Our Striking program consists of two main influences; Muay Thai & Boxing. Muay Thai Kick Boxing; the art and science of eight limbs is quickly being recognized as the most complete and beneficial striking art for the modern striker. The eight limbs being the hands, shins, elbows and knees. Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army. Muay Thai is known as "King of the Ring" in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardiovascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. Muay Thai training as also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights.
This class is for people interesting in learning specifically stand up fighting or looking to compliment their ground game knowledge with how to strike. This class does not put much focus on sparring but we do offer days and times dedicated to sparring for the experienced Thai Boxer. Competition opportunities are available and the gym has numerous competing athletes. Kru Gruhn has led a number of fighters into the ring and onto successful and winning careers in Muay Thai. All levels of experience welcome! We have an active competitive Muay Thai team that participates in full Muay Thai events all over the east coast.
Level I Assistant Instructor - Shane Finn's April 2009 fight.
Head Instructor (Level VII) - "Sattrachan" Surachai Sirisute
Senior Instructor (Level VI) - "Ajarn" Kevin Seaman
Instructor (Level V) - "Khun Khru" Ryan Gruhn
Instructor (Level IV) - N/A
Instructor (Level III)- "Kru" Alex Brown, "Kru" Chase Coelho, "Kru" Bill Sell
Assistant Instructor (Level II) - Sara Dittman, Elise Pone
Assistant Instructor (Level I) - Agnes Berenna, Pete Buzby, Kelley Thom, Linda Espisito, Lynn Moore, Donny Houtz
Inactive: Wes Auker, Tom Hyde, Shane Finn, Trygve Karper, Matt Isenberg, Jake Sibel, Steve Woelke, Nora Martin, Matt Knepp, Ben Nargi, Linsey Houtz, Elise Settanni Brown, Donna Coffman, Deirdre Mandryk