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.
The instructors at Double Dose make it very convenient for all the students to attend class and not miss any criteria or class time. On Mondays and Tuesdays instructors teach the same thing. They teach the same techniques so that if you can not attend on Mondays you can come on Tuesdays and not miss out on the lesson. Wednesdays and Thursdays are like Mondays and Tuesdays, the same thing that is taught on Wednesday will be taught on Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays there is a class called rounds class. Rounds class is meant for students to be able to practice and get extra help with anything that was taught during the week that they need a bit more work on. Every student must attend a certain amount of classes a month to be able to test on the last Thursday of every month. There are criteria and vocabulary sheets in the locker room and in the front desk that every student should have so that they know what they are learning for that month and what vocabulary they need to learn for testing. On testing day everyone is required to be in complete uniform with arm band, gym shirt, thai shorts, hand wraps and gloves to test. If you are missing any part of the uniform you can not test. Testing is very important to be able to rank up and advance in Muay Thai. Before testing begins everyone is to show respect and stretch together. After everyone takes the vocabulary test and lines up to get started with testing. Once instructors announce it is testing mode you must be very quiet and pay attention to instructions that are being given. When instructors tell you to show a certain technique or skill you can not move until they say GO if you move and they did not say GO you accumulate push ups for after testing. When testing you must be really loud and show your technique properly to get a good grade in the class. The grading for the test is from 1-4, 4 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Testing can be very nerve recking and intimidating but being positive and confident helps a lot.
Every student that starts Muay Thai begins with a white arm band. Every time you move up a level (rank), you get a new arm band that is a different color to represent your rank. The ranks and different colors of armbands help instructors distinguish your level and expertise in Muay Thai. Just because one fighter is in a lower rank doesn’t mean they always know less or aren’t as good as someone in a higher rank. There has been intermediate students who are better at technique and skill then those at a higher rank. Everyone begins with a white arm band and quickly move up to yellow. At Double Dose White and Yellow arm band students are considered Foundation (beginner) classes. Once you level up to the next rank which is Orange you move into the Kombat Athletes Class. The Kombat athletes class does have some students who are in the Foundations class but take both classes and need to advance armbands in order to get out of Foundations. After orange you move up to a green band. When you rank up from green to blue, you are required to do 60/40s after testing. 60/40s are when you do two rounds of 60 kicks and 40 knees each round. 60/40s are done starting at a blue arm band and every time you reach a solid color. From the Blue arm band you move up to a white and blue, and into purple where you must do the 60/40s once again, after the purple arm band you rank up to purple and white. The next armband is Red and Red and white, at this rank you are eligible to test for Black and skip brown and brown and white bands. After the brown rank you are eligible to move up and test up for the black arm band. If you are a black armband you are considered “Kru” which means teacher/instructor. From black you can move up to black and red, black and silver and last but not least the highest level is the black and gold arm band. Once you have reached the black and gold arm band you are now considered “Ajarn” which means master. Anyone has the potential to reach whatever rank they please all they need is to work hard and have a positive attitude. It takes time to rank up but your motivation and the instructors at Double Dose Muay Thai will help you reach your goal .
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.
Thai only has one stance. All of the techniques and skills learned are done from Thai Stance. The very first thing you are taught in Muay Thai is your stance and the way you are supposed to move around while performing the techniques and skills. If you do not understand the proper foot work you will have difficulties combining kicks, elbows, knees, and punches. Thai stance is when your left leg is placed in slightly forward facing your opponent and your right leg is placed behind facing at about 45 degrees away from the leading foot. The heels of your feet need to be raised off the ground while the rest of the body is turned at a 45 degree angle in sync with the rear foot. If you are left handed your stance will be exactly the same but with your right foot facing your opponent and your left foot at 45 degrees along with your body. It can get a little confusing when opponents have opposite thai stance. It is always good to learn how to work with both thai stances so that your are always ready and avoid confusion. Some left handed students say being left handed can have some advantages when fighting because it can throw the opponent off when doing defends and counters. Footwork is very important and Double Dose instructors like to do exercises that help students move from left to right and from front to back so that when students are working on techniques, sparring, or even fighting they are able to move around properly and not trip over themselves or their opponents feet. If you are moving to your right side you will move your right foot first and your left foot will follow. Same goes for your left side, if you are moving to your left you move your left foot first and then your right foot. Moving forward and backward is a lot easier, if you move forward you stay on your same tracks and move your front foot first and then your back foot. You do not move your back foot first. If you move backwards you will move your back foot first and then you will move your front foot back. One important thing a lot of students forget, when you are in thai stance and your are moving around always keep your hands up ready to block your face and body. The instructors tell you to keep your hands up like if you are answering the phone. If you drop your hands it is easier for your opponent to hit you. Thai stance can be a bit confusing to learn but once you get the concept you will see how it makes putting combinations and techniques so much easier when it comes to balance and movement.