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San Diego's Muay Thai Gym

Welcome to our San Diego Muay Thai gym. We offer traditional Muay Thai boxing classes with the legendary Master “Kru Mark”, who has been training and coaching Muay Thai for over 50 years. Kru Mark’s Muay Thai system passed down from father to son for 5 generations, is the most authentic of any Muay Thai school in San Diego. We also offer top-tier competitive Muay Thai training for those who want to learn to fight or compete on a high level.

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.

Kru Mark teaches our traditional San Diego Muay Thai classes. Kru Mark is the best known Muay Thai Coach in San Diego 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 Muay Thai training at our San Diego gym. Students go on to learn clinch work, advanced striking combinations, additional defensive skills including counter attacks and even takedowns and throws.

We also provide frequent sparring for those who wish to further accelerate their training. We make these sparring sessions open to Muay Thai fighters, as well kickboxers and MMA fighters working on their striking game. This allows our San Diego Muay Thai students 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.

Looking for the best private Muay Thai lessons in San Diego? We have you covered. Instead of paying the outrageous fees other gyms charge for private Muay Thai training, we do things differently. Most gyms markup their private Muay Thai lessons up to 500%. This means they can pay their trainers $25 per hour and charge $125 per hour. This is unfair to the trainer and the client. In contrast, we don’t markup our private Muay Thai training here at all. Instead, once you become a member of our gym, you pay our trainers directly and we stay out of the transaction. We get your membership dues, the trainers keep what they earn, and you get huge savings. It’s a win-win-win for everyone (except the other gyms with their inflated private Muay Thai training prices). So if you want San Diego’s best private Muay Thai lessons at the best prices, we’re your gym.

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Muay Thai Classes | 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 over here to San Diego. The place is huge. Plus the price, can’t beat it. The Muay Thai 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 Training | 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 in San Diego 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.”

Amateur & Professional Muay Thai

Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in Muay Thai? 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. All you need to do to start on the path to compete for us in Muay Thai is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.

Whether you’re just beginning in Muay Thai, or you want to compete in a Muay Thai Championship Match, we have you covered. No matter your current level, we work with you to take you to the next level. Our competitive Muay Thai team is an opportunity for anyone in the San Diego area to come, learn and compete at their highest level.

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Muay Thai FAQ's

Out of all of the San Diego Muay Thai gyms, the Arena has the most training space and daily Muay Thai classes. Our Muay Thai Master Coach, Kru Mark, has decades of experience and leads our team of elite experts here to coach techniques 1 on 1 with students.

Muay Thai will teach you a functional martial art that can be used for self-defense or sport, while increasing your physical fitness.

Muay Thai is all about positioning yourself for optimal striking impact, you should find a coach and training program that emphasizes body mechanics and weight distribution as it relates to sparring with an opponent.

Muay Thai, is a martial art originating in Thailand translating to “Thai Boxing.” With its roots in Thai military dating back to the 13th century, it’s considered to be the national sport of Thailand.

Muay Thai is also referred to as the “Art of 8 limbs” because you use 8 different parts of the body to strike at your opponent. Those parts are two fists, elbows, feet and knees, eight in total.

Muay Thai has a particular focus on striking and therefore emphasizes body positioning and weight distribution for maximizing the power behind each strike at an opponent’s vulnerable areas.

For any type of Muay Thai sparring or intense sparring drills, you won’t need a lot of equipment but we’d suggest the following:

  • 16 oz gloves
  • Shin guards
  • hand wraps
  • Mouthguard

The Arena Pro Gear Shop can outfit all your Muay Thai sparring equipment needs.

Yes, Muay Thai teaches a strong foundation for striking arts. It focuses on building a strong base in fighting stance, excellent striking mechanics, defense, balance, and cardiovascular endurance.

If you’re looking for Muay Thai gyms and training “near me”, we have you covered. Members come from all over San Diego to train at The Arena. Our Muay Thai gym is easily accessible in Point Loma off the 8 freeway on Midway Blvd. Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Bay Park, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, North Park, South Park, La Mesa, El Cajon, Clairemont, College Area, Miramar, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, City Heights, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach.

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