This is the original review of Tiger Muay Thai from my old blog.
I know a lot of you are back in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia and are planning to come to Thailand to train Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or have at least been thinking about it. Here is my personal experience training at Tiger Muay Thai.
Tiger Muay Thai / MMA Phuket Camp is located on the southern islands of Thailand. You will be far enough away from the bars and and tourists not to get distracted, yet you are close enough to go to the beach, spend a weekend going to the legendary Phi Phi, or go scuba diving. The location for this camp is excellent and couldn’t be better.
|This is one of the beaches in Phuket - 20 minutes from TMT|
TMT is a huge camp with seven boxing rings, and a well built MMA Cage. I counted over 70+ Boxing Bags and it has a complete gym. The best part is everything is very well maintained and the mats are cleaned everyday which is extremely important.
For the Muay Thai side you get four different levels and eight different trainers, beginners, intermediate, advanced, and top ring. These Thai guys know what they’re doing and all have fight experience.
For MMA / BJJ the training is lead by a Magical Ray Elbe (see his stats on sherdog) who is a veteran of over 30+ fights.
The other trainers are also top notch and the best thing is there are always guest trainers from other countries coming by to help out. Often the 1 day seminars are free and for the big name guys such as Royce Gracie you need to pay.
|Royce Gracie Choking me out at his seminar at TMT|
Pricing / Cost:
The cost of the camp is about $275 per month, which isn’t cheap, actually it’s the same price if not more expensive than training in the U.S. However, it’s worth it, and here’s why.
1. You’ll be training twice as much as you do back home, since you’ll be immersed in the camp and you will live, eat, and sleep training. Most people train at least 2-3 times a day.
2. Everything is included, Yoga in the morning, conditioning, weight lifting, Muay Thai, Western Boxing, BJJ, and MMA.
3. You’ll save a ton of money on things like rent, which is as low at $150 per month living on camp, and you’ll save money on food, which averages only $3 per meal here.
|MMA Class at Tiger Muay Thai|
How Tiger Muay Thai compares to other camps:
There are hundreds of Muay Thai gyms in Thailand, and I’ve trained at three so far. Just down the road from TMT there are other gyms such as Dragon Muay Thai and others. But from all the gyms I’ve seen, Tiger Muay Thai is by far the largest and most complete.
*Note: This review was written before I visited other gyms such as 13 coins, Phuket Top Team and KC Muay Thai
Pros: You really feel like you’re living on camp with the motivation of 100 other fighters. All the staff speak good english, and are very helpful. I personally learn a lot more, and push myself harder when there are other people training in the group.
Pros of other camps: Smaller camps generally give you more one on one time with the trainers since there are less people to train. However, you also have less partner’s to train with, and the motivation lacks unless you are a self starter.
If you are a complete beginner and have not even watched a lot of UFC or Muay Thai on TV, then I would recommend signing up for a couple 1 on 1 classes so they can give you the personal attention and help you with the basics. The 1 on 1 training is also good if you are already good and want to become great.
Overall: I would highly recommend training at Tiger Muay Thai / MMA Phuket and think it’s a great way to grown as a man, work on your fitness, and technique in all aspects of your life. But if you go try to spend at least 1 month there for maximum results.
Johnny at My Fight Camp