Children’s Muay Thai at Houston Muay Thai

Parents… you can take your child to Houston Muay Thai! Days of hiring a babysitter, so that you can exercise, are long gone. While you work on your fitness, your young one can too! The gym offers Children’s Muay Thai the same time as the beginner’s Muay Thai class for adults at 6:00 p.m. on weeknights. In the class, they will learn to defend themselves. They grasp the basics of kicking and punching, while being trained to quickly respond with blocks and jumps.

This just shows that Muay Thai can be practiced at any age. When started early, your child will hone fundamental traits: self-discipline, respect, courage, self-esteem, mental acuity, and physical strength. With the world-class instructors at Houston Muay Thai, this class will foster your child’s development into a respectable adult.


I stopped in on a class and watched the kids in action! I asked each of them a set of questions about why they enjoy Houston Muay Thai. Here is what they had to say!

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JC is 8 years old and has been going to HMT for 5 months.

What do you like about this class? Everything.

What is your favorite thing that you’ve learned? Swiss punch and how to block.

How often do you go to class? 4-5 times a week.

What do you love about HMT? Practice train.

What do you like about the teachers? I love that the HMT coaches train.

What are you most excited about, when you come in? I can’t wait for a competition, and I like training with Coach Bob.

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Minha is 9 years old and has been going to HMT for 5 months.

What do you like about this class? Kicking.

What is your favorite thing that you’ve learned? Blocking, low kicks, and I made a few friends.

How often do you go to class? 4-5 days a week.

What do you love about HMT? I love being here.

What do you like about the teachers? I love playing with the coaches.

What are you most excited about? Motivation to go to competitions, but not yet. I know I will, when I’m 10.

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Aaliyah is 6 years old and has been going to HMT for 7 months.

What do you like about this class? Punching and kicking.

What is your favorite thing that you’ve learned? Kicks.

How often do you go to class? 3 times a week.

What do you love about HMT? Kicks.

Who is your favorite teacher? Coach Bob, Coach Corley, and Coach Oliver

What else do you like about coming to HMT? I like that my parents train with me, and that Coach Bob pats me on my head.

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Byanka is 10 years old and has been going to HMT for 8 months.

What do you like about this class? Punching and kicking.

What is your favorite thing that you’ve learned? Kicking on the pad and blocking the (pool) noodle.

How often do you go to class? 3-5 times a week.

What do you love about HMT? Preparing for a real fight, when I turn 13.

What do you like about the teachers? I love the coaches, and my favorite is Coach Bob.

What else do you like about HMT? I like when my parents are watching me.


Houston Muay Thai added their Children’s Muay Thai class in October 2016. It is a safe and fun way for the young ones to engage in physical activity, set to achieve realistic goals, and master an incredible sport. Let’s set an example and show them the importance of staying in motion and being strong and healthy!

If you’re looking to try a Muay Thai class, check out my Kickboxing 101 post!

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For more information, visit Houston Muay Thai.

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Brooks x Fleet Feet Exclusive!

The colors. The prints!!
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She’s pretty, huh? Brooks Running collaborated with Fleet Feet Sports and created this exclusive spring collection that can be found only at Fleet Feet stores! I was pretty stoked, when I was selected to try this outfit, before its release. When the package arrived, I swooned over the ikat and floral prints in bright cobalt. So To The Nines. It was just my style!


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I have taken this outfit on running trails to bootcamp classes to the weight room. This fabric is unique in that it’s very lightweight and soft! It hugs and complements the body without feeling too tight nor uncomfortable. Another plus? It resists odor and keeps my consistently sweaty self dry!


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Having ran in the Brooks Adrenaline in the past during my racing days, I was familiar with its support for my pronation. The Adrenaline GTS 17 is no different! This shoe is well-cushioned, so my runs are a breeze! The Heathered Collection is also around for a limited time, so visit your nearest Fleet Feet store and take these beauties out for a test run. I apologize in advance for you falling in love with them. 🙂


The entire outfit can be found at Fleet Feet Houston, online, and at all Fleet Feet Sports stores.

 Top – Brooks Distance Tank

Bra – Brooks Ikat Sports Bra

Bottoms – Brooks Ghost Crop

Shoes – Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Heathered Collection

Photographer – Misun Photography


xo,

Teresa Thuy

Sponsored post: I received clothing in exchange for sharing it on social media. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Kimono Dragon

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Looking for the cover-up? I have you covered in this eye-catching green kimono.

 You can wear it with bold heels or a statement necklace… or, you can let the kimono do its job and keep the rest of the outfit neutral!

CAUTION: This kimono has been shown to stir more interest than your standard light sweater or denim jacket. A study of several wears have proven this theory. 🙂


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Crop top –  Leith at Nordstrom

Jeans – Zara

Kimono – Zara

Purse – BP at Nordstrom

Heels – Charles David

Photographer – Kristi Hoang Photography


Happy Monday, TTN crew!

New week, new goals! Let’s crush them! 😀

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Palazzo Pants

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Helloo, spring!! We welcome you and your long days, patio weather, bike rides, and palazzo pants!! “What kind of pants?” you ask. Think of them as sweatpants that you can dress up and feel To the Nines in! With its extreme width, it provides airiness and the utmost comfort!


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Top – Leith from Nordstrom

Pants – Sugarlips from Dillard’s

Jacket – GAP

Earrings – Liana Paula

Purse –BP from Nordstrom

Photographer – Kristi Hoang


Get outside and enjoy all of spring: the blooming flowers, the chirping birds, and the evening breeze! Making plans to spend plenty of time at the park this weekend with my dog, Elle!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Lace Romper

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When you combine the best of two worlds, you get this lace maxi skirt (with slits!) over a romper (with a zipper in the back that allows for easy bathroom usage)! Bound to make any woman feel gorgeous in it!


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When I saw this dress, I knew it would be perfect for my beach vacation to Mexico with my boyfriend! I mean… it was the last one, on sale, aaand in my size! (Don’t worry. Nordstrom has plenty in this color and mustard!) Then, I saw this wall adorned with fuchsia flowers, during our daily bike ride to Tulum town. It was the most beautiful backdrop for the most beautiful dusty blue romper!


Romper- Beehive Socialite from Nordstrom

Sandals – Old Navy

Photographer – Martin Ruiz


With a close friend in town from Atlanta celebrating her 30th birthday and another enjoying this short break from the books, can’t wait to try new restaurants, see Alicia Keys tonight at the Rodeo, and laugh a lot with my friends!! <3

Make it an awesome weekend!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Off the Shoulder

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I am excited to announce that off the shoulder tops are here to stay! Sweaters were seen in shoulder baring styles, and with the imminent Texas-blazing temperatures, this lightweight, cropped top is the way to transition into spring. Add some edge, like I did, with a faux leather mini. This top is available at Zara, and I linked faux leather mini skirts under $28!


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Top – Zara

Skirt – OLD / Forever 21 only $17.90! / ASOS

Boots – Forever 21

Earrings – Chloe Dao Boutique in Rice Village

Bracelet – She.Rise


Photographer – Don Lee at Misun Photography


How will you show off those sexy shoulders?

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Travel to Tulum – Day 2: GRAN CENOTE & TULUM BEACH

T U L U M – DAY 2 : G R A N  C E N O T E  &  T U L U M  B E A C H

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Welcome to our second day in Tulum! Marty and I were looking forward to a full day in the clearest waters! First stop was Gran Cenote. A cenote occurs when the ground sinks and exposes an underground cave. This cenote is one of thousands in the Yucatán Peninsula and is part of a network of underwater rivers and caves. Before we headed out to Gran Cenote, we made ourselves a smoothie!

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Each morning, we blended yogurt, frozen mixed berries, and a banana. If you go to the frozen section of San Francisco de Asis Mart, grab the large bag of frozen fruit that contains six one cup-portioned bags. Each bag was perfect for making smoothies for two. It provided us with plenty of energy for our 23 – 25 minute (2.5 miles) bike ride from our place, that was a few blocks south of Tulum town, to Gran Cenote!

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Welcome to Gran Cenote! It cost 150 pesos or about $7.50 USD/person for entry. Quick reminder of the conversion from my previous post: to convert pesos to USD, I multiplied the amount by $.05 to get the approximate USD amount.

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Here is a view of the cave from the top. We took a flight of stairs down to the deck, where you can rent snorkel gear for 60 pesos or about $3 USD, diving gear, and a locker. We recommend getting there in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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We explored, before we dove in!

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Love the bright colors everywhere!

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Made friends with this handsome guy!

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Sandals are from Old Navy, and they also come in other colors like black and blush.

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True turquoise waters

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We were ready to go in! The water temperature was cool, so we stayed moving.

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I was excited!! I swam with Marty, fish, and turtles… for almost two hours!

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Limestone walls

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Stood on a large rock. The floor of the Gran Cenote was almost 33 feet away.

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We snorkeled to the other side, where it was shallow.

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Goodbye, Gran Cenote!

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The chorizo flavored Frit-os at the store inside the park caught my eye. They were tasty!

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We rode our bikes back to Tulum town and had lunch at Don Cafeto. Before we ordered our food, our server brought us chips with salsa and a bowl overflowing with spicy pickled jalapeños, carrots, and potatoes! Close friends and family know that I love pickles. I ate most of the pickled goodness, before our meal came out.

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More fish and shrimp ceviche!!

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Don Cafeto also had live music! One guy beat the bongo drum, while the other sang and played the keyboard. And, the main dish? More seafood, of course! Fish tacos and a margarita for me and skirt steak tacos and two micheladas for him! Our meal was about $32 USD with tip. Back on our bikes!

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Tulum Beach!! If you don’t mind the relaxation nor the exercise, I recommend getting around by bicycle! It is encouraged in Tulum. On the way to the beach, we saw small stone pillars with a letter per pillar along the sidewalk that read “Everybody rides bicycles in Tulum”. It took us roughly 20 – 25 minutes to arrive at this gorgeous sight. There were many rocks near the shore on this part of Tulum Beach. Beware: that usually means spiky sea urchins are living on them, so keep your distance.

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We rode our bikes back through the beach resort area and stopped at Maria del Mar Hotel. Two free hammocks?! A DJ spinning dance music? This was the spot. Two Miami Vice, please!

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Someone likes his hammock a lot.

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Not a worry in the world

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Clear waters and clear skies

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We discovered a vegan ice cream truck on our way back into Tulum town!

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All the ice cream is made to order, and you can even mix two flavors! My mango/pineapple and his peanut butter/banana combinations were great! The couple, who owned the shop, used coconut milk to make the ice cream, so it was free of dairy. It also gave the ice cream a slight taste of coconut for a more tropical twist! It cost 100 pesos for both.

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Their ride

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Fresh and handmade! The ice cream was worth the wait.

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We rode back home to wash up, pour ourselves a rum & coke, and get ready for dinner.

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Our taxi driver, who our Airbnb host recommended, suggested that we try El Camello, Jr. We noticed this place was always packed, whenever we rode our bikes past it! I understand the photo shows otherwise, since it was taken after our late dinner. 🙂

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Pico de gallo and beans for our chips!

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Marty added some of the pico de gallo into our guacamole. We had plenty of dips to choose from!

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Micheladas for two!

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He poured the Sol beers into our glasses of spices, tomato juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce with a salted rim and stirring rod dipped in tamarind.

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I ordered the octopus in garlic, and he chose the steak. These hefty portions were just what we needed, after our active day!

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Happy baby!

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Lots of used napkins, barely sipped drink, an empty water bottle, and a clean plate? This is normal.

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Our dinner was about $24 USD, before tip. Thank you for a great dinner, El Camello, Jr.!

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We walked around, explored a few bars with live music, and discovered many bars with house music. We really liked this band. It had a violinist!

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Thank you for another fun day in Tulum, babe! It was filled with my favorites: you, ceviche, music, the beach, biking, and the list goes on! <3

Thank YOU for traveling to Tulum with me! Subscribe to my blog, and you will get notified, when I post our visit to the Mayan ruins and exploration of another gorgeous side of Tulum Beach from days 3 and 4!

xo,

Teresa Thuy