We have a wide range of classes that will keep you busy from Monday to Saturday. Why not implement some strength and conditioning alongside your striking or BJJ and up your explosiveness and stamina? We’ve got yoga every day, too, so don’t forget to stretch out those muscles and stay nimble and flexible and avoid injury.
We even have surf lessons for those times you want some sun, sand, salt, and a different sort of adrenaline rush. Your lesson comes with a qualified coach and a board. Give it a try! Many of our coaches and pro-team members surf too.
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. Known as the “art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai combines various strikes including punches, kicks, elbows and knees as well as clinching and sweeps. We practice and refine these techniques through pad work, bag work and partner drills as well as live sparring in our classes.
The history of Muay Thai can be traced to the middle of the 16th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam, the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured in the year 1767. The Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom. Soon after winning the match, he was freed by his captors and allowed to return to Siam. He was acknowledged as a hero, and his fighting style became known as Siamese-Style boxing, later to be known as Muay Thai. This fighting style was soon to be recognized as a national sport.
We have three boxing classes: Boxing Basics, Boxing and Boxing Sparring. Boxing Basics and Boxing are most suitable for beginners, while Boxing Sparring is geared more towards intermediates. Our boxing classes provide a tough but fun workout. We incorporate a mixture of bag work, pad work, partner drills as well as live sparring in certain classes.
While people have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, the origin of boxing as an organized sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century with the 1867 introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu teaches ground-based techniques for controlling and submitting opponents via joint-locks or chokes. A core concept of jiu-jitsu is that smaller, weaker players can resist, control and submit stronger or larger opponents by utilizing good technique, leverage and timing. Our classes comprise of a warm-up, technique demonstrations, drilling and live sparring.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Our strength and conditioning classes will help you improve your all-around athletic performance. We tend to split our program with strength on one day and conditioning on the other. On strength days you’ll learn how to execute Olympic lifts and other and functional strength-building exercises. On conditioning-based days the instructor will run you through various circuits that work your anaerobic system.
“If you get stronger in the gym but your movement, reaction time, flexibility, coordination, motor control, and technique go backwards then you are barking up the wrong tree. If you can’t convert that strength into great technique and movement such as a powerful punch, a quick kick, an explosive jumping knee, a crushing take down, smooth submission, or speedy counter attack, then it doesn’t matter. You aren’t going to get that championship belt around your waist just because you have a big bench press.”
Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing. We teach Hatha yoga, a branch of yoga that emphasizes physical exercises to master the body along with meditation and breathing.
In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root yuj which means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” in its most common senses. By figurative extension from the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses, the word took on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance” (compare the figurative uses of “to harness” as in “to put something to some use”).
Surfing isn’t easy, but it is incredibly fun and a good form of steady-state cardio. It can be incredibly tiring and challenging for newcomers, but you’ll always feel great after. Bali’s word class waves and warm climate make it the perfect place to learn, so take advantage while you’re here.
For centuries, surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture. Surfing may have first been observed by British explorers at Tahiti in 1767. Samuel Wallis and the crew members of the Dolphin who were the first Britons to visit the island in June of that year. Another candidate is the botanist Joseph Banks being part of the first voyage of James Cook on the HMS Endeavour, who arrived on Tahiti on 10 April 1769. Lieutenant James King was the first person to write about the art of surfing on Hawaii when he was completing the journals of Captain James Cook upon Cook’s death in 1779.