Fundamentals (Phase 1 & 2)
Students with no background in Muay Thai need to enroll in our introductory courses, Phase 1 ⎯ Fundamentals — even if you have experience in other martial arts.
Phase 1 ⎯ Fundamentals is the introductory course in which new students learn the fundamental techniques of Muay Thai to gain confidence to protect themselves and others. The 12-month rotating program allows a student to start at any point in the cycle of training without feeling behind.
During the last class of every month, all students will test so we can identify their strengths and weaknesses. We will address the areas that need improvement individually so students will continually progress each month, improving in the areas they need to work on.
Here’s what you’ll learn in the Phase 1 class:
- Proper Muay Thai stance and footwork
- Straight punches and boxing combinations
- Kicks at various angles
- Push kicks and defenses
- When to use straight knees and clinched knees
- Elbow moves at numerous angles and distances
- Clinch positioning and counters
- Basic defenses and counters to techniques learned
- Realistic self-defense techniques and application
- Basic Muay Thai drills and light sparring
“You never stop learning, and when you think you know it all, this gym is not for you.”
If you are looking to learn an ancient martial art that is practical for self-defense while being challenged physically and mentally through a structured class, then T.A.G. Muay Thai’s Phase 1 program is for you!
T.A.G. Muay Thai can assist you if one of your goals is to compete as a novice fighter. Hard work beats talent, so be prepared to learn and work hard in our Phase 1 ⎯ Fundamentals class, which meets every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
To move into the Phase 2 ⎯ Advanced Application class, a student needs to become proficient in all fundamental techniques of Phase 1. The Phase 2 curriculum is based on a “building block” approach — students continually perfect their technique and add to their skill set.
Students who transition from the beginner level to intermediate need to have around 80 hours of training at T.A.G. Muay Thai, or the instructor has invited them to participate in the Phase 2 class because of their previous experience.
Here’s what you’ll learn in the Phase 2 class:
- Application of timing and countering of basic techniques
- Jumping and spinning movements into techniques
- Intermediate Muay Thai drills and sparring
- Fight strategy and ring tactics
Introduction to instructing Phase 1 ⎯ Fundamentals
“High-quality instruction, with excellent student-to-teacher ratio. Students are grouped by age and capability to ensure everyone is receiving quality education and being appropriately challenged. The children are learning an art that is applicable to true self-defense, and the sparring exhibitions provide the opportunity to apply lessons learned.”
If your goal is to compete at a sanctioned level or you want an intense class while still being challenged mentally, then Phase 2 ⎯ Advanced Application is for you! If you enjoy the Thai Culture and traditions and would like to become a certified instructor, the Phase 2 class is a must. When we say “Hard work beats talent,” we really do mean “hard work” ⎯ and that is exactly what you’ll do in this class. You will still get repetition in to improve your skills, but you will be challenged to make adjustments immediately while working hard! This class meets every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 to 9 p.m.
- $179 per month for a month-to-month commitment
- $159 per month for a 6-month commitment
- $139 per month for a 12-month commitment
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Students will learn key principles and applications for all techniques and how to integrate them into practical drills, combinations and sparring. The student will have an opportunity in class to practice and drill the techniques and combinations in front of an instructor. Any necessary adjustments or corrections will be made during class so the student can get proper repetitions to make it muscle memory.
To “rank up” means you earned your next armband color/level by showing proficiency in performance, techniques and timing. Your attendance, understanding, application and execution of the techniques and combinations will determine how long it takes you to “rank up.” Generally, it takes 9 to 12 months (around 100 hours) to rank up, but if you show proficiency in techniques and combinations and test well, you could rank up in 20 to 30 fewer hours.
Testing is done once a month, and there is no cost unless you rank up. In that case, the fee is $40 and includes your armbands, certificate and testing materials.
You can expect a gym environment with 15+ students, assisted by multiple seasoned coaches. You’ll experience light contact with multiple training partners to learn distance, timing and body placement.
“The instruction at TAG is top-notch. It is a great learning environment to learn real Muay Thai. The classes are well run and structured in a manner that allows the students to learn but not get hurt. All skill levels are welcome, and it’s a great place to train and learn.”
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