If you love combat sport then you already know the beauty of Muay Thai. Originating from Thailand, it uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline is quite niche, so finding the best venue for you to train at can be difficult. Below are our top picks to guide your search.
51 Auckland Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
Founded in 1993, Dragon Power specialises in training those who want to be amateur or professional Muay Thai or MMA (mixed martial arts) fighters. Training expends to celebrities, actors, performers, security personnel and models. The fighters also get the opportunity to participate in local and international prestige circuits. Having the philosophy of martial arts incorporated with practical application, a balanced training curriculum is provided to men, women and children.
Impakt Sport & Fitness
91 Main Road, Cape Town
If you’re looking to train purely for fitness and endurance in a one-on-one class, then you’ll want to head to Impakt Sport & Fitness. This gym provides that specialised individual attention, however, if you have no issues training in group classes, they offer that too. You can join a Muay Thai, MMA, boxing, kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.
Tricore Martial Arts Gym
13 Silverpark, Silver Street, Brackenfell Industria, Cape Town
Passionate about martial arts and highly family oriented, Tricore Martial Arts Gym emphasises on mastering the art mentally and physically to create a life-changing process. Offering everything from Muay Thai and boxing to Judo there’s something for everyone. The gym trains everyone – men and women, young and old. Those interested should be aware that martial arts is a lot of hard work and dedication, so if you’re looking for a gym to really push yourself at, this might be it.
6 Honeywell Rd, Retreat, Cape Town
No matter what fitness level you are, if you want to join a class for either Muay Thai, boxing, Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA or Krav Maga, then Takedown MMA might just the gym for you. Offering treadmills, rowing machines, stationary bikes and weights as part of the gym equipment, your fitness level is something you won’t have to worry about while you focus on your fighting techniques.
SBG Cape Town
42 Sunnydale Rd, Sunnydale, Fishhoek
Whether you’re looking for fitness, wellness, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, martial arts, defence classes or boxing, there’s something for you at SBG Cape Town. Located in Sunnydale, the coach and gym seniors train people of all ages, backgrounds and objectives in a fun, safe and healthy environment. Your skills are developed as you master the fighting art form of your choice in either a class or one-on-one personal training.
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Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.