MUAY THAI AT THE ARENA
THE SAN DIEGO MUAY THAI GYM
Welcome to our San Diego Muay Thai program. We offer Muay Thai classes for Beginners to Pros with the legendary Master “Kru Mark”, who has been training and coaching for over 55 years in his his family’s system of Muay Thai. Our gym provides this unique training in one of the most traditional Muay Thai schools in the U.S.
Muay Thai is an extremely effective and powerful Martial Art. Utilizing hands, elbows, knees and feet, it is respectively known as “The Art of 8 Limbs”. The practice of Muay Thai is equally applicable for fitness, fighting, and self-defense.
Taught by Kru Mark, our Muay Thai classes are very traditional. Kru Mark is San Diego’s best known Muay Thai Coach and teaches his family’s style of Muay Thai called Deth Ko Sin. It has been passed on from father to son for 5 generations. This is an excellent self-defense system as well as a great way of maintaining fitness.
We start off new students with solid fundamentals, including correct stance and footwork, so they can quickly learn how to properly punch, elbow, kick and knee. From there, we teach appropriate defensive skills before moving on to intermediate and advanced training.
Once students have mastered the fundamentals, we continue to our intermediate and advanced training. Students go on to learn clinch work, advanced striking combinations, additional defensive skills including counter attacks and even takedowns and throws.
We also make available sparring for those who wish to further accelerate their training. These sparring sessions are frequently combined with kickboxing students, as well as with MMA students working on their striking game. This allows all our athletes to receive increased exposure to different fighters and systems.
Our Head Muay Thai Coach is Kru Mark, whose official name is Boungnaphonh Makthepharaks. Originally from Laos and Thailand, he is a Master Muay Thai instructor who has been training and coaching for over 55 years.
Like his father, 4-star General and former Commander-in-Chief of the Laotian army Bounpone Makthepharaks, Kru Mark started training Muay Thai at the age of 5. Kru Mark also served in the Military, working with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam. After escaping a POW camp, Kru Mark came to the U.S. and has been teaching his family’s style of Muay Thai ever since.
MUAY THAI: GABRIEL P.
One of my coworkers recommended this place, so I’ve been here ever since. I live in Chula Vista and it’s worth driving all the way over here. The place is huge. Plus the price, can’t beat it. The coaches are excellent. They work with you, they care about you. They got love for you and want to see you progress. My experience here on a scale from 1 to 10? It’s 11 or 12. Everybody here puts 110% into everything they do. There’s no half-assing it. They just encourage us to do better.
MUAY THAI: ADRIAN M.
I’ve fought professionally in Muay Thai. I fought here in the United States, internationally, over in the Philippines and Mexico. I fought in Thailand. That was a good experience. First came to The Arena about three years ago. I was getting ready for a fight, and Joe opened the doors and Mike opened the doors, and everybody here made me feel really welcome as soon as I stepped through their doors. Ever since then, I haven’t looked back. If there’s anybody I trust to get me ready for anything, I trust these guys.
TEAM ARENA: COMPETITION MUAY THAI
Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in Combat Sports? Then become part of Team Arena. Preparing athletes for competition is the backbone of The Arena and one of the primary reasons why we do what we do here. Whatever your Combat Sport, all you need to do to start on the path to compete for us is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.
Whether you’re just beginning, or you already have Amateur or Professional experience, we have you covered. If you’re a Beginner, we’ll train you to become a skilled Novice. If you’re an experienced Novice, we’ll take you to the top of the Amateur ranks. If you’re a high level Amateur, we can get on the road to a solid Pro career. And if you’re a talented Pro who’s willing to put body, heart, mind and soul into it, we can bring you to a World Class level.
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Vince: How’s it going? I’m Coach Vince Salvador from the Arena. Charles: I’m Coach Charles Martinez. We’re here to discuss some options for the clinch different than what you may have seen before. We’ll start here. Vince: A lot of times in the clinch, the
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