Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It is similar to kickboxing, but in addition to punches and kicks, also uses elbow and knee strikes. For this reason, it is called the “art of eight limbs.”

Muay Thai was originated in the 18th century, as a close combat battle technique by a famous warrior. It wasn’t until the 1920s and ’30s that Muay Thai became the ring sport we know today. Then in the late 1900s and early 2000s it spread in popularity to other countries.

Since Muay Thai develops a student’s power, conditioning, and stamina while teaching real fighting skills, it’s an incredible workout for anyone looking to be active with high-intensity training.

You don’t have to be a fighter to train Muay Thai. Anyone can train by practicing Muay Thai strikes and techniques and gain the physical and mental benefits.


Our Muay Thai program’s founder is Roxy “Balboa” Richardson, a professional fighter who trained under Chris Reilly, the first American Muay Thai fighter to win a tournament championship at the prestigious King’s Birthday in Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand in 2001. Roxy, a multiple IAMTF champion, and a pioneer in women’s Muay Thai, became the first female in the USA to fight a full-rules 5 x 3 min round professional Muay Thai fight in July 2009 when full rules Muay Thai finally became legal in the US.

Roxy had the honor of learning from many talented coaches and fighters to develop her striking and teaching skills. Her teachers and mentors included Dutch Muay Thai Legend Rob Kaman, professional boxer Frankie Liles, Kru Surapuk Jamjuntr, Malaipet Sasiprapa, Kru Santi Sakkomkai, Dan Hardy, Jimmie Romero, Josh Barnett, and Mark Kumoro. She’s been perfecting her craft since 2002. She passes on knowledge, passion, and dedication to the sport that she has gained over the years.



Head Muay Thai Coach and Personal Trainer

Nathan, a NESTA & NCCPT certified personal trainer and NESTA Certified Muay Thai Fitness Coach, has always had a taste for extreme sports. Before discovering Muay Thai in 2012, he was a serious skateboarder a NESTA.

He began is Muay Thai training in 2012 under the guidance of Mark DeLuca at Yamasaki Academy. In that time he had an impressive 12 fights. He moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to coach full-time at F5 with F5 founder Roxy Richardson.

As the Head Muay Thai Coach at F5, Nathan shares his skills and experience freely with thoughtful attention to technique. He says Muay Thai helped him through many rough times in his life and molded him into a better person. He enjoys sharing his passion with others.

Learn more about all of F5’s Muay Thai coaches in the Team Bios.

New students begin training at F5 Muay Thai with Private Intro Lessons before attending classes. A team member will schedule your Intro Lessons after your Kickstart Meeting

Intro lessons teach you the basics, so you feel prepared and comfortable in your first group class. If you want to check out a class first, you can book a 101 class, which is available to non-members.

Kickboxing 101 (Drop-in Friendly)

Kickboxing 101 is a beginner-friendly class open to members and non-members of F5. We call it “kickboxing” because it focuses on punches and kicks, and not the advanced elbow, and clinch techniques of Muay Thai.

The 101 small group class is suitable for beginners with no striking experience as well as those who have trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing, or boxing. There are never more than eight people in the 101 class, so that the coach can help all new students.

The class program includes basic punches and kicks, footwork, and combos using mitts, kick pads, and heavy bags. Rental gloves and hand wraps are provided with a 101 drop-in class purchase.

Muay Thai Fundamentals (All Levels)

This is a mixed level class focusing on the basics: Basic footwork, punches, and kicks. This class is not an easier class cardio-wise (it’s a killer workout), but the combos in this class tend to be simpler and build slowly, so they are easy to follow for beginners. However, fundamentals are the foundation of all good Muay Thai practitioners. Drilling the basics in this class will help advanced and beginner students alike.

General Class format:

  1. Warm up: Jump rope & dynamic stretches & shadow boxing 10-15 mins
  2. Padwork & heavy bag work 30 mins
  3. Conditioning Finisher and core work 5-10 mins
  4. Stretching – 5 mins
Muay Thai (All Levels)

An all levels pad work class. Learn real Muay Thai fighting techniques by drilling strikes and combos on mitts, pads and heavy bags. Our trainers make sure you get a well rounded workout focusing on both technique and overall conditioning.

Class format:

  1. Warm up: Jump rope & dynamic stretches & shadow boxing  – 10-15 mins
  2. Padwork & heavy bag work with focused technique and open combos  – 35 mins
  3. Conditioning Finisher and/or core work  – 5 mins
  4. Stretching  – 5 mins
Dutch Drills - Intermediate Muay Thai
Muay Thai Dutch Drills is an intermediate class for students who have a foundational level of good striking technique on pad work and want to take it to the next level with some light contact.
Dutch Drills utilizes combinations of punches to a partners’ gloves and controlled kicks a partner’s body, some beginner level defense as well as footwork and head movement. No mouth guard is required, as there are no punches to the face.
Pre-requisite for dutch drills is 30-40 Fundamentals and/or Mixed Level pad work classes at F5 or a Muay Thai gym with similar programming. Ask a coach if you are unsure of your readiness for the Dutch Drills Class. Please see online schedule description for more information on this class.

Class format:

  1. Warm up: Jump rope & dynamic stretches – 10 mins
  2. Dutch Drills (combos throw to partners gloves and body with shin guards on) – 40 mins
  3. Conditioning Finisher and/or core work  – 5 mins
  4. Stretching  – 5 mins

75 mins classes reserve the last 15 minutes for Level 2 students in the class to spar. Sparring is optional. Ask a coach about prerequisites for Level 2 sparring participation or see the section below.

Team Training - Advanced Muay Thai

Team Training is an advanced class for Pro or Elite Members who have been cleared by the coach for advanced drills and sparring.
Students who have passed the Muay Thai Team Test, as well as those training to prepare for it in the future, are invited to attend (with coach permission). 
Team Training includes drills, sparring, and clinch work. 
Advanced Muay Thai Team Test
The Team Test is an invite-only Test for Advanced F5 Muay Thai students.
If you are interested in testing, ask a Muay Thai coach what you need to do to prepare your training to one day take this test.
One year or more of training is typically needed before being invited to take the team test.
It’s a 2-hour test of pad work, sparring, technique, conditioning, and heart.

Look for Muay Thai class times on the schedule.


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