I STUDIED sports science and upon graduating, worked as a fitness instructor at several gyms in Kuala Lumpur.
I first learnt about muay thai about 10 years ago at the university, which had a club for the sport. Though I took up classes, and enjoyed it, it did not stir up a passion within me then.
One day, I followed a friend to the badminton stadium in Cheras where an international muay thai competition was being held. I was then in my early 20s.
Watching the intensity and skills of the fighters, I found myself totally absorbed in the sport.
Since then, I have been running a gym of my own to teach the sport.
Muay thai requires skills, stamina, an alert mind and quick reflexes.
The way muay thai opponents respect one another is so beautiful to behold that it drove me to learn more about the sports and its history.
Many people are under the impression that muay thai and kick-boxing are the same.
To an inexperienced eye, it is. But most muay thai enthusiasts know the difference.
Muay means boxing, thus loosely translated it means Thai boxing.
Muay thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking, along with various clinching techniques.
Some Thais call it ram thai, with ram meaning dance.
The modern version of it is kick-boxing.
Almost all Asian countries have their version of kick-boxing, with each calling it differently.
For instance, in Cambodia, its pradal serey, tomoi (Malaysia), lethwei (Myanmar) and muay Lao (Laos).
Imagine if all these athletes were in a competition -- there would be different rules and styles, and it will be so confusing.
Thus, the International Kick-Boxing Federation was established and one set of rules was formed that is accepted worldwide.
This included the Americans and Europeans.
After picking up muay thai, and using my sports science background, I found muay thai is a sport where one can burn fat and build endurance to make it a great form of cardiovascular exercise.
It is also lots of fun, while cultivating discipline and self-confidence.
It can also sculpt your body into shape.
The best part about muay thai is that anybody can pick it up, regardless of their age or gender.
Music to many ears must surely be that muay Thai can burn more than 1,000 calories while training.
With this in mind, and gaining enough experience in the fitness industry, I decided to open a fitness centre incorporating a fight club in my hometown of Johor Baru.
A fight club is important because it is a perfect platform for exhibiting your skills against an opponent of equal standing.
Most enthusiasts understand that being in a ring to fight against a worthy opponent is the best feeling in the world. It satisfies the soul.
As a fitness enthusiast who also enjoys muay thai, I make sure that all facilities and the gear needed are available.
Thus, I have travelled to Thailand to secure for myself a proper suppliers.
My gym is called One Gym because I wanted my gym to be a place for those who not only want to get or keep fit, but also learn a new art.
The best buy in health today must be a combination of a healthy diet and regular physical exercise -- and the latter can be found at my gym.
Mohamad Fahmi Amin, 30, graduated from the Faculty of Sports Science, University of Medan, Indonesia. After several years working at various fitness centres, Mohammad Fahmi returned to his hometown and established One Gym.
Interview by Jassmine Shadiqe