Learn the ancient martial art of Muay Thai!
Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing is Thailand's national sport. It is known as "The Science of Eight Limbs" due to a fighter using fists, shins, knees and elbows during a contest; these are eight points of contact which can be used to devastating effect in the ring.
At BigKat, you will learn all you need to know about Thai Boxing from our very experienced Kru Coaches Chris Guyll and Chanelle McGill, both of whom have had very successful fight careers over the years, fighting nationally and internationally in Thailand's capital Bangkok. In our Thai Boxing classes, we teach you how to use your key striking and blocking tools: boxing, kicks and knees. The techniques taught here are specifically designed to work well in the cage or ring.
Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced fighter, this class will help you learn new skills and refine your existing ones. You will get the chance to practice these techniques with people of varying sizes and skill levels.
You will learn the correct stance and footwork for proper balance and movement. We will teach you how to put the momentum of your whole body into each punch and kick, as well as blocking, countering and evasion.
Your personal goals are up to you; some people choose to fight, some just want to learn a Martial Art and others just want an alternative way to get fit. Whatever path you choose, we are here to help you achieve your goals.
Most of our training is light contact, so you will use Thai pads and focus mits to strike while practicing techniques. We often do round-based training so you will work for 2-3 minutes, then swap with your partner and hold pads for them.
This is the class for you if you want to learn Thai Boxing in a safe full-contact environment. Here you can put the skills you have learnt in the Thai Boxing class to the test against an opponent who is fighting back. If you are new to sparring (or Thai Boxing in general), we advise you attend the Thai Boxing class a few times before trying this class, as it is much harder to learn basic technique when someone is hitting you! This is a controlled sparring environment; we do not try to knock each other out! It is just an opportunity to work on your techniques in a "live" situation.
Sparring teaches you to judge distances, understand the principles of timing your strikes, and how to interact with your opponent.
Look for weak spots in your partner's defence, then capitalise! The more experienced fighters will also give beginners useful advice.
When you start to show proficiency in the Sparring sessions, we will offer to take you to interclubs where you can test your skills.
If and when you're ready, and completely at your discretion, you can choose to fight in a ring or a cage, in front of a crowd of people!
Contact us to book your first session now, or just turn up to a class!
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