Meet Saenchai, a trainer at POW Muay Thai and Fitness. A former professional, he has trained in Thailand, Korea, and Hong Kong, and has been working at POW for 1.5 years.
What’s your background in Muay Thai?
My father loved to watch Muay Thai, so he got me into it. I started training in Bangkok when I was 9, and I’m now 40, so I’ve been training for 31 years. I became a professional 10 years ago. When you’re young, it’s easy to make money fighting.
How many fights have you had in the ring?
275 fights! I don’t fight anymore though.
What’s your worst injury?
I once got 20 stitches around my left eye socket, and had to stop for a month to recover.
What’s your motivation?
Good health, definitely. I also see the value of Muay Thai as an art form – the techniques are complicated, but beautiful when executed correctly. I’m also grateful to Muay Thai for giving me a career and allowing me to do what I love.
Do you follow a strict diet?
No, I believe everything is okay in a normal diet. However, two to four days before a fight, you don’t want to eat too much since you need to weigh in.
Any advice for Muay Thai beginners?
The most common injuries are to the hands and ankles. Make sure to watch your range of movement. Muay Thai is great because you train your entire body, so I encourage everyone to try it!