At Nam Yang Brighton we teach four kickboxing styles: K1, Muay Thai, Savate and San Da. All four are very differing in style and techniques.
San Da Kickboxing is a combat sport derived from Chinese Kung Fu. It is China’s premier combat sport.
It’s similar to Muay Thai, using punch kick combinations, throws, sweeps and takedowns. This is perfect for those looking to get into Mixed Martial Arts and a great spectacle for those who enjoy watching combat sports. It allows no margin for error for the practitioner as there are so many methods of being attacked. Many notable MMA fighters have San Da backgrounds including Zabit Magomedsharipov, Cung Li and Muslim Salikhov.
K1 is one of the most popular forms of kickboxing. It involves punches, kicks and knees. It is famous for being a fairly aggressive style and for producing some of the all time greatest kick boxers. Founded in Japan and dominated by fighters from the Netherlands and Thailand, K1 is now enjoyed all over the world thanks to organisations like One FC, Glory Kickboxing and Enfusion
The UK has produced some great K1 fighters and we are lucky enough to have one of the best as our head kickboxing coach, Steve ‘The Kung Fu Kid’ Keen (featured in the video below!). We send teams out regularly to compete, and host our own Interclub every 3 months.
Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand. The art of the 8 limbs. Muay Thai rules allow punches, kicks, knees and elbows. Also allowing kick catches and sweeps. It is a very technical and proficient art, with a high emphasis on power. Many great Muay Thai practitioners have transitioned into kickboxing and MMA, with great success.
We are incredibly lucky to have Kru Ton TpkPhuket teaching Muay Thai at our Brighton centre. Kru Ton joined the Nam Yang team in 2022 and runs our Monday night Muay Thai session and teaches one to ones. Formerly fighting out of Phuket Top Team, Kru Ton has had 138 fights, with 123 wins and only 11 losses. He has fought 40 times at the famous Rajadamnern stadium in Bangkok and been a Rajadamnern champion at 147lbs. He has taught at various Muay Thai gyms including Singha Muay Thai, Tiger Muay Thai and Phuket Top Team. His coach is the world renowned Lerdsila Chumpairtour
For more information on Savate please follow this link.