Tony Jaa's daily routine training

  • Wake up at 5 or 6 am
  • Warm-up
  • 10 kms running
  • 30 minutes to one hour of warm-up (Muay Thai movements, stretching, gymnastic)
  • Meditation
  • 8 hours of daily training
  • No weight-lifting
  • Fought five times in the ring when he was in Muay Thai training camp, won all the matches.

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Tony Jaa explained what's his daily routine training on the official Thai Tom Yum Goong DVD. You'll find below a transcript of what he said as well as some screencaptures.

" Making an action movie is dangerous. It requires a lot of practice; we do workshops, demo videos, and the most important thing is practice. It's something that must be taken seriously.
Massage is part of warm-up for my muscles. I have a masseuse. Massage is important because it relaxes tension in the body.
After massage, I do stretching. My stretching is also paying respect to my body, my legs, my arms, my brain. I also do some meditation when I stretch.
Next is gymnastics training. The stretching is very important for gymnastics.
Next is practicing the 15 mae mai of Muay Thai.
Regarding what you see in action movies: whether it's Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong, Hong Kong action movies, etc... I think it's important that you know it's not easy. You have to have a mentor, you have to have someone to teach you martial arts and gymnastics in the correct way. To my young fans : don't take my movies as instructional videos. Don't watch the movie and say "wow Tony Jaa does a flip so I will do it too" because it's dangerous and something bad can happen. Most importantly : if you are interested in this and you have it in your heart, you have to make sure you really have it in your heart, and for the right reasons. If you want to train like this, you have to study with a teacher who can show you how to do things the right way. I say this because I am concerned about your well-being."

Training room in Bangkok