Who is JAI? The origins of our name

We are often asked: “Who is JAI? What does JAI mean?”

JAI is not a name of a person, place or object, but a word, representing “heart” in Thai. When combined with other Thai words, you come up with some very emotive phrases.
Please don’t confuse it with the anatomical organ – which is ‘hua jai”. JAI is also a very important word to Buddhists who believe it signifies the purity and perfection present in people’s heart. JAI as an entity on its own, is used to convey emotions, feelings and descriptions of people’s character.
We chose it as our name because of the strong emotional feelings we have about Muay Thai, and the fact we hold its origins close to our own heart.There are literally endless usages for the word JAI. Here are some of our favourites. :

Jai Deeใจดี (Dee = good) – kind heart – strong heart.
It is one of the best compliments a Thai could give someone. It is also something we believe all our trainers should have. We print these words in Thai on our training shorts for these reasons… and because we hope everyone who steps into the ring, or trains with us has the heart of a lion!


Having JAI Dee, means Never Back Down. Keep on going even though your lungs are about to burst or your legs turn to jelly.

Jai Yenใจเย็น (Yen = cool) – being patient, calm, collectedThis is a trait Thai people value and try to encompass. It is also why Thailand is called the land of smiles! Most Thai people rarely lose their temper and try to avoid arguments in an effort to be more “Jai Yen”. If somebody is getting angry, their friend may tell them “Jai Yen, Jai Yen”, to encourage them be calm. What more perfect traits could you ask in a Thai fighter or trainer, than for one who is patient, cool and collected both inside and out of the ring.

Sabai Jaiสบายใจ (sabai = carefree) – being happy, worry-free Sabai sabai, is one of Thai people’s favourite phrases. It just means to take things easy and similar to saying “relax, relax”. Have you heard one of JAI’s trainers say “sabai, sabai” to you in the middle of a sparring session when things aren’t quite going your way and you’re about to lose it?  When this phrase is accompanied with a huge well-meaning grin, it’s hard not to breathe a smile of relief, and laugh it off. In Jamaica, the equivalent would probably be: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Dee Jaiดีใจ (dee = good) feeling happy. Changing the order of the words changes the meaning of JAI. Hard working students make our trainers Dee JAI!
(nam = water) generous – kindness – literally like water (nam) flowing from the heart. The next time a newbie or someone shows up in class, channel some Nam JAI – offer to buddy up with them and make them feel welcome!Jai Phet – ใจเพชร (phet = diamond) – being determined, not giving up easily – a diamond is strong and unbreakable. As for why we take the last name JAI. It is Thai tradition to take on the name of the gym as your own when you are fighting out of, or representing that gym. So in our caseJAI is not just heart, it’s family too. &nbsv>

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