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Muay Thai

Muay Thai training at Grizzly GymNot to be confused with either Western kickboxing or the current craze of "Tae Bo"- style cardio workouts, Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand with a history that dates back at least several hundred years.

The earliest records of Muay Thai's origins were lost when the Burmese army sacked the Thai capital of Ayuddhaya; however, it is known that it was used as a training method for the Thai armies by the 1500's. Over the following centuries it gradually evolved into a full contact ring sport, with the art becoming formally codified in the 1930's and adopting the rules currently used today. Modern Muay Thai is a sport of rounds, like Boxing, but competitors use all manner of punches, kicks, elbows and knees to defeat their opponents. Clinching is allowed, as well as hitting during a clinch. Kicking is often directed to the legs.

Although Muay Thai is an excellent choice for competition and street self-defense, students are by no means obligated to compete. Most students practice Muay Thai simply for the excellent workout that it provides; a very challenging combination of aerobic and anaerobic activity with wide-ranging benefits in endurance, strength, and flexibility.

Grizzly Gym is the only Muay Thai school in Kingston formally recognized by the World Muaythai Council in Thailand. Grizzly Gym's head instructor Mike Martelle is the only certified Bramajarn (Master Instructor) in Kingston, as well as the 2011 WTBF World Seniors/Masters Professional Muay Thai Champion; we also have an extensive team of additional certified Kru (Instructors) with verifiable full contact ring experience to help you reach your full potential.

Come train with Kingston's experts in the field!

Muay Thai training at Grizzly gym