People looking for a different form of fitness can try muay thai in Cobram.JEMIMA LEWIS November 6, 2013 4:10am
Members of Cobram Muay Thai: Jake Eddy, Phil Gilfillan, Stephanie Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Koby Withers, Brooklyn Ellis, Darren Withers, Kallum Simpson, Josie Franco and Will Simpson.
Daniel Ellis is the head trainer at Cobram Muay Thai, part of the Bob Jones Corporation Muay Thai, a Westernised form of self-defence.
Muay thai is the national martial art of Thailand and is comprised of using weapons for self-defence.
‘‘Like all martial arts, it’s for self-confidence,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘We don’t promote violence — but it’s good to know how to defend yourself. Discipline and respect play a very important role in all classes.’’
Cobram Muay Thai classes are held every Tuesday night at Cobram Showground’s art and craft pavilion.
Children train from 5.30
‘‘Even if it’s something you’ve never done before you can walk in, come down and have a look — and 99 per cent of people who come down have a go and love it,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘It’s definitely hard work — I had never done anything like it before.’’
Ellis’ involvement with the sport began through work about six-and-a-half years ago.
‘‘I’m a baker and my boss was the head instructor at the time. He told me to come down and have a go — I haven’t looked back since.’’
Ellis has been the head instructor for about 12 months and is aiming to build the sport in Cobram.
‘‘Getting it out there — that’s my biggest problem because nobody really knows we have it here in Cobram and have the facilities,’’ Ellis said.
All are welcome to give the martial arts sport a go with Ellis suggesting people may be pleasantly surprised.
‘‘It’s not a typical testosterone-filled place — in fact there are probably more female than male students,’’ Ellis said.
The first night for new students is free, with classes $8 for children and $10 for adults.
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