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Welcome to Rattachai Muay Thai in beautiful Phuket, Thailand. Located only a 15 minute scooter ride from the breathtaking beaches of Phuket, Rattachai Muay Thai is the best place to focus on your training while enjoying the local luxuries that Thailand has to offer. Rattachais gym is conveniently situated to provide you the most amazing experience you could have while improving and concentrating on your Muay Thai training. Take classes with experienced trainers, enjoy the amenities of the neighboring resort, and dine in style at an authentic Thai restaurant, all within an arms reach.
Rattachai Muay Thai Gym offers accommodation for its students. The gym is partnered with the neighboring hotel Nayai Resort. Here, you will enjoy the comforts of a modern yet classic style resort that provides full amenities to its clients. Such amenities include a Thai and Western restaurant, a large swimming pool and a pool table.
There are two resort options when stay at the Nayai Resort. The first option is The One Resort. It has 26 rooms available with either double beds or twin beds. Every room has a large terrace, a pool view, a living room and a pantry.
The second resort option is the Nayai Guest House and Resort. This resort option offers 32 rooms that are spacious, clean, comfortable, and fully furnished. You have the option of a single bedroom or a twin bedroom. It offers a plethora of amenities as well as dinning facilities.
Training at Rattachai Muay Thai Gym offers training sessions in both the morning and afternoon. Classes are held six days a week, Monday to Saturday. With accommodations located next to the training facility, you will never be late for your lessons.
07:00 - 10:00 morning training session
16:00 - 18:00 afternoon training session
Muay Thai is a form of hard martial arts practiced in many parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The art is similar to others in Southeast Asia such as: Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Lethwei in Myanmar, Tomoi in Malaysia, and Lao boxing in Laos. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the countrys national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing.
Muay Thai is referred to as the art of eight limbs, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai (nak muay) thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight points of contact, as opposed to two points (fists) in Western boxing and four points (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
In its original form, Muay Thai consisted of an arsenal of nine weapons - the head, fists, elbows, knees and feet - known collectively as na-wa arwud. However, in modern Muay Thai, both amateur and professional, head-butting an opponent is no longer allowed.
To strike and bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used called the clinch. Formal Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: Mae Mai or major techniques and Luk Mai or minor techniques.
Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand, but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit. With the success of Muay Thai in mixed martial arts fighting, it has become the de facto martial art of choice for competitive stand-up fighters.
As a result, it has evolved and incorporated much more powerful hand striking techniques used in western style boxing and the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable. Note: when Muay Thai fighters compete against fighters of other styles (and if the rules permit it), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage in fighting.
Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, and block. The rotation of the hips in Muay Thai techniques, and intensive focus on core muscles (such as abdominal muscles and surrounding muscles) are very distinctive and are what set Muay Thai apart from other styles of martial arts.
The punch techniques in Muay Thai were originally quite simple being crosses and a long (or lazy) circular strike made with a straight (but not locked) arm and landing with the heel of the palm. Cross-fertilization with Western boxing and western martial arts mean the full range of western boxing punches are now used: jab, straight right/cross, hook, uppercut, shovel and corkscrew punches and overhands as well as hammer fists and back fists.
As a tactic, body punching is used less in Muay Thai than most other striking martial arts to avoid exposing the attackers head to counter strikes from knees or elbows. To utilize the range of targeting points, in keeping with the Theory of Muay Thai - Centre Line, the advocate can use either Western or Thai stance which allows for either long range or short range attacks to be undertaken effectively without compromising guard.
Rattanachai Wor. Valapol also known as Kru Nai was born in Nakohn Ratchasima, Thailand. He is the head trainer at Rattachai Muay Thai.
Sankom Lookbanya or Kru Kom has Muay Thai in his blood. He comes from a Muay Thai family and has amassed a pro fight record of over 200 fights in Bangkok and his hometown. He is a very kind man, but a destroyer on the pads.
He is a professional fighter and he fighat for Lumpinee Stadium, Chanel 3, Chanel 5. Sak was known for his dangerous knees (Muay Kao). Now retired from fighting, Sak has become a skilled pad holder, trainer and fighter for Team Rattachai.
Tanwa was known for his fast left kick and very dangerous elbows. Now retired from fighting, Tanwa has become a skilled pad holder and trainer, and has a good deal of experience teaching internationally.
Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline, 862 kilometers south of Bangkok. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign traders ship logs.
In recent times, though, Phuket's top earner has been tourism, which has transformed the island into Thailand's wealthiest province. Expect prices to be a bit higher than on the mainland. The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but almost no evidence of the damage now remains. Phuket enjoys great popularity as a travel destination. Most beaches are on the west coast, with Phuket Town to the southeast and the airport in the north.
Rattachai Muay Thai Gym does not provide food for it students. There is; however, a popular Thai caf located at Nayai Resort. Areeya Caf offers services everyday from early in the morning to late in the evening. They provide a well-established and thorough menu, mainly catering to local Thai cuisine. For more information pertaining to the food and Areeya Caf, please contact Rattachai Muay Thai Gym.
Sailing and boating
Travel to the east coast beaches
Visit the most important Buddhist temple Wat Chalong
"I am an amateur practitioner of Muay Thai. Been doing it for 3 years and I have tried many gyms in Bangkok, Phuket, and Cambodia. Rattachai is, hands down, the best gym I have ever been at. The trainers are super attentive at your technique, will make you repeat a move till you are good at it, and wont just tell you "good good" like in other gyms. Forget the super crowded classes at Tiger Muay Thai, which is basically a glorified fat camp and money machine. Rattachai is different. It is a small but top class operation. The training routine is varied and interesting. Sparring focuses on technique and you get a lot of advice during and between bouts. Finally, everybody is super nice. I will be coming back any time I can."
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"Booked 2 hours as a special birthday surprise for my partner for his 40th. Before even attending I had the most helpful person, Nit, assisting with organising. Any hiccups were met with flexibility, professionalism and friendliness. On the day we met the team. This family run business is literally the best. The workout was fabulous and well explained. The trainers are all Muay Thai champions. We will be visiting again next year and looking forward to it. A big thank you from Muhammad (Mo) & Bronwynn."
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"I've been lucky enough to train at Tiger, Top Team and Dragon on the more famous Soi Taed Road (one block over), but Rattachai was a brilliant suggestion and a wonderful surprise! It's a small family-run gym owned and operated by Kru Nai, a Lumpini champion and a former Tiger-instructor who is very highly respected in the fighter community. "
"This gym excels in a way others do not - you get 1-on-1 technical instruction and a good balance of cardio and sparring in a typical 2-hour class you just can't find at the other gyms. It's smaller and very basic compared to the flashier gyms but Kru Nai and his team of instructors are phenomenally talented and really prioritize the learning of each individual in the sessions, i.e. they cater to your level from beginner to seriously advanced. "
"If you want to fight, no problem. They'll assess your level, make the appropriate recommendations and help you set up a fight. If you just want to learn, also no issue. I found a great deal of support and technical advice on how to improve my game. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I learned more in a month at Rattachai than I did doing 2 months at Tiger. It's just a different level of focus and because they're smaller, you really do matter as a client. You're not just another foreigner. "
"A month is 9,000 Baht at 2 classes per day (morning and afternoon = 4 hours). If that's too hard core or if you're managing an injury, then go back down to 1 class per day for 5,000 Baht per month. Either way, that's a crazy good deal compared to the prices you'll get on the Soi."
"I visited Phuket and wanted to train while I was there. I went to about 5 different places and when I got here I felt like I was family. The trainers, Hin, Prai, and Owner Kru are amazing people. Hin and Prai went out of their way to take us to the fights the first night and then trained the next day again. I will go back next year and train with them again!"
"If you want a great experience from experienced people, then this is your place!"