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Warrior Muay Thai

Posted by Guest Contributor / Posted on March 2, 2010

Warrior Muay ThaiWarrior Muay Thai may be a bare bones, no frills kind of gym, but what it lacks in glitz and glamour, it more than makes up for in heart and soul.

The gym is staffed with instructors who have a minimum of 12 fights under their (world champion) belts, and their passion for the sport is obvious. "I live and breathe it. I've bled, broken bones, sweat, tears, whatever. You name it, I've done it for Muay Thai," says two-time world champion, owner, and head instructor Zubair Khan.

Not to be confused with Mixed Martial Arts or UFC fighting, Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is a martial art with over 2,000 years of history. Respect and discipline is the mantra the instructors live by, and their goal is simple: to empower students to reach their fitness goals regardless of age, weight or flexibility.

"What I really like is that I have students who are in their 30s and 40s. And they're finding...in Muay Thai, an activity that they never thought they could do," says Khan.

Warrior Muay ThaiHaving only two heavy punching bags equip the facility becomes an asset as the floor space, and your lung capacity, is put to full use during an hour and a half of strength and cardio training as well as Muay Thai fighting technique. The session includes a full plyometric workout in addition to several rounds of kicks, punches, elbows and knees.

The studio, roughly three months old, allows clients to enjoy the intimate atmosphere of learning in a small class. On average, about 12 men and three women show up for the men's and women's time slots. That's plenty of opportunity for one-to-one training, especially compared to the congested Muay Thai training studios in downtown Toronto. The regimented system works perfectly for those who have wandered into a gym in the past, stared at the equipment in puzzlement, and then become too busy with life to return.

Unfortunately, that also means slim pickin's for class times until the clientele grows large enough to support more sessions.

Warrior Muay ThaiThe studio is also as basic as you can get. Work for improvement and expansion is still the planning stages. A fighting ring will eventually be put in, but it'll take time before these additions are implemented.

Located at Don Mills and Lawrence, getting to Warrior is convenient by car, and there's plenty of free parking space at the gym. Those coming by TTC should expect a somewhat slow subway/bus combo. It takes me about an hour to commute from downtown by public transit.

201003-Warrior-Ext.jpgWarrior Muay Thai offers several pricing options. Participants can buy a 10-class pass for $150 before taxes, or $100 for a month. The price drops with a longer commitment. After looking at several other Muay Thai gyms in Toronto - some charge $999 for a yearly membership - Warrior comes at the lower end of the scale at $900 for a year. That's about $75 per month. Women pay even less because their class options are more limited.

If you need a push to go the extra mile in your training, but you don't need (or want to pay for) the frills of an extreme fitness facility, pull on some shorts, grab a bottle of water and get ready for a hell of an experience at Warrior Muay Thai.

Writing and Photos by Joanne Yeung.

Discussion

12 Comments

Chris / March 3, 2010 at 05:46 pm
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Great place to be.
trace / March 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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nice ad. i'd take it seriously if you mentioned any other toronto muay thai in anything resembling depth.
Saeed / March 13, 2010 at 02:30 pm
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Great intro. Add some info. about instructor(c) for those who are mutual friends on facebook but don't know you.
Bahadir / March 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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Very honest about everything. It is great investment for keeping shape, improving health, building muscles and gaining friends.
Alogon / March 15, 2010 at 01:01 pm
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After spending 19 years involved in the martial arts I know full well that these places come and go quickly. 3 months is an awfully short time and while a longer history is not a guarantee of anything, I would be wary of dropping any money on a long-term commitment. I had the unfortunate experience of having someone close down with all my and other students money. Now, I am not saying these guys won't make it or that they aren't any good but if the stated average class size is indicative of overall enrollment then caution is advised. People are notorious for joining classes and dropping out and you need a lot of students to generate the income to keep the instructors, rent and utilities paid. This is a hard business to make a go at.
Rick / March 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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To be fair...I'm one of the students at this gym...Just would like to provide some additional context to the article.

The official opening of the gym to public started in January 2009 when I first joined....before that, Kru Khan had been training fighters at various other school under "warrior muay thai"...My personal reason for joining this gym was the passion and dedication the instructors have for this art...with past experience with other martial art's school's main objective is to out to fill a profit...this one is feels somewhat different... Just my 2 cents...
Daniela / May 19, 2010 at 02:37 pm
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I have taken Muay Thai before for only 2 years and I must say it was a great investment for me in staying in shape, building of muscles and also made friends. But what I would like to know is what is the difference between Muay Thai and Warrior Muay Thai. The description is very interesting and I am looking for a place to train. Just curious at to if it is a big difference or small. It does sound like a good place to be...
Amin / May 22, 2010 at 07:49 am
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Daniela, there is no difference. Warrior Muay Thai just happens to be the name of the gym. It is a great gym and I love training there. Zubair Khan, Chris Williams and Sean Wang are great people and they push you to knew limits
Amin / June 18, 2010 at 09:20 pm
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new*
Zubair / October 1, 2010 at 01:45 pm
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Hello everyone,

Thank you for your comments and feedback on my gym; especially to Joanne yeung for taking the time to produce this review.

Please note that since this blog, the gym has grown substantially and is now operating in a large, 3000 square foot facility at Vic Park/Lawrence, has 5 instructors and new classes such as boxing and conditioning.

For updates, follow www.warriormuaythai.com

Best Regards
Zubair Khan
Head Coach
Warrior Muay Thai
muhammad / February 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm
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I love muay thai
James / August 13, 2013 at 06:15 am
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Gym is very segregated. It seems like a place for only a few fighters and the owner is never there. Went for a trial class and the instructor was a Kid. Good people, just wrong place.

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