We were so looking forward to visiting Koh Samui so we could attend Jun Muay Thai kickboxing. We had contacted him before we arrived to see if it would be ok for us to do as a family and he said it would be no problem.
We had originally planned on training for 1 week and ended up staying for two. The kids enjoyed it as much as we did and often ask if we can return.
Jun Muay Thai Koh Samui:
Jun Muay Thai is located on the island of Koh Samui in Lamai. The training centre is all outdoors under a roof so you quickly get used to the humidity. The training sessions are twice a day 7:30am-9:30 am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The training is ideal for all fitness levels and ages. We were often training with athletes getting ready to compete in kickboxing competitions.
The prices were 250 Baht per session ($10) or you could buy a whole week pass for 1500 Baht ($60) and go to as many sessions as you liked in that week period. There are also special one on one classes that cost 500 Baht a lesson if you are so inclined, however we were happy with the group training sessions so we opted for this.
The kids were the same price as the adults and participated in the whole training session. Our 3-year-old was free however and would usually only train for the first 20 minutes before he sat down and watched or ran away and did something different.
The trainers are great. Jun the owner was once a champion fighter and many of the other trainers were too. They are very good at what they do and were patient with the kids especially Mac who has a very short attention span.
Most days we would do only 1 session but sometimes we did 2. J did 2 sessions a day quite often however I felt my body needed more time to recover and 1 session a day was perfect for me.
The training sessions were structured the same way, first we would warm up with either skipping or running. The warm up would last for 30 minutes after which everyone would do shadow-boxing and practise high knees.
Next we would strap up and put our gloves on to do one on one work with a trainer. The trainer had pads and would teach us different combinations of punches, kicks and elbows. This was my most favourite part of training. I enjoyed the one on one time with the trainer and learning new combinations.
After 30 minutes with the trainers we would then move to tyre work. When we were on the tyres we would practise all our punches. Next we moved to the bags where we would finish of the session with practising all combinations including kicks, punches and elbows. Everyone would finish together on 200 high knees, 100 right and 100 left kicks and 100 sit-ups.
The sessions in the morning were the same as the afternoon however if you are training for a fight you will also stay later and practise in the ring with others who are also training to fight or against the trainers.
As we are an active family we were missing sports and different things we do at home so we were so excited to do this kickboxing camp. The kids did really well and listened to instructions and tried their hardest. Not only did they learn kickboxing they also learnt how to defend themselves if they need too and it was funny after training watching them try out their new skills on each other.
Our aim was to do something we have never done before as a family and enjoyed watching the kids push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of. Even though loosing weight was not one of our objectives J managed to lose 8 kg however I didn’t lose anything.
We have been contemplating a return to Samui before heading to Europe in May as we enjoyed our time here so much however we think we will explore some different places instead of going back but hope to return one day in the future.