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$29 for 10 classes ($175 Value)
Six days a week, students converge on the gym's mats, hurling fists, feet, elbows, and knees at bags and opponents. Instructors welcome practitioners of every skill level to all classes. Attendees should wear shorts and T-shirts and bring boxing gloves and wraps if they have them. The gym provides loaner equipment to students and offers a $10 discount on gloves, wraps, and shin pads to those who purchase them during their first class.
Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club
Arachnology may be the commonly accepted science of eight limbs, but in the realm of martial arts, that title belongs to muay thai. This form of Thai boxing teaches practitioners to strike with both hands, both feet, both elbows, and both knees, transforming the body into a furious flurry of short-range weapons. At Chicago Muay Thai Kickboxing Club, professional UFC fighters instruct students of all levels in the intense conditioning and swift strikes of the eight-limbed combat form.
The staff of instructors includes characters such as Brian Gassaway, whose iron chin earned him the MMA record for most fights without being knocked out. Brian and his fellow teachers celebrate not just the effectiveness of the muay thai fighting style but also its philosophy. Their three-pronged teaching style first invites students to work together to improve their own character and skills. Then, as individuals, they improve, reaching out to help their training partners. Ultimately, they bring the discipline and self-confidence of the art form into the world as ambassadors of muay thai, defeating opponents with the advanced “ninth limb”: sheer badittude.
Chicago Martial Arts Club
Within its location in Lincoln Park, students at Chicago Martial Arts Club learn martial-arts techniques from instructors boasting an average of 17 years of experience each.