5 Things to Expect at Your First Muay Thai Class

Disciple MMA Academy offers Northern Virginia a great training environment. Our programs are taught by highly experienced instructors who make the instruction easy to learn and fun, while still being exciting and challenging. We provide comprehensive martial arts training in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Wrestling, Submission Grappling, Youth Tae Kwon Do, and World Pro Adult Tae Kwon Do.

Interested in trying out our Muay Thai Program? No matter what your experience, fitness level, age or gender, Disciple MMA Academy has a Muay Thai Class to fit anyone at any level with proven results. Our coaches are ready to help you achieve your goals, whether in fitness, self-defense, weight control, or competition training (amateur and professional).

Here is what our typical day of training looks like for our Muay Thai Program:

-Line up and “wai” in along with fight announcements and general academy news. This lineup includes all levels from beginners, veteran students, as well as the fight team. “Wai” refers to a traditional Thai greeting, which consists of a slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. Similarly demonstrated by the Indian namaste and Cambodian

-Warm up can include a jump rope exercise, running, or shadowboxing to name a few

-Stretching will normally consist of a partner’s help

-Technical drills where we separate advanced/fight team from beginners and go into technique drills until the end of the beginner session at 8:00pm

-Starting at 8:00pm beginners can work out on punching bags and mitt work (with partners/available coaches). For the fight team this will be time specifically set aside for sparring. Beginner will be allowed to spar if given coach/Kru approval prior, but all gear listed below is required:

–Hand wraps


–Shin guards



Please note that sparring during Fight Team Sparring Time is a somewhat intense contact session. Veteran students and fight team members will adjust power and intensity for beginners.

Again, beginners can only spar with coach/Kru approval.

If you would like to try the sessions, please reach out to us.

On your first day, we request that you arrive and be ready to go by 6:30pm (on Tuesday or Thursday) to review a few of the cultural things we do at the school; “Wai-ing” how to address Krus and coaches, expected conduct, etc.

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