Best Clinch Thai Gyms

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  1. shincheckin Green Belt

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    Anyone know which thailand gyms are known best for their clinch, or considered to be the best clinchers, best clinch game etc.?

    I have only heard of this about FAgroup
     
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    If you are around 70 kg you should check out Khem's gym.
     
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    Which Khem?
    I will probably go sometime in 2018, most likely sitjaopho, really like their gym and style however Im also interested in a gym that specializes in the clinch such as FAgroup.

    I am not a big huge westerner/foreigner, I am about 62kg so I shouldnt have a time finding thais to train with my size, which I guess can be a issue for some of the bigger people. I really like FAgroup but muay thai scholars review of their gym was pretty bad.
     
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    Ah okay, at 62kg you will be fine. I don't know the gyms well but just based on the fighters around your size they produced they produce; you could check out por boonsit, Yodwicha's old gym, or Fightermuaythaigym, Chamuaktong's gym, Kiatmu9 has produced beasts like Petpanomrung and Singdam, Paranchai was Saen's gym. I'm just a fan though so I cant tell you about if they have air conditioning or anything like that.
     
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  5. shincheckin Green Belt

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    I dont mind the ghetto, I think training in the really old school primitve was is as legit as it gets.

     
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    I think Yodwicha was training out of Saengmorakot, before he had a falling out and ended up at Kem's gym. I don't know what Por Boonsit means, but i think Saengmorakot was the gym Yodwicha was at for most of his stadium career.

    And I think Chamuaktong may train out of P.K.Saenchai, at least part of the time.
     
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    http://www.muaythaischolar.com/f-a-group-muay-thai-camp-review/

    Well the review was only bad from a certain point of view. It said that the place wasn't the most hygienic and that training was disorganized, and the facilities were lacking (mind you that review is a couple years old, so I don't know if that's still true). But he emphasized that the one thing which took place on time, every day was clinching. And you were looking for clinch training specifically, so it sounds like what you were looking for.
     
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    Most of the big muay thai gyms of the moment have at least one or two strong clinch fighters, I wouldn't consider Petchyindee to be a "clinchers gym" but Yodtuantong and Petmorakot train there and are both very strong clinch fighters. But FA Group is the one that seems to pretty much produce just clinch specialists.
     
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    if you are just looking to learn a complete clinch game and have an edge on whiteboys back home then I guess any legit muay thai gym will do it.
     
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  10. shincheckin Green Belt

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    yup thats why I am looking into FAgroup if not sitjaopho.

    My old coach fought for petchyndee gym, for 1 year, lived at the gym with all the thais etc.
     
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    Sitjaopho is in Hua Hin?

    If your trip is not primarily training but also relaxing I would suggest another place to stay. Hua Hin is imo not a really great place to stay at.

    As a foreigner I think you can learn new and good clinching techniques at nearly every gym.
     
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    You can do it man. Get to fa group and stay as long as you can. It helps if you get a wealthy girlfriend.
     
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    trip will be 100% for training. I will try to squeeze in some "tourist" stuff if there is room outside of training, but training will take priority.
     
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    Clinch gyms have different styles but FA is extremely strong in the clinch and you always clinch with Thai's.

    In the morning most days you clinch for 45min and some days they start. Every afternoon though without fail they clinch for another solid 45min.

    If you want to increase your clinch game, go to FA group. The cheap room around the corner.

    If you tell then David from Muay Thai Mall sent you they might hook you up.

    I can train at a lot of gyms here but right now I choose FA Group because for a multitude of reasons.
     
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  15. shincheckin Green Belt

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    your training there now?
     
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    Yes, I'm currently training there.
     
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    How much would cheap accom be near by?? I would love to try FA group but my wife n lil one would come along also so accom near by would b perfect
     
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  19. muaythaimall Muay Thai Gear Shop Bangkok

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    I'ts about 7k a month for accomodation near the gym.
     
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  20. muaythaimall Muay Thai Gear Shop Bangkok

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    It's pretty spot on. The gym has been upgraded abut with some more bags and stuff.

    The thing about no structure I don't agree with. Most stadium fighter gyms in Bangkok don't have a trainer telling people to kick the bag or shadow box. As a professional fighter you know what you have to do and you just do it. If you've never done Muay Thai it's probably not the gym for you but if you have a decent level of Muay Thai already you will get a lot out of it.

    The gym produced Petchboonchu, he's the most decorated Muay Thai fighter of all time. No gym is perfect but you just deal with it. Persistence is key, look at gyms like Kiatpetch that produced Sakedao, it's rustic as hell, no set structure.

    The best thing about FA is that although their focus is on producing high level Thai fighters they still care about the foreigners at the gym.

    Even Kru Diesel, Petchbunchoo's trainer who received the trainer of the year award back in 2014 takes beginners on pads without having fork out 2k for a bs private lesson.

    I also don't agree with them being reluctant to get fights for foreigners. They just wait until your ready. I know guys that FA set up their first fights at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern for them.

    The gym has changed since that article was written but it's a good article and I'm sure it was quite accurate at that time.

    Different gyms suit different people.
     
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