At the Academy for Body-Efficient Tactical Arts (BETA) in Washington D.C., experienced and qualified instructors teach the martial arts of Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the goal of developing well-rounded practitioners. With time and dedication, BETA students will develop effective self-defense skills, improved physical condition, as well as self-discipline and confidence.

The BETA Program was launched in 2008 by Nakapan Phungephorn, and his wife Melanie, who share a lifelong passion for the practical martial arts and for teaching others.  They drew their inspiration for the BETA Academy from the Beta Fighting Fish (also known as the Siamese Fighting Fish).  These fish are admired not only for for their efficient and deadly attacks against their opponents but also for their grace.  Their intrinsic fighting ability also invokes the cultural heritage of Thailand that is so closely tied with Thai Boxing.


  • Chelton Donaldson says:

    im interested in joining your gym

  • droc says:


    Please contact BETA directly via email or by calling them. Their contact info is above, or check their website!

  • Colin Seebadan says:

    Great place to train.

  • jm says:

    Does anybody know what the average monthly fees are? Serious about taking training to next level.

  • droc says:


    Please contact BETA directly since they do not list their fees on their website.

  • Adi Rayne says:

    Best MMA, Muay Thai & Jiu-Jitsu gym in DC, hands down.

  • robert hough says:

    Awesome!!!! gym!!!! been training there for a couple of months in muay thai!! the instructor,s there are really good

  • CR says:

    Great place! I have trained there a few times when I was in D.C. on business and I really enjoy it there. They have a great team / family feeling, the mats are very clean, and it’s just an all around great place. I train at different places all the time and this is one of the best/friendliest/cleanest BJJ / MT schools I’ve been to.

  • Steve Cardigan says:

    I’ve been training here for 5 months, learned how to choke a man out in a tournament with his gi, lost 35 pounds. Nothing beats training at BETA!

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