A Mixed Levels class is open to both beginners (Yellow shorts) and intermediates (Blue Shorts). It consists of two portions: warm up and conditioning, followed by technical practice. A warm up will include skipping, body weight exercises (variations of push up, core work and squats), partner drills and shadow boxing. Depending on the class, the warm up may utilize other training equipment (medicine balls, battle ropes, resistance bands etc). This portion is meant to push your body to its limit, while strengthening and preparing your muscles for training the techniques in the class curriculum.
The technical portion of class can include pad work, partner drills and bag work. The class curriculum will be divided to accommodate both beginner and intermediate levels. Drills will follow our curriculum’s “weapon of the month”: Each month will focus on one Muay Thai technique, and each week will focus on a particular aspect of it (offense, defense, etc).
Like Mixed Levels classes, Muay Thai Fundamentals is open to both beginners (Yellow shorts) and intermediates (Blue Shorts). It will also consist of a warm up followed by technical practice, similar to Mixed Levels classes. However, it will focus solely on beginner level curriculum during the technical portion. The class will study and practice the “weapon of the month”, with a focus on reinforcing the basic movements of Muay Thai. Those who have just begun to train Muay Thai are highly recommended to attend this class.
Intermediate Muay Thai classes are open to Blue shorts only. These classes will also consist of a warm up and a technical portion. The warm ups in these classes will usually be more challenging to suit the more experienced student or fighter, and build them even further. The technical portion will include technical sparring, partner drills, bag work and sometimes full sparring and clinching. These classes also follow the curriculum’s “weapon of the month”. Students will either train advanced variations of techniques, or reinforce basics in a more realistic manner. Ring strategy is explored deeper in these classes than in Mixed Levels or Fundamentals.
Sparring is open to Blue shorts only. Sparring begins with a 30 minute warm up that focuses more on dynamic stretching, shadow boxing and partner drills. This is followed by full contact sparring for an hour. Students switch partners every round, in order to adapt to different body types and skill sets. The class then ends with clinching, with each student rotating to a new partner at different intervals. After each session, a group discussion takes place to address any questions or feedback.
Students must have full Muay Thai gear to participate: mouth guard, sparring gloves, shin guards, elbow pads (mandatory for B and A class athletes), knee pads and a jock (for men).
York Muay Thai’s kids program offers students between 5-13 years old an excellent environment for developing coordination, applying team work skills and learning traditional martial arts technique. Each child’s physical conditioning and focus is challenged and improved through learning Muay Thai, and participating in active games with their peers. Call or email to book your child’s free trial class today!
Also offered on Saturdays: Mom, Dad and Me Muay Thai! Parents can train along side their children every Saturday morning! A great way to get in shape and learn new skills while your child does the same!
Clinch class is designed to build skills in the closest range of Muay Thai fighting. Each Monday, drills are practiced in order to help you deliver strong knees and elbows when grappling, as well as adapt to different threats. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students can “free clinch”- a clinch only sessions where students can apply their skills in a free flowing environment.
KICK-FIT BOOT CAMP
The Kick-Fit Boot Camps are fitness based work-outs with a mixture of functional strength exercises, high-intensity cardiovascular intervals, athletic agility drills and techniques from the ancient art of Muay Thai – punches, kicks, knees and elbows.
This 1 hour work-out is accommodating to all levels and focusses on fun, high-energy exercises with a variety of movements to keep things fresh and exciting!
Not only will you be killing the calories during this intense hour, but you will also learn Muay Thai weapons, proper lifting techniques and functional movements that will develop strong and well-balanced bodies for long-term health and longevity.
WHAT IS PAD SMASH?
Pad smash is a hour long class that is designed for those who wish to work on hitting focus mitts, kicking thai pads and sweating. Participates partake in a short warm up and then pair up with a partner to smash pads. This is great for those who just need to release some stress, get a great workout, and sharpen technique.
All participates should have their own hand wraps on and bag gloves ready prior to the start of the class. Due to the nature of pad smash it is recommended that only yellow shorts and above attend this class only.
Come learn the Filipino martial art Kali on Sundays at YMT! These classes are the perfect addition to your Muay Thai training, as you learn highly effective knife, staff and sword defense. Become skilled and confident in dealing with any threat!