Double Dose Muay Thai Gym offers a variety of classes to satisfy everyones interests and skills. Double Dose gym offers Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Self-defense, Kids Muay Thai, Muay Tinys, Women’s Fitness and Fight team classes. 30 day free trails are offered to all new students and uniform is given to them free with trail. Double Dose gym is located in Fontana, CA right off of Foothill and Banana St. If you are the type of person who likes stand up fighting and would like to learn how to fight using knees and elbows then Muay Thai classes would be good to look into. Muay Thai can be taken by adults and children as young as 4 years and up. Muay Thai classes are offered everyday except on Sundays, during the week multiple classes are offered to suit people and children who work and go to school. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are for adults but we have instructors who have backgrounds in BJJ who can teach the younger children BJJ techniques and prepare them for when they are old enough to join the class. BJJ is offered a couple times a week.If you take your children to Muay Thai and would like to get into shape you can join the Women’s fitness classes and learn basic kickboxing techniques along with some self defense. Muay Tinys are offered twice a week about an hour each class so the children are not overwhelmed with techniques and so that they look forward to attending class every time they go in. Which ever class it is that you decide to join at Double Dose you are taught discipline and respect. No matter what it is that you are learning or working on in class, you are bound to loose weight and break a sweat. Nothing is easy and determination makes progress and helps you make yourself fee better about yourself. Some people join Double Dose for fun and enjoy the sport others join Double Dose because they want help with loosing weight, whatever the case may be if you want to feel better about your self and distract your mind in a sport try our 30 day free trial and see if Double Dose is the right gym for you.
Muay Thai has many traditions. Have you seen muay thai fighters before their fight and noticed they have a head band on while doing the traditional dance. That head band is called Mongkol or Mongkon. It has been around from the beginning of Muay Thai. All the fighters at Double Dose Muay Thai Gym use these head bands along with other traditional items while doing the Wai Kru Ram Muay to show respect to instructors and the gym before their fight. The Mongkon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally the instructor will give it the fighter once he feels that the fighter has become an experienced and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The head band is made from rope, silk and thread and is worshiped or blessed depending on the beliefs of the fighter. It is said that the Mongkon can not be anywhere near the ground or touch the ground because it will loose its “magic” and good luck. The fighter is not allowed to touch the head band, the instructor is the one who puts it on the fighters head and removes it before the fight begins. The Mongkon comes in different colors, and can be purchased at any Muay Thai store.
Have you ever gone to see muay thai fights and noticed that most of the fighters do a similar dance before they fight? That dance is called Wai Kru Ram Muay, it is performed to show respect and keep into the Thailand tradition. Sometimes the Wai Kru Ram Muay are brief and basic, but other times they may be eloquent performances that draw praise and applause from the crowd. It is said that those who see well can determine who will win the fight by watching two fighters perform their Wai Kru Ram Muay. The dance is composed into two parts. Wai Kru and Ram Muay. Wai means respect and is a greeting. Kru means teacher. Ram means dance and Muay means boxing putting them together represents the respect they show to their teachers and instructors for helping them train and becoming prepared for the battle they are about to get into. At Double Dose instructors highly encourage their fighters to perform the Wai Kru before each fight to show their respect and keep the tradition going. The dance is a way to pay respect to his majesty the king or the chairman of the competition tournament. It is also danced to realize the goodness of the master who gave them the knowledge. The dance helps relax the stress and to prepare body and mind to be ready to get into the battle. Every Muay Thai Gym has a different way of performing the dance. Not all Wai Kru Ram Muay dances are the same. The Wai Kru Ram Muay are performed different and each one tells a story through the fighter. While performing this pre-fight ritual, muay thai fighters wear headbands known as Mongkols and armbands known as Prajioud which each have their own unique meanings, history and powers behind them. The Mong kon is a type of sacred headpiece worn by muay thai fighters. Traditionally a trainer will give it the student once he feels that he/she has become an experienced fighter and have learned the culture behind certain muay thai traditions. The Prajioud (muay thai arm bands) were traditionally made from a torn piece of a mother’s surong (dress, skirt, cloth) and then given to be tied on the arm before muay thai fights for good luck and protection. These two things are kept in the dance for tradition. The dance looks easy to perform but is not, the dance takes time and patience to learn.
Teachers and instructors need to be acknowledged for all of their hard work. They work hard everyday to make sure their students are on track with all of the techniques and skills. They make sure everything is being run properly around the gym so that everyone can feel comfortable and be in a productive environment. Have you ever wondered how much of their own personal time they have worked in order to make the Muay Thai gym so successful? As a teacher it is nice when students acknowledge how hard they have been working and when they know that their hard work is being noticed. It only takes a few minutes of your time to acknowledge them for the long hours the teachers work. Whether you take in a gift or stop and say thank you the teachers for all of their hard work, they will appreciate it. Instructors at Double Dose Muay Thai gym tell their students about all the Muay Thai traditions so they aware of them and they can feel more connected to Muay Thai.
Every year the Thai Boxing Association of the USA celebrates Teacher’s Day on October 16th. Respect and discipline are expected from every student as it should be every day. Every year on October 16th gifts are given to instructors from their students to show appreciation and respect. It is not mandatory but it is a tradition if students wish to keep the tradition going. The gift that is given to the instructors usually consists of flowers. The gift also includes one candle, three sticks of incense, small amount of uncooked rice (about half a cup) and a piece of fruit in a bowl. If you also wish to send Ajarn Chai a gift his address is located on the Thai Boxing Association website. Ajarn Chai is the founder and the president of TBA-USA and is recognized every year by a lot of people in the US. Do not forget to show appreciation today on this day of acknowledgment to your Muay Thai teachers.