I spent one month at Kombat Group in July 2015.
My name is Tash from Dubai and I spent one week at Kombat Group taking part in the Weight Loss Program with my sister Mel who lives in Australia. You probably want to know what brought us to the Kombat village and what we thought about the whole experience, so I will tell you.
I had decided to take 4 months off from work and travel the world for a while. Before arriving in Thailand (my last stop before heading home to Dubai) to visit my brother who lives in Pattaya, I had spent maturity of my holiday travelling around America and Australia.
Just before leaving Australia for Thailand I really felt that all the travelling which involved a lot of eating, massive amount of alcohol consumption and not doing much exercise at all had taken its toll on the body.
This left me feeling that I needed to do something about it. I had heard from a few people who had been to training camps in Thailand and had great results.
I went to my trusted source ‘Google’ and came across the Kombat Group Fight Club website.
I then decided that it looked really interesting and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I’ll be honest I was a bit nervous about this as I had no previous experience in Muay Thai or MMA but I was ready for a challenge. Then I got my little sister on board who I knew had some holidays off University and also wanted to lose some weight.
We decided that we wanted to stay at the camp even though our brother only lived about 10 minutes away. This was a really good decision as our days were action packed with activities. All our meals were provided at the camp, which were delicious. This was important for us as there was no temptation to eat anywhere else.
An example of a day would be wake up first thing in the morning and go for a run with the fabulous Christian Daghio. Then we would do weight training with Christian, some technique exercises, as well as some circuits. Breakfast and a bit of rest followed before our next class at 11.00am. This was MMA with the fantastic Geir Spanien.
I have never had anyone who really knows how to teach as well as this man. My sister and I knew nothing at the beginning and really felt that just after 1 week he taught us so much in such a short amount of time. He really takes the time and effort to go through all the techniques until you get it right.
We really appreciated his patience with us! After this class we showered and yes we couldn’t wait to shower as seriously had never sweated so much before in our lives. Had some lunch and rested until it was time for another MMA session (if we could drag ourselves out of bed). If we missed this we would compensate by going for another run before it was time for Muay Thai training ending our day at around 7.30-8.00. By this time we were exhausted. We had dinner after and had massages almost every day at a nearby massage parlour. Then we went to sleep, woke up and did it all over again!
We soon realized we had taken on a lot in such a short amount of time and as we had time constraints this was our only option if we wanted to see results. This was one of the hardest things we had ever done, but looking back at the week it was so worth it!!!! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and by the end of the week Mel and I were so sad to leave. We had made some new friends and really enjoyed all our time at the camp even though it was hard work for us.
Mel lost an amazing 4 kilos in just 1 week (she weighed herself before & after). I definitely lost weight too as my clothes are fitting so much better (hate weighing myself so didn’t). We both felt fitter after and left motivated to continue training.
Our one biggest regret was not being able to stay longer. We would go back and do it all again for sure and stay longer next time!
Thanks to Christian and the whole Kombat village team, it was a great experience!