If language fails, they still have the next best thing to facilitate mutual understanding: Facebook photos on their smartphones. Or if you're the right mix of genders, there's always the awkward attempt at sex, as much as management would like to discourage it. Some have great English, some barely speak more than 10 words.When you work with one trainer long enough, though, even one who doesn't speak English, you eventually learn to communicate easily.It tends to be very "colorful." I came to Thailand speaking no Thai, and of course the first words I learned in Thai after "hello" and "thank you" were obscene expressions that included various curse words and euphemisms for masturbation and sex. I guess that's what happens when you live at a Muay Thai gym comprised primarily of hormonal teenage males. note: For the past nine months, Lindsey Newhall has been living at a Muay Thai camp outside Bangkok, training for hours a day and soaking in local traditions.We asked her to keep a journal of her experiences.] The amount of Thai you learn at a Muay Thai gym in Thailand largely depends on what kind of gym you're training at.
Peter complied, and after the kick, Gong said, "No power." Not enough power, huh? At this point, I chimed in from my ringside vantage point, "Peter, he's telling you to kick with power. For example, there are a few English phrases Gong uses only with me, likely because I'm the one who taught them to him. " when he is telling me to stand strong and block appropriately and of course my favorite, the ever-popular and often-heard "You suck!
" I never hear him say those things to anyone else, and none of my friends ever report hearing them when they train with him, but then again, perhaps he uses them only with me because no one else he trains loses their balance when they block or is so damn bad at this sport to begin with.
Then there are the common phrases you may hear in a Muay Thai gym that relate to your own mortality. Trainers might threaten you cheerfully with "Tomorrow I kill you," or "Today you die," hoping to instill in you an appreciation of just how hard you will be working on pads with them during the next session.
Many of the foreign fighters and the Thai boxers are naturally curious about each other's lives.
They sit around and chat with each other after training or while waiting for dinner to be served. " "Everyone think I born 1997, but really, I born 1996!