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We don’t want to nag... but in the interests of your fellow nak muays, here are some gym rules to keep everyone happy and safe while training at MTC

Towel off. A small towel to wipe down the bags, yourself, that pool of sweat you’re standing in, is compulsory. If you’ve forgotten yours, please grab handy towels from reception. If you spot your (or someone else’s) blood on the floor or equipment, grab some anti-bacteria spray and wipes from us.

Clothes on. What you wear during training is up to you. What you don’t wear however, is a subject of contention. Guys, we know you’ve worked hard, but keep your tops on during class please – give that 6-pack some exposure at the beach.

Shoes offAnywhere outside of the seating area is strictly a shoe-free zone. We work hard to keep our mats clean.

Hygiene. Sharing hand wraps and gloves are like slipping into somebody else’s socks and shoes. We’re happy to loan you ours for the first three sessions, but we hope you’ll invest in your own after you decide  to continue training with us. Otherwise we’ll set aside some communal rental gloves and wraps.

Deodorant is to be used and a clean shirt is a must when we do clinch work. No one wants your sweaty shirt and smelly pits around them.

Gear, put it away after  use. This includes Thai pads, kettlebells, loan gloves, shinguards and your own personal gear. Your coaches are less grumpy when they are not picking up your handwraps, used plasters, soggy singlets and half-full drink bottles . Take all personal gear, including your own gloves home to air. This keeps our gym smelling and looking good

Short and sweet. Keep your finger and toenails short and clean for pleasant clinch work and sparring. Toe jam in your face is rude. Getting an infection from a cut from an overgrown toe or fingernail is plain unacceptable.

Size does matter. Twins Special 16oz gloves or above are essential for sparring and contact drill work. It is a courtesy to your partner as the smaller the glove, the harder the impact. Twins Special is the standard we use as they are not too compact – if you have another brand, they must be approved by our coaches before sparring. If your gloves are well-loved and most of the stuffing has been warn out, it may be time to invest in a new pair.

Mouth off. A cut lip may look cool to some, but few people look good with missing teeth. Wear your mouth guard during contact sparring or pad work, to avoid unnecessary bleeding caused by flying pads, fists and elbows.

Control your power. OK Superman, sparring is not the place to show off your super-human strength. We spar at anything from 40 – 70% intensity depending on the size / skill level of your opponent. Knocking your partner’s head off won’t solve anything – especially the fact that you’ll find it hard to find anyone to partner up with in the future. People that fail to control their sparing will not be permitted to participate. 

Bring a positive can do attitude. We all have bad days, we understand but please leave it at the door. Negative comments or put down will not be tolerated. We Aim to provide a fun and positive atmosphere.

Never give up. Whether this is in the Gym or in the ring. All we ask is you do the best you can on the day. When it gets hard keep going, don’t quit. You will be surprised what you are capable of achieving with this mentality.

Have Fun. Enjoy what you are doing this is why we are all here!

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