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Bang Si Lee and Don't Go Shopping in Bangkok on a Sunday

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Oh. I forgot this little tidbit from the end of my April 12th entry:

Okay. Back from brunchfeast. Had some excellent green curry and possibly the best mango I've ever eaten. It was sliced up and – do you know when you have really good sashimi and it just melts in your mouth? – well, the mango was just like that. Maybe they grow better in the Thai climate.

Yerp. That was pretty good mango.

Note: I just had that mango again. Still delicious.

 

Bang Si Lee for Songkran, and Don't Go Shopping in Bangkok on a Sunday

4/15

On the 15th we went to a festival with muay Thai in Bang Si Lee. Bangsilee's a seaside town, like Pattaya, and after the competitors who wanted to compete (or were coerced to by their parents and trainers) had lined up and weighed in, the people from the gym spent some time lolling on the beach under palm trees. Some whiskey was imbibed and people ate fish and soup while we waited for the bouts to start.

I explored the beach a bit and found parts of it fairly empty of people, enough so that a fisherman was able to do quite well steadily catching small fish despite there being motorboats 20 meters from him.

The fights were under way by 1. There were two false starts due to competitors disappearing during the break, but the first match soon proceeded. Most of the competitors were small boys with few fights. The grown Thai men who'd stepped up were looking to brawl a bit and maybe win some cash. Unfortunately for them, a trainer had brought his gym members, who were in Thailand specifically for fight training, to get a bit of experience at the festival. Three foreigners competed and all won by stoppage in rather uncompetitive matches.

As we were leaving, I saw one fight that seemed to be what the average competitor had in mind Two men around 65 or 70 kilos threw wild punches at each other and the audience roared each time they landed. With their furious pace, a little more technique on either side would have produced a knockout. One of them needed to string together 3 or 4 punches to produce a knockout, but that wasn't happening. By the time we left, it was the third round and both were gassing out fast.

Three kids from the gym competed. The first saw a girl from Sor Klinmee matched against a boy. They both had good technique, with the slight edge going to our fighter. She was slicker than him at range, though he edged out the knees in the clinch. The decision at the end was a draw. Our next fight saw our fighter, a southpaw, in the red corner, against a much less technical opponent in the blue. Our boy's opponent rushed out and clinched him around the waist while throwing looping knees. Our fighter launched long left kicks when he had space and neutralized damage in the clinch to take the decision.

Our last fight was quite dramatic. It was the debut fight for our fighter, who is 8 or 9, I believe. His opponent, in the blue corner, didn't do a ram muay, while our fighter looked like he was going to shit himself during his, stumbling and looking like he was going to cry as he went to the four sides of the ring. He came out furiously, slinging long punches from the waist as well as constant right kicks to push the blue corner back. The referee waved it off in the second or third round when the other boy stopped putting up a fight. Our contingent from the gym had a good laugh during that bout.

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Yokkao Opening Biggest Training Center in Bangkok

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On June 27th Yokkao informed us all via Twitter that they will be opening the biggest Muay Thai and MMA gym in Bangkok. 

The partnership contract has been signed by Richard Cohen founder and CEO of "The Lab" gym in Bangkok with this new agreement "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will open in August. "The Lab" is located on the first and second floor of the RSU Tower in Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok and the new gym will be taking over the third floor, this location is only a short walk from the Phrom Phong Skytrain Station. "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will have over 400 sq meters of space consisting of a cage, ring, matted area and all of Yokkao's highest quality equipment for training. A juice bar, massage area, and Yokkao shop where you can relax and buy any Yokkao equipment you might like will also be included.

We wish both Yokkao and "The Lab" the best of luck and success with the new project, and I hope to visit soon.

(below: left: Richard Cohen (“The Lab” founder and CEO) right: Mark Simmerman (manager Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center)

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