Coach James’ 7 AM Muay Thai Class

Arena Muay Thai Class Coach James

7am Muay Thai Coach James Ewton explains the structure of the infamous 7am class. Organized learning for the whole week reinforces the topics being taught every day in various ways. Listen to Coach James explain then come in and train!


Coach James Ewton:
What’s going on? It’s Coach James. I teach the 7:00 Muay Thai class. Usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, we drill. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’ll do pads. Then Fridays, we spar.

On the drilling days, we’ll go over a fundamental, generally a theme of some sort, and then we’ll build upon it and do layers, so that if you’re new, you’re going over that same basic repetitive motion over and over and over. If you’re more advanced, we can start adding on to that and adding more onto your arsenal.

On pad days, it’s kind of the same thing. If it’s a more advanced person, I’ll let them do their own thing or working on what we did on Monday and Wednesday. If you’re new, you need training wheels, I give them usually a combination to do, again, building off of something simple, making it more complex as we go along.

Then Friday, it’s a sparring day, so we’re trying to work the fundamentals that we have been working on all week. So it would be more like a performance review.

In-House Kickboxing Event This Saturday

Kickboxing Event In House Arena

Kickboxing in house competition this Saturday as part of the Arena Olympics and member appreciation BBQ! Come in and watch the gym members go after each other for some kickboxing sparring!


Coach James Ewton:

How’s it going, guys? I’m Coach James, one of the Muay Thai coaches here at the gym. This Saturday the 27th, we’re having a member appreciation event. There’s going to be a couple different things going on, mainly for us it’s going to be the kickboxing fights.



It’s going to be like just sparring. Getting members to test their skills out and see if they want to make a step up to actually competing rather than just being a member. It’s how I got started at events like this. I started off with just smokers and eventually decided I wanted to compete as an amateur, from there I went pro and now I’ve been lucky enough to become a coach here.


So I invite you guys out this weekend. There’s going to be a BBQ after, so I hope to see you guys here.

New Arena Rashguards Available Now

Arena Rashguard Merch Available
The Arena Gym is excited to announce that we have just received an order of our brand new Arena rash guards! If you would like to purchase one of these limited edition items from our pro shop, please see the front desk while supplies last!

What Gear Do I Need for Muay Thai?

Muay Thai What Gear Do I Need

For those that read our previous article titled “What is Muay Thai?” you may be curious about what gear you will need before starting. Here is everything you need in order to begin learning Muay Thai

16oz Gloves: 

Gloves are meant for protecting your hands and your partner. Check out the pro shop by the front desk to get a view of our glove selection. We offer some of the best gloves in the market for Muay Thai, or any other striking arts found at The Arena. Windy and Fairtex are both excellent options for Muay Thai gloves. 

Shin Guards: 

Shin Guards are meant to protect the wearer and partner from bone on bone contact during drills and sparring. In Muay Thai, a heavy emphasis on kicks means that fighters should invest in a quality pair of shin guards to protect themselves and their partners. The Arena sells a great pair of Combat Sports shin guards at the pro shop that work for all of our striking classes. 

Mouth Guard: 

Mouth Guards are essential for any sparring session. Shock Doctor makes an excellent boil-and-bite mouth Guard, which can be found in The Arena’s pro shop. If you would like to spend a little extra money on safeguarding your teeth, you can always opt for a custom mouth guard from your dentist’s office. 

Groin protection: 

In order to start sparring, you’re going to want a good groin protector. When selecting a cup, you want to make sure that your cup gives you freedom of movement while still offering complete protection from low blows.

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