The Fairtex Muay Thai TrainersThe 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.
FantaElegance, style, and technique all describe Kru Fanta. Born in Chaiyaphum he has fought more than 80 times. He is a Muay Khao with dangerous elbows. He was an accomplished fighter at Max Muay Thai stadium in Pattaya and won the 58kg 4 Man tournament there. His first fight was at 8 years old. He won the bout and made 500 baht. He’s a great addition to our team.
RuslanBoxing Coach Ruslan has been with us for some time now working with our Muay Thai and MMA fighters. With more than 100 plus amateur bouts and a solid professional boxing career, Ruslan has worked with a number of famed fighters including our very own Yodsanklai. He has also worked with Dan Henderson, Jose Gracie, Carson Jones and others. He is a technical instructor that really develops our fighters. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put in Ruslan!
FlukeHats off to Kru Fluke who has been with us for the last three years. Our trainer has had 70 plus fights and comes from here in Pattaya. He comes from humble beginnings and his first fight was at a temple. He lost the bout but won 150 baht at 8 years old. Now he helps develop our fighters and has recently been guiding young fighter Yodnamchai on a very successful career. Thanks for the work you put in with us Fluke!
TingBorn 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 Ting was an accomplished boxer as well with 10 professional bouts. Kru Ting knows how to show students how to fight successfully.
BankBorn 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.
DimitriOur French trainer is a true addition to the staff at Fairtex. He had 50 amateur fights and 53 professional fights in his career. Cerberes took home the WPMF and the WMO world championships. He has fought at Lumpinee, Max, Kun Lun, WLF, Glory of Heroes, Lumpinee and other locations around the country. Our Frenchman is an excellent trainer with a Muay Khao background. His height and ability to speak multiple languages make him an excellent trainer for foreigners and Thais.
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.