Q: What exactly is Muay Thai?
A: Muay Thai is an ancient martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts.
Q: I have no previous martial arts or fight training. May I still train?
A: Of course! Our classes are designed to incorporate ALL levels of training from beginner to professional. Whether you just want to get a sweat on and get in fantastic shape, or compete at the highest levels, we are here to support you along your path.
Q: What is a typical Muay Thai class like?
A: Most of our classes involve a partner system. You will partner with a fellow student and train together, often hitting pads together to learn technique. In this way, you get to know the people you are training with, developing bonds and friendships. If your partner is more experienced than you, you can count on them to help you out in learning the technique. If you are more experienced, it is your opportunity to help them out with what you have learned. This is how we build the camp and pass along Cool Hearts Muay Thai, and what makes it a camp and a family more than a gym.
Q: How do I know if Muay Thai is right for me?
A: Come in and try it out! The first class is on us. You’ll get a brief intro from one of our instructors so you know the basics, and then you’ll hop right into class. Then you can decide for yourself just how awesome it is.
Q: What equipment do I need to get started?
A: Nothing but a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a smile! If you do decide Muay Thai is the thing for you, there are a few basic and inexpensive pieces of equipment that are good to have: a mouthpiece, a pair of hand wraps, and your own set of gloves. But don’t worry about that right away!
Q: What does “Cool Hearts” mean?
A: The name Cool Hearts came from Kru Rigel’s original Kru (Muay Thai instructor), who constantly reminded him: “Jai Yen, Jai Yen” which literally translates to “Cool Heart.” It means to fight with composure and control. This Thai concept extends beyond fighting and into daily life. The idea of maintaining a cool heart has became a cornerstone of Kru Rigel Balsamico’s fighting style and personal outlook. The Cool Heart philosophy is not to be dispassionate but rather to maintain a professional calm despite one’s passions, never letting it cloud your judgment.