Thank You…..!!!!

Thank You…..!!!!

I have done it!!

Sparring and learning clinching from Master Pimu. I could spend a year here and still only have a fraction of what knowledge Master Pimu has. I have truly been blessed to have one to one training with him. He is a legend!

Whilst thinking about the people I have to thank for the help and support a few names became this huge list, I am very blessed and honoured that the following have supported me on this life changing journey:

Waheguru (God) without the creator none of this would have been possible, whatever I wished for came my way. I wanted to rent an apartment, I got it, I wanted transport, I got it. To name everything would be a long post!

Sangeet, for letting me go on this amazing life changing journey and for supporting me every bit of the way. When I was wanting to come home we would talk and Sangeet would give me so much comfort! I love and thank you so much!

Mum & Dad, well dad for planting the seed to make me! Mum for carrying me not just for the nine months but for a long time after that!

Master Pimu/ WPT, I have had about 8 weeks of one to one training with Master Pimu, he wants every single move to be perfect, it shows his love for the art of Muay Thai. On a personal level Master Pimu, Shum and the children have showed me so much love, it will be difficult leaving.

Randeep Singh, Meerat Kaur, Kiran Kaur, for the kind words of support and encouragement.

Shanti Kaur, where do I start?!?! Phenji (sister) has been an awesome inspiration to me, she has excelled in everything she has done. She is truly showing everybody how things are done!

Tony Myers, I have never met Tony, I hear amazing stories especially from Master Pimu, they have known each other for 30 years. Tony helped with my visa papers. He is a busy guy but always has time to answer my training, physical and mental questions. I am truly honoured to be able to come back to the UK and train under Tony

Bob Spour and Jagpual Plaha, in January this year, Sangeet and I were in Bangkok, I thought Thailand and Muay Thai, how difficult can it be!! I contacted my cousin Jagpaul and he contacted Bob. Bob gave us the details of the WPT gym. If it was not for Bob I would have probably gone to some “Muay Thai gym for foreigners” where they take your money praise how good you are doing and send you on your merry way!!

Kirpal Singh, back in January when I entered the WPT gym, I thought to myself this is definitely the real deal! All of a sudden I was nervous. Master Pimu approached me and said “we have a (now this is what I heard) sick boy here, Shum was knocking on the door and trying to get the “sick boy to train” in the meantime, Master Pimu said please go and change in that room. I sat on the bed now very nervous! I thought is it too late to get out?!?! After a while Kirpal walks in with a huge smile….all fits into place! This is a Sikh boy, not sick boy! Kirpal and me got on like a house on fire and have stayed in touch ever since. The weekend before I was due to fly out to Bangkok, Kirpal drove two hours, taught me some basics for 4 hours then drove back…entirely at his own expense.

Sukhdev masserji (UK), Rani Massi (UK), Keith Preston (Australia), Iris Yan (Brazil), for the amazing support through emails and comments on the GayGoat.com blog

My sisters from another murtha (& father!!):

Yiota, Frankie Smith, Alex Seaman, Karen Lim, Melanie Schafer and Julie Kauss, for the support and help

The original, WPT gang, Dan Costello, Simon Preedy, Chris McKenzie, Chris Aldridge, Matthew Wakeman, Yiota, Frankie and Bee, for making me feel very welcome at WPT, I was sharing a room with Simon, I walked into the room and said hi my name is Mandeep and I have a blog called GayGoat.com The look on Simon’s went from smile to “what the….”

Luke Smith, UKMF English Title 54kg winner, firstly a huge congratulations on winning the title fight. Secondly thanks mate for your huge support

Khalid Ali, Gareth Maunder, Amandeep Chana, Balvir Chana, Vladamir, Raj Singh Randhawa, Charandeep Singh, for support along the way!

English students, when you guys did turn up, you were all fantastic, you are all very good at English. Just have the confidence!

Best quotes well we have two winners:

Adam Atkins “let’s push the mattresses together” – please explain!

Chris McKenzie “you have become such a dick, since you went to your temple!”

 

 

The Run…..

The Run…..

 

At the beginning of the training session, one does a run. The above map shows the run and the sprinting area.
 
S1 – a lot of the locals dump their trash and boy does it get smelly. In the rainy season it is not as bad, but in hot weather this is awful, so don't take big gulps of air here!
 
S2 – this is a house that skins chickens, sometimes the smell is bad.
 
D1 – this is a nasty dog which chases after you. Usually throwing a stone at it helps keep it away!
 
D2 – this is a small dog that tries to bite!
 
M1 – the motorbike taxis, they love football. On a friday and Saturday night they drink on the job. So be careful. Make friends with these guys, as on the odd occasion they will give you a free lift.
 
10 laps = 7km
 

 

Learn on the go…..!!!

Learn on the go…..!!!

It was 2005 when I first drove a car in America, I was a bit apprehensive, driving on the other side, I thought to myself “wow that will be difficult.” In my mind I had built up what a difficult task it would be. Sangeet and I had hired the car in downtown Boston, at the best time possible, rush hour!!

To my surprise and I think Sangeet's relief, I picked up driving in the USA very easily. Driving around, with Sangeet doing a great job at navigating we found the way out of downtown and was soon driving towards the state parks. These days, when landing in America we pick up a rental car and drive to our destination, regardless of the distance.

Now in Thailand there are a lot of people who ride motorbikes and scooters, it is very cool and you feel the urge to ride. On our six month trip we hired a scooter in the Cook Islands, that is where we first learnt to ride. When I picked it up, the lady asked “have you ridden before” I said no, she suggested that I go for a test ride in the car park….I nearly rode off the edge and into the lagoon!! Sangeet drove the scooter like she has always been riding one!

Yesterday for the first time I rode a motorbike this has four gears, it was such a cool experience, yes, I know before you say, Bangkok is no place to learn, but hey I have been doing Muay Thai for the last three months!!

I can handle and deal with whatever I put my mind to…..

 

My last full week at WPT Gym…..

My last full week at WPT Gym…..

Wow! How quickly has this arrived!! This is my last full week at WPT Gym, Bangkok.

As Master Pimu has said my training has intensified:

Starters:
500 sit ups
50 press up (need to improve)
Walk and run to Fashion Island. 6 km return

Mains:
Running around the ring 20 times in a sweat suit, 30 times just in shorts.
Round knees on bag 150
Pad work sometimes with Bee Muay Thai
Sparring with Master Pimu
Clinching with Master Pimu
Technicals with Master Pimu
200 punches to the stomach from Bee


Dessert:
Running around the ring 30 times
Walk and run to Fashion Island


This is performed twice a day in the evening I will also incorporate light weights.

 
I hear you ask why starters, mains desserts?
Good question, and my answer is I still think about food…..!!
Eat to live…..or live to eat…..?

Eat to live…..or live to eat…..?

Starting weight: 88.8kg
Target weight: 63kg
Weight recorded on November 20th 2013: 80.8kg

 

How much do we really need to eat…..?

I never asked myself this question until I started training here in Bangkok. In the UK my philosophy was what the hell just eat away, sometimes I would try and eat healthy, go to the gym and not see any weight loss, I thought to myself I am eating food which I am not really enjoying, I would then just go back to eating naughty foods!

Training and living here has let me experiment with my eating habits, when I first started, I ate two very large meals a day, both after training. There was no in-between snacking. At first this felt great, eat as much as possible, you will definitely burn it off. After the first month my weight had hardly changed!

I then cut out the rice and ate more vegetables. Excellent for a few days until I seemed to be loosing my energy. The electrolytes came next, this helped a bit but not much, I found just drinking plain iced water helped a lot more.

Now comes wearing a sweatsuit, the first few weeks were exhausting. I did the walk/run came back to the gym and literally collapsed! I needed large amounts of water, which annoyed Master Pimu!

For the lack of energy I tried eating a banana before training, for some people this may help but I found myself being more sluggish…..
Also tried eating once a day. You would think I will have no energy and actually you are right, I lasted about one round of hitting the pads after that my performance just went down hill!! At first eating once a day I was loosing half a kilogram per training session then after a few days my weight had shot up!!
 
At the moment after the morning training session I would have a small portion of vegetables, no rice. Around 13:30 I will have some fruit. In the evening I will have another small bowl of vegetables.
I know some people have said that fruit is not the best but at the moment for me it seems to be working…..I have energy for my training sessions, which are so much more intense, the last two weeks are going to be crazy…..!!!
As yet I am still working on eating habits that suit me…..
What works for you…..?

 

Loi Kartong…..

Loi Kartong…..

Today is the celebration Loi Kartong which is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma (in Shan State). The name could be translated “Floating Crown” or “Floating Decoration”, and comes from the tradition of making buoyant decorations which are then floated on a river.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to the (usually) lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. Krathong has no other meaning in Thai besides decorative floats, so Loi Krathong is very hard to translate, requiring a word describing what a Krathong looks like such as Floating Crown, Floating Boat, Floating Decoration. The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may take years to decompose. A krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.Government offices, corporations and other organizations bring large decorated krathongs. There are competitions for the best such krathong. A beauty contest is a regular feature and fireworks have become common in recent years.

Loi Krathong is often claimed to have begun in the Sukhothai by a court lady named Nopphamat. However, it is now known that the Nopphamat tale comes from a poem written in the early Bangkok period. According to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and placed the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of negative thoughts. However, many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา).The beauty contests that accompany the festival are known as “Nopphamat Queen Contests”. According to legend, Nang Nopphamat (Thai: นางนพมาศ; alternatively spelled as “Noppamas” or “Nopamas”) was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she had been the first to float a decorated raft. However, this is a new story which was invented during the first part of the 19th century. There is no evidence that a Nang Nopphamat ever existed. Instead, it is a matter of fact that a woman of this name was the leading character of a novel released during the end of the reign of King Rama III – around 1850 CE. Her character was written as guidance for all women who wished to become civil servants.

Kelantan in Malaysia also celebrates the same celebration, especially in the Tumpat area. The ministry in charge of tourism in Malaysia recognises it as an attraction for tourists. Many people visit the celebration each year.

 

Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as “Yi Peng.” Due to a difference between the old Lanna calendar and the Thai calendar, Yi Peng is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar (“Yi” meaning “2nd” and “Peng” meaning “month” in the Lanna language). A multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. The festival is meant as a time for tham bun, to make merit. People usually make khom loi from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, to which a candle or fuel cell is attached. When the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air which is trapped inside the lantern creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up into the sky. In addition, people will also decorate their houses, gardens and temples with khom fai intricately shaped paper lanterns which take on different forms. Khom thue are lanterns which are carried around hanging from a stick, khom khwaen are the hanging lanterns, and khom pariwat which are placed at temples and which revolve due to the heat of the candle inside. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom, where now both Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated at the same time resulting in lights floating on the waters, lights hanging from trees/buildings or standing on walls, and lights floating by in the sky. The tradition of Yi Peng was also adopted by certain parts of Laos during the 16th century.

 

 

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