Known around the world as the "Science of Eight Limbs," Muay Thai has been practiced for thousands of years as a form of self-defence and combat. It's a stand-up martial art akin to kickboxing, where combatants strike each other with their fists, shins, knees, and elbows. Muay Thai is well known for its rigorous training regimes and punishing competitions, but much like many other ancient martial arts, Muay Thai is based in deep philosophical and cultural traditions. It is not simply a striking sport, but a way of life. Good Muay Thai training is not only physically difficult, but mentally challenging too.
Muay Thai in Canada has been primarily influenced by Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri, who still teaches and trains students out of Siam No. 1: House of Muay Thai in Toronto, Ontario. Many Muay Thai gyms and practitioners in Ontario and even the rest of Canada (myself included) can trace their lineage to Ajahn Suchart.
Waterloo Muay Thai
I started out training Muay Thai in May, 2012 with the Muay Thai club at the University of Waterloo in an attempt to build up my fitness. As my interests in Muay Thai developed over the following years, I became more involved with the club at UW and took on both administrative and teaching responsibilities, eventually being certified as a Poo Choi Kru (Assistant Instructor) under Ajahn Suchart. Ultimately, along with several other members of the WMT community, I decided to try to expand our reach from just university students and affiliates to a broader audience in the Waterloo Region under the name Waterloo Muay Thai.
As a team, the Waterloo Muay Thai family has grown to offer professional, high-quality instruction and training every day of the week. We base our training not only on thousands of years of tradition, but also on modern science by working with members of the kinesiology departments at both UW and Laurier. In doing so, we are able to provide safe, effective training for all skill and interest levels, and get the most out of our competitive fighters.
Waterloo Muay Thai is a proud member of Muay Thai Ontario, the official sanctioning body for Muay Thai competitions in Ontario, and a recognized member of the Muay Thai community.
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