MAMA prides itself on bringing the finest Muay Thai & Kickboxing instruction to our students.
Our Muay Thai lineage is simple and clear:
Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles and the “Art of Eight Limbs” in reference to its use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.
Training develops devastating power, speed and superb cardiovascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. Muay Thai training has been embraced by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military and law enforcement activities.
Muay Thai pad work at MAMA
The Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A. (TBA-USA) was founded in 1968 by Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute. Ajarn Chai came to the United States with a vision to spread Muay Thai to throughout the world. He is the first-ever Thai boxing instructor to teach Americans this art and has worked tirelessly for 40 years to that end.
We are indeed grateful to Master Chai for his gift of the knowledge of Muay Thai.
Muay Thai in Action
The Wai Kru (respects to the teacher) also known as Ram Muay (boxing dance) is an important part of any evening watching Thai Boxing. These are ceremonies that are performed before each Muay Thai bout. Sometimes the Wai Kru are brief and basic, but other times they may be eloquent performances that draw praise and applause from the crowd. It is said that those who see well can determine who will win the fight by watching two fighters perform their Wai Kru.
Teachers are highly respected in Thai society, and many artistic disciplines, not just Muay Thai, perform Wai Kru or “respects to the teacher”. Foreigners viewing these rituals should take care to be polite and not act disrespectfully regarding the Wai Kru. The Thais take seriously any insult to the Wai Kru, just as you would if somebody insulted your spiritual beliefs. This is ceremony, done out of respect and thanks for one’s teachers, is said to seal off the ring from outside influences.
Here is Ajarn Sam Adams performing the Wai Kru as instructed by Master Chai
Mid-America’s Muay Thai Champions:
Nick Alamazon – TBA Classic Junior Champ 2007
Drew Dober – TBA Classic Open Champ 2008 & 2009, TBA Welterweight Champ
Melina Caniglia – TBA Classic Open Champ 2009 & 2010, TBA U.S & North America Bantamweight Champ
Joel Mickells – TBA Classic Open Champ 2008 & 2009
Chessa Hall – TBA Classic Open Champ 2008, Runner Up 2010
Malique Hovaldt – TBA Classic Junior Champ 2008 & 2009
Elizabeth Gregory – TBA Classic Champ 2010, Ring Wars Winter Nationals Champ 2010
Kelsey Wisinski – TBA Classic Champ 2010, 2011
Brian Houston – TBA Classic Champ 2010, Ring Wars Winter Nationals Champ 2010
Sarah McLeod – Ring Wars Winter Nationals Champ 2010
Max Vice-Reschel – Ring Wars Winter Nationals Champ 2010
Meeko Spainhower – TBA Classic Junior Champ 2011
Jared Stark – TBA Classic Champ 2011
Mitch Gross – TBA Classic Junior Champ 2012, Runner Up 2013
Zane Gonalas – StriKing Tournament Champ 2013
Maddy Gack – StriKing Tournament Champ 2013, 2014; TBA Classic Runner Up 2014
Kameron Vogt – StriKing Tournament Champ 2013
Todd Madison – StriKing Tournament Champ 2013, TBA Classic Runner Up 2014
Xavier Rodriguez – TBA Classic Junior Champion 2015
Michaela Young – TBA Classic Champion 2016 & 2017
Blake McPherson – TBA Classic Junior Champion 2015 & 2016
Ryan McPherson – TBA Classic Junior Champion 2017