What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is a form of 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.
I haven’t worked out in a really long time. Will Kickboxing be too challenging for me and should I get in shape before coming in?
Nope! One of the great things about Kickboxing is that every workout can be scaled or modified to suit any fitness level. A new Kickboxer and a veteran Muay Thai Fighter can be given the same drills and workout to do in class; however, the workout will be adjusted so that it is more manageable for the novice and more advanced for the veteran. We teach our athletes how to adapt workouts in all of our introductory programs and our coaches will always provide modifications in our regular group classes. Don’t let getting in shape get in the way of getting into shape.
What about cardio?
Cardio is in an inescapable part of kickboxing. You’ll have an increased heart rate for 90% of your workout and we do a great job of keeping the energy high so you stay motivated. All the movements, drills and exercises are full body calorie burning workouts. We promise, there is no lack of cardio at our school.
Can I just come for sparring and nothing else?
Can I come in & just hit the bag?
No. We are curriculum based & everyone takes classes. We do offer an “open mat” during the week & on Sundays for our existing members. Open mat is a time for our existing members to use the bags, hold pads for their classmates, use the treadmill or rower.
What is open mat?
Open mat is downtime for our students to work. They can hit the bags, hold pads for one another, use the Kettlebells, rower & treadmill.
Will I get injured during class?
The central purpose of our program is to establish safe and efficient training habits. While we pride ourselves on keeping safety standards to the highest level, there is always an inherent risk to this activity. This risk can be lowered by respecting the importance of skillful movement and progressing at a suitable pace. These concepts are hammered in during the Fundamentals and Quick Start program so every student is given the tools required to avoid injury. Bruising is completely normal in the beginning until your shins & thighs become conditioned.
I train Muay Thai at another gym & I am in town visiting…can I train without a membership?
Short answer, yes. We encourage anyone to come check out 8 Limbs, watch a class or take a bag class! It is always difficult when someone “drop-ins” for a class because every school trains differently. If you have been training for at least 1 year please email us & see if you’re able to come train in our pads/dutch classes. We will probably have some follow up questions such as “where do you train?” “how long have you been training?” “do you know how to go Dutch?” do you know how to hold pads?”. We would prefer if someone was visiting West Philly & wanted to come train to have their coach reach out to us beforehand. It just makes things easier for our students & for our Coaches. At the very least, you are welcome to take a bag class…but give us the heads up & contact us beforehand please!!!
All Muay Thai and Kickboxing gyms train their athletes differently, we ask that when you are in our space, you respect our culture, our students and our facility. If all goes well & we give you the OK to train, we charge a drop-in mat fee for non-members ($20).
I have a Black Belt from a different school, can I go right to the Competition Team?
No. We ask that everyone goes through the same process to get to our highest levels. For us, fighting isn’t everything. We want our students to enjoy the process of learning and growing. As teachers, it’s our responsibility to provide quality instruction and we take this responsibility very seriously. Nothing happens over night and anything worth doing is worth doing right. Also, there are NO BLACK BELTS IN MUAY THAI.
How much is training? I don’t see any prices!
We offer a 2 week trial which cost $65. This trial includes a FREE pair of gloves & a t-shirt. After the trial, you will be billed monthly. Rates vary depending on which program you’re interested in. Adults are around $139 & children are around $100. We offer a family discount of 10% off & a referral discount of 5% off for each member that joins!
What about Kettlebells? I only want to do strength
Great, we have a few StrongFirst coaches ready to get you started. We will schedule your Intro/Evaluation after you purchase the two week Quick Start.
Will I get locked into a contract?
No, we do not have a 6 month or 12 month contract like most gyms. BUT we do have a 30 day notice fee, which is one month’s tuition, to cancel your membership.
What if I go away on vacation?
We can pause your account while you are away. We pause accounts monthly not weekly so let us know!
I want to fight!
Great! Let’s get to work. It doesn’t come easy, so show us how bad you want it!
I want to get started right away! Can I start right away?
We have a process in doing things. We ask that everyone start with a 2 week trial. Once this trial is purchased, we will schedule your intro lesson. The Muay Thai program is on a 2 week curriculum & every 2 weeks a new set of 12 students start. So, you may have to wait two weeks or so to get started.
What can I expect at my introduction lesson?
Expect to meet new people, learn some new moves & to get sweaty! We always start with a quick warm-up, stretch & then we get to learning some strikes. We always finish with a strength routine.
My kid is 15…I see your kids program stops at 14 years old.
Yes. 15 years old & over is considered an adult at our school.
Do y’all train UFC?
No. And we all train with our shirts on.
Do you have showers?
Yes, we have ONE shower and it is clean! We do not provide towels. When you shower, please respect it and leave it as clean as you found it.
I am in town for a week or two can I just train while I am here?
Martial Arts is best accomplished through repetition & dedication. The average student is training 3 times per week. So, with that said, we want students who plan on sticking around long term & becoming a part of our community.