Health buffs and sports enthusiasts can now combine a holiday in Bangkok with lessons in ancient Thai martial arts. The Siam in Bangkok is now offering Muay Thai lessons to guests. The hotel has the city’s first luxury, professionally equipped Muay Thai gym on-site. It has a full sized ring and Pro-Thai Olympic trainer Kru Yim gives lessons.
ABOUT MUAY THAI
Muay Thai is a 4000 year-old martial art form from Thailand. It’s a form of close-combat that uses the entire body as a weapon. It’s also called ‘The Art of Eight Limbs because’ fighters use eight points of contact on the body to mimic weapons of war. Derived from Sanskrit, the word ‘Muay’ means to ‘bind together.‘ This refers to the eight limbs that work in synergy to hook, jab, punch and kick.
DEVELOPMENT OF TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS IN THAILAND
Muay Thai has progressed significantly over the past 100 years. It has gained international recognition and exposure as one of the most popular sports in Thailand for wellness. It increases stamina and boosts the body’s metabolism to burn unwanted fats and gain muscle. Regular practice will improve flexibility and tone the body. You will also increase strength and agility, and improve muscle tone. Overall, it enhances mind and body coordination.
ABOUT OLYMPIC MUAY THAI TRAINER KRU YIM
The Siam’s trainer Kru Yim will tailor the experience to suit any skill level. He takes a holistic approach to fitness so sessions will focus on well-being and cultural immersion. Basically, the courses are built around the individual needs of guests. They can sign up for any duration of lessons. They can try basic martial arts skills on a spare afternoon or immerse themselves for a week. The personalized coaching will teach techniques such as stepping, punching, blocking, the kicks, wrestling techniques and more.
VISITING THE WAT WIMUD TRAINING CENTER
Guests will also be able to visit the training centre of Wat Wimud. This local temple in Bangkok has a training camp to teach underprivileged youngsters about Thai martial arts. Finally, the course also includes the opportunity to watch a live Muay Thai fight in the ring at Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium.
ABOUT THE SIAM
The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. It’s set right along the Chao Phraya River. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the Art Deco inspired urban resort is filled with Thai antiques. The Siam is a Sukosol Hotel, member of Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
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