Follow the Way of the Warrior

2010-04-03 10:24

QUENTIN Chong is a Muay Thai expert. He has a jet-set life, navigates between training people in Las Vegas and Cape Town, and counts local celebrities Colin Moss and Jeannie D among his clients.

Currently Chong is taking on the role of trainer for the M-Net Action reality show Way of the Warrior where he helps overweight people get into shape through this form of martial arts.

According to Chong, who is somewhat of a multi-tasker (he has actor, trainer, champion and stunt coordinator on his CV) Muay Thai involves immense discipline and concentration. The art dates back centuries.

“Many people have different perceptions of martial arts and believe that all kung fu is the same. Muay Thai is a boxing style mixed with a deep-rooted history of the Thai people.”

The sport and fitness regime originated in Thailand where it is a national sport, and is often ­referred to as the “science of eight limbs”.

Chong says: “One of the first times Muay Thai was used in battle was between the Burmese and Thai people over land. Children as young as eight were taught to fight using this traditional method of unarmed combat.”

Over the years, Muay Thai has developed into a form of entertainment where on average 60 000 people bet on matches.

Chong is quick to defend the sport. “The entire concept of Muay Thai is being the best version of yourself. It has the least number of rules for a fighting sport and this is because every body part is being worked at the same time – the fists, feet, knees and elbows. This means that other muscles in your body are being used to flex these eight sections.”

Apart from the physical aspect of training, it is the mind which is the most powerful muscle in the body and this is the key to unleashing your strength, says the 34-year-old expert.

“You have to train your mind through talking and only then will the body respond to your training. It is vital believe in yourself if you want your body to look and feel a certain way.”

Chong, who is a Muay Thai world champion ­admits that women make the best students.

“Women are wonderful to train because they don’t want to fight to become champions, but to learn for themselves and their bodies. They understand that it’s not just about flexing muscles which means that their minds are in the right place.”

- Way of the Warrior is on M-Net Action at 6pm on Mondays 

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