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Recently we took a look at the top mma gyms, and this time we’re going to be focusing on Muay Thai gyms instead. We have had a lot of readers submit their nominations via social media, and we’re pleased to bring you this list. If you disagree with any of the these choices, don’t bite your tongue! Leave a comment in the comments section and let us know which gyms you would put on the list instead.
Tiger Muay Thai
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Notable Instructors: Ajarn Mac, Kru Moo, Ajarn Rattanachai and over 30 other highly experienced fighters.
We didn’t just pick them based on their name alone, this gym in Phuket is home to many world-class athletes and coaches. They have UFC veteran Brian Ebersole and other fighters teaching MMA, and a very talented roster of Muay Thai coaches. Along with combat sports, they also offer weight loss and other specialized classes for all fitness levels. They hold monthly “BBQ Beatdowns” where amateurs can get some crucial fighting experience in both MMA and Muay Thai disciplines. Another UFC connection is Georges St. Pierre who has had coaches fly out from Tiger Muay Thai to help him with his training camps in Montreal.
Location: Bangkok and Surin
You can get set up with food, accommodation and world-class training and rub shoulders (Not to mention spar and grapple) with some of the best fighters in the world. One on one training, and you’re going to be pushed for 2 hours to your maximum, twice a day, six days a week. Can you handle it? Also, Home of Buakaw. Enough said.
Patong Boxing Gym
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Notable Trainers: Mann, and a roster of other trainers with some boasting as many as 300 fights.
This gym offers accommodation so it’s great for foreigners who are visiting to train. It’s not very expensive to get yourself a bed and some world class instruction in the art of Muay Thai, and the gym is a stone’s throw away from two beautiful beaches so you can enjoy yourself on a day off. They don’t group classes together, instead Patong focuses on personalized individual instruction to build your own skills as effectively as possible. There aren’t strict schedules, so it’s up to you to stay disciplined and to motivate yourself to get in there, and once you do you’ll be glad you did.
Jaco Hybrid Training Center
Location: South Florida, USA
Notable Trainers: Jorge Santiago, Henri Hooft, Kenny Monday, Jake Bonacci
We already featured the home of the Blackzilians in our list of Top 10 MMA Gyms but there was bound to be some overlapping. This is the home of champion-kickboxer-turned-mma-fighter Tyrone Spong, who has fought in the WSOF a couple of times but really made his mark in Kickboxing with a record of 74-7.
Art of Eight
Location: San Diego, USA
Notable Trainers: Melchor Menor
The Art of Eight gym is another muay thai gym based in America, founded by Melchor Menor who is a two-time world muay thai champion. The eight thousand square foot facility features classes for men, woman and children of all skill levels and disciplines and also features a full-size boxing ring for a hands-on experience. If you’re in the area, give them a call for a free class.
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