Muay Thai and Martial Arts Training in Thailand
Horizon Thai Boxing Camp
Horizon Thai Boxing Camp is located on Koh Phangan Island and offers training courses to foreign visitors. Situated overlooking Had Tien Bay, Horizon provides courses that meet all levels of experience, ability and levels of fitness. Highly qualified trainers lead sessions and emphasis is on authentic Muay Thai techniques. The camp is within easy reach of the beach and accommodation and catering (provided by a Thai chef) is available for extended courses. The camp is open all year and training takes place every day except Saturdays. Women, children and novices train alongside champion Muay Thai boxers! Horizon will pick you up if you let them know your flight number.
Bangkok Fight Club
Bangkok Fight Club offers fight training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) – a rigorous combative system with emphasis on realty rather than academics. If you have seen the Ultimate Fighting Challenge on television, this club is of the same ilk. MMA stresses striking, grappling and fighting on the ground.Â Bangkok Fight Club specializes in Muay Thai and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, but all systems are welcome for training. The centre also runs self defense training courses for women. All levels of experience and ability are catered for. Club registration fee is 1,000 Baht, monthly membership 2,500 Baht. Drop in fees – 400 Baht a class. The centre is less than 5 minutes walk up Soi Asok from the Asok BTS station.
Aikido Association of Thailand
Aikido is a non-aggressive Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early 20th century. The martial art’s tradition is maintained in Thailand by Mr. Motohiro Fukakusa, known as the Father of Aikido in the kingdom. Mr. FukakusaÂ heads the Renbukan Dojo in Bangkok close to Prakhanong BTS station. Training takes place for all levels Monday to Saturday evenings.
Phuket Muay Thai Camp
Phuket Muay Thai Camp offers Thai Boxing courses on Phuket Island. Courses are designed for any level, from basic training to ‘Muay Thai’ certification. Low-cost accommodation and Thai boxing training equipment available during courses conducted by qualified and experienced English-speaking staff. A high teacher-to-student ratio means that you get the attention you need. Courses cost around 7,000 Baht a month with a discount down to 5,500 Baht per month after the initial month (excluding accommodation). Weekly rates are around 2,000 Baht per week; 400 per day for daily training.
Under foreign management, SMAC offers courses in Boxing, Muay Thai and Kickboxing. The centre has a number of coaches to deal with your training needs and provides a popular short course in Muay Thai. This course is suitable for those visiting Thailand and who do not have time for ordinary classes. No previous Muay Thai skills are required and there is a maximum of 8 people per training group.
MUAY THAI GYM (Suwit Boxing Camp)
Claims to be the finest Muay Thai boxing gym in Thailand – there’s only one way to find out whether that’s true! The centre has a number of Muay Thai ‘experts’ eager to pass on their knowledge to locals and foreigners. Courses take you from beginner to ‘professional boxer’!Â Training comes in at 500 Baht a day, 2,000 Baht for a (6-day) week and 6,000 Baht for a month. “If you would like to learn to be an expert” the centre recommends one week minimum – fancy going home with those skills after a week in Thailandâ¦
The Far East Fighting Institute
The Far East Fighting Institute is run by westerners, many long-term residents of Thailand. The purpose behind the institute is to help put Muay Thai lovers in touch with the roots of the martial art. They pride themselves on providing a “strong, experienced and flexible team” that provides Muay Thai training alongside organized management and administration. The “Sidyodthong Camp” provides training in Thai, Dutch, French, and, of course, English.Â They provide a range of packages suitable for people at a variety of levels. A month-long package will come in at around the 70,000 Baht mark.
Tai Chi Chuan - Martial Arts, Chiang Mai
Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art that emphasizes balance of internal energy (Chi). Learning Tai Chi Chuan involves mastering a number of postures and involves repetition of physical movements. The centre provides an intensive ten-day program that includes tuition, accommodation (hot showers) and course materials (but not meals) included in the 8,000 Baht course fee.
Sasiprapa Muay Thai Gym
Sasiprapa Muay Thai Gym is a highly professional Muay Thai training camp located in the Bangkapi area of northern Bangkok. The gym can cater for a range of levels and provides accommodation. The training costs a straight 400 Baht per day while accommodation is 800 Baht per day (although hotels in the area may provide an alternative). The gym caters for both male and female enthusiasts.
Pundit Mangphimai Camp
If you are looking for an authentic Muay Thai experience, this is probably as good as it gets. A small training camp near ancient Khmer Ruins, Pundit Mangphimai Camp is run by a professional Muay Thai fighter. The camp does not offer accommodation but there are a number of guesthouses in the area that will provide board for around 200 Baht a day. Training costs 250 Baht a day. The trainer does not speak English, so be warned – this is a VERY authentic experience!
Nongkee Pahuyuth Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) School (Sit-O Camp)
Nongkee Pahuyuth Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) School is managed by Master Pramote Hoimook. Set in very nice surroundings, Master Promote’s training does not just focus on fighting techniques but also provides an insight into the history and tradition of Muay Thai. As is the proper tradition, fighters ‘Wai’ trainers during training sessions – everything here is done by the book! All training staff are fully certified and training costs are around 8,000 Baht a week and 40,000 Baht a month including accommodation. Each trainee is awarded a certificate at the end of a program. There are ‘mirror’ Sit-O Camps in the USA, Mexico and Australia. Master Pramote speaks English. Note: This camp does NOT cater for females.
Sor. Vorapin Boxing Gym
Sor. Vorapin Boxing Gym was established in 1979 by Khun Surapol and Khun Vorapin. The couple are well-known for organizing boxing bouts abroad and they have trained several Thai-boxing champions. They have two gyms in Bangkok, one very close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San Road. The gyms specialize in providing Muay Thai courses to foreigners. These are well-established gyms that cater for hundreds of foreign students annually. They have all the trainers and all the equipment you need. Well worth getting in touch with them if this is where your interest lies.
Rawai Muaythai Camp
Rawai Muaythai Camp has operated as a Thai boxing training gym for over a decade. Located on the island of Phuket, a number of champions have trained at Rawai Muaythai camp over the years. On average 15 to 20 Thai boxers and 30 western / Europeans boxers train at the camp on a monthly basis. Rawai gym is 400 meters from the beach and costs are 400 Thai baht a day up to 7,000 Baht a month. One month’s training and accommodation available from only 11,000 Thai baht. The camp is 35 kilometres south of Phuket International Airport. A taxi from the airport costs you 650 Baht and it takes around 40 minutes to get to the gym.
Pattaya Kombat Village
Fairtex Bangplee Muaythai training camp in Thailand provides the ultimate live-in training experience for Muaythai enthusiasts all over the world. Come and enhance your Muaythai skills or improve your fitness level at the famous Fairtex Muaythai training centre in Bangple e near Bangkok. Bangplee camp provides one-on-one personal training programs for beginners to seasoned professionals. Train with the best trainers and world famous Muaythai champions at the world’s best equipped Muaythai training facility with professional training rings, state-of-the-art gymnasiums, swimming pools and spa.