West Martial Arts
CLASSES AT CORNELL
is Thai Boxing?
Thai at Cornell University
This system is sometimes referred to as Thai Boxing, known in Thailand
as Muay Thai. Developed from the unique culture of Thailand, Muay
Thai is a unique blend of art, science and sport. The Thai art is
a very powerful ring fighting method, yet is also an excellent form
of physical conditioning and self defense. The fighting techniques
taught in Thai Boxing include: the sweet science of western boxing
, elbow strikes, knee strikes, and the powerful Thai style of kicking.
this combined with the unique training method and strong discipline,
makes Thai Boxing one of the most effective systems in the world!
The system taught at Cornell University is the form taught to Kevin
Seaman by Master Surachai Sirisute, President of the Thai Boxing Association
of the USA and known by many as the father of Thai Boxing in the United
States. The Thai Boxing Association USA is over 30,000 strong with
branches in most states throughout the United States.
Kevin Seaman earned his KRU or instructor level certification and
was appointed as New York State representative for the TBA in 1988.
To date, 23 instructors have been certified from the East West Academy
Cortland Branch (two from Cornell) to help spread and promote the
art of Thai Boxing throughout the northeast. The discipline of the
Cortland Branch staff and students earned them the honor of the #1
Thai Boxing Association USA school in the country for 1998. KRU Seaman
has taught Thai Boxing to and trained State, Regional and International
Champions and competitors in the USMTA, IKBA and UFC.
Bartels Hall Gym
COURSE FEE: $99.00+
$20.00 Equipment Fee (collected in class by the instructor)
What Will I Learn?
Boxing Technique - One of the keys to being
excellent at anything is a complete understanding of what you are
doing, how to do it best and why you are doing it a specific way.
The instructors at East West Martial Arts have all been tested and
certified personally by the President and founder of the Thai Boxing
Association of the USA, Master Surachai Sirisute. You will be guided
through the essential aspects of the sport as we help you to find
the peak of your personal potential. These are the qualities that
make Thai Boxing the choice striking system for the all the top champions
in the UFC, K-1 and all high level Professional Martial Athletes!
Knowledge of How and Where to Strike your Attacker -
The truly amazing aspect of Thai Boxing is how quickly one is able
to disable. Thai fighters are known for the crippling power of their
leg kicks. A single, properly placed kick or knee strike to the nerve
in your leg is so devastating, it can put even the largest opponent
to the ground. This makes Thai Boxing excellent for self defense.
If an attacker can’t get up, he certainly can’t chase
you, and will have difficulty getting away leaving the scene of the
crime. Flashy kicks to the head look great, but rarely work on the
street. You’ll learn what works and what doesn’t .
and Conditioning - A quick assessment of any
ring competitor brings you to the conclusion that they are in great
physical condition. Although you may have no intention of fighting
in the ring, through a structured program, you can develop the amazing
speed, strength, power and conditioning of a Thai Boxer.
the Explosive Power of a Thai Fighter - You
will learn the secret to using your full body weight and the application
of torque to multiply the power of your strikes. Learn the ways the
experts in the Thai martial arts use their bodies “natural weapons”
with devastating results. We will practice some of the most effective
techniques over and over, until they are delivered with explosive
power and are second nature.
in Combination - Have you ever seen the blinding
speed of a boxer delivering a combination on an overwhelmed opponent?
The delivery of a smooth, powerful combination of kicks, knees and
punches is used to help the student of Thai Boxing develop continuity
Training - The Thai training method is similar
to boxing in that we use equipment to develop ourselves. Thai kicking
pads, boxing focus mitts, and the heavy bag all play an important
role in developing the student through a realistic application of
full contact equipment training.
Through Discipline - Students of Thai Boxing
will see great improvement and effectiveness in a very short time.
The reason we focus on the aspect of discipline is to complete the
circle of the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit. This is essential
to the personal development of the student of Thai Boxing.
Kevin Seaman with his Thai Boxing instructor, Ajarn Surachai Sirisute
This is What the Students
I truly enjoyed the
opportunity to work with one of the BEST instructors I have ever met.
Kevin's knowledge, enthusiasm, overall passion for what he teaches
and truly believes in is evident. I highly recommend this class for
anyone looking to challenge themselves physically and mentally.
(former New York State diving champion)
I would highly recommend
Thai Boxing. It’s a great workout. I felt like a million dollars
for the rest of the day after a class. I also learned valuable skills
for self-defense and gained and appreciation for this discipline and
Thai culture. it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!
This class was always exciting to attend. The instructor was very
enthusiastic, always prepared and knowledgeable about the subject.
I always knew I would have a good time in class and that it would
be a great way to tunnel my aggression and relieve some stress!
was absolutely excellent. I felt that I was exposed to a good base
of knowledge about not only the sport but Thai culture as well. I
looked forward to coming to class each week because of Kevin’s
enthusiasm for the sport and teaching.
Kevin is an amazing
teacher, and capable of teaching all students at their own level.
This class has been absolutely amazing. I have learned a lot - both
in Thai boxing and basic self-defense. The workout is also really
great and very effective. Leaving the class I always feel a sense
of empowerment and strength. Taking this class has been the best part
of my semester and I would love to do it again!
This course was energizing, and I feel like I have a better understanding
of Thai Boxing as well as self-defense.
I had a great time with this course. I wish we had gotten to do more
rounds. It would be nice if a continuation of this class was offered
Excellent course. I really enjoyed learning the basic moves in kickboxing.
However, I would definitely have to recommend an intermediate level
class that includes sparring.
This is a great course
for people who have gotten sick of “kickboxing” fitness
classes and want to do something more real and more intense.
This class was great. I really enjoyed learning and fighting. The
course really gives you a different outlook on self-defense, conditioning,
and life as a whole.
This class has really generated self-interest in martial arts as well
as boxing. It is a completely different form of conditioning than
I was used to and it compelled me to practice such techniques on my
own time. I even bought my own boxing gloves to use in my personal
time. I think this was a great way to combine two completely different
fighting styles and helped increase my flexibility and focus in training.
Not only was this course a great workout, but it allowed me to learn
basic self-defense and a unique martial art. after taking this course
I feel more physically confident.
More than anything else, this course gave me a certain self-confidence
when I walk down the street. I feel a bounce in my step and I also
feel more energized. And I enjoyed learning about boxing, something
I’ve never seriously thought about before.