I started training Muay Thai after a string of injuries put me out of my previous sport indefinitely. I didn’tfeel the same pride not being able to compete and I lost a big part of my identity. Years later, while in Thailand for my honeymoon, I decided to check out a local gym and it was awesome. Everybody was really cool and they invited me to join them that night at Bangla Boxing Stadium in Patong City. The fighters were very skilled and it was an awesome experience. I couldn’t get it out of my head. About a year after I returned, I finally decided I should really look into Muay Thai as a sport. I was tentative at first- worrying about the old injury- but after training for a few months with no pain, I realized I had found something that I could actually do and excel at!
The sport of Muay Thai has been a really great place for me to grow as a person. There is a strong emphasis in this sport on respect and humility that I think inspires the kind of calm, effortless confidence you see in veteran fighters. I want to develop that! I used to think about goals as far as titles I’d like to win or things like that, but now my goals are just to rack up as many fights as I can and to be a good teammate. I want to BE a Nak Muay much more than I want to DO Muay Thai or to HAVE any of the things that come with winning.
Stay Fly has been the best place I could imagine training. There is such a good mix here of knowledgeable and interesting people and everyone is always 100% supportive of each other. I am lucky to get not only top notch training and sparring, but an eclectic bunch of goofballs to hang out with as well. I’m selective about who I bring around my family and I’m happy to bring my wife and young child here any time to be around such a positive bunch. Can’t say enough about this place.