This page answers some of the common questions many people have when it comes to MMA and Muay Thai. Simply click on the questions below to get your answer!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art originating in Thailand. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art muay boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing.
Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of the Eight Limbs“, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. Thus in Muay Thai one has the ability to execute strikes using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts
- What is Jiu Jitsu (mma grappling)?
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.
“Jū” can be translated to mean “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding.” “Jutsu” can be translated to mean “art” or “technique” and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force. Because striking against a larger opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of traps, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
- Will I get hurt?
Lanna MMA promotes a safe gym environment and is very eminent that all students follow this philosophy. Working hard and pushing yourself does not conflict with these guidelines. Whether it is a striking or grappling class, instructors and students alike have respect to all levels of skill. During exercises and conditioning class, instructors are always looking out to ensure students are using correct form, to avoid injuries.
In kids class, kids are taught self discipline and respect to their peers and a careful eye and strict guidelines are set to ensure everyone enjoys a safe environment.
In all classes, instructors offer modified exercises and techniques for beginners that are geared towards building their fitness at their own pace.
- What does a typical class look like?
All classes consist of a warm up that includes skipping rope and strength and conditioning exercises such as push-up, sit ups and squats. Technique lessons are taught using pads and boxing bags while experienced instructors go around the class helping out, improving techniques and offering advice. Conditioning classes use the most current equipment as well as weather permitting offer outdoor classes.
In every class, you are able to modify exercises to fit your fitness and technique level.
- What to expect on your first day?
At Lanna MMA we know that coming in to your first class might be somewhat intimidating. You are highly motivated to start achieving your goals, but yet nervous to walk in an established gym. Don’t worry! Lanna MMA has years of experience in welcoming new members and having them feel part of the team from day one.
We pride our self at establishing a non-judgmental co-ed environment, where anyone, no matter their gender, fitness level, size or age will feel welcome from their first step into the gym.
In your first class you will be introduced to your instructor that will make sure you are feeling comfortable and working at your own pace during the warm up. If technique requires to be paired up, the instructor will be sure to find you an experienced student that will help you and assist you with fundamentals, and if needed will modify the exercise so you can work at a pace that works for you. This will be the case in following classes until you feel comfortable.
In addition, Lanna offers one-on-one introductory lessons to bring you up to speed with the basics. We promise you that in no time, you will feel like Lanna MMA is your home.
- What fitness levels do you cater to?
Lanna MMA has been servicing Toronto, Woodbridge, Vaughan, North York and Maple, for the past 10 years.
The gym has built a strong reputation for welcoming beginners of all ages, while still maintaining the highest level of programs available in the GTA.
Beginners will find a friendly community and experienced instructors that will build their confidence quickly. Members who join for fitness and weight loss goals will find that motivation they need is incorporated into every class as well as offered in special programs #lannaStrong.
Those who are seeking to become complete martial artists (or whether they want to focus on striking and grappling alone) will quickly realize that Lanna MMA offers world class level of instruction. From strong fundamentals to intermediate and advanced classes, from intro-to-sparring to weekly competition team classes, any martial artist, at any skill level can find room for growth. And when you are ready, Lanna MMA offers completion opportunities from in-house demos, to provincial and national competitions.
- What do you offer at the pro-shop?
Lanna MMA offers extensive nutrition options in our pro shop. Knowledgeable personnel can offer you dietary advice whether your goal is to lose weight, build more muscle or just to create a healthy life style.
Lanna MMA pro-shop offers everything from electrolyte water, through protein bars to limitless protein shakes and healthy smoothies, all made fresh on the spot.