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Krudar Muay Thai

Posted by Staff / Posted on August 17, 2011

Krudar Muay ThaiKrudar Muay Thai is a relative newcomer in the old world of Thai Boxing instruction, and has built a name for itself quickly over the past few years. The club's name is an amalgamation of the term kru (teacher) and the first name of Darwin Miranda, a former student of ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai of Siam #1. But despite this gym's ties to tradition, there's something fresh about it. No, it's not the scent in the air. In fact, I suspect no amount of Febreeze would get rid of the smell of sweat -- proof positive that they work you hard on these premises. I mean fresh in the sense of novel, of something that hasn't existed before.

Krudar Muay ThaiI dropped in on one of Krudar's mixed classes where you can find both beginners, as well as more seasoned fighters with stats behind their names. Fast-paced and varied, this hour-long workout covers so much ground it seem like you do absolutely everything under the sun. But let's not kid ourselves. Fun as it is to work with partners and pads, you definitely walk away feeling the burn. Beginner who are brave of heart are also invited to join group runs around the neighbourhood before classes.

Krudar Muy ThaiAt Krudar, there are only the essentials: Mats. Pads. Ring. Ropes. Bathroom? Barely. Lockers? Tiny and limited. Giant fan? Only feels like it works if you're standing right in front of it. That said, there's one thing that makes you forgive all these material shortcomings: amazing energy.

Krudar Muy ThaiUnlike the grizzled, weathered corner-men/trainers at traditional boxing clubs, Krudar's instructors are sweet young things who radiate this unstoppable energy that class participants just soak up and amplify. Krudar's admittedly a young gym, and there's something puppy-like about its eagerness to please. August is self-improvement month, during which Krudar actively seeks out room for their own improvement.

Krudar Muy ThaiAnonymous surveys at the door allow members to spill their guts about what they love, hate, and want more of. Sure, Air Canada does the same with those annoying pop-ups online, but there's no undercurrent of sycophancy here. It's an extension of the founder's sincere quest for self-improvement through practice.

Krudar Muy ThaiKrudar has itself that winning formula of great teachers, friendly members, and classes that feel more like social clubs. Let's hope it hangs onto this throughout its growing success.

Krudar Muy ThaiKrudar Muy ThaiWriting by Charlie See. Photos by Jesse Milns.

Discussion

15 Comments

Ally Tripkovic / April 7, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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Best gym ever! So much heart, incredible trainers, awesome facility, and a kick a** workout. You won't be disappointed.
Tara / April 8, 2011 at 02:44 pm
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Agreed! Amazing instructors and excellent classes. You will keep coming back! Awesome, positive, motivating environment.
MT obsessed / May 17, 2011 at 09:34 am
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What a picture! Talk about walking into a punch!
Jason Oh / August 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
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Title has a typo
Heng / August 17, 2011 at 02:10 pm
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You should do a profile on my Krav Maga gym, Toronto Fight and Fitness: http://www.kravmagatoronto.com/ I'm addicted! For anyone who hasn't heard of Krav Maga, it's a hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli military. I learn it for fitness and self-defense. It's a very well-rounded defense system. We do punches, elbows, knees, kicks, grappling, ground work, etc. etc. Defense against multiple attackers and weapons is also covered. Krav Maga has no rules so eye gouging, groin kicking and such are not only allowed but encouraged.
Corine / August 17, 2011 at 03:47 pm
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Been thinking of joining TKMT - anyone know how this one compares? I am a female with no experience who isnt necessarily interested in competing...
C / August 17, 2011 at 07:26 pm
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@Corine: I spent 3 months doing muay Thai at TKMT downtown. It was an amazing workout and most of the instructors are pretty nice (especially RJ!!!) Perhaps try both studios out before committing. That's the best way to find out how they compare. I enjoyed tkmt but just found it to be too expensive. I miss it :( heck I even bought muay Thai shorts and everything!
Lindsay / August 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm
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i agree. this place is awesome.

Not for the weak at heart. go in, and prepare to have an amazing mental & physical workout.

Luke / September 19, 2011 at 04:55 pm
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Does anyone know if they have a set of weights? I'm itching to try this place out, though I'm a complete beginner. I don't want to stop lifting though.
MT Obsessed / November 12, 2011 at 11:21 am
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@Corine
I bought a pass from Wagjag and decided to try out TKMT but didn't even use it up. If you're looking for a great workout and you're in the area, this is a good gym to start at, especially if you're a woman(they boast a 50/50 split but I think it's more). If you really want to learn muay thai technically and be conditioned properly, I would try someplace else out, maybe Krudar, since it's also located downtown.
Liam / January 18, 2012 at 01:19 am
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Krav Maga isn't a martial art

It is a series of self-defense tactics utilized by a military unit, with an emphasis on eye-gouging, crotch kicking and other similar attacks. Effective, undeniably...but a martial art it is not.

I am an ex-TBJJ student who did my research and much like Corine, I am torn between TKMT and Krudar. However, I think I'll be attending Krudar within the next week due to it's close proximity to campus and the success seen in professional fights by it's members.
H / July 30, 2012 at 12:34 am
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Update: Krudar is moving to Kensington Market on Augusta! Bigger space with more to offer (i.e. spinning classes) Try it out $30 for 30 days...
Diane Morris / August 29, 2012 at 02:47 pm
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Krudar is moving right across the street from where I live in Kensingotn! I am so pumped! All of the students train outdoors, go for runs, and are ALL in super good shape! They are also very friendly and welcoming. Can't wait until it opens! I have tried both Krudar and TKMT in the past, and as MT said, if you are looking to actually learn Muay Thai and proper technique - Krudar is the place to go.
Diane Morris / August 29, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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They also have this really good promo right now - 30 days for $30 for all new people. I see the big sign outside - maybe something you want to consider! I think the last day is Friday.
Bruno / January 18, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Although CYKL is the best place by far in Toronto to do spinning, Kelsey's Tuesday and Thursday morning spinning classes are great!

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