Muay Thai  is a martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.

Welcome to the world of Muay Thai in Liverpool.The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.

If you want to master your stand up game then we have a British Muay Thai champion as our head coach; Peter Davies. Peter has perfected his stand up game with Muay Thai legends such as Master Sken. He is dedicated to his role of teaching Muay Thai to beginners and MMA fighters. His skill, dedication and superior knowledge will soon have you standing toe-to-toe as a skilled stand up striker. Now  this is where Peter’s superior martial arts knowledge is applied to another level to enhance your stand up, Peter uses his background in Liverpool  Muay Thai in close relation with our in-house BJJ coach Jason Tan to adapt his Muay Thai boxing style to accomodatetake downs from BJJ fighters and wrestlers alike with devastating counter-effects.

A little history about Muay Thai in the northwest

The progress of Master Sken in the competitive world of professional Muay Thai is legendary, and in short order he became one of the most admired and respected fighters today his record of having never suffered a knock out during any of his professional fights, and real life fights remains a goal for the up and coming Thai boxers.

Master Sken was also an ex-member of Thailand’s Tae kwon do squad and he too had a formidable Thai boxing record. He had to flee to the UK to escape death from gangsters who wanted him to throw a fight and so came to stay in the UK

with Master Toddy.

Following his retirement from the professional Muay Thai field, Master Sken decided to accept the challenge afforded to him by the teaching of others. He holds a degree in Physical education, and is an accepted expert in the subject of Nutrition. 1977 heralded the arrival ofMaster Sken in Great Britain

, and within a short time the word of his skills had spread, and the sport of Muay Thai was well and truly established.

Master Sken became a co-founding member of the British Thai boxing Council, and a founder of S.I.M.T.A. which is officially affiliated to the Thailand Professional Boxing Council.

Perhaps the most supportive fact of the contention that Master Sken is responsible for is the growth in popularity of the sport of Muay Thai in Great Britain, and the inherent quality of training that is now available, is that during the period 1981 to 1989 Nine holders of championship titles at British and World Champion level, are from the Sitnarong Camp.

There can be few men who have contributed so great an amount to a given sport during a lifetime, and in the case of Master Sken this is all the more remarkable when you consider that his “lifetime” is very much far from over.

The sport of Muay Thai, already owing him so much, continues to receive his undivided attention, and if the 20 last years or so are anything to go by, time is destined to see Muay Thai continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. In the opinion of many, this sport is set to become at least as popular, and may well surpass the style of Western Boxing as the first choice of the viewing public.

From the original nucleus of students in the north west of England the sport has been carried to regions further afield, and in each region has become well established. United Kingdom

numbers in the branches of Sitnarong camp and it is now the turn of World Wide to be exposed to what must be the most rapidly growing sport around, initial evaluation showing a high degree of demand.

There can be little doubt that the future will see a complete network of locations which are teaching and promoting the Sitnarong style of Muay Thai, and embodied in the style, the teaching and morals of Master Sken. In this age of Material Possessions and a move away from traditional values, the return to a sound moral life style and the requirements for self discipline that are embodied within the code of Sitnarong Muay Thai can hardly fail to be an asset for the youth of today.
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SPARRING

At the trainers’ discretion, you may participate in both contact boxing and Muay Thai sparring. Sparring is not required, but it is encouraged as it is the most effective way for you to fine tune your timing. Good timing is essential for self-defense. In sparring, just like in a real self-defense situation, we don’t know what techniques our opponent might throw. Sparring is the most realistic way to mimic a real attack. Therefore, sparring is the most realistic way to practice our self-defense.

The reality of getting punched or kicked can be very intimidating even for the most experienced fighter. In order to provide a safe environment all students are required to wear protective gear for sparring classes.

This includes:

· 1. Head Gear

· 2. Mouthpiece

· 3. 16oz. or 18oz. training gloves

· 4. Shin Guards

· 5. Groin Cup (men)

· 6. Chest Protector (optional for men, recommended for women

Our sparring classes are broken into different levels and all students start off slowly and progress from level to level as they become proficient. Students may choose or be asked to drop back a level at any time in order to perfect certain techniques and/or correct bad habits.
After you have completed all sparring levels, at the discretion of the trainer, you may be asked to join our fight team. As a member of our fight team you can train to fight in both exhibition matches against our own students and bouts against students from other gyms.

footage of Liverpool MMA academy’s Peter Davies defending his British Title

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