What can I expect while training at AKA Thailand?
First and foremost, AKA Thailand was created to give the perfect experience while training in Thailand. Our CEO and founder, Mike Swick, has been a fighter in the UFC since 2005 and has been training in Thailand since 2000. AKA Thailand is the creation of what he feels is an absolute dream gym. The perfect gym that he would of loved to train at in the many years he has travelled to the land of smiles. Whether you are an athlete, a trainer, a fitness enthusiast or just someone who wants to get in shape or lose a few pounds, AKA Thailand will give you the results you want, and an experience that you will never forget.
Located in a beautiful mountainous jungle environment, AKA Thailand has some of the best views of any gym in Thailand. While training Muay Thai in the rings or doing bag work, you will be completely at peace as you see and smell the serene lush jungle around you.
As far as the training, AKA Thailand offers many programs to give you the results you desire. We have recruited some of the best Muay Thai trainers from all over Thailand to train our guests. Many World Champions are eager and ready to make sure you are on top of your game. The MMA program is headed up by 14 time UFC veteran Mike “Quick” Swick. Mike has trained at the legendary AKA gym in San Jose for over a decade and has witnessed many young fighters walk through the doors with little to no MMA experience and then grow to become super stars and Champions. Mike brings that same successful curriculum to AKA Thailand to recruit and train fighters on a global scale. The AKA Thailand MMA and BJJ program is housed inside of one of Thailand’s largest matted training areas. Over 3000 square feet of mat space to ensure our guests have plenty of training room, no matter how big the classes are. Our 5,000 square foot MMA/BJJ facility is A/C cooled and equipped with top of the line Dollamur training mats, ensuring that we have one of the safest and most comfortable training rooms in Thailand. We also have another
How can I fight for, and represent, Team AKA?
Mike will be recruiting fighters full-time. If you train hard and have the potential, Mike and Javier will allow you on the team to represent AKA . While on the Team, you must continue to train hard and give us everything you have on a daily basis.
Where are you located?
Good question and something you will need to learn! In order to obtain our quiet and beautiful location, we had to build slightly off the beaten path. Please check out our Location section to get versed on how to find us.
What are the training prices?
AKA Thailand has many programs and packages to choose from. Please check out our Pricing section.
How will I get around the island and see the sites?
Our experienced staff will help you take care of all your needs. Whether you need a moped or car we can get you situated with a rental. We also have a tourism specialist that can go over all the local sites and attractions with you. If you have questions or need assistance now, please use our contact page.
Can I have a Muay Thai or MMA fight in Thailand while training at AKA Thailand?
Yes you can, but only if you follow the fighter training schedule and diet. Many gyms around the world prematurely throw fighters into the ring when they are not prepared. If you are going to represent and fight for AKA , you have to train properly. When you train the right way, you will feel more confident and have better performances. Taking a fight too early can cause enormous consequences in your future fighting career.
AKA Thailand will also hold monthly, onsite, events in which you will be able to test your skills in a Muay Thai or MMA fight. These will be closer to a sparring session, rather than a pro fight, but will surely give you experience and confidence in your abilities.
Where can I stay while training at AKA Thailand?
We have partnered with many local hotels, resorts and bungalows to ensure that our guests have a close, safe and clean place to stay. You can see our Accommodation Page.
We are also in the process of building onsite accommodations that will create a community right on the property. When construction is completed, you will be able to live, eat and train all inside of AKA Thailand’s 3 acre facility.
Is this a tourist attraction or a real fight camp?
We are actually both! AKA Thailand is AKA’s global home in Asia. Some of you may have heard of AKA before but if not, maybe you have heard of Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, Kyle Kingsbury, Mike Kyle, Trevor Prangley and Paul Buentello among many others. These guys all made their names while training at AKA. Other top MMA fighters have moved to AKA to improve on an already impressive career and skill set. Some of these guys are BJ Penn, Frank Shamrock, Gray Maynard, Phil Baroni, Marius Zaromski’s, Tyson Griffin, Todd Duffe, Riki Fukuda and even Football star and Olympian Herschell Walker. Herschell trained at AKA and had 2 successful Pro MMA bouts after deciding to become a professional MMA Fighter.
AKA has been voted by many as the best MMA gym in the world. Unarguably, AKA has built more MMA stars and Champions from the ground up than any gym or team on earth. Guys like Cain Velasquez came into AKA in 2006 and in only 6 years, became the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold also came into AKA with no previous MMA experience and are both now top 10 fighters. Young fighters such as Josh Thomson, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and Mike Swick all came in with very little MMA experience.
The pro fighter training at AKA is notoriously hard, but gets results. If you have the fortitude to get through this level of training, you will see vast improvements in your fighting career. When the time comes to get you the big fights, AKA has the ability to get you the opportunities you deserve in the biggest shows on earth.
Even though Muay Thai is not the same style as MMA, the AKA conditioning and curriculum will put you on a higher level in Muay Thai. We adapt the fighter training schedule and conditioning drills to any style to make sure you are more than prepared when you get inside the ring. You will be more confident, as you will be fighting in the best shape of your life.
What skills do I need before training at AKA Thailand?
You don’t need any skills or experience for any of our programs! We have beginner classes in every area to make sure you learn the basics before you progress. We have many guests that are just here looking to try something new and exciting while vacationing in paradise.
What should I bring with me?
When you come to AKA Thailand, we ask that you just bring workout clothes and a positive attitude! Everything that you need for training is also available for sale in our showroom pro shop. Gloves, headgear, shin pads, wraps, mouth pieces, cups, shirts, shorts and Gi’s. We also have all the supplements and vitamins you would need as well as fresh made protein shakes and healthy snacks.