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FAQs

I've included a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on my website to try to answer some of the questions you may have about training at the Muay Thai Sangha school. If you have a question that is not listed here, please Contact me, and I'll do my best to answer your query as soon as I can.

What types of training are on offer?

We offer training in the system of Muay Thai Sangha. This system consists of spiritual teachings, Muay Thai Bare-knukle Combat and Muay Pam Grappling Combat.

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Do I need to book training before I come?

No, but you can contact me, if you wish to discuss any training arrangements.

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How much does training cost?

10,000 baht per month.

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What will I learn on each course and how will I learn it?

Muay Thai Sangha will increase your endurance, co-ordination, balance and flexibility and will also improve your timing.

The spiritual teachings of Muay Thai Sangha will give you patience, awareness and relaxation.

Muay Thai Sangha Bare-Knuckle Combat teaches you counter-attack and defensive techniques at the long to medium combat ranges.

Muay Sangha Grappling Combat covers close range fighting, teaching you to overcome an aggressor either standing up or on the ground. You'll learn how to properly distribute your body weight and use effective technique to take the maximum advantage of your opponent.

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When does training start and how long does it last for?

You can start training at the school at any time, though starting at the beginning of the month is better. Each class varies between one and a half and three hours in length.

Most students stay at the school between one and two months, but you can train for a year or longer if you wish to do so.

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What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring your own mouthpiece, groin protector if you're male, chest protector if you're female (though like all equipment, this can be bought in Chiang Mai). The school has enough quality equipment for you to use if you don’t have your own.

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Is the school any good? Where did you learn, who with, and when?

Yes, of course, I think the school is very good! I deliberately keep class sizes small so that I can personally ensure each student reaches a high-level in the Muay Thai Sangha system. Providing you put in the effort, I guarantee you will learn and improve 100%.

You can take a look at a short biography in the Teachers section, which will tell you a little bit about my background, but in essence, I have spent 22 years training and teaching a variety of Martial Arts including, Judo, Sport Muay Thai, Ancient Muay Thai, Krabi-Krabong, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and "No Holds Barred - Valetudo".

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How long has the school been established?

The school has been established in Chiang Mai, Thailand since April 2003. Note that Kruu Villalobos previously had a Muay Thai school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for over two years until he moved permanently to Thailand.

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What are the facilities like? Is this an environment in which I can learn easily?

Though small, my school is very well equipped. I have a weights area, plenty of space to skip, 10 heavy bags, an upper-cut bag, plenty of training equipment - gloves, pads, protective gear and of course a ring. The school is kept very clean and located in a quiet, peaceful part of Chiang Mai.

Most importantly, my school has a positive, friendly atmosphere that I'm sure you'll find well suited to helping you to learn quickly and enjoying your time at the school. We take your training very seriously as we are aware of the cost of a trip to Thailand and the limited time available to many people in modern society.

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What time does the school open/close?

Open 0800, close 1900. Sunday's and Buddha Day closed.

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What do I have to know before I come? How fit do I need to be?

You don't need to have any previous martial arts experience to attend the school, beginners are very welcome. Just make sure you come with a good heart, a positive attitude and an open mind.

Fitness is not a requirement to train, because your fitness and endurance will improve as you train.

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When I finish the course, what kind of standard (or ability) will I have reached?

Each person is different, but better endurance, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, strength, power and a better understanding of Muay Thai Sangha. In addition, the meditation you do will help you to develop a better spiritual understanding of yourself.

As I've mentioned before, providing you put in the effort, I guarantee you will learn and improve 100%.

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I have a disability, can I still come and train?

Having a disability doesn't’t necessarily mean you can’t train, please Contact me to discuss your unique circumstances.

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I don’t speak English very well, can I still come and train?

Yes, I speak Thai, English, Spanish and a little French, but like all martial arts Muay Thai Sangha is a very visual activity so even if you cannot speak any of the above languages, you are more than welcome to come and train.

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I don’t want to fight, can I still come and train?

Absolutely. Fighting is an option and not an obligation.

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How can I get to the school?

Check out the Directions in the Contact section.

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How can I contact you?

You can contact me by e-mail, telephone, regular mail etc., again, check out the Contact section for details.

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Where can I stay during my time at the school?

If you've never visited Chiang Mai before, relax. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of places to stay in Chiang Mai, catering for a very wide range of budgets and tastes.

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Where can I eat?

Literally everywhere! Again, Chiang Mai caters for all budgets and tastes.

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What kind of visa do I need for travel to Thailand?

As I'm sure you can imagine, it's impossible for me to keep track of Thailand's immigration rules and regulations. I would recommend you contact the Thai Embassy in your own country for advice before buying tickets or making travel arrangements.

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Can you train me for a fight?

Yes, as long as you have enough time to gain a good level of skills and endurance.

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Have you trained any fighters before?

Yes. I have trained a World Champion, North American Champion, American Champion and many amateur champions. I have also trained many people to fight professionally on the Muay Thai circuit here in Thailand.