Muay Thai training is also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters fit and healthy. Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and is widely used as a form of self-defence

Typical session
Great for getting in shape confidence weight control fun and fitness. A class consists of an aerobic warm-up, basic exercises and stretching: continuing on to basic Muaythai techniques using various training methods such as pad work, kick bag, partner, etc. and then a warm-down with stretching.

After getting a basic understanding of the various techniques you will then be able to progress on to the more senior levels which will increase stamina and endurance, including more techniques and systems.

History
Muay Thai (Thai: มวยไทย, RTGS: Muai Thai, IPA: [muɛ̄j tʰɑ̄j], lit. Thai Boxing) is a form of hard martial art practiced in large parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The art is similar to others in Southeast Asia such as: pradal serey in Cambodia, lethwei in Myanmar, tomoi in Malaysia, and Lao boxing in Laos. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country's national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art muay boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing.

Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of the Eight Limbs", as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai ("nak muay") thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.

Starting in the 1990s, Muay Thai has enjoyed a boost in popularity worldwide as it has been very effective in mixed martial arts training and competition. MMA artists such as Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva, and Anderson "The Spider" Silva have combined many striking elements of Muay Thai with grappling, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into a hybrid synthesis that has been highly effective in their fights. Other fighters that have used Muay Thai as their primary style in mixed martial arts include Duane Ludwig, Gina Carano, Thiago Alves, Cheick Kongo, Rob McCullough, Melvin Manhoef, and Gilbert Yvel. Shoot-fighters and professional wrestlers who have trained and been influenced by Muay Thai include Satoru Sayama and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.

Ultimate Martial Arts Academy Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lessons

monday

7.30 - 8.30 // Muay Thai - All Levels

tuesday

5.30 - 6.15 // Juniors Muay Thai (5-13yrs)
6.15 - 7.00 // Beginners Muay Thai
7.00 - 8.00 // Advanced Muay Thai
8.00 - 9.00 // Open Mat

wednesday

8.15 - 9.00 // Open Mat

thursday

5.30 - 6.15 // Juniors Muay Thai (5-13yrs)
6.30 - 7.30 // Advanced Muay Thai

Friday

6.00 - 7.00 // Beginners Muay Thai - Basics

Saturday

12.00pm - 1.00 pm // Open Mat

Private lessons on request and by appointment only.
Discounts for Unlimited Training Members.

Payment Options - Pay per session or pay monthly.

You can make use of our martial arts academy and fully equipped gym. This includes, air machines, free weights and sun beds. Times may vary. If you have any questions about us, or you'd like more information, Contact Sean by email or telephone (details below).

Sean also runs classes in both MMA and Muay Thai at the Gracie Barra Birmingham academy.