FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have included a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section to answer any queries that you may have about our courses, seminars or private tuition. If you have a question that is not listed here, please email us, and we’ll do our best to reply as soon as possible.
WHAT TYPES OF TRAINING ARE ON OFFER?
The Muay Thai Sangha Arts School offers a blend of several Thai fighting Arts; Muay Thai Boran, Muay Chaiya, Krabi-Krabong Thai Weapons and Ground Fighting. All the intensive courses include training in the Internal Arts of Warrior Yoga, Martial Breathing Exercises and Meditation.
Each program lasts thirty days so each student has enough time to touch the core of our training.
For more information about the coming courses, please check the Calendar.
DO I NEED TO CONTACT YOU BEFORE I COME?
Yes, it is advisable that you EMAIL US and let us know which course you would like to participate in, so that we can inform you of any available spaces. Please check the Calendar section for more information about the type of intensive course that we are offering, or send us an email if you wish to discuss further arrangements. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT WILL I LEARN ON EACH COURSE AND HOW WILL I LEARN IT?
Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts courses will improve your balance, coordination, power, speed, and timing. Also, you will learn counter-attacks and defensive techniques at different ranges of combat.
The Internal Muay Thai, will help you to develop the inner components of the fighting arts. Warrior Yoga to enhance flexibility, together with breathing exercises will boost the body’s vital energy and improve your overall health. The meditation will awaken a deeper sense of your inner feelings and help to ground you in the present moment.
Each student will learn at their own pace, according to their ability. But we know, through years of experience, that any student willing to dedicate themselves to the training whilst here, will see transformation in themselves and their fighting skills.
WHEN DO THE COURSES START AND HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
The main training programs last between one week and twenty-five days (Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00 and 15:30 to 18:00). For more detailed information, please visit our Calendar page.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
We have all the quality equipment, techniques and knowledge to help you go as far as you wish within any of the Muay Thai Sangha courses. All we ask is that you bring a willingness to learn.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE COURSES?
The School will provide you with two uniforms (shorts and t-shirts) included in the price. Most sessions are bear-foot; however, we may exercise sometimes in nature and recommend you have sports shoes available if necessary.
WHAT MAKES THE COURSES DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?
Muay Thai Sangha Arts is the only program worldwide that blends the Internal Arts with Muay Thai, Krabi-Krabong Thai Weapons and Grappling.
We also keep the size of our courses small, so that we can ensure the most positive environment for learning, where each student is provided with the highest quality personal instruction.
HOW LONG HAS THE SCHOOL BEEN ESTABLISHED?
The school has been established in Chiang Mai, Thailand since April 2003. Note that Pedro Solana previously had a Muay Thai Boran and Krabi-Krabong school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for over two years until he moved permanently to Thailand.
WHERE ELSE CAN MUAY THAI SANGHA BE FOUND?
Currently, the Muay Thai Sangha courses are being taught internationally, with its headquarters located here in Thailand and a few international branches in Spain, Greece, USA, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, England and Poland. In the near future we will open a page with a list of all other certificated Muay Thai Sangha Schools Worldwide.
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE?
The School is very well equipped. We have plenty of floor space for training, six bags and lots of professional equipment – gloves, pads and an array of protective gear, weapons and weights. The school is kept very clean and is located in a quiet, peaceful rice farming area in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai.
HOW FAR IS THE SCHOOL FROM CHIANG MAI?
The journey by orange bus or white communal taxi from the Champuak bus station in Chiang Mai, to Mae Taeng will take you around 45 minutes, and will cost you 25 baht for a single journey. The buses run from 06:30 in the morning to about 19:00.
WHAT TIME DO THE REGULAR COURSES BEGIN/END?
We train in the morning from 09:00 till 12:00, and in the early evening from 15:30 until 18:00 Monday to Friday. On Saturdays we only train half day.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW BEFORE I COME? HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
You don’t need to have any previous martial arts experience to attend one of our courses. Both beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Just make sure you come with a positive attitude and an open mind. Fitness is not a requirement to train, as your fitness and endurance will improve during training.
I HAVE A DISABILITY; CAN I STILL COME AND TRAIN?
Having a disability doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t train, please contact us to discuss your unique circumstances.
I DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL, CAN I STILL COME AND TRAIN?
Yes, we speak Thai, English and Spanish, but like all martial arts Muay Thai Sangha is a very visual activity so even if you cannot speak any of the above languages, you can still take part in the training. Please note that the school has a long background in training people from many different countries.
I DON’T WANT TO SPAR, CAN I STILL COME AND TRAIN?
Absolutely!! Sparring is an option, not an obligation. We ask that you inform us of what you wish to learn, so we can work towards helping you achieve your goals.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
You can contact us by e-mail or telephone, please check out the Location section for our contact details.
WHERE CAN I STAY DURING MY TIME AT THE SCHOOL?
Accommodation is available at a nearby guest house. For more details please check the local Guest House Page and make a reservation.
WHERE CAN I EAT?
Within a 5-minute walk from the school there are many local Thai restaurants which vary in cost, and offer a wide range of foods. If you would like to cook for yourself, please check first with Khun Nui (guesthouse owner) as there are some special rooms with that option.
ARE THERE ANY SUPERMARKETS WHERE I CAN BUY MY OWN FRESH FOOD?
Big Yes!! Mae Taeng is a great place to buy fresh food. Almost every day local farmers come to sell fresh fruits and vegetables in street markets. The food is very inexpensive and there is a great variety of local organic produce. There are also several supermarkets and convenience stores within a short walking distance from the guest house.
WHERE CAN I EXCHANGE MONEY?
There are few ATM machines near the Muay Thai Sangha School where they accept Visa or Mastercard. As well as a few banks where you can exchange money at international market rates.
WHAT KIND OF VISA DO I NEED FOR TRAVEL TO THAILAND?
We recommend that you speak to your country’s Thai consulate and become aware of the up to date visa laws relating to your nationality. There is an immigration office in Chiang Mai, one kilometer from the Chiang Mai airport – some nationalities may be able to extend their Visa from there.
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN TRAINING FIGHTERS?
Yes. I have trained a World Champion, few American Champions while living in the USA. Here in Thailand, I have trained many professional Thai and foreign fighters.
CAN YOU TRAIN ME FOR A FIGHT?
Although I have trained people for fights in the past, our programs are more focused on developing strong physical attributes (coordination, stamina, etc.), overcoming fear, and cultivating the skills necessary for self-defense. Only if the person has proven himself ready, physically and mentally for competition, will we consider bringing him into the ring.
HOW CAN I CONTINUE LEARNING AFTER THE COURSE?
The Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts School has a free YouTube channel: Pedro Solana where you can continue learning online.