About JAI

What:

“JAI” is a Thai word which translates into: Strength of heart, body and soul. It represents who we are and what we aspire to hep our students achieve. At JAI, we teach Thai Boxing in a positive and encouraging way, while honouring its traditional values of respect and humility. But it’s not all work and no play! We believe in injecting healthy doses of Thai-style cheekiness and fun into every workout.

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Who:

Each of our staff epitomises the “JAI” spirit through our love for Thai Boxing and a genuine desire to pass on our skills to our students

Our mission:

To provide a modern, fully equipped Thai Boxing training facility where students can reap the physical and mental reward of the art of Thai Boxing.

 

History of JAI – founders message

In early 2009, I had a dream. The dream was to bring some of Thailand’s best trainers and fighters across the world to New Zealand, where kiwis could learn Thailand’s national sport from its ambassadors.  We would work together in a gym where people could learn from the experts, and fall in love with the sport as much as I had. It would be a space where complete beginners of all ages and fitness levels could be taught by Thailand’s past champions and trainers of champions in a non-threatening environment. Where senior students worked together with people new to the sport. And where future champions were born, and anyone with a strong desire to succeed could have the potential to become a champion.

I quit my job as a journalist and spent six months searching for the dream team who would help me achieve this. I trained with over 100 former champions in close to 20 gyms across Asia.

I spent six months visiting over 30 gyms training with and observing over 100 different former Thai champions and trainers of champions as they instructed, pushed and mentored their students. I took notes, chatted with students and narrowed my choice down to a handful of trainers, whom I felt would be able to train students in a foreign environment. By “foreign environment” I didn’t just mean New Zealand’s Four Season’s in One Day temperature changes, but in a country where people had grown up on outdoor sports like netball, rugby, cross-country running and biking.

Countless bumpy bus rides, insect bites, bruises and lost in translation moments later, and I struck gold.

Fast forward a few months and I was back in Wellington, covered in a potent mixture of sawdust, oil, varnish and paint from painting walls, sanding wood and lugging timber. It was then,that our lethal weapon – head trainer Wimbledon arrived in the country. With just two weeks till our official launch on 16 November, Wimbledon cooly eyed our empty space (with only the base of the ring ready and no mats) and a 16 unfilled  boxing bags in the corner. He rolled up his sleeves and joined in, lifting, shifting, painting, sanding to create the space we train at today.

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My first novice fight was one of the single most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. It’s so great to train with so many talented teachers and students, in an environment where everyone feels welcome and confident. I’ve made a lot of great friends, and I’m always encouraged to reach higher goals.
Jake Nash, 26, CAD Technician