Sombat Banchamek AKA Buakaw Banchamek is a Thai welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer. He is from Surin Province, Thailand and his father is a farmer. When he was 7 or 8 years old, he had a chance to go to fun fair at the temple and saw his friends on the boxing stage. There were lots of people who came to see and cheer, so he started training Muay Thai because he wanted people to cheer for him too.
After few months of training, he won his first stage fight at the fun fair, so he decided to form a team and train Muay Thai by themselves without trainer or teacher. They just kept doing it and they gained more and more experiences, Buakaw kept fighting on the district stage until he reached the national stage and finally became the Buakaw Banchamek that is well known today.
Buakaw Banchamek founded his first Banchamek Gym at his hometown, Surin Province in March 17, 2012 and later the second gym in Bangkok. Banchamek Gym has two main purposes:
Banchamek Gym also organized and participated in social charity, such as 20th-21st World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, Buakaw Country Marathon, boxing trainings for teens and etc.
“Actually I have to thank Muay Thai for letting everyone know me and support me, I feel it’s the right way for me after all the trainings and hard works, I’ve given blood, sweat, tears to get to where I am today. It’s totally worth doing it to let everyone see the value in me. All professional boxers know that they have to have discipline, if they don’t, they can’t be professional boxers or any kind of athlete on the world stage. I hope everyone realises their own potential and do their own tasks to be on top of what they do. If you wanna be number one, you have to know what you are doing. That’s it and you’ll be on top.” Said Buakaw.
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