KOH Muay Thai/kickboxing


What is Muay Thai?

Formal Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: mae mai or major techniques and luk mai or minor techniques. Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand, but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit where the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable. Almost all techniques in muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow and block.

The punch techniques in muay Thai were originally quite limited being crosses and a long (or lazy) circular strike made with a straight (but not locked) arm and landing with the heel of the palm. Cross-fertilization with Western boxing and western martial arts mean the full range of western boxing punches are now used: lead jab, straight/cross, hook, uppercut, shovel and corkscrew punches and overhands as well as hammer fists and back fists.

As a tactic, body punching is used less in muay Thai than most other striking combat sports to avoid exposing the attacker’s head to counter strikes from knees or elbows. To utilize the range of targeting points, in keeping with the center line theory, the fighter can use either the Western or Thai stance which allows for either long range or short range attacks to be undertaken effectively without compromising guard. (Wikipedia)

Muay Thai/kickboxing In Tarpon Springs

We are very lucky to have Ben as a part of our team here at Crossfit Tarpon Springs. Ben began training in Muay Thai in 2001 under Ajan Suchart at Siam number one gym in Toronto Canada with team mates Simon Marcus, Clifton Brown, and Matt Embree. He recieved his Kru (teacher) certificate from Siam Number one in 2008 and began teaching in 2009 by bringing Siam number one as the muay thai program at the jungle MMA in Orlando Florida.

While at the Jungle in Orlando Ben coached MMA pros Seth Petruzelli, Tom Lawler, and Brett Harold and developed the striking program into the program that it is today. In 2013 Ben moved to the Tampa area and began teaching at Khanomtom gym in Tampa and was certified again under Kru Ray Cole. Ben has fought amateur and professionally in the United States, Canada, and Thailand. He has also trained under Muay Thai legends Jongsanaan, Gan Yao, and Nokweed Davy. His training and fighting in Thailand has taken him from Koh Samui, to Bangkok, to Chiang Mai.

Want to schedule a session?

If you would like to schedule a session with Ben you can contact the gym and we will set you up with a class. You can view Ben’s Schedule below.

Contact us via email or phone.

Phone: (727) 940 – 2952

Email: crossfittarponsprings@gmail.com



Intro Class – 9am

Level 1 Class – 10am

Intro/Foundations – 3pm

Level 1 Class – 4pm

Level 1 Class – 5pm

Level 1 Class – 6pm

Intro/Foundations – 7pm