Muay Thai or Thai Boxing was born on the battlefields of the 15th century, during the legendary clashes between Thai (or Siamese) armies and their bitter rivals, the Burmese. Trained in the weapons-based fighting method known as Krabi Krabong, these early Thai soldiers also became famous for their toughness in close-quarters weapon less combat, where legs, knees, elbows and hands took the place of swords and sticks. This type of weapon less fighting became Muay Thai, known as the Science of Eight Limbs.

dscn1095bChief Instructor Chris Kent and Instructor Tiffany Williams first trained in Thailand in 1998 in Koh Samui. A block of concrete on the roadside with one solitary bag hanging from a chain, Things have moved on a lot since then, and we’re pleased most gyms/camps now have fans and matted areas outside the ring! Whenever we visit Thailand we try to combine our travels with training in the gyms in that area as well as attending shows.  We have made a lot of friends during our visits over there and been fortunate enough to train in a lot of different gyms including Fairtex; Jitti’s;  Jungle Gym;  Kamlaithong; Lanta Gym,  Por Promin; Rawai; Thai – Boxing Garden;  and Tiger Muay Thai.

dscf7871aWith the growth of Thai Boxing we were keen to bring Thai Boxing Instruction to Kicks but wanted to be sure we maintained the high standard of teaching we have always been known for. We were fortunate when our former Kickboxing Instructor and ISKA Amateur World Champion Anthony Hogbin returned to Brighton after training in Thai Boxing.  In 2006 he started up a class both at Kicks and at Cheetahs Gym.  Work and family meant Anthony was forced to give up instructing in 2007, and Chris stepped in to continue with a weekly class at Kicks.

This had a steady number of students but we wanted to offer more. We were delighted when in September 2009 we had the opportunity to have Mr Bunrot Phiophong (Rose), from Tiger Muay Thai Gym, Phuket over instructing at our club for three months.  Rose started training at the age of 8 and trained under Kru Nokeweed Davi (K1 & Lumpinee Champion) and then Jaruntong Kiatbanchong (Lumpinee & Rachadamnoen Champion). His fight record was 163 fights which included 5 fights at Lumpinee; 12 fights at Rachadamoen; and six fights televised on TV Channel 7   Rose brought boundless patience and humour into the daytime and evening classes then on offer,  and everyone benefited and learnt a lot from his being at Kicks.  Rose is now back at Tiger Muay Thai Gym in Phuket, Thailand but we hope at some point in the future that he’ll be back over for a visit to Kicks.

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Jono Redden

marc_brownFrom January 2010 – July 2011 Kicks Instructor was Jono Redden who had over 15 years experience in the Martial Arts, and lived and fought in Thailand between 2001 – 2003 fighting in Gawilla Stadium, Chiang Mai and in Ratchadamnern Stadium. From August 2011 we have been fortunate to gain Marc Brown as an Instructor through our friendship with Chief Instructor John Jarvis at Crawley Martial Arts Academy.

Marc trains and instructs out of Crawley Martial Arts.  He started Martial Arts as a junior, and has a wealth of instructional experience as well as over 100 fights under his belt (29 of these fights in Thailand). He has also spent extensive periods of time living in Thailand and training and fighting out of Fairtex Gym, and has the honour and recognition of having fought at Lumpini Stadium, Bangkok.