The people of On Nut Soi 36 located in Sukhumvit Soi 77 share a common sense of pride for the glorious fighter Attachai Fairtex, since the days that he used to train for his tournaments in the city’s famous Muay Thai gym called Por Somranchai.
With a spectacular history of professional gyms, specializing in the hand martial art form, spanning over three decades, On Nut 36 witnessed the introduction of some of the master pioneers such as Por On Nut and Por Pinyo. The two Muay Thai gyms are affiliated to a Chon Buri enterprise called Por Burapha and another establishment Por Somranchai that has grabbed immense popularity and repute given the fact that it offered Muay Thai training to Attachai for over 14 years. These gyms have a reputation for training some of the most deadly fighters of the recent times and have witnessed several instances wherein the fighters had to indulge in mutual support for training and optimizing their performances. Also, there have been several instances wherein Attachai spent his days and nights at the gym to train continuously for several months.
Rightly touted as the pioneers in Muay Thai martial arts training, both Por On Nut and Por Pinyo have been credited with producing some of the best and most talented champion fighters on the likes of Kong Prai who bagged the Lumpini and Thailand championships at 105 lbs and 115 lbs respectively and Petch Wasorn who won the Rachadamnern Stadium Championship at 118 lbs. In addition to this, the gym also trained Chatree who became the Omoi Champion for the 122 lbs category and Daoprasuk whose popularity skyrocketed after he became the two times champion at Lumpini.
Times changed and so did the design and technology of the fitness gyms. In the wake of hi tech innovations and a raise in the quality of life, most contemporary gyms in Bangkok, Thailand became equipped with air-conditioning, an aspect wherein the Muay Thai gyms could not live up to the consumer expectations. As a result of which, Most Muay Thai training centers including Por On Nut had to cease their operation and have remained abandoned for several years now.
Given his strong sentimental attachment to this place that he calls his home, Attachai refurbish the abandoned gym keeping up with the contemporary standards, and revive its lost glory by providing it with modern facilities. He further adds that unless the new generations genuinely strive to preserve the traditional Muay Thai legacy, it will soon be forgotten or end up as a faint memory of an era gone by.