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Anthony Ruano

15 August 2019

Hands down the best Muay Thai gym you can find in the area!! The instructors are very humble and knowledgeable, with years of experience. The atmosphere when you first walk in is soothing and friendly! Definitely would recommend joining and becoming part of the family!! More...

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Mr DuNyce

30 June 2019

Challenging workouts, solid instruction and great team environment... the coaches are awesome...intense, caring and friendly. I highly suggest this camp.

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Gautam Jain

30 May 2019

Cannot recommend 8 Venoms Muay Thai highly enough. Kru Gian and Kru Joe know their striking explaining every step of why they use this strike, the movement, and the mechanics. They mix up the best of boxing, dutch kickboxing, and classic muay thai to give you the best of everything. They are both super knowledgeable and extremely funny as well. They also have the perfect balance of martial arts discipline and fun. They work you out, teach technique and always come around to make sure you are doing it correctly. There is also a great sense of community; even from my first trial class, other students were already ingratiating me, introducing themselves, and having conversations. Kru Gian also makes himself completely available answering as many questions as you have, even the billion I had for him. Having been to other striking/kickboxing/karate programs, 8 venoms is the best I have seen. I cannot speak highly enough. Highly highly recommend! More...

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kyle hong1229

30 May 2019

It’s teaches tae Kwon do in the morning to the afternoon and Muay Thai at night, the people are nice and welcoming, amazing skills, great workouts, and the best place to learn martial arts

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Karter J

30 May 2019

Don’t think twice, just start, we know you want to.Quoting Shia Lebœuf: “JUST DO IT”.

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Krishna Botla

30 April 2019

First timer to Muay Thai and love it so far! Gian, Joe and other instructors are super helpful, they are always pushing you to your limits and also giving you feedback along the way to get your game right. Also, people are really nice which adds to the incredible training experience! Highly recommend! More...

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Eric Oleka

30 March 2019

I recently signed up to this gym and all I can say is that it’s amazing. You learn so much in such a short amount of time and it’s also fun. You’re guaranteed to leave drenched with sweat after every session. The instructors are great and very easy to talk to. Very knowledgeable staff, gym is a must try! More...

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Brandon J. Castro

30 March 2019

Teachers are absolutely amazing and everyone comes out learning something. A highly positive learning environment and not too strict either would recommend to anyone looking for self defense.

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Sana Rahman

30 March 2019

This was my first experience with any type of Martial Arts and to say I was nervous is an understatement... But from the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed. Everyone is like one big family here. We all push, motivate, and help each other do our best. Kru Gian and Joe both are patient, clearly passionate, and are highly effective teachers. Every thing from the intense workout, to seeing improvements in your form and technique, to forming friendships with the classmates, is such a rewarding experience. I am so glad I did my research and chose 8venoms as my class! More...

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Michael Semon

30 March 2019

When I walked in, I wasn’t even considering doing it, I was just checking it out. When I did the free class, my mind was changed almost instantly. Not only is everyone very accepting, but the program is one of the best workouts you’ll ever get and the instructors know what they’re talking about. 10/10. More...

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Christian Veras

30 March 2019

I went from western style boxing for 8 years, to proudly making the change towards a different style of martial arts. I did my research on Muay Thai before making my choice on whether to continue on with boxing or make a massive change to what I was acustomed to. During my free week, I was welcomed by a tough friendly humble team of men and women, they respected my style and gave me the proper tips to utilize my hand throwing skills into a proper traditional Muay Thai style, it’ll be a little tough getting used to, but I made the choice and I’m not backing down from it, especially with their sincere supporting. Crew Gian greeted me with much love and respect towards my boxing style, he motivates the team, including myself to push through the rigorous workouts we go through each day, along with his thoroughness upon teaching the techniques. I also had the pleasure of meeting Crew Joe who displays a stern yet comedic vibe to the class to keep it alive but working hard, his teachings on technique are tough with no sugarcoating if you don’t perform correctly which in my opinion is much needed when it comes to martial arts. Upon completeing my free week I can see Crew Gian & Crew Joes style of training is right up my ally, along with the other supporting advanced students that will help you polish whatever they see you may need help on, bottom line they treat you like family, doesn’t matter if you never threw a punch, or a kick or if you a different of previous martial arts experience, no one is left out. I’am proud to be apart of this family and I’m sticking with them till the end. More...

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Max Bidnyk

28 February 2019

Professional, fun environment with enthusiasm from the instructors. From instantaneously knowing all students' names, to the effectiveness and variety of their teaching methods, always leading by example.

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Karen Suter

30 January 2019

I never had any experience in a martial art before I started 8 venoms. I was extremely intimidated but immediately was so relieved when I realized I was walking into a supportive, friendly , judgment free atmosphere. The instructors are super nice and want to see each student succeed and grow. This is not only a gym but also a family. More...

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Liane Cabana

30 January 2019

I’ve always loved martial arts, but I haven’t practiced in years. I wanted to get back into it, but I hadn’t for a long time because I’m naturally hesitant to work with groups of people I don’t know. I’ve been nervous about doing this for a long time, but after joining 8 venoms, I have to say that fear was totally unfounded. The people here are super welcoming, and encourage you to push yourself. The instructors, their assistants, and more advanced members of the class help mentor you, and help you improve. I’ve only been here for a little while but, I enjoy coming, and think it’s a great place to train and learn. More...

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Oscar Argueta

30 January 2019

8 venoms, the best Fam to train and learn more about Muay Thai

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Samantha Federico

30 January 2019

Highly recommend! Kru Gian and Kru Joe are so patient and welcoming. They are always pushing us way past our own goals and want to see us succeed! I started at 8 venoms about a month ago and was so intimidated at first having no prior material arts experience but I was welcomed by both instructors and students alike.8 venoms is already my muay thai family! I have already seen improvement in myself since first starting and cannot wait to see where the journey takes me! More...

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Samantha Federico

18 January 2019

I started at 8 Venoms just about a month ago with no previous material arts experience and I was so nervous about looking silly or not being able to keep up. This joury so far has been nourishing, motivational, challenging and fun! kru joe and kru gian along with the whole camp have made me feel welcomed into the muay thai family! Kru joe and Kru gian are both so patient, inspiring and talented. I came to muay thai with both fitness goals and self defense goals. I can already say I'm down three lbs, I'm stronger and have made much progress in my training since my first day. 8 venoms already is more than just training, they are a family! I wouldn't go anywhere else. More...

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Karen Elizabeth Suter

17 January 2019

Joining 8 Venoms was one of the best decisions I have ever made! i was extremely anxious starting a martial art for the first time but I was immediately welcomed so warmly by my isntructors and fellow students. Kru Gian and Kru Joe are super supportive and extremely patient and want each of us to improve and reach far beyond our goals. The students are so helpful and so engaged in the 8venoms community. This is not just an awesome Muay Thai gym but it’s also a family. More...

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Don Carlo Garcellano

30 September 2018

Love this place, definitely think I can learn and grow in this establishment. I will definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve themselves.

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Thelma Regodon

18 September 2018

Is thar your new place. Good for you and good luck.

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Edgar On

18 September 2018

Great Instructor, very knowledgeable and dedicated to what he loves to do " Muay Thai "
I definitely recommend it if you what to learn real Thai Boxing...

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Teneka Marks

18 September 2018

Excellent environment! Excellent Instructors! Instructor G genuinely cares about your training and improvement. Each session is high energy and keeps you on your toes.

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Lori Loverchio

18 September 2018

When I went for the introduction class. I was amazed, not only with Sir, on how he ran his class ( and mind you he had a broken wrist as well) but how everyone had this closeness with each other. They were willing to help, friendly, and the respect that they showed for each other. It is truly a family. More...

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Will Guerrero

18 September 2018

Was in between gyms trying to sharpen up my striking, 8 venoms Muay Thai has excellent / knowledgeable instruction, with a humble and welcoming atmosphere. This is the place to be.

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Dane Guerrero

18 September 2018

If you're looking for that real technical muay thai then this gym is for you. Coming from a boxing & mma background it's refreshing to be learning real technique wether you want to compete or not. Class is for all.

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Kelvin Guzmán

18 September 2018

Awesome instructor, focuses on finer details of technique like footwork, level change, timing, incorporating hips into striking, and much more. Very friendly and welcoming school. Highly recommended. It's hard to find great teachers in martial arts, but they got it. If you want to learn real muay thai, this is the place. More...

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Mario Garçia

18 September 2018

This place goes way deeper than the regular "If you're looking for a great workout + learn how to defend yourself this is the perfect place" type of school. Instructor Gian and the rest of the students will take you in as a family/team and gradually progress students from any level into their best form. The curriculum is detailed and engaging and is more than just a workout. I've known Gian as my coach for almost a year and a half now and his energy really drives you to do as best as you can. Give this place a shot and I'm sure you won't regret it. More...

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Laurence Jay Rivera

18 September 2018

Great workout and very humbling atmosphere. Definitely recommended to learn striking or get in shape.

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Jacquelin Carbonell

18 September 2018

If you want a place to learn a new skill and treat you like family come here. I cant say enough of the place my kids love it.

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Mikah Diaz

18 September 2018

Started my fitness journey last summer and was looking for a more fun and active way to reach goals. Joining 8 Venoms was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As soon as I stepped into the gym, I was greeted with two of the classes taking place and everyone was so respectful and working hard. They helped each other and were very welcoming to newcomers (such as myself). Instructor Gian made sure I was comfortable with each and everything we were doing - he was very encouraging and will motivate you. I can’t wait to continue training and I highly recommend others to join as well, no matter your age. More...

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Annie Lee

18 September 2018

After both my husband & son joined 8 Venoms, our family dynamics has improved so much. We talk about what our son (7 y/o) learned, make him demonstrate, and take turns practicing. My husband was out of the gym /fitness scene for years, and was looking for something he could do with our son. After looking at several schools- he was so excited about 8 Venoms. After observing 1 class with the kids , i saw what the hype was about. After only 1 month my husband has dropped a few pounds, fitting into his old clothes & always shares with me what he’s learning from Joe, Gian & Grace. My son can now jump rope way better than day 1, and has surprised us in his enthusiasm for sparring & not giving up on Jiu-Jitsu. If you are really ready to learn & start something new, and grow in personal development and look forward to progress, this is it. The skills & strategies being taught here with this amount of passion & drive cannot be found elsewhere. Thanks so much, and also thanks to Shenelly & Hector for taking time to help with new students like my son with all your patience & understanding. I am 100% committed to helping my son be his personal best at this. More...

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Jennifer Taylor

18 September 2018

So glad i signed my daughter up at this school. The real deal !!!

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Javaughn Garvey-Graham

30 August 2018

Without a doubt the best fighting gym I've been to. The coaches are great instructors who can joke around but knows how to get serious during training. They're invested in getting the best out of everyone. The intructors are legitimately in love with the art of Muay thai and it shows every time during demonstrations. It also helps that the gym has a family friendy environment with down to earth training partners. More...

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Vaughn Bailey

30 August 2018

Training at 8 Venoms is undoubtedly an all around amazing experience. From the instructors to the students, everyone at the gym is welcoming. There are no separate cliques, from the minute you walk in its all love and respect for one another. Personally, this was a huge thing for me and it makes training with and getting to know one another 300 times easier. Ontop of that, passion and dedication thrive here. Gian, Grace and Joe all have an intense passion for Muay Thai and the students all feed off of and reciprocate this same energy. Its intense all around, and its a beautiful thing. I've been training for 3 months so far and have made tremendous progress and I don't plan on stopping, because the benefits apply not only on the mat, but also in daily day to day life. So if you're considering joining I'd say don't wait, just take the dive. More...

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Mikah Diaz

30 August 2018

8 Venoms is definitely one of the best martial arts gyms you could ever go to! It has a welcoming atmosphere that makes your experience worth while. The array of students is diverse and individuals of any age can sign up - They have children's classes and Adult classes!The teachers at 8 Venom - Instructor Gian, Kru Joe, and Instructor Grace - help each and everyone of their students become stronger mentally and physically. They will never force you into doing something you are not ready or comfortable with, like sparring, but they will challenge you and push you closer to your goals. They have a passion for the art of Muay Thai and you can really see it in their personalities and their teachings. Not only are they passionate but they also have fun with it! I feel as though this is a crucial aspect to all instructors.I am one of the younger students at the gym (17) and I never felt out of place here. Everyone works hard to better improve themselves and to help others reach their goals; no matter how much skill they have in Muay Thai. The more experienced students even go out of their way to help others train after class and answer any questions they may have.There are no "groups", everyone is like one big family and respect one another!So wether you start with little to no experience, are looking to get back into martial arts, or are looking for a way to improve your fitness, This is definitely the place to go! So don't hesitate, schedule a free trial and join us! More...

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Anthony Fowler Jr

30 August 2018

Joining 8 venoms was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Instructors Gian and Joe are incredible at what they do. If you’re apprehensive or nervous, don’t be! This is the most welcoming, respectful, and supportive group of people I’ve done a group activitiy with. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join 8 venoms. More...

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Adrianne Sullivan

30 July 2018

This place is the best! All of the instructors are top of the line and have experience to back it up! My children have flourished under Kru Joe Cantrell and we are lucky to have the family atmosphere that makes the experience like no other.

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Shanelly Then

30 July 2018

Fighting is not just a test of physical strength, speed, or skill as much as it is a true test of your own mental strength. You will not find instructors that understand this and constantly push you to break your barriers like the ones at 8 venoms Muay Thai school. You can tell right from the start that these teachers are truly passionate about their craft and they pass that on to their students, who put in every ounce of heart every time they step onto the mat. This is a team built on the strong foundation of respect for one another and a genuine desire to see each other learn, grow, and achieve the things they never thought they could. The collective energy while everyone is training together is unreal.This practice is so much more than just a sport. Everything I learn on the mat I take with me and apply to everything I do. As a young individual trying to figure life out, this place has become more like home than home to me, and has allowed me to dive deeper into myself and move more bravely through the world before me. I honestly wish everyone knew about this place, because there is no where else like it. If you're still reading this, don't sleep on the opportunity to be a part of something so inexplicably amazing. Believe me, you will thank yourself for taking that uneasy leap of faith, and at 8 venoms it will only be the first of many! More...

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Christopher Kontakos

30 July 2018

I just transferred from a different school and I couldn’t be more happy with my first training session. Everyone is very welcoming and the environment is great. Class is intense and im looking forward to many more sessions. More...

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Blue Leo

30 July 2018

Great place to learn. The teacher are really nice and know there stuff. The price is good and the people in class with you are great and willing to help new people who just joined.

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will guerrero

30 July 2018

Was in between gyms trying to sharpen up my striking, 8 venoms Muay Thai has excellent / knowledgeable instruction, traditional and Dutch combo styles can’t go wrong. not to mention with a humble and welcoming atmosphere. This is the place to be. More...

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Richard Isaac

30 July 2018

No one and nothing is perfect, but this is as close as it gets. This isn’t a cardio kickboxing class either. All the instructors care about you and the progress you make. They push you beyond your limits each and every class. 8 venoms Muay Thai has a great, positive environment filled with wonderful people. More...

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Jacquelin Carbonell

30 July 2018

I was looking for something for my son that would keep him busy and include fitness so we gave this a try.This place is amazing from staff to training, this place is the best place i have stumbled online. I have even signed up my girls which all they ever done was dance and cheer and they love it and look foward to attending. Communication with Gian and staff is excellent. I right away knew this place isn't just a business, its a family and thats how they treat you. More...

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Aysia Salazar

30 July 2018

Joe is an amazing trainer! He is so kind and patient! Always willing to help you push through the extra mile!

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Justin DeMott

30 July 2018

Great class, with great people, and great energy! There is soooo much to learn. If you want to better yourself physicaly and mentally, while also learning a new skill AND self defense, I highly recommend giving it a shot. You can try a class for free to see if it's for you so there's nothing to lose, and so much to gain! More...

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Tony Park

30 July 2018

As an out of shape former martial artist I wanted to get back into fighting condition and I decided to take a free trial class at 8 Venoms - seriously one of the better decisions I've ever made. You can tell a lot about the quality of a martial arts school from the demeanor of the practitioners and I immediately noticed that the students were friendly, focused and highly respectful to one another and to the art of Muay Thai. All of this of course stems from head instructor Gian's excellent leadership and instruction, he really takes the time to demonstrate and explain the techniques while creating a fun, motivating atmosphere. No matter what your fitness or martial arts goals may be, 8 Venoms will help you reach them in a non-judgmental environment for people of every fitness level. I highly recommend you check out the free trial class for yourself! More...

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cezar fran

30 July 2018

great place to learn and grow. instructors are great.

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Rosemarie Polemeni

30 July 2018

Very professional and positive vibe. Instructors are upbeat and encouraging. They are also very available to answers questions. Would recommend to anyone that is looking for a great experience!!!! More...

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Candy Bruce

30 July 2018

Great training for adults and kids. This is the place you want for real Muay Thai training and discipline. I also Love the fact that my daughter loves her teacher Kru Joe. Win win..

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Ashley Abbott

30 July 2017

Absolutely fell in love with them on the first day! And they are really patient when coaching you. Can't wait for my next class already!

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Nick Meighan

30 July 2017

I went in for a free trial class and was very impressed. It was a really friendly environment and I learned a lot in my first class. Will definitely be returning.

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Brian Maliwanag

30 July 2017

I have been with instructor G and instructor Grace for about 7 months now. After not training for 8 years, they helped me fall in love with Muay Thai all over again. Their passion for the art is exhibited through the way they teach. They have proved time and time again that in addition to their structural and progressive formula translating to well executed Muay Thai, it also puts you in amazing shape and will increase self confidence, focus, and discipline. I have lost more than 15 pounds (a request of my doctor) since joining the program. The 8 venoms team is extremely welcoming. More...

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Ashley Lauren

30 July 2017

Review is a little late but I def wanted to shout this instructor out. Went to a Muay Thai seminar with Gian Grajales in August and he was great/professional. He worked us from start to finish and knows how to use time wisely. wish he taught at a gym closer to me so if ur close to this gym I would suggest enrolling! More...

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Javier Romero

30 July 2017

This is a great place for training, instructors are very professional and have great skills. I would strongly recommend to try it out. Everyone respects each other, and this creates a great learning atmosphere. More...

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Tanya Shetsen

30 July 2016

I only have great things to say and great experiences to share about this program. Muay Thai and the Coaches at 8 Venom's really helped change my life, physically, mentally, and helped me become a better person. Everyone is very kind, caring, and makes you feel like part of the family. I've been in the Martial Arts world since i was 5 and I've never had a coach engage and try to have his students strive toward their goals like Instuctor Gian does. He will work with you and help you achieve things you never thought you could do. When I first started I couldn't do one good push up. Now I'm banging out set after set, I was truly amazed with myself and the help I received from this program. If you want to learn self defense and have a great physical workout at the same time then I highly suggest you give this place a try. Even if you aren't looking for self defense, 8 Venom's Muay Thai will give you one of the hardest physical workouts you've had. 100% you wont regret trying out a class. More...

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Jonathan Kosinski

30 July 2016

Its been said time and time again that there are two keys to a good education- a productive environment to learn and a great teacher. This place has both in spades. I have been learning from and learning besides coach G for years, and he has always created a place where it is easy and safe to learn. Coach G will go the extra mile for you, and make you go the extra mile yourself (literally at many times!). If you are reading the reviews to see if it is time for a trial class, this is your calling- go try it! You will not be disappointed! More...

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Ed Greene

30 July 2016

I really enjoy the training at 8 Venoms. I started training in Muay Thai under Instructor Gian many years ago.Instructor Gian is a great teacher. Very technical and patient as well. Makes the students feel good about the classes. The students have a good chemistry and work to help each other out to become better practitioners. Recommend everyone who lives in the area to try taking classes at the Academy. More...

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Terry Han

30 July 2016

I joined to learn self defense and decrease stress and it did just that: self defense and decreased my stress. You get what you put into it, meaning it is a very rewarding class and results are visible.

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Mateo Marchi

30 July 2016

Before joining 8 venoms I practiced Jiu jistu and was looking for a place to train in a another martial art. When I stumbled upon this place, I've never met better people. The instructor and assistants are truly amazing. It's great for self defense, martial arts training, or just general fitness. I know a lot of people in the world, but love a small circle, when you join 8 venoms you are joining a family. It's a place where you can be at your worst point in life, yet you will still grow and be accepted by everyone. Everyone is welcoming and there to train and have a good time. I trained for 2 years at 8 venoms and never got tired of it. More...

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30 July 2016

1. FAMILY: When you join 8 Venoms Muay Thai, you become a family. You are there to support and help each other. You may find that if you sign up for a free trial that you become addicted in more ways than one, to the class and to the people. Your new teammates will be the ones asking if they'll see you next class, and part of the reason you say yes is because you don't want to disappoint them, and it happens in that split second after they ask the question when their face is bright with pure joy from the class and the suspense for your answer. You can't make new friends like this in a typical gym atmosphere and you sure as hell will never find the strength of a family like 8 Venoms Muay Thai.2. FEAR FACING: "Do one thing every day that scares you." - Eleanor RooseveltMuay Thai is a fighting sport. You will hit and get hit. 8 Venoms gets its name because Muay Thai is known as the Art of 8 Limbs: 2 fists, 2 elbows, 2 knees, and 2 shins. You will learn to use all of them. I'm a fear facer and a big believer in it. Do I get nervous? Yes. But that's the only way to get stronger.3. FITNESS: One aspect of Muay Thai among many that you can't get from a regular gym is that it's both a mental and physical exercise. I consider myself a forever student. If I'm not constantly learning something new, I start to get bored. I never would have dreamed that discovering Muay Thai would have been the absolute best gift I could have given myself for my recent birthday (Thanks Skylar B. who turned me onto it). I have been to many gyms: oldschool average joe's gyms, giant gym chains, boxing gyms, etc. Before this class, I considered myself to be healthy, very active, and pretty athletic, but damn, did I get a wake up call. The class starts with jump roping... Who knew that jump roping could be so hard?! I thought I was going to die the first few times. My legs were sore as hell. I guess lifting just can't get you there. Then there's cardio, core, and flexibility, which is awesome. I'm not too too bad on the cardio and core front, but I def. struggle and need improvement. I honestly thought I was a flexible human until now...wooweee, not so much. I think part of the reason I have trouble doing certain skills sometimes is because my hips are not at all used to turning over in such a way while the balls of my feet do something else and my arm is outstretched at the same time. I swear, at the least, Muay Thai will keep my body from getting old and decrepit. Then there's the lessons on different Muay Thai skills and techniques: boxing, kicks, defense, etc, which is really...4. FUN: Omg it's so much fun. Instructor Gian is extremely knowledgeable and cares about his students. His analogies and descriptions make everything really easy to understand. I partner with my sister sometimes and we have laughing fits. It's just fun to learn something new, practice it, and eventually get it right. I guess I should say it's funnier when you get it wrong and more rewarding when you get it right. I find myself even daydreaming about it, replaying skills I've learned in my head, and hoping that by thinking about it my body will react how I want it to (so far it doesn't, but I'm trying!). All skill levels are welcome. I am a giant newb right now. I hate it lol, and I'm determined to get better. There was a little kid in the class too and he could really hang with the rest of us. Then, there are also those who are really advanced. 8 Venoms is located in the FMA Center and the storefront is really deceiving. If you enter in the front, you go down the stairs and the place is huge. There's the front desk area, and a large viewing room, for anyone there who needs to wait. If you park in the back lot, you can enter that way and walk past the koi fish tank. The actual training space is very large with ample space to move around, and the 7:30 pm class times are also really convenient for me to make after work w/the option of the 1 class on Sat. Try it! More...

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kerwin flores

30 July 2016

I have been training at 8 Venoms for almost 2 years now. I have never done sports in my life besides going to the gym and lifting weights. It was one of the first times i tried something challenging and extremely different and i dont regret it. Ive never been in better shape, the people are awesome, Instructor G is always helpful and motivating. Its hard to want to work out at a regular gym after being so engaged in a class of Muay Thai. More...

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