Muay Thai, also known as “Thai boxing” and “Art of Eight Limbs”, is one of the most powerful martial arts in the world that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques, and it involves a combination of kicks, punches, and knee and elbow movements. A standard Muay Thai class includes a mix of pad work, bag work drills and functional circuit conditioning exercises. It is an enjoyable and effective combative sport that helps you attain physical health through strengthening cardiovascular fitness as well as defining core muscles, and it is also great for self-defense!
Choosing the right Muay Thai gym can be challenging, so we’ve put together this guide to help you out. Each gym offers a different environment and training experience, so it’s important that you pick wisely.
POW Muay Thai and Fitness — Central & Causeway Bay
With two locations situated in Lan Kwai Fong and Causeway Bay, POW Muay Thai and Fitness is an all-round combative sports and Muay Thai training centre. Its newly renovated location in Causeway Bay boasts a 3,000 sq. ft. studio with modern facilities and a well-designed environment. Known for its intensive workout classes, POW offers individual trainings as well as group sessions (6-8 persons) to suit every individual’s preferences. Group class trial is priced at HK$180.
Locations: Central and Causeway Bay
Contact: 2506 0155
KRU Muay Thai — Central
The head coach at KRU Muay Thai is Adisorn Tam, a 3-time Lumpinee Champion (the most prestigious Muay Thai title) with over 350 fights record. What’s great about KRU is that you get world-class instruction in a modern Central facility, and you can benefit from the small group structure in the Muay Thai and sparring classes. The studio caters to every level of learners, ranging from complete beginners to advanced fighters.
Location: 14/F, Siu Ying Commercial Building, 153 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Contact: 2638 8260
Sitpinyo Muay Thai and Fitness — Central
Sitpinyo is a multi-purpose Muay Thai, Boxing and Circuit training studio in Central that is fully equipped with matted floor, punch bags, and various functional training equipments. The classes are led by four experienced Muay Thai fighters and passionate trainers – Aof, Gat, Bar, and Gary. This gym might be a bit smaller than the rest on this list, however, we absolutely love the positive vibes and the friendly training atmosphere here!
Location: 1/F, 154 Des Vouex Road, Central
Contact: 9850 9825
M.Y Studio — Multiple locations
You are sure to get a well-rounded work out at M.Y studio as the space is fully fitted with top quality facilities including a spacious training area, punch bags of various weights, as well as boxing and Muay Thai equipment and safety gears. They also offer Muay Thai classes for kids aged 6-9. With a variety of memberships and flexible packages available to choose from, it is easy to find your ideal training schedule here.
Locations: Tai Kok Tsui, Ngau Tau Kok, Lai Chi Kok and Kwun Tong
Contact: 2832 6625
Warrior — Causeway Bay
Nestled between the Causeway Bay and North Point districts, Warrior Hong Kong is a popular martial arts and fitness gym with a 13,000 sq. ft. training facility specialising in Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA. They offer small group classes, 1-1 personal training, strength and conditioning, and much more. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced boxer, there is something for everyone. Join them to learn the fundamentals or spar with their top trainers and fighters!
Location: 3/F, Sea View Estate Block C, 8 Watson Road, Causeway Bay
Contact: 2512 2262
United Muay Thai and Fitness Gym — Causeway Bay
United’s ethos is very much about uniting people of different nationalities, backgrounds and ages through Muay Thai training to release positive energy, enjoy and share the fun of sports, and bring about a healthier and better future. There is plenty more to like about United, such as their excellent facility with its matted floors, its full array of heavy bags to work on your knees, kicks and punches, as well as the pads and focus mitts to work on your aim.
Location: 4/F, Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Contact: 9556 5159
Santichai Fitness — Mong Kok
At Santichai, you will find everything you need to train as a Muay Thai fighter, from pads and boxing gloves to heavy bags and skipping ropes to get you warmed up. Their group of professional Muay Thai trainers are very experienced in providing fundamental coaching to complete beginners, with a carefully structured training programme curated over the years.
Location: 9/F, Fa Yuen Commercial Building, 75-77 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
Contact: 3540 3508
Southpaw — Central
Southpaw’s well-designed space, high-quality training facility and exercise equipment are engineered to set you up for success. The centre’s classes cater to beginners to experts alike, regardless of your age, experience, or fitness level. Their semi-private, small class structure with 4 persons or less per group class is sure to provide you with the personal attention you deserve, while experiencing the buzz and energy boost of working out in a group at the same time.
Location: 3/F, Tung Chai Building, 86-90 Wellington street, Central
Contact: 3565 5155
Hanuman — Hung Hom
Hanuman Thai Boxing and Fitness Centre is one of the largest Muay Thai gyms in Hong Kong with its 7,500 sq. ft. studio located in Hung Hom. The centre has years of experience supporting thousands of Muay Thai learners with different training goals, ranging from losing weight, building muscles, relieving stress, or training to fight professional competitions. The coaches here are all experienced Thai boxers and they welcome every level of fighter.
Location: 13A, Kaiser Estate Phase 1, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom
Contact: 2362 3665
Muay Thai Station — Wan Chai
Muay Thai Station was founded in 2011 and quickly became one of the best known and most successful Muay Thai gyms in Hong Kong to provide same quality training as you would get in Thailand. Classes are lead by instructors Sam Pau, Kenneth Yeung, and Sutaep Sathong, all of whom have an impressive Muay Thai background. The gym’s flexible class schedule also allows you to freely join training sessions from noon up until the evening. Group class trial is priced at HK$180.
Location: Flat A, 1/F, Kam Sing Mansion, 151 – 161 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
Contact: 2598 9233
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