BANGKOK

Hello world!

I just got back to my hotel in Phuket after a nice two day trip in Bangkok!

The quick trip went by too fast as expected… I was there to see the city and to compete in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) tournament.

I lost my two five minute matches by points but overall it was an amazing learning experience!

I am a white belt so I still have a long road ahead of me in my Jiu-Jitsu journey.

And in case you are not familiar with the Jiu-Jitsu belt system…

It goes: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black.

And on “average” it can take one 10 years to earn their Black Belt!

I have been training Jiu-Jitsu going on eight months now 🙂

I competed in my weight class at 82.3 kg (181.5 lbs) and in the absolute devision (all the white belt weight classes combined).

In sport Jiu-Jitsu, the objective is to get your opponent to “tap out”. A tap out is a gentle way of saying “STOP! You won!”

Depending on which type of position you are in (there are thousands) and you DON’T tap… you could either get submitted unconscious (night night) or break a joint (snap).

In both my matches, I or my opponent did not submit each other. During the match, you earn points based on body control and positioning.

Now a little about Bangkok!

I didn’t see much to be honest since most of Saturday was spent in the tournament. But from what I saw, I loved and I already want to go back!

Everyone was respectful and made me feel at home.

Since I have never been to Thailand (let alone Bangkok) I planned my flight trip and flew with the head BJJ coach from Phuket Top Team.

Flying with him and a few teammates made the whole experience that much more enjoyable and I felt at lease knowing I wouldn’t get lost haha.

Bangkok is huge. About eight million people live in the beautiful city.

They have two big airports and a nice metro system that connects everything and makes getting around easy.

It’s hot and humid here in Thailand and Bangkok is even hotter than Phuket!

I have been walking around in flip flops my whole trip and don’t plan on wearing my big boots that I brought with me (I don’t know why I brought them lol).

And I quickly noticed how dirty my feet got just from walking around the streets. But the city didn’t feel dirty. Overall it was a clean city, at least the areas I saw.

Below are some pictures I took of my Bangkok trip!

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At Phuket airport on my way to Bangkok with 4th Degree Carlson Gracie Black Belt Prof. Olavo Abreu. Awesome teacher and personality!
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Smoothie station heaven! 50-70 baht about 1.5-2.5 USD
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Traditional Thai dish: Sticky rice with fresh mango topped with coconut sauce! #delicious
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Cool taxi drive played some traditional Thai music for me 
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Best iced tea ever. 50 baht!
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Bangkok knew I was coming! And you best damn believe I ate me a few (dozen) lol 
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Hostel I stayed at with teammates. I recommend! 390 baht dorm room/790 baht single room per night.
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I loved using the metro system in Bangkok! Fast, clean, Air Conditioned and affordable! 
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Reminiscing life on the hostel rooftop in Bangkok 🙂
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With most of the BJJ Phuket Top Team teammates!

 

I highly recommend Bangkok!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post…

Until the next one,

David

 

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