Muay Thai in Boracay: Training at Legacy Gym

Just because you’re in the middle of a tropical paradise, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss training. In fact, visiting Boracay grants you a rare opportunity to train with one of the best fight teams and some of the best fighters in Asia when you visit the Legacy Gym.

This gym was established and is run by Muay Thai European and World Champion, K-1 veteran, and ONE FC top contender Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen. The Filipino-Danish Laursen put up this facility after first establishing the Legacy Gym in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

The Legacy Boracay Gym houses a number of fighters like Fil-Am fighter Richie Redman and Swedish welterweight Zebaztian Kadestam, who have uprooted their lives abroad to live in a hut above the steel cage. At this gym, these fighters wake and sleep to MMA, training grappling and striking day in and day out, and incorporating the beach and terrain to their gruelling condition program. The entire facility isn’t completely built yet, but by this month it should be all set with a striking area full of punching bags, a separate grappling area, and even room accommodations for guests.

The daily training program at Legacy Gym Boracay as of now is divided into two: conditioning and grappling in the morning (10am) and striking in the afternoon (5pm). However, Laursen confirmed that training will be five times a day once the gym is completely built. If you’re interested in joining them for training, their doors are always open. I’d suggest, however, that you email or call them up before your visit to ensure that someone will attend to you when you get there.

From my personal experience training at the Legacy Gym, all I can say is this: you can’t not train here if you’re visit Boracay. Imagine: not only are you able to get grade-A training with the pros, but you’ll be able to drag your exhausted body to the luscious white-sand beaches after training to relax. You’ll get to train with professional fighters, spar with them, and really challenge yourself. I was lucky enough to have sparred with pro boxer Rudy Torres, PXC’s Richie Redman and Ole Laursen himself, and it was an honor to trade leather with–and get punched in the face by–such high-caliber fighters.

So if you’re looking for an island getaway and an awesome MMA training experience all rolled into one, then training at the Legacy Gym in Boracay is the thing for you. Fees, directions, and other details are listed below.

Training Fees:
P500.00/session
P3,000.00/for one week of training twice daily

How to get there:
From the white beach, take a tricycle to Diniwid road or “crossing”. The trip shouldn’t cost more than P15.00 and shouldn’t be more than 5 minutes long. Get off at “crossing”, you’ll see a sign in the fork in the road pointing to the left with the words “LEGACY MMA GYM” on it. Take that left and walk til you see Boracay Residences on the left. You’ll take a left passed that and walk up a dirt-road hill until you see a cage. That’s it. Don’t worry, there are lots of sign boards to ensure that you don’t get lost.

For inquiries, visit http://www.legacygymphilippines.com/ or follow Boracay Mma on Facebook.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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