The Wat – Muay Thai Gym NYC

Welcome to The Wat

WAT (meaning “Temple” in Thai). We are New York City’s premier authentic Muay Thai and Boxing Gym. Home of the Muay Thai Champion, Master Kru Phil Nurse. Master Kru Phil Nurse brings his unique yet practical application of Muay Thai to a holistic approach of living, finding inner and outer balance. The Kru PHILosophies we teach are unique because they strive to stimulate your body and your mind. Our expectations of you are high because we believe that you can do things that you never imagined- whether it’s push-ups, jumping rope, clinch or even fighting. Always ask questions, engage with your fellow students and be ready to see results!

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Latest News


Muay Thai Bride

Posted on 04/17/2015

Team Wat member Mina Kao was featured in the New York Times article "Muay Thai Bride". It documents her love story as well as touches on her dedication to the sport she loves. Any guy that can deal with his girlfriend going...Read More


He Turned Me into a Champion

Posted on 07/04/2014

Women’s Fitness Magazine, March 2014, By Shelley Levitt Four years ago Laurie Hyacinthe was looking for a way to blow off steam from the pressures of her dental residency when she took her first class at the Wat, a gym in downtown...Read More

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Training Bags

Banana bags are named after their shape. They are longer and slimmer than the typical American boxing heavy bags.  The banana bag’s shape allows users to practice high, body, and especially low kicks accurately.

American heavy bags are wider and more stout than their thai counterparts. This allows a focus on boxing combinations as well as body and high kicks.  The added mass helps to build power in strikes.