Muay Thai Camp and Dragon Muay Thai, which is the largest and most respected camp in Phuket.
The Dragon gym has been considered as the best Training Camp in 2010 by the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (PAT) and World Professional Muay Thai Federation. These are the leading fighting institutions in Thailand, which is why the gym is steadily receiving top students from different parts of the world. It is beautifully located on a blissful and quiet road in Chalong near the famous Chalong Temple. The gym is surrounded by coconut palms and trees.
The gym, as well as all other training camps in Thailand, not only trains its students to fight, but also to be disciplined and always in control. There is regular training in boxing, kickboxing and yoga.
If you thought that Phuket is all sun, sand and sea, think again. Muay Thai in Phuket is among the best in Thailand and the entire world.