Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes at Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts

Benefits of Muay Thai Kickboxing:

  • Discover the science and mechanics of proper striking (kicking, punching, footwork, head movement, offense and defense)
  • Learn to properly defend yourself against punches and kicks
  • Master devastating knockout strikes and build unmatched power in your punches, kicks, elbows, and knees (just as if you were a pro fighter)
  • Develop strong cardio along with explosive moves (Muay Thai training increases your cardio and builds strength at the same time – and is NOT BORING)
  • Improve focus and concentration and increase eye/body coordination

What is Muay Thai Kickboxing?

Muay Thai is the kickboxing style most commonly used in professional Mixed Martial Arts (UFC) style competitions. It is known as the “Art of 8 Limbs” because it allows use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees—making it the most versatile and effective striking system on the planet. Even better, it is a great workout and not boring—this motivates people who normally hate going to the gym and gets them working out!

Despite our competition success, 90% of our students are actually just looking to get in the best shape of their life and learn effective self defense. The fact that we treat our beginners so professionally and with the highest level of patience is what has allowed us to become so successful. Our famous competition pedigree is a result of how well we tailor our classes for all ages and levels.

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What I like the most about the training is the fact that it’s getting your body and your mind stronger, because every class you get to test yourself both physically and mentally and it’s making me stronger. I think the instructors are really trying hard to make sure you’re learning a skill, and that’s what I love. I really feel like I’m paying for something, something that’s going to stay with me for life. They really work hard and they’re really friendly. Some people might think that it’s just a bunch of knuckleheads who are violent guys, but that’s not the case. It’s the opposite, actually, it’s really nice people trying to make themselves better.

– Rudy, Contractor

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WKA World Muay Thai Champion

Let’s talk about what most “Muay Thai” or “Kickboxing” gyms are. In one corner you have Muay Thai gyms are either renamed Karate programs or Aerobics Kickboxing franchises. In the other corner, you have MMA gyms which call the primitive striking program of their gym “Muay Thai”.

When we say we have an “authentic” program, we don’t mean that we wear Thai clothing, and primarily focus on knees and clinching. Authenticity to us means REAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT. Our students develop the ability to punch, kick, elbow, knee, and clinch anyone and everyone. If you train at Crazy 88, and then move to Thailand or Holland or make the switch over to MMA, you can be confident that you have REAL SKILLS.

Unlike most Mixed Martial Arts schools, Crazy 88 runs it’s Muay Thai Kickboxing program as its own specialized program. Muay Thai Kickboxing is not viewed as an after thought to MMA or UFC Fighting. Students train in Muay Thai Kickboxing – utilizing and learning techniques from both the Thai and Dutch styles. Students are encouraged to compete in pure striking events and grow with a student base that has a wide level of different skill levels. We have casual students as well as competitors of all ages and all skill levels.

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Kickboxer Keemaan Diop at Lion Fight

Members of the Crazy 88 Muay Thai Competition Team are trained to compete in all levels of competitions. We start with local smoker fights, guide you to amateur shows, and train you for international and professional events. Our ultimate goal is to see our most promising students fight in the top international events such as in the legendary Bangkok stadiums or in the famed Glory and Lionfight promotions.

Those wishing to take their Muay Thai training to the next level will enjoy the variety of complex combinations, clinch techniques, and live sparring sessions. Students will learn various offensive, defensive, and counter attack techniques. These techniques may be applied during live sparring sessions.

Competition-oriented students will also have the assurance of working with trainers who have experience at the highest level of the sport. Our trainers have coached and cornered in almost every major event – from Bangkok to Glory to Lion Fight to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Baltimore Muay Thai Kickboxing Team

1.  “After Kickboxing I became a truly well-rounded fighter.”

After the first Ultimate Fighting Championships, many martial artists thought that all the standup stuff wasn’t necessary to learn since they knew Jiu Jitsu and 97% of fights go to the ground.  Unfortunately, 100% of fights start standing and if you want to be a complete fighter, you’re going to need Stand Up as well as ground.

Unfortunately, most Jiu-Jitsu and MMA schools don’t have quality striking coaches.  In fact, most have never won a fight and don’t have much experience beyond casually training for 1-2 years.  Coaches like this are a big reason why aspiring fighters get hurt when they step up in competition.  At Crazy 88, all our striking coaches have extensive experience, training and competing in Thailand annually, and being part of fights camps for the highest levels of competition: the UFC, Glory, Bellator, etc.

2.  “After Kickboxing, I Realized I Learned *Real* Self-defense.”

Honestly, if you’re interested in Martial Arts and you want to learn self-defense then what better way to prevent an attacker from hurting you by delivering a knockout? Muay Thai trains deadly accuracy into your kicks and punches, along with the power to back it up.  You’ll learn how to defend punches and kicks and then set up your combinations and counter attacks.   Have no fear— you’re going to be able to not only defend yourself from punches and kicks but also learn how to deliver devastating strikes to your attacker.

Secondly, you’re going to be physically prepared.  The workouts we do in the kickboxing class are the best of both worlds—they will get you in outstanding shape so conditioning will never be a factor in a fight, and they’ll train you in the same techniques that the professional fighters at Crazy 88 are using in the ring to win championships.

3.  “Before Kickboxing I Wanted to be Fit but was bored with the typical gym routine.”

Statistics show that most people who join a fitness gym lose interest and stop working out within a month of enrolling.  The fact is that most people have been trying to lose weight and get in better shape for a long time but have been unable to get the physique they want.  Most workouts are too repetitive and unexciting to the regular person – very few people get up in the morning and think, “Wow!  I can’t wait to add 5 pounds to my bench press,” or “Looking forward to running an extra 200 yards today.”

Our Muay Thai Kickboxing program allows you to have fun while getting in shape.  You’re going to be learning how to punch, kick, knee, and elbow and participating in drills and activities that require 100% mental focus.  This keeps things entertaining so you won’t even be thinking about the exercise you’re getting.  Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition – even if you don’t want to fight!

4. “I have increased my self-confidence and discipline through the Martial Art of Muay Thai Kickboxing.”

Our Muay Thai kickboxing is not just a combat sport.  It’s a real martial art.  Training in it will develop your self-confidence and self-discipline as well as teach your how to respect yourself and your training partners.  It is all the benefits of the traditional martial arts but with realistic fighting techniques that actually work!

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Maryland Programmer testimonial

I never did any sports in high-school outside. I was very unathletic and my friend told me about Muay Thai class and she dragged me in there. It’s a good way to start, having a friend go with you, but I really didn’t have any experience. Just come in, and the instructors are really good, and all the people are friendly enough to help you out. You don’t have to be in shape. They’ll get you in shape.

– Michelle, Programmer

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