Give it a whirl
Summary : Nice little gym, probably the best there is in Pattaya. Only real downside is lack of space and equipment.
If you haven’t heard of Sor Klinmee gym, then you’ll probably have heard the name attached to the superstar “Sudsakorn” who takes the gym’s name and trains here full time. The camp has been around since 2009 and is managed by the founder/head trainer Mit Klinmee or “Tappaya Sit Or”. Tappaya fought for the famous Sit Or gym in the 90’s and became Rajadamnern champion and channel 7 champion before his retirement in 2005.
The camp has now permanently changed its name to “Sudsakorn Muay Thai Gym” to honour their most successful student.
Unlike a lot of other commercialised camps, the owner of the gym actually trained Sudsakorn since he was 7 years old so he is a born and bred Sor Klinmee fighter. Some camps will just pay for superstars to train at their camp for a certain amount of time in order to attract foreigners, but this is not the case in Sor Klinmee.
I decided to visit the gym after my stay at Sityodtong, seeing as it was only a 5-10 minute motorcycle ride away. I can’t be sure of the exact distance as I was clinging for my life on the back of a retro motorcycle taxi each time I visited the gym.
Anyway, let’s start with the facilities; Sor Klinmee gym has a couple of boxing rings, 5 or 6 bags, floor-to-ceiling ball, hook and uppercut wall bag and a small carpeted training area at the front of the gym. The training area and ring space were adequate for the 3 days I visited the gym but I was sometimes left without a bag to train on.
There is definitely a more traditional feel to the gym than any other gyms in Pattaya that I have visited and the owners and staff are friendly and welcoming to foreigners at the camp. There were around 4 other foreigners training here during my visit and roughly 7 Thai fighters. The Thais are less than 55kg, with the exception of Sudsakorn of course who fights at around 70kg. The smaller fighters are actually tough as nails and fight to a very high standard in Lumpini. I would go as far as saying that the boy I clinched there is probably one of the best clinchers I have ever trained with in Thailand – very strong, excellent technique and able to hold his own against much bigger training partners.
As mentioned above, Sudsakorn trains exclusively in Sor Klinmee gym. During my stay, Sudsakorn was training for a fight in Hong Kong but, unlike some other superstars in Thailand, Sudsakorn also helps out the foreign visitors while they are clinching and works hard training the younger nak muays in the gym on a daily basis.
I trained with the same trainer as Sudsakorn trained with while I was there. He is a decent pad holder but didn’t correct technique much. I got 4 rounds of roughly 4 minutes every day I was there, rounds were timed manually by the trainer. Bag work is unsupervised.
There wasn’t too much waiting around, there maybe could have been an extra trainer to help out with the pad rounds or an extra couple of bags at least, but I’m nit-picking.
The fighters here clinch for around 30-40 minutes per day. There are some decent Thais to clinch with and Sudsakorn is on hand to help out. I’m not sure if he clinches with foreigners but I don’t see why he wouldn’t, he is a nice, approachable guy.
Oh, I forgot to mention that morning training is just a 10km run, no training in the gym so if you’re not a runner then just show up at the gym at around 4pm.
One of the few negatives of Sor Klinmee gym (for me, anyway) is that the gym is carpeted, not matted. For me, that’s an issue because I have seriously injured myself on un-matted floors in the past so I would never make a permanent move to a gym that didn’t have mats.
Other than that, it’s a nice gym with a family-type atmosphere and the people are friendly. If you’re in Pattaya then this is the only gym I recommend so it’s worth a shot.
Gym has a “family feel”
Owner and staff are very friendly
Good technical instruction
High-standard Thai fighters
Limited floor space and bag access
Morning training is a run only
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee
Sor Klinmee Gym Photos
Sor Klinmee gym offers food and accommodation on camp. If you want a training and accommodation/food package use the training cost calculator on the website. I didn’t get a chance to look at the rooms on camp (sorry).
One session: 300 baht
Two sessions: 600 baht
One week: 3000 baht
One month: 12,000 baht
The location of the camp is in the district of Nongprue, Chonburi in the suburbs of Pattaya.
Sor Klinmee Gym Address: 155/9 Moo 6, Nongprue District, Banglamong, Chonburi 20260, Thailand.
Sor Klinmee Gym Map
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