Classes start again 8th July

Classes start again 8th July 7pm-8.30pm

MMA at The FightLab Combat Arts in Huddersfield. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground. MMA takes our JKD Concepts into the realms of full contact combat sports. The emphasis in this class is on training purely functional technique & contact sparring standing up & on the floor with PPE. We will pay particular attention to teaching you the fundamentals and making sure you improve in both skill and understanding of the sport at a comfortable pace. As you master your strikes, kicks and punches & grappling, we guarantee you'll be engaged and entertained with each new class.

Our key concepts at The FightLab's MMA training sessions are:

  1. Having no limitations
  2. Freedom of expression
  3. Simplicity & directness
  4. Economy of motion
  5. Non-Classical movement
  6. Non-telegraphic motion
  7. Understanding rhythm
  8. Interception
  9. The four ranges
  10. Five ways of attack
  11. Centreline theory
  12. Combat realism
  13. Conditioning

Here are just a few of the many benefits you can expect to see with our classes:

  • Fitness MMA works every muscle in the body, and you will burn fat and build solid muscle with each class.
  • Real world fighting skills Only the techniques that are proven to work at the highest level will survive. You don’t have to get into the cage or compete to learn the same techniques used by professional fighters!
  • Stress-busting Let’s face it- hitting stuff is fun and releases a ton of stress! Not only will you feel great, but your stamina will also go through the roof!
  • Join a team We have people who just want to learn to look after themselves and get fit and we have competitive fighters.
  • Improved flexibility and coordination When your flexibility and coordination improves, you will move with ease and grace. You will be less likely to get pains or injuries and you will coast through your day like a well-oiled machine.

Come along on our next training night and speak with our friendly staff and students.

MMA Tuesday 8pm

MMA Tuesday 8pm. MMA technique & sparring class.

Don’t forget gum shields! We’ll be drilling all the core syllabus plus plenty of sparring time.

www.thefightlab.org

Huddersfield, Ju-Jitsu, Jiu-Jitsu, Martial Arts, Kickboxing

Sak Yant – Muay Thai tattoos

Tattoos have always been a part of south Asian culture for protection or to record memorable moments, pains, successes, and loved ones. In Thailand many Buddhist monks have employed the “Sak Yant” tattoo method for religious purposes. People have been passing on the traditional method of thai tattoos for years, and it remains a huge part of Muay Thai.
Sak Yant tattoos are created for many reasons, the primary ones being religious and protective.

Within Muay Thai, it is said that these tattoos give the one superhuman strength, the ability to become quicker, and to protect them from evil spirits.  There is much meaning behind these tattoos other than beautiful symmetry, and it’s important to recognise the significance of getting a sak yant in Thai culture.

The Ritual Behind Sak Yant

The meaning of Sak Yant is simple; “Sak” means tattoo and “Yant” means magical symbol. In order to receive the blessings that typically power the tattoos, you will have to receive it from an Ajarn, or teacher in the art.


The Ajarn will determine what design needs to be placed on your skin, and he will also determine where on your body it should be placed. There are exceptions to this case, but traditional Sak Yant gives these choices strictly to the person transferring magical power into a recipient’s body.
When beginning the tattoo, an Ajarn will read your soul, determining what should be put onto your skin next. Sometimes he will ask questions, and sometimes this process could take up to an hour of observation before an Ajarn will figure out the best Sak Yant for you. It is believed that the soul resides within the head, and tattoos will have more power the closer they are to the crown of your head.
Everyone knows that tattoos can be painful, and the traditional Thai method is no exception. The Ajarn will take a large bamboo or metal rod, dip it into ink, and begin taking quick, calculated stabs to the recipient’s skin.


There are additional ingredients that have being known to be put into the ink in order for it to have its magical properties. Studies show that different recipes hold different ingredients, and can range from charcoal, herbs, and even snake venom.

After the design is finished, the ajarn performs a chanted sutra then blows the prayer into the skin to activate the tattoo’s powers. This is said to create a powerful force, bringing down the energy of the ajarn, his teachers, and the teachings of Buddha into the body.

“The sak yant tradition is not simply animism and Buddhism practiced side by side, but rather an integrated system of magic in which neither can exist without the other.” – Joe Cummings, author of Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

It can be considered insulting to get a fake Sak Yant by a novice, or normal tattoo artist. The ink and the person doing the tattoo will not be able to bless your Sak Yant and it will be powerless. Misrepresentation of these symbols has landed some people in jail, leading the Thai cultural minister to threaten banning tourists from getting religious tattoos altogether.

There is also a series of rules that you must obey if you wish to keep the power of the tattoo inside your body. “the tradition is also deeply entwined in the Buddhist moral code that the designs can lose their powers if a wearer errs from their spiritual path.