About Us

A Brief History of WAKT

In the Summer of 1994 Al moved from Newmarket to Newquay. He'd previously trained Muay Thai at Cobra Thai in London, but mainly with World Champion Nigel Thompson in Bedford and Cambridge. Unable to find a Thai Boxing gym in Cornwall, he decided to start one. After an extensive poster campaign (remember, this is pre-internet), the first WAKT class in November 1994 had one student turn up to train, and another to watch. Al managed to talk the spectator into training, and the first class was up and running. By 1999 Al was arranging the first WAKT trip to Thailand via hand written letter and fax to the now World famous Thakoon Pongsupha at Sasiprapa Gym. In fact WAKT were the first to ever take foreign (non Thai) females to train at Sasiprapa in the year 2000, which even made the newspapers and Thai T.V. Thailand is literally now a second home to us and our Muay Thai is authentic and from the heart.

Latest Word

Big fights coming up in May. Firstly, Jimmy will be fighting full Thai rules (elbow strikes allowed to the head). This is a sanctioned British title eliminator fight. Dan is matched against a Thai lad for an English title fight under B-Class rules (knee strikes allowed to the head). Matt, our first heavyweight fighter to enter the ring for Team WAKT is on this show too in his very first fight. The show is in Southampton on Sunday 24th May, and tickets are available from your instructor now at £25.

Contact Info

  • 01209 610187
  • Centenary Centre
    Middle Centenary Row
    Camborne
  • info(at)wakt(dot)org
 

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Training - What we do

MUAY THAI

Muay Thai ()มวยไทย) is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins as striking weapons. Thai Boxing has always been associated with a high level of fitness and endurance which makes a full-contact Muay Thai fighter a very efficient fighting machine.

ELITE FITNESS

Whilst these are tough sessions (think Insanity based on fighting arts) everyone works at their own rate, and can therefore pace themselves according to their own current fitness. We work in 5 minute rounds, with 5x1 minute different exercises per round, followed by a 1 minute rest. Everybody is welcome, so come on down and get that beach body you've always deserved. We can also help you with a diet plan too if required.

YOGA

Yoga is something that we love to do for both relaxation, flexibility, and core strength. This is a great ying to the yang of Muay Thai, and these session are open to everyone, even if you don't train Thai Boxing with us. Some known benefits of yoga: Improves your flexibility, Builds muscle strength, Increases your blood flow, Ups your heart rate, Drops your blood pressure, Helps you focus, Improves your balance.

WAKT Classes & Times

Camborne

Tuesday

6:00 - 6:45pm: Elite Fitness - This session is for those of you that are looking to either lose some weight, or simply improve your cardio, stamina, and general fitness.
No partner needed for this class, and it's open to everyone.

6:00 - 6:45pm: Under 14's Thai Boxing - This Thai Boxing class is suitable for juniors aged between 7 years and 13 years of all abilities. The lesson consists of a warm-up including stretching and cardio, followed by training techniques & drills

7:00 - 8:00pm: A-Class Thai Boxing - This Thai Boxing class is suitable for established WAKT students who are not beginners. You must be in full colours (uniform) & have a valid license (insurance) to be an A-Class student. The lesson consists of a warm-up including stretching and cardio, followed by hard pad-work and/or sparring and techniques.

Thursday

6:00 - 6:45pm: Elite Fitness - This session is for those of you that are looking to either lose some weight, or simply improve your cardio, stamina, and general fitness. No partner needed for this class, and it's open to everyone.

7:00 - 8:00pm: B-Class Thai Boxing - This Thai Boxing class is suitable for all WAKT students, complete beginners, intermediate, or advanced. The lesson consists of a warm-up including stretching and cardio, followed by pad-work and/or techniques. More advanced students will also have the option of sparring.

Saturday

9:30 - 10:15am: Yoga - Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility).
No partner need for this class, and it's open to everyone.

10:30am - 12:30pm: Fighter Squad - This is our toughest session, and where all students that attend will train as an active fighter. This doesn't mean that you have to fight, it's basically putting together everything you've learned from our other sessions and using it for real.
This is Muay Thai.

Costs

All of our sessions are 'pay as you go', and there are no member fee's or nasty direct debits.
Elite Fitness - £4 per session
Yoga - £4 per session
Under 14's Thai Boxing - £4 per session
Adult Thai Boxing - £5.00 (£4.00 concessions) per session Fighter Squad - £6.00 (£4.00 concessions) per session (2 hours)

Bodmin - Mike Munds Fitness (PL31 2DP), Tel: 01208 269048

Tuesday

7:30 - 9:00pm: Muay Thai - This session is for mixed ability adults & open to everyone.

Friday

6:30 - 7:30pm: Under 14's Thai Boxing - This Thai Boxing class is suitable for juniors aged between 7 years and 13 years of all abilities. The lesson consists of a warm-up including stretching and cardio, followed by training techniques & drills 7:30 - 9:00pm: Muay Thai - This session is for mixed ability adults & open to everyone.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:00pm: Abs & Pads - Come on down for a good hard workout to kick start your weekend. No partner needed for this class, and it's open to everyone.
12:00 - 1:00pm: Fighter Squad - This is our toughest session, and where all students that attend will train as an active fighter. This doesn't mean that you have to fight, it's basically putting together everything you've learned from our other sessions and using it for real.

Head Instructors

Mr Al

Head Coach

Although Al was on his own when he founded WAKT back in 1994, it would be nothing without the strong team that subsequently evolved.

Johnny

Bodmin Instructor

Johnny has been part of WAKT pretty much since the beginning. He now runs the WAKT full time gym in Bodmin

Daz

Camborne Instructor

Daz has also been a huge part of WAKT since the early days, and is literally the man you want in your corner.

Elly

Kids Instructor

Elly joined Team WAKT in 1997, and as well as fighting at an amateur level and training in Thailand many times, she now enjoys teaching the art of Muay Thai to our Under 14's

Contact WAKT

WAKT Muay Thai Gym - Centenary Centre, Camborne

Directions to the WAKT Camborne Gym

Firstly, the best place to park is in Camborne Tesco Car Park, so we’ll take the directions from there on foot. Staying on the same side of the road as Tesco, walk towards the Vyvyan Arms Pub which you’ll see on the other side of the road. On your left there will be the Centenary Wesleyan Church (a huge pink building). Just as you are about to pass the Church, you will come to a small alley called ‘Middle Centenary Row’, turn left into the alley, and the gym is through the double doors of the large building known as ‘Centenary Centre’. The Tuesday and Thursday sessions are on the ground floor, and the Wednesday and Saturday sessions are on the second floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear? - Ideally loose comfortable clothing such as shorts and a tee shirt, all classes are bare foot. Will I get hurt? - When you first start training with us there will be little or no contact with other students. Can I watch a session before I start? - Yes of course, and obviously there's no charge to watch. Do I have to be fit to start training with WAKT? - Not at all. This is a common question, and people will often say 'As soon as I get fit I'm going to start training'. The point is that you need to come training to get fit! Can I Grade? - Absolutely, the grading is a system which provides you with a level of attainment. You can grade with WAKT right through the syllabus from White to Black grade and wear your Thai armband known as Prajiad with pride.

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