Mauy Thai fighter Adam Jamieson has fun with an elephant while visiting Thailand on a training trip recently.
Mauy Thai fighter Adam Jamieson has fun with an elephant while visiting Thailand on a training trip recently. Contributed

Intense training trip

A RECENT trip to Thailand inspired Gympie's Kumai-Ryu Martial Arts Academy instructor Adam Jamieson.

Jamieson, head instructor at the Southside School-based academy, said two-weeks training with 25 others from the Gympie Club were intense, but still a lot of fun.

"The training with professional fighters focussed on a lot of fitness, but got back to the essence of Muay Thai," he said.

"We visited Buddhist temples, where Muay Thai originated in the early days and then did more training in Bangkok."

The group went on a spiritual journey and learned about the Buddhist Monks that developed the aggressive style of fighting to defend themselves.

They trained in kickboxing and Muay Thai at the Sityodtong Muay Thai Kickboxing academy.

He described the style, saying it got "straight to the point".

Now the club is looking forward to a visit, at the end of this month, by Kumai-Ryu Martial Arts Academy chief instructor Kyoshi Kevin Blundell.

Blundell is based in Port Macquarie and is an eighth-dan black belt.

He will take the students through grading and what it means to be a Kumai-Ryu mixed martial arts fighter.

Jamieson said the club's main focus was karate and Muay Thai but also had a fitness and self-defence focus for men, women and children.

The second-dan black belt took up the sport initially at 12 years of age as a way to feel safe and boost his confidence.

"It does take a lot of discipline. But whether you are a dedicated or a social member, you can get something out of it."

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