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Five Minutes With Four Seasons Muay Thai Expert, Anuphong Deesamer

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Laura Jones

Fondly known by guests and friends as Kru - meaning 'master' in Thai - meet Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui's Muay Thai Instructor, Anuphong.

The national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai was developed several hundreds of years ago, but still holds a poignant position in the country's culture.
At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, a wide variety of activities - usually held in the professional ring - open the doors to the sport for everyone. Adults can develop the skills required to practice the ancient Thai art of kickboxing with Anuphong, before a revitalising magnesium massage at the spa, while kids can take energy-packed, hour-long classes with an emphasis on fun and skill development.
Having been at the heart of the resort's Muay Thai practice since the opening of their hilltop training ring, Anuphong moved from the UK to take up the exciting position in Thailand, bringing with him his dedication to the 'Art of 8 Limbs'.

How did you begin training in Muay Thai?

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I originally took up fighting because of racism and bullies. I lived in the UK with my mother and little sister, and we faced racism almost every day. When I was 19, my mom decided to take me to her friend's Muay Thai Camp and told me that if I like fighting, then I should fight to win. By learning with expert instructors in a professional environment, I was kept from getting into trouble!

How has Muay Thai influenced your life?

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Any form of martial art is great for teaching you a wealth of life skills. You learn patience, endurance, respect for your opponent - and strangely enough, it's actually very calming.

What factors or experiences in your life have led to where you are today?

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Definitely the fear of living a 'normal' life! Apart from that, I was brought up to be loyal and to put my heart into everything I do. This job with Four Seasons as a Muay Thai coach is one in a million - much better than a sweaty gym, don't you think?

How did you land a job at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui?

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Four Seasons advertised that they required a Muay Thai Instructor following the launch of their new hilltop Muay Thai ring. I came over to Thailand to visit the resort, and once I saw the spectacular ring with views of the island, I knew it was the perfect office! I applied and got the job - three years later, I'm still their number one coach.

Is there a link between your interests and career, and do you have any lesser-known hobbies?

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The one thing I always dreamed of as a child was to be a soldier or police officer - to save and protect people, so I think Muay Thai definitely feeds into this. I am also interested in music and would love to be able to sing. Unfortunately, I am a well-coordinated fighter but cannot keep a tune!

Laura Jones

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After graduating from university, I couldn't wait to start exploring (with a very full suitcase, of course!). From my home in picturesque North Wales, my travels have taken me from the idyllic Greek Islands to the bright lights of New York, and I've always got my eye on the next destination!

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