MUAY THAI

Opened in 1971 Fairtex has produced champions for over forty years. The Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya is the heart of the Muay Thai, MMA, and Jiu Jitsu program for Fairtex worldwide. It has produced renown fighters such as Yodsanklai Fairtex, Naruepol Fairtex, Neungsiam Fairtex, Jongsanan Fairtex, Bunkerd Fairtex and many, many more. We welcome beginners to advanced fighters and students.

The Fairtex Muay Thai Trainers

The standard Muay Thai program has fighters and students work with trainers one on one. This allows for quick growth in skills and fitness. Generally five rounds of four minute a piece are used in training. Afterwards students will do guided work on the bags and possibly some light sparring or clinching. Fighters run before trainings. Morning runs are long distance while afternoons are shorter and quicker. Each training session lasts 203 hours.

Instructors

Hern

Born in Samut Prakan, Kru Hern is a recent addition to our staff. He’s no stranger to fighting though. He trained for a long time at our friends’, Sityodtong gym, in Pattaya. He was a southpaw fighter with a great left kick and punch. He was also an accomplished boxer and fought around Thailand with over 200 fights. He now focuses on power and technique here at Fairtex and we’re happy to have him with us.

Noon

Kru Noon is a late golden era legend. Known as Rattanasak he was a very successful stadium fighter with wins over Buakaw Por Pramuk and others. Working closely on timing and technique he instills proper form to students and fighters.

Seesom

One of our longest lasting trainers, Seesom has been in the Fairtex family for a long time. With his excellent attention to detail he’s helped build famous names for the camp such as Nareupol Fairtex and most recently Krobsud. The father of Champ comes from Pattaya and helps guide our students and fighters to success.

Tor

Born in Nong Khai Tor is the veteran of 200 plus fights. He began at 10 years old and fought in the country along with at Channel 7, Rajadamnern and Lumpinee. He’s faced experienced foreign fighters like Wan Mario Juan Martin and others. Tor was a Muay Khao fighter that has adapted well to the slick kick and punch style of Fairtex.

Ting

Kru Ting is a great member of our staff. Always coming to the gym with a warm smile and great attitude he’s helped grow our fighters and students.

Champ

“Every round the fighter must learn from their opponent. Every round the corner must learn as well. The corner can see things the fighter can not.” A veteran cornerman and fighter, Kru Champ has helped guide 200 plus fighters into battle. He’s worked all stages of the fight game.

Half

Kru Half was a long term Fairtex trainer and spent 10 over ten years as a trainer for us before moving to China. He stayed there for 4 years and then recently returned to work with us again. Kru Half comes from Korat in the rural northeast and had over 80 fights. He was a technical fighter that had bouts around the country and at the main stadiums like Lumpinee.

Mit

Born in Udon Thani, the rural northeast of Thailand, Ting had over 200 fights in his career. He started very young with a fight at 11 years old. He fought all around the country and had legendary fights at Lumpinee and Thepprasit stadium. Kru Mit was an accomplished boxer as well with 10 professional bouts.

Bank

Born in Suphan Buri, Bank is a great addition to the staff at Fairtex. He has over 60 fights and was awarded a rising star accolade in Prathum Thani. He was a technical fighter and passes on his tips to all of his students. He has been with Fairtex for the last two years and we hope to have him for many more years.

Veera

Veera has been working for Fairtex for the last 5 years. Born in Cambodia he’s become excellent with his English. He fought over thirty times and is able to explain how exactly to execute proper technique.

Thang

Kru Thong comes from Rayong, close to Fairtex Pattaya. He’s being working with us for the past five years. His beginnings in the sport were very humble. His first fight in Rayong, at a small show, was at 7 years old. He made 300 baht. He was a strong kicker who fought more than 200 times. The majority of his fights were at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern. Kru Thong brings on simple but effective technique. He is a true master at work.

Samart

Kru Samart comes to us from Nong Khai. Located near the Laos border in Isaan, Kru Samart, was a muay khao or knee fighter. He fought 195 times clinching and kneeing his way to a successful career. He fought overseas multiple times including Hong Kong, France, and Japan. He did particularly well here in Pattaya at Thepprasit Stadium. He’s been working for Fairtex for over 10 years now. He brought his son, Champ, to work for the company too. Thanks for your passion to the sport and Fairtex Kru Samart!

Ram

Born in Rayong, near Pattaya, Kru Ram had his first Muay Thai fight at 8 years old. He lost but won 150 baht (about $5 USD). When he was about 11 years old he was the Champion of Rayong. He went on to have over 200 fights with bouts at Lumpinee and Omnoi. He regularly fought on Omnoi and was on Channel 3. The stadium fighter was a muay fimeu with good kicks. He’s been at Fairtex for 13 valuable years now. Always passionate, always developing students and fighters and always a great member of the Fairtex family.

FAQ

What is Muay Thai?

  • Muay Thai is a ring sport with boxers, or nak muay, using their “8 Limbs” for defense and attack. The fighters use their fists, elbows, knees, and shins in combat. Bouts are scored on a 10 point must system. A boxer who wins a round is given a score of 10, the loser a 9. The total is tallied at the end of the bout and the higher scoring boxer is awarded the fight. Traditionally the bouts have been composed of five three minute round bouts. Stadiums such as Rajadamnern, Lumpinee, and Channel 7 all still adhere to this format. Modern Muay Thai promotions such as Max Muay Thai, Thai Fight, and One Championship will often have only three three minute round bouts. The sport began in the 18thcentury in Thailand as a martial art for self defense. The sport was modernized during the reign of King Rama VII. Rounds, timing, and established rings for the bouts were developed. During this period the boxers began to wear gloves during fights. In the present day Muay Thai is considered to be the best stand up combat sport in the world. The techniques have been applied in various forms of fighting from kickboxing to MMA. Many combat specialists undergo Muay Thai training for their striking. Muay Thai boxers have dominated other stand up sports such as kickboxing. Muay Thai fighters have also successfully transitioned into other ring sports such as western style boxing. The growth of MMA has had many fighters train in Muay Thai.

Can Beginners do Muay Thai at Fairtex?

  • Fairtex is a great place for both experienced and beginning Muay Thai students. Our trainers have developed students from novices to seasoned professionals. The Fairtex Muay Thai camp works with students according to their needs and abilities. Fairtex prides itself on giving quality instruction to each and every student regardless of skill level.

What is the training like?

  • Training for a typical Muay Thai session will begin with a light warm up. This can be a run or skipping rope. Students will stretch and then be called into the ring to work one on one with a trainer. Krus, or trainers, will have students shadow box and work on basic technique. Pad work will follow. Students practice using their punches, kicks, knees and elbows for 4-5 rounds of 4 minute duration. A one minute break is given after each round. Once pad work is finished students will hit the bag for 4-5 rounds and then depending on skill level will spar and clinch, the standing wrestling in which boxers knee each other. Professional boxers will train twice a day with a long run in the mornings followed by a Muay Thai session. Afternoons will have a shorter run but higher intensity session. Boxers will train 6 days a week.

Who are your trainers?

  • Our trainers are battle tested former boxers. Many have worked at the gym for over a decade and are committed to Fairtex. Our trainers speak English and fluent Thai. Their experience in teaching allows them to teach all students no matter the language.

Do I have to spar?

  • Sparring and clinching is totally up to the student. It is, however, a great way to learn defense and techniques and to hone skills learned. If a student is looking to fight, they are expected to spar regularly.

Can kids do Muay Thai at Fairtex?

  • We encourage people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities to train Muay Thai. It is a great way to get in shape, learn discipline, and practice self defense.

Can women train at Fairtex?

  • Fairtex is an inclusive gym with boxers of all genders. We have had professional female, trans, and male fighters

Can I buy gloves and equipment at Fairtex?

  • We have a pro shop on site with all equipment necessary. Students can purchase mouth guards, gloves, hand wraps, shin pads, shorts and other equipment right at the gym.

What is the difference between Muay Thai and MMA?

  • Muay Thai is a stand up combat sport. When the boxers fall to the ground they are stood back up by the referee. MMA involves on the ground wrestling. The sport does include many Muay Thai techniques such as grappling, punching, kicking and elbowing.

How does Muay Thai change the body?

  • Muay Thai is a high intensity sport that burns calories. For a 150lb person an hour of Muay Thai will burn 1000 calories per hour. Many boxers and students have lean toned bodies from the cardio and conditioning. We have seen students come into the gym, stay for a month and leave in the best shape of their lives.

Can I fight for Fairtex?

  • We provide long term students an opportunity to fight according to their ability and skill set. We’ve had boxers fight at Rajadamnern, Lumpinee, Max Muay Thai, Super Champ, One Championship and other promotions around the world. Students must show the required level of commitment, capabilities and be a team player in order to get in the ring. Fighting is a privilege not a right.

Do you sponsor fighters?

  • Fairtex does sponsor fighters. Candidates for sponsorship are required to send a resume of accomplishments, height, weight, video of previous fights etc. Candidates will be reviewed and replied to in turn. Sponsorship with Fairtex is a mutually beneficial relationship, it is not a donation.

What is Muay Thai Open Gym

  • The Training Center Facility will be open from 6:30-8pm Monday to Saturday for students and visitors to come in and use the bags, rings, and get three rounds of padwork in with a trainer. No prebooking is required and a single session only costs 200 baht. It’s a perfect way to test out the gym, great for beginners, or for friends to come in and work out together.