Siam Warriors, a standout Irish gym which trains people in the martial art of Thai boxing, has gained recognition on the International stage since it was established in Gurranbraher in 2005.
The club, which offers training for beginners or experienced fighters, has its origins in a Ballincollig Thai boxing club which was started in 2003 by Martin Horgan and Seamus Cogan.
Between 2003 and 2005, the gym began to produce a steady stream of new fighters and train others who just wanted to get fit and learn the art of Thai boxing.
Siam Warriors gym itself continued from 2005 at the site of the old Falveys gym and is now situated just around the corner on Ballymacthomas Street in a 6000 square ft gym complete with Ring, Mama cage, bags, pads and free weights.
“We began to gather pace as a stand out Irish gym, always taking on the biggest fights, domestic and international titles and now boast multiple Irish Champions, European and World Titles in professional Muaythai fights across the world,” said co-founder Martin Horgan.
“Our fighters get to fight at big events in front of thousands of people, get TV coverage and share the ring with world stars in the sport,” he added.
The club offers classes weeknights at 7pm all levels from total beginners to experienced fighters.
“We try and encourage everyone to enjoy a great work out and getting the most out of it whatever their goals,” said Martin.
The training offers a complete, extensive workout, incorporating self-defence focusing on power and technique, for an all-round fun fitness session.
Muaythai incorporates the traditions of an ancient Martial art that has evolved into a fast-paced ring sport.
Approximately 100 people or more pass in and out the gym at different stages and they host regular classes every night with strong numbers of at least 30 at each session.
“The club is for all levels,” said Martin.
“Most people come along for fitness and a great work out, getting the benefits of toning up and losing weight in a great atmosphere, with plenty of encouragement to help you along.” “We have had some great success stories at the gym with weight losses of up to 8 stone by members and body transformation all through regular workouts in our classes,” he added.
“Teenagers and adults have built confidence and long-lasting friendships at the gym.” The club also caters for younger people eager to learn a self-defence trade with junior classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm for 8 years old and up.
“The club has a great atmosphere, busy workout classes that suit everyone for fitness or fighting goals,” said Martin.
“There's is a big mix of people that train at the gym and enjoy it and keep coming back.
“We have huge success as a fight gym competing across the world from Australia, USA, Iraq, Thailand, Japan and Europe,” he added.
The Siam Warriors will make the short journey to Corks Neptune Stadium on February 3 where club member Ryan Sheehan will take on Thai superstar Champion Thepnimit Sitmonchai of Bangkok.
“The event will have a big line out of International fighters, seeing Cork and Ireland’s best in action in the ring,” concluded Martin, who is looking forward to a big beginning to 2018.
Classes are weeknights at 7pm you can check them out on Siam warriors Cork Facebook.