Ajarn Phil Nurse

Ajarn Philip Nurse is a traditional Muay Thai master who strategically marries the footwork of Mohammed Ali with crafty execution to create one of the most exciting and effective forms of Muay Thai practiced today. Ajarn Phil’s strength is in the application of the philosophy that his fighters should be conditioned and ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Ajarn Phil combines the sophisticated use of leverage and bodyweight along with clinch work to make his fighters tactically valuable on the inside while enabling them to be able to avoid and initiate takedowns. His camp, Wat, is renowned for their offensive and defensive use of clinch work in competitive arenas. The exposure to Asian, European , and American Muay Thai has enhanced Ajarn Phil’s reputation as a trainer and teacher whose skill is unsurpassed over a career spanning over 30 years.

At the age of 17 Ajarn Phil began his formal training as a Nak Muay [Thai Fighter] in the UK. His training has taken him from Europe to the camps of Thailand where he has lived and trained alongside other professional Thai fighters. Through dedication and hard work, Phil rose through the ranks of Muay Thai becoming the European and British Welterweight Champion. Ajarn Phil’s Muay Thai record to date is 32-3-0 with 15 of his wins by way of knock out, he also has a 14-3-0 professional boxing record with 6 KOs. He holds 3 title belts: European Light Welterweight Champion, Double British Champion, and British All Styles Super Light Welterweight Champion. As a Nak Muay Ajarn Phil has fought professionally in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, & the US.

Muay Thai & MMA

Muay Thai is the National Sport of Thailand commonly referred to in English as Thai Boxing, the correct translation would be Thai Fighting as the martial art uses 8 limbs (including elbows and knees). Muay Thai further enlists kicking, clinching (grappling), knee and elbow striking as well as boxing making a very effective and practical martial art and taking it beyond traditional boxing or kickboxing. It originated over 3000 years ago and has evolved from military origins into the vastly popular international sport that it is today. Muay Thai provides the basis for the standup component in nearly all Mixed Martial Arts events. From Glory to UFC the top competitors seek to improve their standup skills by learning from traditional Muay Thai masters.

Ajarn Phil’s Unique Style

Ajarn Phil is a traditional Muay Thai artist who combines Ali’s footwork with strategic fakes to create one of the most exciting and effective forms of Muay Thai. His camp, Wat, is renowned for their effective offensive and defensive use of clinch work. He employs sophisticated use of leverage and bodyweight along with the art of clinch work to make his fighters just as effective on the inside as they would be if they were kicking or punching an opponent from the outside. Ajarn Phil is an active trainer who doesn’t ask his fighters to perform a task that he can’t do. His exposure to Asian, European and American Muay Thai has built his reputation as a trainer and teacher unsurpassed with a career spanning over 27 years. He maintains a philosophy of keeping his fighters conditioned and ready to fight at a moments notice. He has worked with and developed 20 Muay Thai Champions. He has also been sought out by a Former WBA World Featherweight Boxing Champion, the number one contender for a UFC Welterweight Title, and is frequented by Hollywood’s A list when they’re on the east coast and seeking advanced training. Because of his proven track record, his tremendous work ethic, and unblemished integrity, Ajarn Phil is currently being sought out by several MMA Contenders and Champions in various weight classes and organizations.

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.

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