Santa Cruz Muay Thai Academy has been developed over 20 years of training and exploration of various forms of martial arts. This gym is geared toward the person who wants to get and stay in shape while learning effective Muay Thai and Kickboxing skills. This is not just a cardio kickboxing class. Our emphasis is to learn how to defend ourselves in a reality based self-defense situation or prepare for a competition. While this is true, our class environment is one of Humor, Respect, Hard Work and over all non-violence.
Santa Cruz Muay Thai Academy holds a fundamental belief in non-violence. The art of non-violence through martial arts comes from a deep seated tradition in which a highly trained person does not need to prove his or her toughness by engaging in petty or ego inflamed fights. However, one learns the techniques and knowledge to protect themselves if necessary. This is the fundamental belief of a true Martial artist.
Chief Instructor Jason Murphy has trained extensively in many forms of Martial arts such as: Muay Thai, American Kick Boxing, Pankration, Kali, Pentak Silat, Eskrima, Qi Gong, Ashtonga Warrior Yoga and Shorin Ryu Karate. Jason has been studying martial arts for the last 20 years. He has trained in Thailand at the well respected Lanna Muay Thai training camp in Chaing Mai, Thailand as well as Sor. Vorapin Muay Thai in Bangkok. Jason also traveled throughout Southeast Asia studying different forms of martial arts. Jason has competed in Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Submission fighting tournaments in the United States and Thailand.
Santa Cruz Muay Thai Academy is located at Westside Aerobics and Martial Arts in Santa Cruz, California.