Pittsburgh Muay Thai
Officially, we are Khaay Muay Sit-Kangmongkorn to honor our Kru Yai Matee "Kangmongkorn" Jedeepitak. Kangmongkorn translates to Dragon Leg, the nickname given to Matee by a sportswriter after seeing him at Lumpinee. The writer coined the name by combining Matee's kicking prowess with the hallmark Dragon Jars of Ratchaburi (Matee's hometown). Kru Matee instructs at Warrior Way in Detroit, but we have the unique honor of training directly under him. The Pittsburgh trainers are Stephen Strotmeyer, Marcus Fisher and Ben Case with trainer Mark DeLuca now based in Northern Virginia, at the Yamasaki Academies (Woodbridge & Springfield.) All of our trainers have trained and fought professionally in Thailand, training at Sanchai Sor Kingstar's Camp, Jitti Gym, Sasiprapa, Sor Vorapin and Fairtex Bangplee. In fact, we are Pittsburgh's only muayThai camp to not only produce professional fighters, but professional champions, showing experience both in and out of the ring.
Our general class structure consists of warming up with jumping rope and shadowboxing, then progressing into padwork, partner drills, conditioning drills, clinching, bagwork, and finishing with strength exercises. While repetition is important to develop proper technique, we provide variability over the week in order to prevent monotony. We may emphasize padwork one day, clinching the next and partner drills and sparring the next.
If you can reach our standard to be a fighter, we will develop and promote you. It is up to you how far you really want to take your muayThai experience!