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“get strong physically and mentally”

Wech Pinyo Muay Thai
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Wech and his boys are authentic, funny and real pros! Bomb work out and amazing muay thai techniques. Will definitely come back once i'm on koh samui.

Thank Momo P
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

I trained here for two months and the feeling i got was that this was one big family. The coaches are always joking, friendly and reasonable. Unless it's during the more intense parts of the training session, where they instead might scream at you plenty (depending on who's your coach). I thought this screaming was because they were unpleased, but then one of the long-timer local falangs told me it was beacuse they liked me enough to put in the effort to whip me into shape. Aparently i was more popular than i realized. The general rule is: If you put in the effort, they put in the effort. There are usually at least 4-5 coaches on-site working full-time, one of which is a woman, working with the girls. If you avoid going here during the most busy months the trainer to student ratio is amazing, often as low as 1:2, almost like having private sessions but without having to pay for it. Also, if you are new to muay thay, or new to their brand of it (they can be stylistic at times), they take you to the side for some 1-on-1 and finer points. For that same reason this is one of the few gyms i've seen that actually takes good care of beginners. That being said it's not as good as doing a dedicated beginners course, but it's as good as it's gonna get in Thailand.

Morning training sessions are about 1.5 hour, with a bit less "mpf", the evening training sessions are 2 - 2.5 hours with considerable intensity for those who crave it. Personally i could never finish those. The quality of the pad work is very varied, sometimes mindblowing, other times less spectacular (especially after the new years party), but i never felt undertrained. As a heavyweight i maybe felt they treated me a bit too much like a middleweight, expecting me to kick, kick, kick, like there was no tomorrow. But it wasn't a big issue, as they were adaptable and could be reasoned with. I had chronic tendinitis in my feet at that time, but they didn't try too hard to get me to do things that would aggrevate it, and as a result i steadily recovered.

I'd say this gym works best for mid-level to semi-professional fighters. Some people only stay for a couple of days before switching gyms, while others extend their stay for 4 months. But the general opinion seemed to be that it was pretty damn great. Sparring was mostly very good when i was there, with a deacent level of experience in the mid-range and a couple of pros as well. The coaches also jump into the mix frequently to show you how it’s done, especially with new people to feel them out. However, a piece of critique that actually seemed to fit was: There was not much technical instruction above basic level. They might show you how to catch a kick, block a teep, or check a roundhouse kick with you shin and elbow. Nothing extraordinary. So if you are looking for something more advanced this might not be the place for you, at least not long-term. This being said, unless you are a career martial artist with fights coming up, i’d be shocked if this gym doesn’t do it for you. To sum it all up: This a gym that caters mostly to tourists, but still has that thai-gym feel to it.

I’d also like to point out that Lamai, although a bit dull at times, is the most comfortable and cheap place i ever stayed. Renting an apartment for 2000 baht a week, a good motorbike for 900 a week, training 1x/day (2 hours) for 1300 per week, getting deep tissue massages for 300 per hour at Reys, eating at Tesco food court for 60 baht per meal. In the end i had SAVED money relative to my budget and thereby had to start planning how i would spend it.

5  Thank ThatGuy2786
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Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

A lot of trainers, good guys but i trained at better gym`s. There was not many focus on you as person.

1  Thank Dez V
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Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

This place was cool, my fiancée and I wanted to experience some authentic Muay Thai boxing classes and this was a good place to do it. Seemed a bit daunting at first with all the pro fighters but they definitely accommodate for beginners. We had one on ones with the teachers there - sweated it out and had a good kick. Be ready for a workout.

1  Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed 12 April 2015

I came to this gym having been in neighbouring island Koh Tao for 2 months. This gym was hands down a million times better than both the main gyms in Koh Tao, and was also better than the gyms I trained at in Koh Phangan and Chang Mai.

The morning session was 7-9 and involved a skipping and a group warm up, back home the warm up would be classed as a fitness class, really gets you going. Then the class changed day to day but always involved some bag work, pad work and technique work. The afternoon sessions go on a bit longer as you will have sparring (if you want) and clinch work and also a lot more technique work.

Would highly recommend this place to both beginners and those more advanced and looking to fight. All the trainers are real friendly and there is a great atmosphere around the place.

The only downside is that it is in the Lamai beach area, and the beach is not the best but just get a bike and head off elsewhere in the day.

Will be sure to go back when I am next in Thailand, just for longer than 2 weeks next time.

7  Thank Mark K
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