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Muay Thai

All levels welcome! Thailand's combat sport known as the 'Art of Eight Limbs' - for using punches, elbows, kicks and knees - is a great way to get fit, compete, meet lovely people and blow off steam!

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Muay Thai, or Thai boxing is often described as the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’ – punches, elbows, kicks and knees are all allowed. Muay Thai is steeped in history and traditions closely linked to Thailand’s own history. An integral part of Muay Thai is conditioning – shadow boxing, running, abdominal and body weight resistance exercises all help to seriously boost your fitness levels as well as your confidence.

The Archa Tong LSE Muay Thai Club is named after an orphanage in the remote hill top region of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. The abbot who has dedicated his life to the orphaned children was once a professional Thai boxer and the Muay Thai taught in the club comes directly from him.

To give back to the source, every year the club holds a sponsored ‘kickathon’ in order to raise money for the children of the orphanage. The club also regularly participates in inter-uni, amateur and professional competitions across the UK. Students have graduated from starting Muay Thai at the club, having their first novice bout and then on to competing on the professional circuit both in the UK and Thailand.


1. What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins and thus it is sometimes referred to as "the art of eight limbs". A national sport of Thailand which puts emphasis on both physical and mental training.

2. Do I have to have prior experience?

Beginners are as welcome as are more experienced fighters. Each session covers both basic and more advanced techniques.

3. What is the class format like?

20-30 minutes – warm up, conditioning

45-60 minutes – techniques and drills

45-60 minutes – combos and pad work, occasional sparring

4. Do I have to spar?

No. Sparring is only if you want to take part and within your comfort level. We always take caution while sparring and the aim is to increase your skill and confidence in a safe and friendly environment. There are opportunities for competitive interclub fights throughout the year.

5. What do I need to bring/wear to a class?

Shorts and T-shirt are fine to begin with, bring along a water bottle too. Don't worry about hand wraps, gloves, mouth guards, etc. if you haven't got them yet. Gloves will be provided and you can figure out if you need anything else after a couple of sessions. Remember, no need to bring your shoes - we always train barefoot.

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Our membership allows access to all our events and trainings (not including the subdued coaching fees) throughout the year. Your membership is also essential for running the club which would go towards the kit that we provide and the costs of events and getting you reimbursements if applicable. It gives you the opportunities to compete at university level and make really good friends. As our member, you can develop your skills as a Muay fighter or improve your personal fitness, health and strength with the guidance of a highly qualified and professional coach and the support of the rest of the team.


Events and Activities

  • Training every Monday, Thursday & Saturday
  • Inter-university/ professional fights throughout the year
  • Welcome socials
  • Kickathon in LT
  • Annual Taco party around Christmas
  • Possible outreach programs to promote our Muay to the surrounding community
  • Our own inter-university fight tbc!


Muay Thai Michaelmas Term Elections 2021

Club and Society elections run to elect any members into committee positions that are currently vacant.

3 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 17 October 2021 (in 35 hours)

The polls open at 17:00 on Wednesday 20 October 2021 (in 4 days and 4 hours)

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