Muay Thai, an ancient kickboxing martial art originating from Thailand, has recently become a trending form of exercise that now seems much more appealing than running endlessly on a treadmill. With so many Muay Thai studios around the city, we’ve found our top 5 that we think you should check out for an adrenaline rush!
With its prime location in the heart of Central, steps away from the MTR, the 15,000 square foot squeaky clean facility impresses anyone who steps into the space. They cater towards people of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced, and even have classes specifically for kids younger than eight years old. Classes are offered every day, from morning ’til night, so there is bound to be one that fits your schedule. Check our our full Epic MMA review for more info!
Epic MMA, 1/F China Building, 29 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2525 2833, www.epicmma.com
Named by “Fight Nation” as one of the “Top Ten MMA Gyms in Asia” in 2012, JAB is a mixed martial arts studio that offers multiple classes and programmes for you to join. For your first time at JAB, you are given a free trial session. After that, they offer a range of membership packages that will suit your needs based on how often you think you’ll train. If you’re afraid of doing this alone, don’t worry – they have group packages available for up to three friends to join you on your fitness journey.
JAB MMA, U/G and 5th Floor Kimley Commercial Building, 142-146 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong, 2851 6684, www.jabmma.com
Impakt is one of the biggest and oldest MMA centres to have opened in the city. Luckily they don’t tie you down to restrictive contracts, allowing you to find a package that suits your short term or long term needs. Not only does the facility include a full-size boxing ring, but also various weight training, CrossFit and power workout equipment that will bring you the full well-rounded workout you are looking for.
Impakt, 2/F Wing’s Building, 110-116 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2167 7218, www.impakt.hk
Warrior Muay Thai
This specialised Muay Thai studio has a team of Thai trainers that will help push you to your limit and develop your Muay Thai skills in a fun and exciting environment. Not only do they offer three different levels of courses, their special circuit training programme incorporates Muay Thai techniques into cardiovascular and muscle training. The panoramic harbour view is always a plus too.
Warrior Muay Thai, 3/F, Block C, Sea View Estate, 8 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2512 2262, www.warriormuaythai.com.hk
If you want to learn from the pros, Santichai Fitness is where it’s at. All of the head trainers are either current or ex-professional fighters with an impressive track record in the ring. Each class starts with a proper warm up, technique training with boxing bags and then one-on-one pad training. Located in Mong Kok, you may want to check this place out if you ever feel like letting out some steam from being suffocated by the masses.
Santichai Fitness Sincere House, Room 415- 4th Floor, 83 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 3540 3508, www.santichai.com