My Muay Thai Boxing Experience


My Muay Thai Boxing Experience

By: Chris Loliva personaltrainingleeds, leedspersonaltrainer, thaiboxing

My Muay Thai Boxing Experience

I discovered Muay Thai at 13 years old, after the first few sessions I immediately fell in love with the sport, and since then it still is my passion

After two years of training and at the age of 15 I took part in my first interclub tournament between several local gyms in the area. At the time that was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The tournament resulted in a defeat however this did not deter me, it only encouraged me to train harder to get in better shape for my next competition.

For about a year I competed in regional competitions. The wins were a real motivator, it gave me a buzz like no other and after I won the regional in my category at 16-years old I decided it was time to take a step forward.

With help from my coach I decided to take training more seriously - he suggested it was time to move to a semi-pro national level...and at the age of 17 I took part in my first national tournament which resulted in a loss by KO at the semi finals, although I would have loved to have taken a belt home with me I was really pleased with the progress I had made which was later recognised by the organisers as they awarded me with the belt for the best semi-pro under 60kg and under 18 years old. After this I decided to wait 6 months before entering back into the ring and in the summer of 2010 I moved to Thailand where I trained in a camp near Pattaya, this was a one of my best experiences to date, I learnt a lot of different training techniques which I use to this date and the style as a form.

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On returning to Italy I decided to slow down my competition fighting because of work and a few injuries. In February of 2013 I decided to move to UK (Leeds) which helped me focus on my other passion, personal training, where i often use my experience in Muay Thai to help my clients reach their goals.

If you're interested in started Muay Thai on a one a one to one basis please get in in touch with me via or if you would like to find out more about my personal training experience you can visit my other blog