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  1. Top 5 Places to Watch Muay Thai Fights in Bangkok

    Top 5 Places to Watch Muay Thai Fights in Bangkok

    For fans of Muay Thai or MMA, no visit to Bangkok is complete without attending one of the daily fights that go on in the city. As the Muay Thai capital, Bangkok has -hands down- the best Muay Thai fights in the world. With such top-notch ring action, it is an experience not to be missed even for the casual tourist. Muay Thai fights are preceded by the traditional dance known as the Wai Kru Ram Muay. The dance ritual pays respect to the fighter's teacher and is accompanied by traditional Thai music known as Sarama. Watching a Muay Thai fight is a very different experience from western boxing. Muay Thai fights There are many venues to catch the sport live in and around the Thai capital. From prestigious stadiums to touristy shopping malls and even a go-go bar, Muay Thai is everywhere. Here are the top 5 places to catch Muay Thai fights in Bangkok:

    1. Lumpinee Stadium

    Despite being located out of town, Lumpinee Stadium hosts the best fights in the country. For this reason,
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  2. Best Spots for Running in Bangkok

    Best Spots for Running in Bangkok

    Running is an important aspect of Muay Thai. Thai fighters always go for a run prior to each training session, clocking between 5 to 12 km each time. Muay Thai trainers are often adamant when it comes to running too, and enforces it as part of a fighter’s training regime. Running helps to build a fighter's cardiovascular endurance which has a huge impact on fight performance. For anyone looking to improve athletic performance in Muay Thai, running is not an option - it is mandatory. In Thailand, running is an important part of the modern lifestyle especially in the big cities like Bangkok. Every morning and evening, locals would lace up their running shoes for a jog in the park. Due to both human and vehicle traffic, locals do not go for runs on the sidewalk or along the roads. It’s also an unsafe practice with motorbikes, food carts, and people weaving about. Thankfully, there are public parks peppered around Bangkok with lush greeneries ideal for joggers. Fighters from

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  3. Best Massage in Bangkok to Pamper Yourself After Muay Thai Training

    Best Massage in Bangkok to Pamper Yourself After Muay Thai Training

    There is nothing more therapeutic than a session of authentic full-body Thai massage after a hard day of training at YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. Thai massage is often said to be the ultimate sports massage, ideal for professional athletes and everyone who leads an active lifestyle. In the Muay Thai camps of Thailand, fighters get massages from their coaches or campmates especially closer to fight dates. On fight nights, a full-body rub-down is also performed with Thai liniment oil. Before getting into the recommendations, it is worth highlighting the benefits of having regular massages. Massages help to relieve muscle aches, tensions and soreness. Scientific studies have shown that massages help to reduce the production of compounds in the body known as cytokines. Cytokines are pro-inflammation and may be responsible for the feeling of pain. Pills like aspirins or other anti-inflammatory drugs may offer pain relief but could inhibit cell recovery. On the other hand, massages have

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  4. Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat Comes to YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok

    Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat Comes to YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok

    YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok frequently receives world-renowned champions and coaches who drop by to train or assist in the training. Some of the guests in the past have included fighters like Dzhabar Askerov, Tetsuya Yamato, and also top trainers like UFC striking coach Frank Lester, and famous martial arts breakdown specialist, Barry Robinson. This week, another Muay Thai champion has arrived at the camp: he is none other than Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat. Iquezang is here to help prepare Manachai for upcoming fight on March 24th, stepping up as a sparring and clinching partner. Iquezang’s unique name comes from the famous Japanese Zen Buddhist, Ikkyu-san of whom an anime series was based on. The 28 year-old is a seasoned Thai fighter who has frequently competed in Kard Chuek matches (notorious bouts with ropes instead of padded gloves). Iquezang brings with him many years of ring experience and an aggressive fighting style that will complement Manachai’s technical mastery.

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  5. YOKKAO Releases Video of Poland Seminar With Saenchai on Youtube!

    YOKKAO Releases Video of Poland Seminar With Saenchai on Youtube!

    YOKKAO’s seminar with Saenchai in Poland over the last weekend of February was met with exceedingly positive response. The 2-day event saw a total of 500 Muay Thai enthusiasts coming from around Poland for a memorable and enriching experience learning from the living legend. The events took place on 24th and 25th February and were webcasted over Facebook and Instagram to envious fans around the world. For those who missed the webcast or those participants who wish to relive the event, YOKKAO has now released a video showcasing the highlights of the first-day seminar in Poland. Behind the amazingly slick video production is the filming crew from Poland’s own Thai Battle Championship (TBC). TBC is a new television show and fight federation that has teamed up with YOKKAO for the seminar. The 2 brands will also work on some exciting projects that have been planned down the timeline. YOKKAO Seminars have traditionally sold out all around the world, wherever they go. The The

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  6. How to become a YOKKAO Affiliate Training Center!

    How to become a YOKKAO Affiliate Training Center!

    Located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, the YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok is the official camp of the YOKKAO Fight Team. It is where Muay Thai legends like Singdam, Pakorn, and Saenchai train on a daily basis. The YOKKAO camp is also the adopted home of renowned trainers such as Kru Manop and Kru Petchdam, both of whom are the personal trainers of Saenchai and Singdam respectively. Since opening in 2016, the training center has rapidly built itself up as a renowned Muay Thai camp. With the best fighters and trainers, topped with world-class training, it is now visited daily by Muay Thai fans from all over the world. The YOKKAO training center affiliate program first began in 2013 to offer local fighters and fight enthusiasts an authentic outlet for learning the art of 8 limbs as well as access to the brand’s high quality gear and equipment. Over the next few years, several prominent gyms around the world signed up in the program, most notably the Training Centers in Sydney,

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  7. It’s Time to Vote! YOKKAO Sparring Goes to The Polls on Instagram!

    It’s Time to Vote! YOKKAO Sparring Goes to The Polls on Instagram!

    YOKKAO has always been an advocate of adopting the most current social media trends in reaching out to the fans. The hottest buzz introduced recently on Instagram stories is the poll feature where followers can participate in voting. YOKKAO has swiftly joined in the fun by creating a reality based Muay Thai “video game” for its IG followers and it’s already going viral. This is how the game works: Sparring videos featuring the YOKKAO Fight Team members will be uploaded on YOKKAO Instagram Stories. Everyone can view and vote on who they think is the better-performing fighting in the sparring. Remember to vote objectively for the better fighter rather than as a fan supporting your idol. You play the role of a competition judge and score the fighters accordingly. Let the games begin! Vote the sparring winner at instagram.com/yokkao

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  8. Join The YOKKAOFit Movement!

    Join The YOKKAOFit Movement!

    The YOKKAO Fight Team has come together to design a full-body fitness workout based on Muay Thai. All the Fight Team members are enthusiastic about the movement that is set to take the fitness world by storm. YOKKAOFit combines the basic idea behind HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts with elements of Muay Thai techniques to offer a complete exercise regime for anyone hoping to get fit. Each exercise module is broken down into different difficulty levels to cater to beginners, intermediate and professionals. The YOKKAOFit program is guaranteed to set the heart pumping, and body completely drenched in perspiration. YOKKAOFit is a great cardio and strengthening exercise ideal for both practitioners of Muay Thai who are away from the gym; and also non-practitioners who want to experience the sport at home or even in a fitness gym. With YOKKAOFit, now everyone can enjoy the physical benefits of Muay Thai. That’s not all. YOKKAOFit is not only an exercise program

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  9. Fighter Fuel: What to Eat in Bangkok While Training at YOKKAO!

    Fighter Fuel: What to Eat in Bangkok While Training at YOKKAO!

    Food in Bangkok can be intimidating, but like everything else in life, you must keep an open mind to trying new things. If you are training at YOKKAO, then it could already be assumed that you are a total badass and you are the type of person who does not follow the herd, you are the person who leads it, and your food fuels it. Living in Bangkok requires you to make a few lifestyle changes, adjusting to the traffic, the heat, and the copious amounts of water that you will consume. The suggested serving size for water is 8 cups a day for an average human, but at YOKKAO you are far from an average human-you double or even triple your water intake. YOKKAO has its own in-house production of water that has been tested and certified to be pure. It contains all of the essential minerals that is imperative for the fighters to drink. If you get thirsty and you are away from the gym you will be able to find water any time of day almost anywhere, it is almost impossible to walk for more than 5

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  10. Benefits of Muay Thai Training!

    Benefits of Muay Thai Training!

    For most people who are not familiar with the Thai combat sport, Muay Thai is commonly perceived to be brutal and dangerous. It is hard to dispute this notoriety when bleeding faces, black eyes and body bruises are not uncommon in competitive bouts. This is also why Muay Thai is recognised by many to be one of the most effective stand-up fighting styles. The entire arsenal of Muay Thai consists of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet. The Muay Thai fighter is literally a human weapon. [caption id="attachment_3450" align="alignright" width="360"]Muay Thai Training Muay Thai Training[/caption] In the past, the majority of Muay Thai practitioners were fighters who train with the sole aim of competing in the ring. But owing in part to the increasing popularity of mixed martial arts (UFC, One Championship etc,) over the years,

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