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In effort to improve my ability to deliver an amazing product at the Muay Thai gym I own, I felt compelled to travel to the Mecca of Muay Thai, Phuket, Thailand, and learn from the best of the best. This article is part of a series of articles, detailing that endeavor.

Part 3

Coming to Thailand was no easy feat. I am not an experienced traveler, so I experienced many pitfalls in getting here. I am learning as I go, and am confident my next trip will go a lot more smoothly.

I have detailed some of those pitfalls, as well as some early observation of Thailand in past articles. I am now in the ‘holy land of Muay Thai’ Phuket, Thailand. I am exhausted by the rip, and anxious to get right to work, but feel like I need some rest before getting down to business.

I really tried to take a nap when I got checked into my room. The sound of Muay Thai training right outside my door was permeating it’s way into my room. After about 20 minutes of tossing and turning, I decided to go check things out.

My first stop was Dragon Muay Thai, since they were right next door. It was intense. Everyone there seemed to be at a high level, and were training as thought their lives depended on it. I would later learn this was a fighter training session, and was not entirely indicative of their student base. They have beginners as well, but not on this day. There was some pretty hard sparring going on, and some grueling conditioning for those who weren’t sparring.

After watching for a while, I decided to go down and check out the place I had already signed up for, Tiger Muay Thai.

Upon walking in the front office, I was very impressed with how polite and professional their staff was. They were very welcoming, and very detailed providing me with all the information I would need during my stay. I was given a tour of the facility, issued my equipment I had purchased on-line, and given all the paperwork describing all the amenities offered there-And there were many!

They have on-sight dorms, a full kitchen and restaurant, CrossFit-type Fitness classes, Yoga, Boxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and of course Muay Thai. Additionally, they offer courses in Muay Boran, which is Muay Thai, but for street application, rather than sport. They also have traditional Thai stick fighting called Krabi Krabong classes.

There are four separate Muay Thai training areas; 1. Beginners 2. Intermediate 3. Advanced 4. Fighter Training.

One thing I liked was that EVERYONE starts in the beginner section. You advance only when a trainer deems you ready-No matter what your background is. I had no problem drilling basics the first few days, but sparring beginners is like trying to tame a bull. They are nervous to be training Muay Thai in Thailand, and have a hard time controlling their nervous energy.

When formal classes are not going on, the Trainers teach private, one-on-ones, so there is always action going on throughout the complex.

Walking through the different areas really got my blood pumping, and I couldn’t wait to get started. I hadn’t expected to be wanting to train on my first day, so my membership didn’t start until tomorrow. I would have to wait one more day to get underway.

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Source by Mike Stidham

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In preparation for a Muay Thai fight, I have been on a diet the past few weeks, and have enjoyed some pretty good results. The beauty of the diet I am on, is that it allows a cheat day once a week. The cheat day actually encourages you to go absolutely bonkers for 14 hours each week.

There is some science behind it, but that is fodder for another post.

I have been craving tacos the past few weeks, so I decided to organize a Tacothon.

The premise behind the Tacothon was to root out the BEST tacos in Salt Lake City.

I invited a few friends along, (Many of them are MMA Fighters or Muay Thai students) and this is what we found:

I wanted to begin the day with 'Fast Food' tacos. We have all been there … late at night, hunger strikes … waddya gunna do? There is nothing tastier after a night of drinking than a few tacos … that is if you can get through the drive through without getting into a fist fight with other late night Taco Lovers.

I should point out that we conducted this Tacothon on a Sunday (My designated CHEAT DAY). Taco Time, as well as many other highly referred Taco places, were closed on the Sabbath.

FAST FOOD

I picked up a party pack from both Taco Bell and Del Taco.

I went to my gym, where I met up with my fellow Tacothaners and ate some tacos.

It was nice to see some of them, as I haven't been the most social person the past few months as I have been recovering from knee surgery.

We busted open the party packs and gave them a try. The Taco Bell Party pack had 12 tacos in it, and cost just over $ 15.00. The Del Taco had 10 tacos, but was almost half the price.

The Del Taco tacos were literally ½ the size of Taco Bell's though and failed miserably on the taste test.

Taco Bell wins by a unanimous decision.

TACO TRUCKS

Next, we decided to try out the famous Taco Trucks that so many people talk about on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

There are two in the Sears parking lot at 800 South State Street, and two one block South at 900 South State Street.

The first one we visited faces South (Toward 800 South) in the Sears Parking lot. Compared to the 'Fast Food' we had just indulged in, it was Heaven on Earth. Very tasty tacos, and cost $ 1.00 apiece.

The other faces East (Toward State Street). We asked each to serve us their best Taco. This truck recommended the Cabeza, and it did not disappoint. VERY tender meat, and super delicious … VERY GOOD!

The third truck we visited Faces East (Toward State Street) on 900 South. They were just OK. By far, the worst of the four trucks we visited.

The final truck we visited faced South on 900 South. We have a winner. These were some of the tastiest tacos I have ever tasted. Hands down the winner of the Taco Trucks. The name of the truck is El Rey Del Taco. Give them a try.

All of the trucks were consistent on price. They all charged $ 1.00 per taco, served them on small soft tortillas, and had a similar array of condiments. The El Rey Del Taco also had the best salsa of the four trucks we visited.

If you are hankering for a taco, and don't want to deal with the hassle of going to a restaurant, check out the Taco Trucks downtown. Try the different trucks for yourself. At a buck a taco, you can't go wrong.

RESTAURANTS

As I mentioned before, we made our Taco Adventure on Sunday, so many of the places that were recommended to us were not open. As far as I'm concerned, you don't deserve a mention if you don't serve on Sunday anyway.

The first restaurant we visited was Taqueria 27. They have two locations, but we visited the downtown location. It was very clean and upscale. Had a very professional wait staff, and a good …

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