Beginner Muay Thai

This class covers the very basics of Muay Thai, focusing on traditional technique as well as strength and conditioning.

Beginners are required to take this class before moving onto other classes in Muay Thai.

Here you will explore:
Basic Footwork (Basic ring movement)
Basic Striking (Hand, feet, elbow, and knee)
Clinch Work (Close quarters fighting using striking and grappling)
Strength and Conditioning for Muay Thai

A sport, a martial art and undeniably an art form, the combative science of Muay Thai, known throughout the world as Thai boxing, is the national sport of Thailand. The roots of Muay Thai reach back thousands of years, and the history of Muay Thai is an important link to the history of Thailand. The Royal Thai Army has always used Muay Thai to protect Thailand's borders from invaders. Muay Thai is most effective in hand to hand combat and utilizes all the body's natural weapons.

From powerful punches, furious kicks, piercing knee strikes to crushing elbows and skillful grappling, Muay Thai has it all.

Inter/Advanced Muay Thai

This class takes all of the techniques of traditional Muay Thai and translates them to live sparring and fighting situations.

Students who feel comfortable in the Beginner Muay Thai class are encouraged to develop their skill-set here to broaden their understanding of the sport.

In this class, not only will you learn from world class instructors, but you will also learn from your fellow teammate's knowledge within the sport.

Practitioners of Muay Thai, known as Nak Muay, have proven the effectiveness of their art in competitions around the world. Men, women, and children in over 80 countries have turned to Muay Thai as an effective means developing physical fitness and effective self-defense techniques. Its devastating effectiveness has gained the respect of martial artists worldwide.

The Muay Thai Clinch

One of the most distinctive aspects of Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts, and one of the most unappreciated, is the clinch.

In Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts the clinch is an martial art in itself. Generally people think of the clinch as being the same as in western boxing, where it is used to tie up an opponent to stop further punishment. Here, it's quite the opposite.

The clinch is a devastating aspect of Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts, where a fight can be quickly finished with this form of close quarters combat. The clinch is all about distance and control, and can be used offensively or defensively.

In this class students will further their knowledge of the clinch and close quarters fighting. Students will sharpen their offensive arsenal using knees, elbows, trips, and throws. They will also broaden their defensive skill set with blocks, bridges, and positional control.

Mixed Martial Arts

While the concept of an unrestricted, one-on-one fight as a proving ground for martial artists had existed for centuries, such competitions were virtually non-existent in the United States until 1993, when the first Ultimate Fighting Championship aired. Since then, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has transformed into the fast growing combat sport on the planet.

As the name suggests, mixed martial arts allows competitors to draw upon techniques from a wide range of martial arts; strikes with the hands, feet, elbows and knees are allowed, along with throwing and grappling techniques usually drawn from wrestling, judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

During MMA classes, students are taught how to integrate the knowledge they've gained from Muay Thai, BJJ, and Boxing into a complete strategy for MMA competition. Students also receive instruction in techniques or strategies unique to MMA.

Classes use a combination of technical instruction and drilling, followed by sparring to allow students to apply their techniques against a live opponent.

No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The general theory of the centuries has been that in combat, a stronger, more aggressive foe will try to take you to the ground by throws, trips and other methods, get on top of you and pound on you. Grappling, in its many forms, seeks to solve this problem, particularly for a smaller, weaker defender by using body positioning, leverage and fulcrum to obtain a dominant position and submit your opponent through joint locks, cranks, chokes and other manipulations and in most cases without causing serious harm to the aggressor.

The submissions themselves work by utilizing the body's range of motion against itself. The human body, no matter how flexible, has only a limited capacity for extension and rotation in its joints and bones. After that point tears, hyperextensions and breaks occur. In a grappling class you practice different submission holds from a variety of positions with a partner. Training is almost impossible without partners to practice the intricacies of each hold. Victory is achieved when your partner or opponent submits or "taps out" (a non-verbal way to end a fight by tapping your hand on your opponent or the ground) from a submission. In sport competition you may also win by a judge's decision based on your control of position and your opponent, without having to win by submission.

All technique training is then followed by "live" sparring sessions or "rolling." During a roll you and your fellow student help to train each other by actually competing against each other, giving resistance and trying to escape. This training happens at the end of every class and is essential to the student's growth in the sport by not only training the body, but the mind as well against someone who is actively trying to beat you. It is in this way you are able to use your techniques and practice your strategies for setting them up. You also learn about your own defenses and escapes. Finally this session gives the student the opportunity to push the envelope and attempt techniques and strategies that may be too advanced at the time. You can never learn unless you try. No one "loses" during rolling, the student may submit but they gain knowledge either way and just move on to the next match.

We all train each other. Victory comes in competition.


Boxing in the western world traces its history back to ancient Greece; believing that the gods themselves engaged in fisticuffs, the ancient Greeks added it to the Olympic Games in 688 BC. Since then, boxing has evolved through a variety of rules and styles. Modern boxing can be traced the Marquess of Queensberry rules established in 1867.

During the Industrial Revolution, prizefighting became a common sport of the working class. Many fought as a means of making money, seeking to elevate themselves or their families out of poverty. In 1908, amateur boxing was reintroduced to the Olympic Games, bringing the Grecian tradition full circle.

Today, boxing is widely recognized as a powerful and effective combat sport. Modern boxing focuses on developing powerful, precise punching, skillful footwork and evasive abilities, and a "never say die" mentality. Along with Muay Thai, Wresting, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, it is considered one of the key training methods for Mixed Martial Arts practitioners.

Private Sessons

Private training with Neil LeGallo offers students an opportunity to work with a coach in a one-on-one, personalized training session. These sessions allow the coach to focus directly on the student's needs or interests, at a pace that is comfortable and effective for the student.

Private sessions can be taken as an adjunct to group classes, or as a stand-alone training program. Sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the student and instructor, making them an excellent option for students with busy or difficult schedules.

Along with Muay Thai Private sessions with Neil LeGallo, Private lessons are available for all of the styles taught at Sityodtong North Shore. Throughout the year, Private sessions are also offered by a variety of guest instructors and professionals.

To schedule a Private Session, call us at 978-922-0100 or e-mail us.