My life and Muay Thai

It’s not about the end results. It’s how you get there.

by Shawn Nguyen

You know who that is? Up there, look up. His name is  Buakaw Banchamek, a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer. He’s scary looking right? Yes, but he is an inspiration to many people including me. Muay Thai stands for “The Art of Eight Limbs” and is obviously a fighting sport and requires a lot of energy and stamina. It’s similar to boxing but has some elbow and knee strikes.

Now you might wonder what the heck does Muay Thai have to do with my social, school, and home life? It’s as intense as outside of training.

“Life of a Muay Thai fighter.

7:00-10:00am: Breakfast and rest


10:00am-12:00pm: Afternoon session

The afternoon sessions were always the hardest. This was the meat and potatoes of the day’s session and would usually consist of:


  • 20min Jump Rope
  • 3-5 Rounds Shadow Boxing
  • 5 Rounds Thai Pads (with trainer)
  • 10-15 Rounds Heavy Bag
  • 5-10 Rounds Sparring
  • Abdominal Conditioning


Every day was slightly different and coaches were always pushing you to focus on different aspects of your game.


12:00-5:00pm: Lunch and afternoon nap

Occasionally during this time the coaches would have us perform a strength workout. It consisted of squats, bench press, deadlifts, military presses, pull ups, push ups and various core exercises.


5:00-7:00pm: Evening training

Evening training sessions could be easy or terrible, depending on the coach’s mood. These sessions were sometimes mirror sessions of the afternoon workouts or completely different. They generally looked something like this:


  • 20min Jump Rope
  • 3-5 Rounds Shadow Boxing
  • 3-5 Round Thai Pads (with trainer)
  • 5-15 Rounds Heavy Bag or Partner Technique Drills (sometimes both)
  • 5-30 Rounds Clinch Sparring


7:00-8:00pm: Dinner


8:00pm-4:45am: Death-like sleep”

Pretty intense right? The reason why this relates so much to my life and society is because of how restless school and work can be. I have a schedule and it’s to wake up, go to school, go home, do homework, train, and sleep. I’m an AP student and trust me, homework and practice is overload.

You have worked hard and your body has become sore and you’ve gained your six pack just from training. You have been successful and achieved the best. On the other hand with school, you have worked hard and got an ‘A’ grade. Your body is just like your grade and how you must work hard to achieve that. As a fighter, sometimes I feel like I haven’t done hard enough. In the long run I try harder and to never give up just like learning at school. In the end it’s not about the results though. It’s how you did it and what mistakes you have learned throughout your hard work and dedication. Sooner or later you will be using that to teach someone else.

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