Posted On:3/03/2010 5:43am
Style: Muay Thai
So I'm looking at moving halfway across the world to Portland, Oregon.
I currently train and fight Muay Thai. I'd like to keep doing this, but from what I can tell, Portland isn't a huge MT town. It does, however, offer some pretty amazing MMA opportunities. And although I'd prefer to continue training and fighting at a serious Thai-style fight gym like the one I'm at over here, I'd RATHER train at a serious MMA fight gym and probably give up fighting for now (I'm a 50kg female and have never been any good at grappling and really just prefer stand-up fighting) than at a mediocre/karate-style Muay Thai gym.
I'm not a n00b and have done the requisite Google-fu-ing, but it's hard to know who's talking crap and who is just focussing more on their MMA/BJJ stuff because it's more marketable, so I'd love to hear from anyone who has actual first-had experience/knowledge of the scene there.
Are there any decent/serious MT gyms there (i.e. has a fight team, trainers who know how to hold pads properly, spars regularly, clinches regularly, uses/teaches proper Thai technique)? Do any of the good MMA gyms have Muay Thai training that isn't just "Muay Thai FOR MMA"? Or would I be better off just throwing in the whole MT thing for a while to start MMA/BJJ from scratch?
Enquiring minds want to know.
Posted On:3/03/2010 10:13pm
It's been about 4 years since I lived in Portland, so my info is not the most current, but there was Team Quest in Beaverton for your "serious MMA gym". I trained at a place called "North West Fighting Arts", which was a cool place, but it doesn't sound like it'd be your speed in terms of intensity. It did offer Muay Thai, but it wasn't a "Thai style" gym.
We used to have a pretty good group up in Portland. Feedback (a bullshido member) still posts here on occasion. You may send him a PM and see where he trains, or if he has some more current info.
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Posted On:3/03/2010 10:15pm
Style: comparison shopping
There's an SBGi there http://www.sbgi-pdx.com/
Posted On:3/03/2010 10:18pm
Oh yeah, totally forgot about SBG.
Posted On:5/19/2010 12:44pm
Style: Boxing and BJJ
I train at NWFA now, but I hear that a Muay Thai gym just opened up somewhere in town. It's called Portland Thai Boxing. I read about it in Portland Tribune, they said the address is like NE 600 Couch st. I could be wrong about it, but if I'm not check it out and let us know about it.
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Posted On:5/19/2010 6:10pm
Style: Submission Grappling
OK, the club is called Portland Thai Boxing http://www.portlandthaiboxing.com/PDXMuayThai/Home.html
I called and spoke to the head coach Jeremy Wijers. I mostly asked him about the curriculum, and whether it was a pure Muathai gym or a JKD place. He told me that they have some Kali and BJJ but it is his gym and he is pure MT.
I asked him some questions about other trainers and associations just to make sure he knows who is who, and what is what. He sounds like a competant trainer who knows his ****.
The number is 503-841-8591 in Portland.
His guys compete and they run smokers in the gym. Seems like a good match.
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Posted On:5/20/2010 12:08am
This above post is why Bullshido is awesome.
Posted On:5/21/2010 1:46pm
That's good news about Portland Thai Boxing, hopefully that's what you're looking for Retrograde
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