Welcome to Widnes Thai Boxing Martial Arts Academy home to Champions and students from Widnes, Runcorn, St Helens, Warrington, Liverpool and Cheshire. We are excited to help you start your fitness journey. Keep in mind 80% of your success is simply showing up to our studio. 


There’s no denying Thai boxers have incredible physiques, and while you may never want to step into the ring and slug it out, you might want to get in shape just like a boxer.


Boxers and their trainers know there’s little benefit to having enormous muscles. Instead, an effective boxer will have excellent core muscles, be toned from head to toe and have elite cardio. Boxers at all levels have to be supremely dedicated to rigorous training both in the gym and outside it; just doing a portion of a boxer workout will do wonders for any average person looking to shed a few pounds or tone up

Widnes Thai Boxing is one the most successful Thai Boxing gym in the area producing multiple English, British, European and World Champions and elite fighters who compete  world wide and on the most professional shows in the UK including Yokkao and Muay Thai Grand Prix of which are televised.

What is Muay Thai?


Muay Thai is a 3,000 year old martial art that originates in Thailand and is sometimes called “the art of 8 limbs” because fighters use 8 weapons against their opponents: 2 fists, 2 elbows, 2 knees and 2 feet.

Muay Thai is an important part of Thai culture,  in the past 30 years it has become more and more popular in the west. In fact, much of modern-day MMA fighting incorporates strikes taken directly from Muay Thai, particularly elbow strikes, knee strikes, kicks and sweeping (where you ‘sweep’ your opponent off their feet onto the floor).

Is Muay Thai effective for self-defence?

Absolutely. Unlike many other martial arts, which place emphasis on quite complex movements and are practised in a fairly choreographed way, Muay Thai focuses on the most straightforward ways to inflict damage on your opponents: By hitting them, hard.

Practising Muay Thai will also give you the self-discipline and physical confidence to avoid those kinds of situations, which is surely the best way to remain out of harm’s way.

What’s the difference between Muay Thai, Thai Boxing and Kickboxing?

Muay Thai and Thai Boxing are exactly the same thing under different names.

The main differences between Muay Thai and Kickboxing in its modern form, however, is that most professional kickboxing organisations usually don’t allow elbows strikes or knee strikes to the head. Kickboxing fights also usually disallow ‘clinching’ (grappling while standing up) for more than 3 seconds, whereas in Muay Thai clinching is an extremely important part of fighting.

Is Muay Thai better than Boxing?

As you’re probably aware, in boxing you only use your two fists. In Muay Thai, you use both fists, elbows, knees and feet, so you have eight weapons instead of one.

However, as humans we are limited by how much time and effort we can physically spend practising something. That means that someone who spends all of their time doing pure Western boxing will potentially be able to ‘out-box’ someone who spends all of their time doing Muay Thai. Equally, a boxer will have no idea how to react to any of the kicks, elbows, knees and sweep techniques of a Muay Thai fighter. It’s hard to punch someone who has kicked your legs out from under you!

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