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Bank Holiday Muay Thai Boxing Training

On bank holiday Monday 30th August 2021, there will be a joint class for all ages from 7 pm till 8 pm. That means the adult class and the junior class will both be at 7pm. Thanks


P.s please retweet, Facebook, emails , text or just plainly phone who you know that comes to gym.

Junior’s book in via the app for 6 pm and come at 7 pm

Adults book in via the app for 7.15 pm and come at 7 pm Rick 

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Hi all, we have recognised that paying for uniform, equipment and your member to member insurance can be expensive, so have teamed up with Klarna to spread the cost and make things more affordable.
Please see link to see how it works. Only available on goods purchased through the website.

please see link to see how it works

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Gym Assistant wanted.

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We have no dealings with the application at this stage.

Administrative Assistant.

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Ten Things That Should Take Zero Talent

1. Being on Time

“Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.” – Karen Joy Fowler

2. Work Ethic

“Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.” -Unknown

3. Effort

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

4. Body Language

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

5. Energy

“Exhaustion makes wimps out of all of us.” – James Loehr

6. Attitude

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. Passion

“Working hard for something you don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something you love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

8. Being Coachable

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” – Ken Blanchard

9. Doing Extra

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

10. Being Prepared

 “Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised.” – Denis Waitley

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Returning To The Gym

phoenix muay thai news letter
Returning to the gym

We are so excited to start our plans for a safe return to the gym. There is so much to tell you all and so many new things going on, so please have a read through this months newsletter. We can’t wait to welcome you all back.

Children’s Classes – 12th April 2021
The children’s classes will be restarting on the 12th April 2021 – please continue to follow the same covid-safe processes that we put in place at the beginning:

1. Book your class:
Join us at Phoenix Muay Thai on the Wix app to easily stay updated and get in touch with me on the go.
Join with this link:
Got the app? Use the invite code: 01S1DW

2. A fresh registration needs to be filled in:

3. Please watch the following YouTube videos on arriving, going to the toilet and leaving.
Going to the toilet

Private lessons for adults and children can commence too on 12th April 2021 – please speak to Kru to arrange these.
Adults Classes –  17th May 2021
The adult’s classes will be starting on the 17th of May again, please continue to follow the same covid-safe processes that we put in place at the beginning:
1. Book your class:
Join us at Phoenix Muay Thai on the Wix app to easily stay updated and get in touch with me on the go.
Join with this link:
Got the app? Use the invite code: 01S1DW

2. A fresh registration needs to be filled in:

3. Please watch the following YouTube videos on arriving, going to the toilet and leaving.
Going to the toilet

Glow Kicks – 21st May 2021
Our loooooong awaited glow kick class will commence on 21st May 2021.
The intention was to start this in the winter when we had darkness earlier, however, we have had so much excitement and interest that we are pushing on with this as we think it’s imperative for people and their mental wellness to get those endorphin rushes from moving and having FUN.

We are gonna start with the class from 8 pm-9 pm but we may need to adjust the timings depending on the darkness. Make sure you are registered so you get all the up-to-date notifications:

Bank holiday Monday – 31st May 2021
On bank holiday Monday, there will be a joint class from 7 pm to 8 pm. All ages (min. age 5 years old) and abilities are welcome to join in on this class.

Happy Birthday – 5th June 2021
20th anniversary of Phoenix Muay Thai.

Pad Work – 21st June 2021
We will be back to doing pad work, we will also be reintroducing member to member insurance, this hasn’t been necessary during covid due to us only utilising the bags for individual work. When we revert to pad work, this insurance will be mandatory again.
We don’t ask students to join until after 4 weeks of training. After this period students will be required to join.
Insurance: £30 per year.

Celebrations – 26th June 2021
We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Phoenix Muay Thai and being out of lockdown CALLING ALL STUDENTS PAST AND PRESENT
I don’t know what we are going to be doing, but trust me, it’s going to be epic.
I am thinking of clearing the walkway and turning it into a club, get DJs on lights the lot. Everyone bring their own beer – drink responsibly, but party like lunatics 🙂
Sparring – 4th July 2021
The return of the sparring class. all students must have their own appropriate equipment, including gum shields, shin pads, appropriate boxing gloves for their size and weight.

New Bags
We have introduced some new branded Phoenix Muay Thai bags up in the training room on a clever pulley system, which I can’t wait for you to see. It means now we can now increase our classes to 18 people all with their own bag station with social distancing in place.

Saturday 12.15 Class
This class used to be the adult only class but we have turned it into an adults and family class. If you are training as a family, all children must be accompanied by and an adult (max 2 children per adult). If your child has trained in the children’s class that day, they can’t train in the adults class too. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to ensure that the children they are supervising are respectful in the training room and do not disturb the other students.


In loving memory
We are saddened to announce that during this last lockdown, we have lost 2 beloved Phoenix Phamily members. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of Rachel West and Michelle Murphy. They will always hold their place in our Phamily.
Rest in peace ladies



Feedback & Reviews

Thank you for recently using Phoenix Muay Thai Boxing – we hope your experience was a good one.

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We hope to see you again soon,

Kru Rick Lewis

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1:1 Online Zoom Sessions


Hi All,

As most of you know I am a people person and I love connecting with people, so with that in mind, I am going to do some quick 15 minute personal lessons online over zoom, the sessions are free but a donation to Phoenix Outreach CIC would be appreciated to enable us to keep running our fantastic community projects. 

How the lesson will be run:

1.Send me a short video of you doing a technique that you are struggling with the day before your lesson (not the night before).

2. I’ll send you a Zoom link (make sure you have zoom set up and you’re ready to be online at your session time).

3.Be in uniform (if you have it) and be on time. 
(If you are late, I won’t wait)

4.Warm-up yourself before the session with 3 minutes of skipping then 10x press-ups, 10x sit-ups, 10x squats, and stretch your limbs etc. (If you don’t warm up beforehand you risk injury to yourself that may impact on further training).

5. A 15 minute 1:1 session via Zoom with me.

6. Following the session stretch off your limbs again, e.g., forward splits, side splits etc.

If this is something that you would like to do, please get in click the ‘BOOK ME IN’ button below and I will get you booked in.

Here is the Crowdfunding page link to make a donation to Phoenix Outreach CIC:

Stay safe,
Kru Rick

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Info regarding a new game on Social Media

We have become aware of a popular new game on Facebook that is gaining popularity amongst young people, although this term is also used on Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube, and want to bring it to your attention. Just as a reminder– the legal age for accessing Facebook/Instagram/YouTube with a personal account is 13 but we know some younger boys have.

 The game is called “Smash or Pass”. Children and young people upload pictures of themselves so other users can say if they would either “smash” which means to hook up sexually with someone or “pass” as in no thanks. This is a form sexploitation and as well as being inappropriate for children and young people to both upload and view these images it could be anyone accessing these pictures. Adults as predators go where children and young people are and will be playing the game using false identities.

 Even if children and young people are playing the game with images of celebrities it is not a positive game and reinforces sexism and misogyny. We wanted to bring to your attention for you to discuss with your child if you feel this is appropriate.

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The Art of Fighting

Click Below for ebook

Art of fighting ebook

Muay Thai

The Art of Fighting

Yod Ruerngsa, Khun Kao Charuad

and James Cartmell

Muay Thai The Art of Fighting

by Yod Ruerngsa, Khun Kao Charuad and James Cartmell

This DRAFT should not be sold, rented and etc.

All reprinting and citation of text in part or whole are prohibited.

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4 Muscle Groups That Muay Thai Strengthens

There is no mistaking it, a Muay Thai class is the ultimate total body workout. Ask anyone who has trained in the “Art of Eight Limbs” and they will tell you it’s one of the most intense workouts you can ever experience. It’s fast-paced, deliberate, and explosive movements strengthen different parts of your body.

A Muay Thai class is truly a unique experience. That’s why many people are drawn to the martial art to get themselves in supreme shape. For weight loss and muscle toning, Muay Thai has no parallel.

As a martial art for self-defence, Muay Thai is extremely effective. It can help you diffuse any physical altercation quickly and effectively. It will equip you with the combat skills necessary to protect yourself and those around you at all times, which is why many men, women, and even children study this discipline.

Moreover, Muay Thai helps you achieve the physique and athleticism of a well-conditioned athlete.

Have you ever seen the physique of a Muay Thai fighter? It’s lean, flexible, but most importantly, strong. That’s because the compound movements performed within Muay Thai’s techniques strengthen all sorts of muscles that you may not even be aware of.

Let’s take a quick look at the different muscles Muay Thai training directly engages. Today, Evolve Daily shares, four muscle groups, Muay Thai strengthens.

1. Arm And Shoulder Muscles

Muay Thai deals with the science of punching much like the sport of boxing does. Although the stance is quite different because of the existence of kicks and knees, the fundamentals are pretty much the same.

Power is transferred from the base, through to the core, and to the end of the fist. It’s a smooth, quick, and explosive motion. But people may not realise that power is usually transferred to the fist via the shoulders. The shoulders act like pistons, delivering punches with speed and velocity.

The major difference between Muay Thai and boxing, however, is the existence of elbows. In Muay Thai, fighters can use elbow strikes. Many of Muay Thai’s boxing combinations include the use of elbows.

This, of course, stimulates different parts of the arm and shoulder muscles, particularly the triceps and biceps. It also explains why Muay Thai fighters have very cut and defined shoulders.

Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto training Muay Thai at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto training Muay Thai at Evolve MMA in Singapore. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)

2. Hip And Leg Muscles

A major part of Muay Thai’s offensive maneuvres involves the use of kicks and knees. There are a plethora of different techniques from roundhouse kicks, push kicks, switch kicks, question mark kicks, and the like.

Taking things a step further, Muay Thai also features leg sweeps, dumps, and even the occasional flying knee.

That being said, there’s a lot of compound movements involving the muscles surrounding the legs and hips, such as the gluteal muscles and the quadriceps. Each muscle serves a different purpose in the execution of Muay Thai’s many kicking techniques.

During training, you’ll be kicking a lot. It’s one of those things where the more you do it, the better you get. Repetition plays a massive role in Muay Thai training, and the more time you put in the gym, the faster you see improvements.

Strengthening these muscles separately, therefore, also improve kicking technique and power in Muay Thai.

3. Core Muscles

Much like in any sport, the core muscle group plays a massive role in the function of all connected body parts. Think of it as the engine that makes your body run. The stronger your core, the more explosive your movements, and in turn, the more powerful your strikes.

The core muscles include the internal and external obliques, upper and lower abdomen, diaphragm, and the like.

Everything from kicks, punches, elbows, and knees, and all techniques in between, draw power from your core. Which means this area of your body is trained constantly on a daily basis. Every technique performed in some way shape or form engages the core. That’s probably why Muay Thai fighters are absolutely ripped.

Muay Thai also has you dealing with body shots. A lot of fighters like to dig to the body with roundhouse kicks, or even punches. So you’re always clenching your abdomen to deal with the impact. This, of course, fortifies your midsection and makes you more resistant to body shots.

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore.
Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)

4. Back Muscles

Last but not least, Muay Thai training strengthens your back muscles.

Typically, the muscles attached to the back of the spine help humans stand, as well as lift heavy objects. Just as you engage the core muscles during training, you equally engage the back muscles to complement and stabilise your movements, especially when executing kicks and knees.

The back muscles also help in allowing you better shock absorption, which in turn gives you better balance. And of course, balance is very important in any stand-up martial art.

Having a strong back enables you to deliver your techniques with good balance, and helps you stay upright with a good centre of gravity. Having a solid base is essential in Muay Thai.

Another aspect of Muay Thai that engages back muscles is the clinch. When fighting for position and pulling your opponent off balance, strong back muscles will come in handy.

This article, “4 Muscle Groups That Muay Thai Strengthens”, originally appeared on Evolve MMA, Asia’s No. 1 martial arts organisation.