RUMBLE IN THAILAND American Kickboxers Train Muay Thai in Thailand



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Bob Chaney is one of the best, if not THE BEST Muay Thai trainers in the world. Over the years I've written numerous articles on him for a variety of martial art publications, a few years ago I traveled to Thailand with Bob, and a handful of his students to document their experience while training Thailand. A Hollywood-casting agent couldn't have put together a better mix of personalities for this trip. Each fighter came from a different background, and before the trip was over they would run a myriad of emotions and physical challenges that would eventually define their character and put to task their will to overcome a number of adversities. There were two professional fighters in the mix; one was Thomas "Wild Man" Denny, who at the time was the reigning King of the Cage champion. He was akin to an unlit fuse on a stick of dynamite in search of a match. I covered the guys as they trained in a variety of gyms throughout Thailand. From a nasty beyond description sewer strewn grimy gym in Samui, to a state of the art Olympic training center outside of Bangkok to a rainforest in the mountains where we trained under a pounding waterfall - this excursion had it all. I had no idea that the trip would end up in a near full scale riot with Chaney and Denny in the middle of the action. The back story is about a handful of American amateur fighters that wanted to experience what it was like to train in a real Thai gym and to actually be on the fight card in one of Thailand's larger arenas the real story is how we all got out with all of our vital organs in tact. At that time the Americans were not trained in the use of elbows so a "friendly" agreement was reached between Bob and the owner of the stadium that elbows would not be used against the US fighters. However the Thais were unable to effectively answer the Americans strong boxing skills and unknown to us the stadium owner had bet heavily on his Thai fighters. So when it looked as if they could lose, he told his guys to start tossing elbows -- that's when the Muay Thai hit the fan.

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