At NTU Thai Boxing - you’ll punch, kick, knee – in practice of one of the best forms of self-defence training around. Voted as the most improved NTU club of 2018, Nottingham Trent University Thai Boxing club is one of the largest martial arts clubs in the university with over 150 members and one of the best coaches in the UK.
For those of you that don’t know, Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is a striking martial art that uses punches, kicks, knees and elbows and is the most common form of stand up striking used in MMA.
Thai Boxing is excellent for fitness, weight loss goals, self-confidence and is one of the best forms of self-defence training around. We welcome members of any ability, experience, or gender, and we promote a friendly welcoming atmosphere with no pressure to compete or fight if you don’t want to.
As a club we offer opportunities throughout the year to take part in light contact non-decided events and full contact decision events. There is never any pressure to compete and members are more than welcome to train just for fitness. We aim to attend 6-9 events all across the country in the academic year so there are plenty of opportunities.
Our showcase event is the Varsity event which has ran for 3 years now. This is the event in which we fight our rivals at University of Nottingham in full contact fights and has been won by ourselves for the past 3 years. This event has ran in front of crowds of 600+ people and is open to anyone to be a part of! NTU Thai Boxing are currently champions of this event with 3 overall event wins to University Of Nottingham’s 0.
We also welcome social members. NTU Thai Boxing is one of the biggest social clubs at the university. We host weekly fancy dress events, which are attended by more than 40 people and also host regular non-drinking socials such as paintballing, meals, and attending shows throughout the year. This year we attended sports tour to Croatia with more than 40 members, putting us in the top 5 clubs at the university.
We are lucky to have one of the best coaches in the UK here with us at NTU Thai Boxing, Lee Chesters who has been training for 25 years, and coaching for 21.
His credentials include:
Being named area middle weight champion 1995
British super welterweight champion 1996
Commonwealth welterweight champion 1999
European welterweight champion 2001
Being the first European person to win the professional World Muay Thai Council Championship against the Thai champion
Twice being asked to fight in honour of the King of Thailand in Thailand and in London.
Some of his previous fights can be viewed on Youtube.
Practice / meeting schedule
Our main training sessions take place in the City SU sports hall where we have a variety equipment including gloves, shin guards, pads, body shields and skipping ropes, which means we have everything you need to start training and you don’t have to buy your own until you’re ready.
We also train at our coach, Lee’s gym (Sor Chang Kow) in Mansfield, this involves training and sparring sessions which has all equipment including bags, matts, and rings. Our transport to Mansfield is via minibus, where we meet at the bottom of Dryden Street an hour before training starts.
Training sessions / times:
Tuesdays – 16:00-18:00 (City SU sports hall)
Thursdays – 17:30-19:30 (City SU sports hall)
There are also supplementary sessions as follows:
Mondays: 19:00-21:00 (Thai Boxing at Sor Chang Kow gym in Mansfield)
Wednesdays: 19:00-21:00 (Thai Boxing at Sor Chang Kow gym in Mansfield)
Fridays: 20:00-22:00 (Thai Boxing sparring at Sor Chang Kow gym in Mansfield)
Saturdays: 12:00-14:00 (Thai Boxing at Sor Chang Kow gym in Mansfield)
Taster sessions are applicable to all those non-members who wish to try out a session. All you have to do is sign in downstairs at the NTU City SU Sports reception before the session starts
How to join
You will need to purchase an NTU Sports Club membership in order to join this club (one-off fee of £50).
A club subscription fee also applies on top of this, or you can pay £3.50 per session. Both subscriptions are made payable downstairs at the NTU City SU Sports reception.
Main sessions in City SU:
£50 for entire year, OR £30 for term 1, OR £30 for term 2, OR, £15 for term 3, OR £3.50 /session.
Members can pay advanced yearly subs of £70 which will also cover their transport to Sor Chang Kow gym for the entire year.
Sessions at Sor Chang Kow gym in Mansfield are free! Although members are asked to contribute £2 on arrival to transport costs if they haven’t paid for the advanced subs.
Sports kit information
All equipment including boxing gloves, pads, skipping ropes and shin guards are all supplied, until you buy your own. Which means you don’t need any to start training!
Sports attire is encouraged during all sessions.
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