My plan was always to achieve a unique level of understanding and technical ability in this art, which I believe I did under the expert guidance of the legendary ' Champion Trainer' Grandmaster Chokchaichana Krutsawan (now sadly deceased), with whom I trained on a daily basis for the best part of 3 years.
I had spent 7 years in Thailand training with various ex-world champions before finally being introduced to someone quite unique in his approach to the precision and culture of Thai boxing. It was also his wish that I return to the U.K. and continue the lineage of his teaching style and approach, which is now my plan.
My wife is also Thai so I hope to incorporate into the training facility a 'Thai Cafe' and possibly equipment shop, with all the goods coming directly from Thailand, along with periodic visits from other well-known fighters and trainers from the country in the form of seminars.
Part of the appeal of this facility will be its 'Thai-ness', which I believe will prove successful with Muaythai now massively popular and Thailand being one of the top holiday destinations for most people these days.
So picture a full-time training academy offering quality, authentic training, with a very Thai feel to it.
The CTP (Connection to Perfection) idea relates to the use of the art as a means of achieving one's absolute best version of oneself through not only the physical aspect of the training (which will be tailored according to age and level), but also mental and spiritual aspects at higher levels. The facility aims to incorporate not only classes based around the art of Thaiboxing, but also conditioning classes incorporating callisthenics, weight training, yoga and meditation. The proprietor's own personal library of Buddhist-related reading matter will also be housed in the cafe, tentatively entitled 'The Angry Monk's Soul Cafe, to offer further cultural insights and perspectives.