Bristol Muay Thai practitioner Craig Maynard interview for Enso

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bristol muay thaiPhil @ Enso Martial Arts: When did you start training?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

I started training in Thai around 12 years ago, before that I kickboxed for a few years and did some judo as a kid.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:What attracted you to the martial arts and Muay Thai in particular?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

With thai, I basically just kickboxed and didn’t know anything about it, and then I saw it on the Internet, I saw the elbows and knees scenario, and though Yes! That’s what I want to do, so I tried it out. I carried on kickboxing for about a year, lost interest in it to be honest and got myself right into Thai.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Excellent, Where did you start training in Thai?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

In St. George (Bristol), a place called lifestyles gym with Jon Munden, went down there, trained with Jon for about a year, had a couple of fights and then just got a ticket to Thailand, flew over to Thailand by myself, stayed in a training camp with the fighters, up in the jungle for about 2 months, I had 4 fights while I was over there as well. And that was it then, I came back and won a fight

So you did kickboxing and Judo as a kid, why do you prefer Muay Thai? It’s definitely Muay Thai, I’ve got no disrespect for the other disciplines as that what I grew up doing, but as soon as I found Thai, that was it then.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:That’s was the one for you?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

Yes definitely!

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:What have you won throughout your career?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

Belt wise, I’ve won the welterweight Golden belt championship, and also the WRSA (World Ring Sports Association) welterweight Intercontinental pro title. That was against a guy from Ko Pang Yang in Thailand.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Yes I remember the show! What would you say was your hardest fight?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

Hmm I don’t know, the one that I got the most injuries in was the golden belt fight, because the guy had knocked his last 3 opponents out with just leg kicks, and he pretty badly busted my leg up. It was about 3 times bigger than it should have been, I ended up in hospital, had my leg in a cage for a few weeks. But I won the fight and I won every round and won quite convincingly. And then the Thai one, I suppose the trouble of flying him over and all my family was there, and he kicked like a horse. He took a piece of shin bone out of left shin, so I had to block with my right shin and then obviously split that open in about 3 places and to be fair if I hadn’t of knocked him out in the 3rd round, the fight would have probably have been stopped in the next round because my shins were just split to the bone, so that was quite a bad one. But yeah, injury wise that was probably the hardest one.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Yeah that’s tough! That’s why I do kickboxing! I wouldn’t be able to walk. Full respect! So what keeps you interested in Muay Thai after all these years?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

I don’t know, once you do it, it get’s into your blood. It’s a little bid sadistic, but in a good way you know? You chat to a lot of people and only certain people are cut out for it. It’s weird, if you don’t go home with injuries, it doesn’t seem right, if yu know what I mean? Like the next day when you’ve finished a fight and you have to come down the stairs on your bum because you can’t walk, but a couple of days later you feel like you’ve earned it.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:There’s not much tougher!

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

No, I think you’ve got have a little bit missing in your brain to do it!

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Where is you club now, and how is it going?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

I’m still Bristol Muay Thai, I’ve got my own class on a Friday, It’s going alright thanks. I’m trying to do more traditional Muay Thai. The classes are sculptured like they are in Thailand. Not much cardio, you know people pay for the classes and they can do cardio in their own time, I do a lot more technical stuff on the pads and that, and a lot of clinching as well. Because clinching, personally, it’s the reason I don’t like K1 because it takes the clinching aspect out of the sport, which I think is the hardest part of the sport, not just getting kicked in the shins . The clinch side of it is really technical. It’s like a game of chess. It looks like 2 guys just grabbing on to each other and kneeing each other but it’s not, especially when elbows are involved. I keep it quite traditional.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Where is the venue and the time?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

It’s at Bristol dojo in bedminster down. At 6.3o pm every Friday, we got a good crowd, we have a lot of beginners down there, we have ome more experienced people that are fighting for me. Yeah, it’s a nice class, relaxed and it works well.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Do you have any events or shows coming up?

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

Yes, I’ve done 7 now, quite big events. My last have been big events with vip tables. I’ve got another one coming up on April the 5th at Patchway leisure centre. I’ve got some good fights on that already. £ good title fights sanctioned. Mainly Thai, I’ve got some k1, as some don’t like the clinch siode of things.

Phil @ Enso Martial Arts:Excellent Best of luck! And thank you for your time today.

Craig @ Bristol Muay Thai:

No problem at all.

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