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  1. This is a super cool thread. What would my name be? It's Joshua or Josh
  2. *Update* Sorry I haven't gotten around to posting in a bit. Been busy at work and getting things in order. I will be arriving September 1st from Canada to Chiang Mai and the family will be meeting me there to pick me up and bring me back to Thoen. I'll start with the METV visa as it's the easiest course of action. I inquired to both a language school and combatives class in Chiang Mai that can secure 1 year ED visas so after my first 6 months that may be my avenue of securing another year which I'll work on as soon as I arrive. I was able to secure long term insurance in three different ways. One being through my bank in Canada and then second being through a company online and the last being through my ex spouses BAR insurance here in Canada. She's a Lawyer here in Canada and I've been on her plan for years as I cover the deductible and she has me on there as a secondary. Because I get no health insurance being a Thai boxing gym owner here's in Canada automatically. When I needed stitches previously when fighting in Thailand it was always covered and reimbursed by them without issue. I also got bit by a dog once lol, they also covered that. Some long term ideas to secure myself income and stay are opening up a small hostel through the family as they have land to do so next to their home and gym. We would do excursions for Thai boxers in the western world looking to get a real authentic experience here in Thailand. I would run it online and be the western contact to book people and answer questions. I've spoken with several gyms in Phuket who already do this and they have walked me through the process of setting it up legally. This is in demand as Thailand is changing immensely too and that real authentic experience for a Muay Thai fighter is becoming tougher to find. Tourism sort of brought that into a similar day and age as the western world. Air conditioned flats, showers, cable TV. That's what most gyms offer now and in my opinion it's no more authentic than training in any other tropical country. This would be more old school, hardened, less amenities and as close to as the old days as I could manage it to be. That might sound silly to you all but struggle and being uncomfortable is what breeds toughness in a person and I know many fighters in North America still searching for this experience. I have a university degree so I can do TESL in lampang with a certification and worst case I would travel that distance every few days if needed to secure a work permit and longer visa. Lastly once I am certain that this is where I'm set on being and staying I would just pay for the elite visa if that was the easiest option for me when the time comes. I've been in contact with some people who pointed me in the direction of volunteering while I'm there. Not for a visa or anything else but just to try and do my part for the country and being in the area. Seems there are always volunteers needed up north working with the tribes people etc. I've been speaking nightly with the family for hours. Their mother is quite a sweet woman, messages me good morning and good night every day. We communicate back and forth probably 4 hours every day even wit the time difference. They have been introducing me as their "son" to their family members and friends. They have called my coach their Son for many years and he calls them mother and father so I guess by association I am now son too. I speak with the daughter and her husband on Skype. They are helping with my Thai and learning more English quite quickly themselves. I've included some photos of them just for you guys to get a feel for them. The farang there is my coach. He's coming out with me for the first 3 months to help me transition into it easier. The older man is the father and gym owner. The woman is his wife. They have 4 kids and 2 grand kids. The photo with all the children is them doing some volunteer work near by. They bring food and clothing several times a year to a village in the mountains. The father is either teaching Muay Thai, setting up boxing rings or helping at the temple. Seems like he never stops working. They are always at the temple working and helping out. Seems to be a daily thing So that's where I'm at now with this journey. You guys have all been amazing, Ken and Ubonjoe made this possible for me so thank you. You guys all had great input and suggestions and whether or not it was what I wanted to hear or not is irrelevant. The naysayers are as important or more important than the people telling me to go live my dream. I needed to hear and be aware of the good and the bad. I appreciate you hearing my story and taking time out of your own days to help me live my dream I'll make sure that I'm in contact with anyone interested once I touch down and get myself sorted.
  3. Here's my original thread and it's got a ton of responses that cover most everything you are asking
  4. If you want good advice make sure you lay things out clearly and in a cohesive way on here and try and use the search function before asking questions that may have be answered ten x over by the folks here. I was asking a similar question a few weeks back and got tons of great information
  5. I don't think there will be many young, single Thai gals in the village of Thoen lol.
  6. What am I running from in Canada? Growing old. It's pretty much been my dream since I was a kid to live in Thailand training and fighting full time for as long as I can. About 4.5 years ago I had two choices. Left or right. I was offered a spot to be a sponsored fighter in Phuket at a gym there and at the last moment my now business partner convinced me to open up the gym. For the first two years I really enjoyed it but eventually my heart wasn't allowing my brain to pretend I was happy with the decision I had made. You all make great points. It's the same type of skepticism that I faced when I opened my gym here. Instead of visas it was, "that's not a real job." "Go become a police officer." Things like that. I definitely look at Thailand through rose colored glasses, it's the birthplace of the single one thing I have been passionate about my entire life. But on the other hand, I've had my ass kicked more times than I can count, both in the ring and life in general. Anyone who says failure isn't an option is deluded. I know first hand that failure is the most readily available option at any given time. But I also know that it's a choice sometimes. Best case scenario is my fantasy life in Thailand becomes a reality. Worst case scenario is me falling flat on my face after a year, two, maybe ten. Who knows, but I'm standing here now saying I'll take it on the chin if it comes to that. So to answer your question as to what I'm running from? An idea in my own head that soon I'll be too old to chase the dreams I've had and the things I've wanted my entire life
  7. Sorry for not posting much I have been working alot at getting things in order etc. The ED visa was my first idea in terms of staying for a long period, there are still ways to make that work as I can do a combates class weekly in Chiang Mai that would qualify me for one. Looking at the option of getting the papers and certificate needed to teach and tutor English as a second option. The family also owns a ring business and one of the partners is a high up at the Muay Thai Council overseeing all of Thailand. Business is registered etc, so we are looking at that for a work permit as well. The other option is the Thai elite Visa if it comes down to that. I've been working at this tirelessly since I first posted this topic. Probably 5 hours a day is just preparing for Thailand. There's definitely a lot of red tape but I also see a ton of different solutions and options here as well
  8. Hey everyone, It's been so very informative to read alot of the posts and content on here. Seems like a great community. So I'm looking at making the jump to move to Thailand. In an ideal world I'd stay forever but there's always a chance life can get in the way. I've been to Thailand 11x now generally two months or so at a time. My first trip was 04 and I've been back most years since. I own and operate a Muay Thai gym here in Canada and have had it for 4 years now but I've grown restless more recently and ever since my last trip to Thailand I knew in the back of my mind that Thailand has always felt more like home than Canada ever has. Coming up from the Muay Thai scene I've seen ALOT of the good and bad that the country has to offer. Been extorted by police officers, scammed by crooked cabbies, you name it. I've experienced first hand the corruption and gambling that goes along with Muay Thai. And I'm in no way deluded enough to believe that every Farang is beneficial to the country. I know the landscape is changing greatly I terms of foreign issues and the fact that some expats are slowly leaving. I understand the culture well and I love the people like they are my own family. So I think I have a pretty good grasp on life there, the culture, the way of life etc. At least from the Muay Thai scope of things. Obviously I'm much less experienced in the politics, red tape and the headaches than come along with it because my time there has never been more than training and fighting. My plan currently is to liquidate my business, sell what I can and land there either October or December of this year. I have a bit of a support system and am probably luckier than most who take this leap as a long time mentor and Muay Thai coach of mine has lived back and forth between Thailand and Canada for the last 18 years. He has a daughter aged ten who's Thai and she still lives there fulltime. So I'm not going into this process completely blind and clueless or at least I don't think so. The gym he fought out of and still trains at is taking me on fulltime as a fighter and student. I'll help out where I can and in return my room and board and meals are free. So my overall expenses would be quite a bit lower than most people's. They have basically refused any payment on my end as they want me to stay in their home as family. The culture in the north seems different than what I am used to in the tourist heavy areas of the south. Even though they are refusing money now I'm still going to give them the lions share of what I earn fighting and however else I earn money obviously. I cannot fight forever so I'd need to plan to eventually have a business or stay on at that gym or another as a coach. I've got a few ideas for some Muay Thai instructionals and some other areas to make some money long term. It's in Lampang, which is one area I know very little about. Thoen district to be exact. Most of my time spent has been in Pathum Thani, Bangkok, and Rawai (Phuket). I've seen Phuket change immensely over the years and it's not for me. I want something small, intimate and with minimal tourists acting like idiots. The gym is virtually unknown, off the beaten path and probably the last gym in the area a Farang or tourist would go to. They have no foreign fighters, I'd be the only one at this time. The first in a decade actually, which I'm happy about because I want to be able to live as close to the culture and country as possible. The family has welcomed me in with open arms even though they haven't had a Farang stay or train with them in a decade besides my coach who's basically family to them at this point. Based off my large Novel above do I sound like I am better equipped and suited for this than most people who come up with the idea of packing up and moving to Thailand? I'll be coming with some savings. Maybe 20k Canadian for emergencies and what not but the majority of the money I earn will be from Thai boxing. I'll be receiving another 10k Canadian in the first year and a half as my business partner slowly buys out some of the stuff in my business I'm leaving behind. In an ideal world I would do this for 3 years and if I'm successful I'd start working at staying forever and setting down roots here. The biggest point in my rambling above is I don't intend to live like a Farang. I don't need immenities and western comforts. I'm not coming because of the beaches, women or the fact I can party cheaply. I'm coming because of the art, culture and sport and what it means to me. Thoughts? Opinions? Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? I'm all ears and would love to hear what those who have experienced this and been through it think. Obviously I have rose colored glasses on as I'm eager. Cheeers, Joshua
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