Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese army. It combines punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes, and so is nicknamed the “art of eight limbs.” Muay Thai is a practical fighting style that utilizes the entire body and is an effective art for exercise and self-defense.
What is Muay Thai?
Our Thailand-certified instructors— Rick Sollo and Marius Dann—lead the Muay Thai classes out of the Aiki Training Hall. Both men have decades of experience in training amateur and professional fighters. Their methods develop devastating power, speed, superb cardiovascular endurance, and fighting spirit.
Our Muay Thai knowledge comes directly from real Thai camps, most notably that of world champion Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj. We maintain close contact with our Thai friends overseas and are frequently traveling across the USA and abroad to keep our skills relevant, up to date, and representative of true Muay Thai technique.
The earliest Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other. They had few rules and no weight divisions or time limits. These brutal battles became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadiums across the country.
In the early 20th century time limits, boxing gloves, and a uniform set of rules were introduced.
In the 1980s and 1990s Muay Thai started to be exported to other countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
With the rise in popularity of MMA and kickboxing, Muay Thai is having an international moment of fascination.
Muay Thai is a contact sport, but sparring is voluntary, padded, and commensurate with experience. Whether you are looking to get in shape, learn a new art, train to fight or be prepared for self-defense outside the ring, Muay Thai is a sport that can be richly rewarding for everyone.
Training includes stand-up striking and clinch tecniques. It improves the physical and mental discipline of practitioners and most importantly, it’s fun!
We believe that respecting Muay Thai means recognizing it as a sport that is alive and dynamic—as our instructors and students learn, we will bring that knowledge to our classes, so no two classes are the same.
We have a variety of instructors, each of which bring their specific style to their classes.
Please contact us for location specific class schedules.
Classes are usually one hour but may run longer sometimes. The class schedule may also change from time to time!
Technique and Strategy