Muay Chaiya is one of the old forms of Thai Boxing developed long before the modern ring style became popular. Designed for warfare, it is now used today as an effective for of self-defense. Utilising body weight and mechanics and a brain over brawn mentality to form a very formidable fighting style.
Kru Nathan Brown
Starting with Judo at the age of 7, I’ve always had an interest in martial arts and self-defense. Growing up watching Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and other kung fu movie greats, I fell in love with the Asian culture and philosophies.
Movie kung fu looks great, but real life and movies have very little in common. This was highlighted to me when I was learning JKD, which dispelled a lot of the previous romantic ideas I had had about fighting. Instead of the
Let them attack, counter and defeat
philosophy that I’d learnt throughout my martial arts, JKD and later on more realistic concepts from sources such as Geoff Thompson changed my attitude to
Strike first to win. Be kind to yourself
which is almost the opposite to the movie kung fu that I’d fallen in love with. I’ve tried and practised a bunch of martial arts, most of which lose effectiveness in real situations for you average person.
Finding Muay Chaiya
Hard defense. Let them attack, and hurt themselves.
which was far closer to the ideas about martial arts when I was a kid.
The Muay Chaiya the Kru Lek taught made sense and it worked. I loved the simple concepts that built up into something very deep and very strong.
After over a decade of learning from Kru Lek (with over 5 years of teaching Muay Chaiya in Thailand) I decided it was time to bring what I’d learnt home and share it others.
Muay Chaiya UK
Muay Chaiya UK’s goal is simple
Bring Muay Chaiya to the UK and Europe, with structured learning supported by quality instruction.
Through regular classes, private teaching, seminars all backed with an online community and learning system, we can spread the teachings as effectively as possible.
Students are able to track their learning online, review what they have learnt, and most importantly see their progress and goals to help them learn faster.
In 2010 LearnMuayChaiya.com was launched as a way for people around the world to learn Muay Chaiya and receive feedback and advice on their training. With over 100 videos available to learn the core of the style, the first iteration of the website was great, but it lacked some features.
With the creation of Muay Chaiya UK, LearnMuayChaiya.com will soon be updated with more content and features to support students in their learning of Muay Chaiya.
I discovered Muay Chaiya during a short stay in Bangkok, at Kru Lek’s school Baan Chang Thai. I have been impressed by the consistency of this style, by the science behind each move. Nathan learnt this Art directly from Kru Lek.
I was more than happy to see he offers an e-learning program, and joined to continue my learning. His videos reflect exactly the courses I followed while in Bangkok. Every move is explained in great detail, and the content is very well structured so that techniques can be assimilated step by step without feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
The online school is more than videos, there is a community, interaction with Kru Nathan, and a real progress plan with very professional assessments.
I used to train in Ring Muay Thai for 6 years and always looking for the best teaching. I am very grateful to Nathan for the unique opportunity he gives to people like me to access this invaluable knowledge.
I had the pleasure of training with Nathan privately for three months back in 2010 in sunny Phuket. I cannot recommend Nathans method of teaching highly enough. Muay Chaiya has revolutionized my outlook on Martial Art training adding a dimension and depth which has taken my understanding of the mechanics of fighting and self defence to a whole new level. Muay Chaiya is a truly wonderful and very interesting Martial Art.
In Muay Chaiya, I have found a fighting art that more than meets the challenge in practical application of self-defence and combat. Anyone who is interested in learning a true fighting art should take advantage of Mr. Nathan Brown’s generous and thorough training modules.
I have over 40 years experience in the martial arts, black belts under legends such as Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Joe Lewis (father of American Kick Boxing, Grand Master Chee Kim Thong (Wuzuquan ), Grand Master Henry Lo (King Han, Philippines), and trained for years under Steve Morris of London, England (the Iron Man of Europe). I had a 21-year police career, during which I trained thousands of law enforcement officers.
In Muay Chaiya, I have found a fighting art that more than meets the challenge in practical application of self-defense and combat. They have stripped away the excess, and gotten down to the fundamentals of straight-forward self-defense, yet remained “user-friendly” in that the practitioner can use drills for weight-loss and strength training.
For my training in Thailand I was assigned to Instructor Nathan Brown, whose understanding of Muay Chaiya, basic movement and fighting was beyond reproach. He graciously accepted me as a student and treated me with kindness and respect, demonstrating the true character of a martial arts master.
Anyone who is interested in learning a true fighting art should take advantage of Mr. Nathan Brown’s generous and thorough training modules. I highly recommend both the training and the art. If you’d like to contact me in reference to this recommendation: Johngraham1953@yahoo.com.John E. Graham, MPA, 10th Dan Wuzuquan, 11th President of the International Wuzuquan Federation, 7th Dan in Wallace and Lewis Fighting Methods, Board of Directors of the Wallace and Lewis Association, retired Unit Commander Lieutenant MPD.