Get In Fighting Shape With Muay Thai Kickboxing



Portland Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes



Muay Thai (also known as Thai boxing or simply, kickboxing) is an ancient martial art form from Thailand. It was made popular by King Nareusan in 1560 AD. Muay Thai was introduced in the United States by Arjan Chai in 1968, the honored president and founder of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA. He was a talented and passionate martial artist who made it his life’s mission to teach and spread the art form in the nation. The purpose of Muay Thai training is to develop and enhance the body’s strength and coordination, while learning to use the body’s tools for self-defense.



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-Phil, NWFA member

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Muay Thai training courses involve dynamic moves, drills and combos to keep you engaged and challenged. The training requires great commitment of time and effort. The classes will involve a variety of drills that fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Speed drills, which develop your agility, one of the key elements of power
  • Conditioning drills, which develop strength, endurance and physical resilience
  • Rhythm drills, which develop a sense of range, position and ease of flow between techniques
  • Timing drills, which put together everything you have learned and help you develop the ability to read an opponent and work techniques in ideal response to the opportunities at hand

Our Muay Thai courses provide an outstandingly effective workout! The sessions are always changing and evolving to keep you engaged and motivated. With consistent training, you will have improved strength, flexibility, greater bone density and remarkable cardio endurance. While this training can result in the best physical fitness of your life, anyone can get started regardless of current fitness. We have training options for all skill levels from total beginners to those preparing for a fight.

NWFA’s motto for Muay Thai classes is: “Intense, challenging, effective, exciting.”



  1. Thai Pad Workouts
  2. Muay Thai pads are heavy padding strapped to the forearms which are used to safely absorb the force of a kick or knee. This is done to develop skill, strength and sense of range with simple fixed patterns.
  • Work a sequence of kicks, strikes and blocks to refine your transitions
  • Endurance training with sets of 10 kicks on each side. Starting with 120 kicks in three minutes and building up to upwards of 200
  • Reaction speed training by striking in response to random cues from the pad holder
  • Defending against counter striking from the pad holder
  1. Heavy Bag Workouts
  2. Heavy bags are the power and technique part of a Muay Thai training session. You can deliver as much power as possible without having to be concerned for your training partner.
  • Developing fluid footwork by working a set of strikes on the bag while constantly adjusting your position in response to the swinging of the bag
  • Working a series of strikes in a fixed pattern to develop transition and precision
  • Power development by delivering maximum force blows to the bag while maintaining good technique and speed
  • Range awareness, working strikes in response to the bag position
  1. Focus Mitt Workouts
  2. Focus mitt work outs are predominately focused on the hands and elbow strikes. This is an excellent and safe way to test your skills without the risk of injury.
  • Hand speed drills striking in response to cues from the holder
  • Hand speed and protective drills where you strike and defend against counters from the holder
  • Endurance drills where you aim for 200-300 hits in three minutes


Muay Thai Glove Drills

Partner glove drills are used to develop your understanding of how to apply a series of strikes and counters and to train you to respond naturally to the unexpected nature of a real situation.

  • Defensive technique practice where you isolate certain strikes and your options to counter them
  • Counter striking training where you work a pattern of counter-strikes
  • Technique drills to look for common technical flaws to help you improve striking safety while looking for good opportunities to counter-strike
  • Partner techniques flows – sequences of light strikes and their effective counters which teach you the correct range and timing of all of the different strikes

Muay Thai Courses – Sparring

Timing sparring: This involves “sparring” training your responses to random techniques. This is done with absolute control and trains you to analyze how your partner is attacking and learn to read his cues. This level of training in the Portland Muay Thai classes is absolutely safe.

Full contact sparring: The final step in the training sequence is to put on appropriate protective gear and work striking with speed and controlled power. The goal is to learn something new and improve every time you spar. This level of Muay Thai Portland, Oregon, training is intense but exciting and challenging at the same time.

Contact us today to join our Muay Thai Boxing Classes in Portland, Oregon.





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