Muay Thai, which translates to "Thai boxing" been being practiced in Thailand for literally centuries but didn't turn into the modern sport we know today until the late 20th century. Known as "The Art of 8 Limbs" this discipline is similar to kickboxing but uses fists, elbows, knees, and shins. It also incorporates various clinching and throwing techniques. Matches take place in a ring with rounds of action and use a 10 point scoring system much like western Boxing. There is no uniform used in Muay Thai, just boxing or Muay Thai shorts and a T-shirt.

Muay Thai is recognized as one of, if not THE, most complete and effective striking art on the planet and is gaining popularity all over the world through organizations like One Championship, K-1, and Glory Kickboxing. In 1993, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) was formed and now includes 130 member countries. Two years later, the World Muay thai Council was formed and is the official world governing body for professional Muay Thai. The organization includes members from 120 countries. In 2016 it was finally granted Provisional Recognition as an Olympic Sport which allowing host countries to add it to their games.


Yamasaki Academy teaches traditional Muay Thai as it is done in its home country, Thailand. We generally will cover techniques specifically for the Muay Thai sport aspect, but as a striking art Muay Thai lends itself well to self defense and Mixed Martial Arts. While sparring is a necessary part of learning Muay Thai, we do not condone the intentional harming of teammates or competitors. Students must, however, learn and understand how and why a technique is effective. For that reason all students are expected to treat each other with the utmost respect regardless of experience level.

Our Adult Muay Thai program does incorporate sparring into the curriculum for the more advanced students. Any Muay Thai student who is showing control and a strong ability to defend themselves may participate in Muay Thai Sparring classes.

Muay Thai does not use uniforms or belts, but here at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we do have shorts for members of the fight team.


Ever seen a Muay Thai fighter? Their abs have abs! It's called being in "Fight Shape". Even if you never plan to fight we can guarantee you that you will burn a lot of calories in a Muay Thai class. Somewhere between 700 to 1200 in an hour class!
There isn't a striking style that you can learn that has more weapons that Muay Thai. The ultimate striking discipline, you will learn many ways to defend yourself from an aggressive opponent.
Muay Thai will train you to move quickly and smoothly, with balance. While we will be throwing punches and kicks as hard as we can, it's important in Muay Thai to do with balance and efficiency in order to score in the eyes of a judge.
If you don't think of yourself as tough then learning Muay Thai will change your mind! We aren't just learning how to hit things, we are also learning how to deal with getting hit back. Mental fortitude and physical toughness will come with training Muay Thai.
Learn to find "The Zone" while training Muay Thai. It takes laser focus to do striking arts, especially one like Muay Thai that has so many weapons available for the fighter.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Advanced 6:30-7:30pm All Levels 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced 6:30-7:30pm All Levels 11:00am-12:00pm All Levels 6:30-7:30pm
Sparring 7:30-9:00pm Beginners 7:30-8:30pm Sparring 7:30-9:00pm Beginners 7:30-8:30pm Sparring 7:30-9:00pm