Q. Do you accept beginners?
A. Absolutely! Our training syllabus is designed to develop students with no previous martial arts experience.
Q. I am a black belt in Karate; do you accept students from other disciplines?
A. Yes, have we already trained several black belts. So long as our rules and etiquette are abided to, all martial disciplines are welcome.
Q. Are there any women in your classes?
A. Of course! We have girls training in Muay Thai and our Ladies only Fighting Fit classes. They give the boys a run for their money!
Q. Do I need any special equipment?
A. All the equipment you need is supplied by the academy just wear loose clothing; bring a towel and water bottle.
Later on you may want to purchase your own kit and can do so through our academy
Q. How often do I need to train?
A. That all depends upon you aims and level of fitness. For a beginner start once a week and build up to twice or three times a week. Some of our more experienced students train 6 times a week, including me!
Q. Are Muay Thai, Thai boxing and Kick boxing one and the same?
A. Muay Thai and Thai boxing are the same, Thai boxing is the western name for the art. Kick boxing was developed in the 1970’s in America and originally came from Karate with western boxing techniques. Kick boxers wear boxing gloves and fight in a ring but that’s really where the similarities end!
Q. Do you have any age restrictions?
A. For our classes we train students from 11 years to 60.
Q. Will I be required to fight?
A. Only if you want to and after an assessment by the Kru. Generally most students want to get fit and learn to defend themselves.
Q. What about insurance?
A. Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy and our instructors are fully insured. Individual members are insured upom obtaining membership.
Q. Do you have a grading syllabus?
A. Yes, students grade every 6 months
Q. How long will it take for me to see any results?
A. That all depends upon your commitment and enthusiasm! But you should generally show some basic improvement within your first month.
Q. Why do you kick with the shin and not the foot?
A. The shin is an extremely solid weapon; you’re not going to break your shin kicking someone, whereas the foot is made up of numerous small bones that can, and often do, break on impact.
Q. Does that mean you can get shin injuries?
A. Occasional clashes of shin on shin can be sickeningly painful for intermediate and advanced students and do leave your shins a bit “bumpy” from time to time. The wearing of shin pads, while sparring, helps to prevent this.
By kicking the pads and bags you are extremely unlikely to cause any real damage.
Q. There are many schools to choose from, how do I know you are the best?
A. I would never claim to be the best as I look at all the other schools as compatriots who are spreading the art of Muay Thai through their own individual efforts. To help you decide, use the following guide:
• Ask the instructor for his/her credentials:
1. Instructors’ certificate (This is essential and should be signed by their instructor)
4. Years training
• Location – Easy to get to, ample parking.
• Class times – Reasonable training times
• Reasonable Fees –
• First aid and health and safety certificates – This is for your safety.
• A friendly class.