Digital Nomad Goes Insane and Starts Cage Fighting
I’m currently training at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA, in Phuket, Thailand. I arrived here in early January and after my recent trip to Japan, I decided to come back to continue training for a while longer. My primary goal is to get fit and healthy, so what better place to do it?
Why I am Sticking Around Tiger Gym and Phuket
Phuket is turning out to be the ideal way to build a temporary base for a few weeks/months. It has everything I need, all very close by and accessible.
- The Training Camp – I’m training MMA every day at the moment. Shortly, I’ll start training in Thai Boxing. This place has everything you need to get healthy and you can choose from a whole host of classes, or even just use their well kitted out gym.
- Cheap Accommodation – All the accommodation around here is geared up for people staying by the week or month. You can get a nice place with air-con, cable, fridge, hot shower, wifi and a swimming pool for 10,000 baht per month ($300). I understand that some of the trainers and longer term guys, spend as little as 3,000 baht per month! That is cheap!
- Language School – I have decided to attempt to learn to read, write and speak Thai. There is conveniently a good language school a short drive away from where I am staying. I have signed up for daily lessons.
- Awesome and Healthy Food Options – Most of the restaurants near to Tiger are geared up for fighters and people training. Healthy and cheap is the order of the day here. If you get bored of the local restaurants, there are plenty of street food options, or western chain restaurants just moments away by bike.
- Beautiful Beaches – Aside from the infamous Patong Beach, there are lots of smaller, quieter and nicer beaches around Phuket. Karon and Kata beaches are a nice alternative, along with Rawaii and Nai Harn further south.
- Shopping Malls – There are 2 large malls, one of which is in Patong which are easy to get to if I want to buy supplies, go bowling or see a movie etc.
- Kite Surfing School – I spotted this the other day on the way to my language lesson. I believe this takes place in Chalong bay and I am keen to give it a try!
- Meditation and Chi Gung Centre – This is a 5 minute drive away from me. They offer various meditation classes, along with Chi Gung and Tai Chi. I have wanted to get into meditation for a long time now so this might be a perfect opportunity.
- Bars and Nightclubs - You always need a blowout every now and again. Patong is the nightlife epicentre of Phuket and is very well known for its bright lights and endless girly bars. If this is not your thing, there are several other options for a night out in Kata, Karon or Rawaii, amongst other places.
- Constant Flow of Young Westerners – Due to Tiger’s high profile and reputation, it attracts many people on a constant basis. There are always new faces around and it is very easy to make new friends. Also, these are not normally your average party tourist, hell bent on ruining themselves every night, so it definately makes a nice change.
From this location, I am also very close to Krabi, Rai Lay, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao Noi and many more awesome islands and national parks. I also have Phuket international airport just up the road.
Rough Goals Whilst I am Here
I don’t have anything set in stone and I am notorious for being indecisive and changing my mind frequently. However, here are a few thoughts that spring to mind.
- Get good at MMA so I can hold my own in the cage without getting my ass kicked every time.
- Learn to speak thai to conversation level along with basic reading and writing.
- Lose my eternal beer belly… finally.
- Compete in the forthcoming Never Tap Asia event, taking place near the end of March.
- Catch up on my work after a lazy few months.
- Save some money by living cheaply, avoiding the booze and keeping my head down for a while.
A Quick Overview of Tiger Gym’s Facilities
Tiger offers a whole range of lessons throughout the day
- Muay Thai – Split into beginners, intermediates and advanced. Classes are twice a day at 8am and 4pm for 2-3 hours a time.
- Yoga – 7am start for this one.
- Krabi Krabong – Twice a week. This is basically a form of stick fighting.
- MMA / Jiu Jitsu – Beginners and advanced.
- Body Fit – Conditioning classes.
- Western Boxing – 3 times per week
In addition to the classes, there is also a weight lifting room, with someone on hand to offer advice and guidance. Many people also take private lessons with the instructor of their choice. There is also free internet, a restaurant serving healthy food and protein shakes and a shop where you can buy all your gear and clothing.
If anyone is thinking of heading down here, or if you need a detox, get in touch and we can hook up here in Phuket.
Have you trained here? What do you think? Any questions? Please leave a comment.