MUAY THAI

Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles, namely Pradal Serey from Cambodia, Tomoi from Malaysia, Lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from Muay Boran, Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport.

Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science Of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of:

  • Punches
  • Kicks
  • Elbows
  • Knees strikes

A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning "foreign boxer". In Thailand, Muay Thai is a modern integration of traditional regional muays, be Muay Chaiya, Muay Korat, Muay Tarsao, Muay Jearng, which can be collectively called muay boran or "ancient boxing". Muay Thai is ideal for weight-loss, fitness & self defence.

Great for beginners and advanced students who wish to learn proper Muay Thai techniques. Classes will include footwork skills, pad work, bag training, sparring, and various partner drills to improve timing and reflexes. Fighters all over the world seek Muay Thai to improve their effectiveness, and give themselves the edge in the ring.

Improve your:

  • Cardio
  • Stamina
  • Core Strength
  • Flexibility

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Class Prices

Adults classes: £6 each
£10 for a 2 class session

Adults Open Mat: £3.50 each

Kids classes: £4 each

Private classes: £30 per hour

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MODERN MUAY THAI

Muay Thai has come a long way in the last 100 years. Because of the great national popularity, Muay Thai began to gain international exposure and recognition. As Muay Thai became more popular, especially with an international interest, the rules began to change to become more inline with other governed sports like boxing. In the 1920's, the roots of modern Muay Thai were planted when rings were introduced replacing open courtyards. The old hemp rope were replaced with gloves similar to boxing. A hard-cover groin protector was also added for the fighters protection from brutal kicks and knees. Fights were divided into 5 rounds, and time limits were imposed on each round. Time was counted on a clock rather than the old style of a coconut shell with holes sinking completely in a barrel of water. Major stadiums for Muay Thai were constructed after the war in large cities (Bangkok, Sukothai, Chiang Mai) throughout the country as the popularity of Muay Thai grew. Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok is now almost considered "holy ground" to the multitudes of Thai fighters, and now many foreigners, trying to win a place on a fight card. A system of weight-classes, defined rules, and championships was devised in the years ahead as Muay Thai began to resemble boxing in style and organisation. Muay Thai fighters often begin training when they are 6-8 years-old. They will begin fighting between 8-10 years of age and may have as many as 120-150 fights (3 times as many as a very active boxer) before they are 24 years old. Muay Thai fighters do not generally have long careers because of starting at such an early age and how physically demanding the sport is on the fighters. Muay Thai was recently accepted as an Olympic sport, and it is becoming quite popular in many countries throughout the world. Professional fighters in martial arts, K-1, and submission fighting all agree, Muay Thai is an essential part of being an all-around skilled fighter and having stand-up fighting skills.

Mark Rawson

• Muay Thai & MMA Coach
• Muay Thai Grading Assessor

Qualifications

  • 1st Degree, Red Prajioud (Instructor) in Muay Thai
  • Cobra Self Defence certified instructor
  • Purple Belt Kickboxing (Cobra)
  • Member of the National Black Belt Register

Other styles studied

  • MMA
  • Japanese Ju-Jitsu
  • Filipino Boxing