New to Nottingham and looking to get fit? Maybe you’re finally going to try those martial arts classes you always said you would. Perhaps you just fancy putting yourself out there and trying something new.
Whatever the reason, Muay Thai is an exciting, fun and incredibly powerful way of getting active, learning discipline and meeting people. Nottingham is also lucky to be home to some great training spots too.
I’ve picked out the top 6 places in the city that you should seriously consider if you want to start training. When choosing a new Muay Thai gym, it’s essential to keep a few things in mind, so I’ll be covering the following areas for each entry:
- Location – Where is it?
- Transport links – How easy is it to get there?
- Prices – Is it good value for money? Do they offer a free trial class?
Spirit Dojo Legacy | Forest Fields
With a coach nicknamed ‘Semtex’, you know you’re in for an explosive training session!
Teaching Muay Thai and Kickboxing classes throughout the week, Coach Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has fought all over the world for big-name promoters including Strikeforce and UFC. With him teaching you, you’re getting powerful striking tuition!
Spirit Dojo Legacy is an exciting and welcoming place to train, and one to definitely check out.
Leonard Avenue bus stop
Teesdale Road bus stop
Memberships start at £25.00 per month if you pay annually, or £35.00 per month if you’d prefer a rolling Direct Debit. These are subject to a £15.00 joining fee.
Nottingham Muay Thai | Manvers Street
With an emphasis on traditional, authentic Muay Thai, Master Lec has been training students for over 30 years. As well as 300 fights under his belt, he’s a national champion in his home country of Thailand and welcomes fighters of all levels to join his gym.
Classes are available throughout the week, and you’ll learn skills, discipline and dedication that you can make use of both in and out of the ring.
Lower Eldon Street bus stop
£6.00 per 2-hour session
4th Dimension MMA | New Sawley
The beauty of 4th Dimension MMA is in their clear and varied timetable. Muay Thai is split into two classes: boxing padwork and technical skills. You can pick the sessions you’re most in need of and really improve your abilities.
Their expertise and technical knowledge of the sport is bolstered by the excellent facilities, too. They have everything you’d expect (mats, ring, bags), alongside free parking and a fully stocked equipment and supplement store. 4th Dimension MMA is a solid choice for Muay Thai enthusiasts so check them out!
New Sawley (above ESP Cars)
Ruskin Avenue End bus stop
Railway Station bus stop
Prices aren’t displayed on the website.
Nottingham MMA | Central Nottingham
Nottingham MMA has had an illustrious past with some renowned fighters coming through their doors. UFC’s Dan Hardy and Ross Pearson are just a few of the big names to have trained there, and they certainly aren’t the only ones!
Muay Thai classes are run three times per week by Master Owen Comrie, whose list of accolades has to be seen to be believed. Alongside these, they run regular strength and conditioning circuits classes so you can keep your fitness levels in line with your Muay Thai skills. For those that are really serious about competing, you can arrange 121 sessions with Master Owen to fine-tune your abilities.
Handel Street bus stop
£6.00 per session and your first class is absolutely free!
Sabai Muay Thai | Bulwell
Getting information about these guys can be a bit tricky as they don’t have a website. Luckily I’ve done the heavy lifting for you, and while they lack a site, they more than make up for it in passion and dedication.
Operating via Facebook, they make good use of photos and regular updates to show you what they’re all about. Instructors Yeorgos and Dan run three sessions a week and stress that anyone and everyone is welcome. If you’re not sure if Muay Thai is for you, you can pop along to meet the guys themselves and even check out a class too.
For those looking to take their first steps into Muay Thai, you won’t find a more welcoming group!
Bulwell train station
£5.00 per session. Monthly options are available too.
University of Nottingham SU | Lenton
It can be daunting for students living away from home for the first time, and one of the best ways to meet people is by joining a university society. The UoN Muay Thai society is a welcoming group that is excited to meet anyone with interest in the sport, whether they’re brand new or a regular participant.
There’s no pressure to have any previous martial arts experience, and they pride themselves on their friendly, relaxed environment. This is as much as social experience as it is about getting fit and developing your skills.
With taster sessions and freebies running at the beginning of every new year, it’s worth checking them out!
Union Shop bus stop
You’ll need a society membership which is £15.00 for the year. After that, it’s £3.00 per session or £20.00 for 10 sessions.
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