Summary : Awful. The review speaks for itself really.
You’ll notice the lack of a featured video and gym photos on this post. The reason for that is because I didn’t stay here long. The reason for that? Nikiema Pattaya Muay Thai Academy is probably the worst gym I’ve ever trained at. Let me tell you why…
I’d planned to stay here for 3-4 days to get a good feel for the gym so I could consider a permanent move here, and to give you guys a good write-up. It was during my first session here that I realised what an arrogant ***hole the owner, Stephane, was and what a terrible training ethic he has.
Nikiema Pattaya Muay Thai Academy is located on the premises of the old RMB gym on Soi 7 North Road in Pattaya city. The gym has been in operation since 2011 and is managed by a French muay Thai fighter named Stephane Nikiema. As I entered the gym, Stephane wasted no time in telling me what an amazing fighter he was and how he had had so many more fights than me, so I should listen to him. He was telling me he was a Lumpinee champion etc etc… It’s probably true, I just can’t be bothered to even Google it because the guy is a douche and I’d never train with somebody like that anyway.
I walked into an empty gym and waited for some visitors or Thai fighters but none had showed up by 4pm so I started my warm-up. I was first instructed to shadow box, so I wrapped my hands and began doing just that. Stephane would come over and tell me I was doing something wrong in a really condescending manner in pretty much every technique I threw. I love constructive criticism, I just prefer not to be talked to like I’m a total idiot.
Next, he got me kicking the bag. Stephane altered my technique a great deal on my roundhouse kick. It was a technique alteration that I have never seen before but, as with any gym I train at, I do as the trainers ask (within reason) and I’ll try out different ways of doing something as it may benefit me to know more than one way of doing something. However, what Stephane was expecting was instant results; he expected me to change the way I kicked after a few attempts, even though I had been throwing the kick in a different way for years.
Every time I messed the technique up he would get more and more angry order me to do press-ups as a punishment. Now, I’m an ex-soldier and I’m very well-versed in corporal punishment. But in a muay Thai gym? Really? There is no place for that in our sport. End of.
I then did a few rounds of pads with the Thai trainer at the gym. It was ok, but nothing special. I should mention that there wasn’t a single other person training in the gym. Not one. I wonder why?
Needless to say, I didn’t return to the gym the next day. I continued to stay at the hotel a couple of doors down and Stephane and the Thai trainer would see me walking to and from the Fairtex gym where I spent the next five days and would come out of their gym to point at me and talk about me, as though I ought to have continued training with them??
In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I don’t recommend anyone trains at Nikiema Pattaya Muay Thai Academy. The owner is one of the most arrogant men I have ever had the misfortune of meeting and there is nobody to train with at the gym anyway… Stay away.
The gym doesn’t provide on-camp accommodation which you can rent as part of a package deal. There is a hotel named Navin Mansion which is just 2 doors down and costs 700 baht per night.
One session: 300 baht
Two sessions (daily): 500 baht
Two weeks: 5,500 baht
One month: 10,500 baht
Two sessions + accommodation: 4,600 baht per week | 9,000 baht for two weeks | 14,900 baht per month
The gym is located just a stone’s throw away from the Fairtex gym on Soi 7 North road. There are a few nice restaurants on the same road and a 7/11 and Tescos less than five-minutes’ walk away.
Nikiema Pattaya Muay Thai Academy Address: Soi 7 North Road, Pattaya City, Thailand
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