Muay Sangha is a Muay Thai school from the Chaiya Lineage which focuses on ancient Muay Thai Styles a number of Combat orientated Ancient Martial Arts styles and Grappling Arts. At the schools you will refine not just your physical state but also your mental and spiritual abilities. 

Facilities: Facilities at the school include both covered training areas and outdoor training areas.


Muay Thai Sangha has gathered different philosophies, ancient Muay Thai styles and grappling concepts and has developed under a great spiritual influence a unique self defence system. In this school martial arts are treated as a gate to improve not just the physical state but also a great opportunity to refine our mental and spiritual abilities.

Muay Sangha's aim is to create an appropriate environment so students can grow with effective Muay Thai and grappling techniques in a very humble way. For those who are looking beyond fighting and wishing to train in efficient and proven martial arts systems.

The instructors at the school are professional Muay Thai fighters and highly specialized teachers who have been living and training in Chiang Mai Thailand for many years.

Muay Thai Sangha's school has been providing high standard skills rooted in ancient Muay Thai and Muay boran to students interested in ring competition or self defense for more than 10 years.

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  • Thailand, Chiang Mai
  • Martial Arts
  • Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Muay Thai Chaiya, Muay Boran
  • Buddhism, Vipassana Meditation
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  • Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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The School is one of the best places in Thailand for local and international martial arts practicionares to learn traditional Muay Thai and other fighting arts under the expert tuition of a master martial artist. Kru Pedro's school in Chiang Mai combines a spiritual element to combat that is rarely seen. His school has very much a family feel to it and students are taken care of.

Training consists of a blend of different ancient Muay Thai styles and grappling arts influenced by internal energy concepts. Class sizes are small so students receive quality tuition. At present Muay Sangha has two different locations in Thailand (one location is in the middle of the jungle near Chiang Dao) and the other in Chiang Mai. Both locations are well equiped and have all the training equipment you will need.

Kru Pedro organises the training cirruclum over 3 Levels. Beginner level focuses on Physical or Fighting Level. Intermediate Training Level focuses on Mental or Internal Training, Advanced Training Spiritual & Healing Level.

For further details of what makes Muay Sangha training unique click on the training tab above.

From the very first moment you reach this school you will become aware that training at this school is very different from other Muay Thai Training Camps. Here you are taught to keep an open mind and build your awareness as well as challange your experiences through training and maintaining a physical edge. Then as part of a spiritual element to training on full moon days, the whole school takes part in a number of positive actions or initiatives that will re-enforce the path of self development. 


Kru Pedro has spent over 30 years training, fighting and teaching a variety of Martial Arts including, Judo, competition Muay Thai, Ancient Muay Thai Chaiya, Krabi-Krabong, Wing Chun, Silat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, "Mix Martial Arts" and Taichi. He has been learning martial arts the majority of his life. He entered the martial arts when he was six years old. Today he continues to learn.

So far, his philosophy is to believe that we are master of nothing as always there is something new to learn. Each of us are students of life and when we believe that we have mastered something we stop growing. Among the things that he has learned or contributed to, here are some of them:

- Black Belt & Instructor in Kickboxing (FEKB - Ajarn Eugenio Fraile).
- Muay Thai Instructor (Muay Thai Association of USA - Ajarn Surachai Sirusute).
- Black Belt & Instructor in Wing Chun (Wing Chun Association of USA - Sifu Francis Fong).
- 8th Degree Gold Sash Ajarn in Krabi-Krabong (Buddhai Swan Institute of Swordsmanship - Kruu Sila Mesamarn).
- Instructor in Traditional Thai Massage,Traditional Reflexology and Pressure Point Thai Massage (Wat Pho Medical School, Bangkok).
- Instructor in Deep Nerve Touch Massage with Herbs (Ajarn Mamma Lek).
- Instructor in Advanced Energy Sen Massage (Ajarn Poo/Ong Dam).
- Joined the Monkhood Order at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok, Thailand. Authorized Instructor in Ancient Muay Chaiya (Baanchangthai, Bangkok - Ajarn Kridakorn Sodprasert).
- Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie (1998).
- Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jacare Cavalcante (2001). Author of the Muay Thai book "Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" (Paladin Press - September 2002).
- Author of the Krabi-Krabong book "Krabi-Krabong: Thailand's Art of Weapons Fighting " (Paladin Press - April 2007).
- Author of many articles for Martial Arts magazines such as "Black Belt Magazine", "Inside Kung Fu Magazine", "Revista Cinturon Negro", "Siam Combat Magazine", "Ronin" and others.

- In 1998 - ISKA Super-Middlewight USA Professional Muay Thai Champion.
- In 1998 - SFO (Submission Fighting Open) Lightweight Champion, title successfully defended three times, and still undefeated.
- In 1999 - Battle of Koh Samui (Thailand) Middleweight Muay Thai Champion.
- In 2000 - Opened The Thailand Arts Institute. (His first Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. until he move to Thailand).
- In 2000 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jacare Cavalcante Open Lightweight Champion.
- In 2000, ranked #2 in the world by IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) at Middleweight in the Professional Muay Thai division.
- In 2002, kru permanently move to Thailand and became a Buddhist monk.
- In 2003 opened his first school in the west of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- In 2004 having gathered many skills, kru Pedro decided to merge his knowledge and teachings to form"Muay Sangha Fighting Arts" creating a Spiritual Fighting Community. Since then kru Pedro has been teaching Muay Sangha to those who are looking to go beyond martial arts.
- In 2007 he moved the Muay Sangha school to Hangdong road, south of Chiang Mai to cope with the demand from ever growing number of students.
- In 2008 he travelled to Cambodia and Indonesia to perfect his skills in the arts of Bokator and Silat.
- In 2009 travelled to India to perfect his skills in Kalaripayattu martial arts and Ayurvedic healing massage.
- In 2010 he visited Wudang, central China to develop his studies about Chikun and internal energy.
- In 2011 Kru Pedro taught the first Muay Sangha instructor course selecting only his best students. After the course, he relocate himself deep in the jungle in the mountains near Chiang Dao cave. There, he built a wooden house and lived and trained there for more than 2 years. Towards the end of 2013 came down from the mountains to make a new school in Mae Taeng city (40 km north of Chiang Mai) and teach his new vision of self defence.
- In 2016, Kru Pedro will began a Muay Sangha World Tour to bring his teachings to the four corners of the Earth.

Kru Pedro shares that being a prize fighter, an international champion, a teacher, a monk and a martial arts founder has not stopped him from continuing on his inner journey. He clearly feels that the previous achievements from of all his efforts, sacrifices and endeavours in the fighting martial arts did not fulfil his heart completely.

He felt that something was missing and he started to travel around Asia training and searching for answers. He found nothing and came back to Thailand. At his return saw that he didn't have anything to give up so he started long meditation sessions looking inside his heart. Sometime after, in one of the meditation practices and by the grace of his Persian master (Shahram Kasiri), by a long laugh, kru completely changed the direction of his training.

After this, kru moved to the mountains for two years and when training in solitude, he discovered a new way of non-fighting. The new method was created under the concepts of self awareness(mindfulness), adequate intention, balance(rotation-translation) and timing(vibration).

The teaching approach that Kru now shares within his practices, are related to expanding the awareness into different energy fields and learning how to interact, release and reprogram many of the different emotional habits and mental patterns that we have been carrying since a young age.

As well the Muay Sangha school maintains his compromise of keeping many of the fighting concepts intact so students that come to learn, can still train hard while receiving the benefits of the internal martial arts teachings.


Muay Sangha morning training has a free flowing effect on the mind and is indicated to improve our receptive senses in many different ways and, to develop sensitivity under different amounts of pressure. The morning practice consists of connecting with the life force, how to extend our consciousness to our opponent’s energy field and how to stick and flow with any attack through balance and proper body mechanics. The training is mainly grappling based with different take downs and quick submissions.

Kru Pedro believes in awareness and inner balance and that is why the morning training is designed for. None aggression is taught in training so the mind feels relaxed, present and aware, ready to flow with whatever comes. This training can be easily extended to our daily life by adopting this concept of adaptation into whatever situation we are in.

Kru Pedro encourages mindfulness in training to be able to, be in the present moment, see our feelings and movements from a deeper perspective. This exercise will create an expanded field of energy around us, and as a result will improve our ability to listen to the opponent attack just before it happens.

Evening Training consists of practice in the Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts. This kind of training is specially indicated for those who are looking to learn from different Muay Thai, silat and wing chun methods under different concepts of movement. Training first covers evasions and counter attacks following the philosophy of self-defense.

In this school there is a belief that no one should have the right to harm others and we also believe that everyone has the right to defend themselves at all times.

The training covers different training routines to develop good levels of cardiovascular power, speed and agility all by using triangular and circular patterns of movement.

Sparring sessions in the evenings are also emphasized if students wish to reach a good understanding of the distance and develop correct timing.

In the school training combines the two completely opposite methods of training (sensitivity and awareness in the morning and strength and power in the evening). The view is that this makes for more complete results.

A Typical Training Day

After vipassana meditation and breakfast, the Muay Thai Sangha Internal Arts training (Chikun and Grappling) starts around 8:00 am and last until 10:30 am. After training students do some communal work for about half an hour (cleaning, watering the plants, feeding the horses or whatever is needed) then we have lunch and rest until the evening practice.

In the early evening, after tea, Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts (Muay Thai, Muay Chaiya, Wing Chun and Silat) training will starts at 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm. After training, students have dinner at a local restaurant.

After dinner, on some students, may watch an interesting movie or talk about selected subjects. At the end of the day, meditation and rest is encouraged until the next morning.

Teaching runs from Monday Morning to Saturday Afternoon. There are no classes on Saturday evenings and Sundays.

The training takes place at the school in Mae Taeng where the students will be staying. Sometimes the morning training is held in the local hot springs, waterfalls or in the Muay Sangha Mountain Camp (depending on weather conditions) located in the near mountains of Mae Taeng.

It is recommended that all the students who wish to come and practice come with an open heart and with a mind empty of ideas or methods as this will ensure the maximum benefit of this experience.

Student who attend this school can expect to learn elements and principles and techniques from the following styles:

Competition Muay Thai, Ancient Muay Thai Chiaya, Bakator, Kalaripayat, Krabi-Kabong, Penack Silat, Taichi prinicples, Wing Chun, Grappling and Vipasanna meditation. These elements make up the Muay Sangha system.

For those with specific training requirements, Kru Pedro can prepare a specially tailored training plan. Contact us NOW at StudyMartialArts@gmail.com or complete our training requirements application form. 

Muay Thai Sangha training will increase your balance, co-ordination, power, speed and timing. By practicing meditation and qigong, your awareness, concentration and sensitivity will improve further each day. Muay Thai Sangha striking will teach you counter-attacks and defensive techniques from long to medium combat ranges. Muay Thai Sangha grappling combat covers close range fighting, teaching you how to neutralize an aggressor either standing up or on the ground. You'll learn how to keep proper balance while moving and use effective techniques to take the maximum advantage of your own body weight.


The approach of the training in the muay Thai sangha school fits that of MMA (mix martial arts). The system emphasizes the correct position of the center of gravity and good body-weight distribution to achieve proper balance. The hands and forearms are placed one on top of the other rotating forwards or backwards in a triangle position according to the body structure. The lower part of the body (knees and feet) move always aware and protecting the center line in 10 different directions.

Muay Thai sangha most dangerous weapons are the counter techniques, blocks with knees and elbows, and fast footwork to evade an attack which mirrors the philosophy of self defence behind the style. All our training, including the sparring, is done with almost no pad protection (groin, mouthpiece and sometimes small gloves). The muay Thai sangha striking uses tricks mainly from many ancient muay Thai styles and a variety of other South-East Asian martial arts.

Muay Thai sangha fighters are well known for their stamina and endurance because the style was created under the concept of conservation and correct use of energy. This is a result from using a holographic sphere related to the three rotations or dimensions of movement. Through careful body position, energy flows into the opponents body creating an overwhelming result on each attack. The result when you drive the energy correctly is a combination of machine blows with a devastating effect. Joints and soft parts of the body are the main targets of muay Thai Sangha.
It must be emphasized that we are not limited by the rules of sport muay Thai, that means we also train real self-defence. Attacks to the groin, throat and eyes are often part of our training. Also all kinds of throws, sweeps and ground-fighting are taught.

Here is a quick description of the kinds of training that we offer in the school:

Striking Muay Sangha Training

The striking is done with all the limbs of the body. In every attack, fake, counter-attack, or evasion, the body should be in balance with the center of gravity firmly in the middle of the body. Muay Thai Sangha doesn’t place emphasis on using muscular power rather tendon strength and the whole body weight on each movement. Muay Thai Sangha uses a total 108 standing up counter attack techniques.

Also muay Thai sangha contains a number of offensive moves for each body weapon as well as a number of yang sam khum footwork exercises to develop good mobility. The offensive skills taught only after the student can properly defend himself.

The source of the Muay Sangha striking system includes not only Muay Thai and Muay Chaiya from Thailand but from all around South-East Asia - Bokator from Cambodia, Silat from Indonesia, Kalaripayattu from India and Wing Chun and Taiji from China, all as a way to reinforce the weakness of a single style training.

 Grappling Muay SanghaTraining

Grappling is the other main element in the Muay Thai sangha system. In this element we learn how to deal with grappling encounters in different situations. The styles that we use in our training are based on judo, wrestling, shooto, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and silat. The training covers three different areas:

Stand Up Grappling

Stand up grappling or clinching addresses the issue of fighting at close range. The training is based on defensive and offensive situations whilst in the standing position.Our standing grappling allows striking between movements and quick take down-submissions on the ground to get to our feet as fast as possible.

Our grappling curriculum doesn't emphasize techniques that only use strength but how to use the opponent's energy through proper body rotation and timing. The student will learn how to submit a stand up opponent, how to get to his back, take him down or to escape from any lock or dangerous position. We train in stand up grappling about 80% of the time, and ground fighting about 20%.

Half Standing Half Ground

This method of fighting applies to situations when we fall to the ground while our opponent is standing up.This type of training gives us skills on how to defend ourselves from any standing up attack while we are kneeling, sitting or lying down on the ground. Take downs and counter attacks from the ground are included into the training to give us the option of standing up or bring the opponent down.

Ground Fighting

Ground Fighting addresses the issue of fighting an opponent at close range on the ground. Students learn the basic ground positions, submission holds and defences while rolling on the ground.

Muay Thai sangha supports the idea that when we are fighting on the ground, we are exposed and extremely vulnerable because a lack of vision behind us. To minimize this risk we teach quick submissions and our main goal in a fight situation is to stand up as fast as we can. This is the reason why students only train ground fighting around 20% of the time.

The techniques used in the ground are mainly based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wresting, Judo and American Wrestling but also come from Indonesian Silat and Cambodian Bokator. All these styles have been incorporated to muay Thai sangha so the system continues developing.

Internal or Mental Muay Sangha Training

Muay Sangha Internal or Mental training focuses on a dynamic and balanced awareness of one's own and their opponent's body mechanics, movements, and energy. Developing the ability to fight without fighting and defend with confidence without harming. The principals of Muay Sangha can be applied to the fighting arts seamlessly. However, the internal curriculum is designed to truly master one's own mind, body and energy so we can learn to conquer the fear that drives us to fight and embrace the peace and connection to energy that empowers us to choose not to harm.

The Muay Sangha Internal program of study is ever-evolving (as Kru believes so the human mind is) and has many integral elements. These include developing students' balance through emphasis on harmony with the earth's gravity and correct structural alignment of the body so that the skeletal structure, muscles, and related nerves work in consonance to form a healthy and consistent whole. In addition, Muay Sangha Internal Arts' concept of body mechanics applies kinesiology to the use of proper body movement in practice to enhance coordination and endurance while expanding awareness of opponents' body mechanics. These concepts are accentuated by three rotational axes of movement: lateral, horizontal and vertical. Translation of the body's kinetic energy into effortless motion along with vibrational awareness -- consciousness of energetic frequencies that cannot be seen by the human eye -- are other fundamental concepts intrinsic to Kru's system of martial arts. Together, these concepts lay the foundation for the Muay Sangha Internal training curriculum.

Spiritual or Healing Muay Sangha Training

We believe that serving others is a very important step on the path of self healing.

The spiritual training in the muay sangha school is based on a program of activities related to serving others, this includes releasing fishes and live stock on new moon days, visit local orphanages to make small but often donations on important holidays, cleaning up litter around the nearby mountains and planting trees on full moon days.

Along with this, different types of meditation are practiced after each training session in different locations (waterfalls, jungle, hot springs, caves or lakes) in order to develop concentration and awareness while enjoying the natural surroundings.
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If you want to study at Muay Sangha there is a non-refundable application and booking fee of $100 USD for international and domestic students already in Thailand. This should be paid prior to your arrival at the school. With StudyMartialArts.Org you can pay your application/booking fee via paypal or international bank transfer. The remainder of your fees must be paid direct to the school within 7 days of your arrival. If you wish to pay your full fee in advance of your arrival international bank transfer must be the method of payment used. Details are provided on request.  

We advise students to budget for their daily water, personal spending, food and the cost of visa extensions. Once you contact us regarding the school we will provide you with further information on day life there, accommodation options, estimated additional costs and training.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices in USD are an approximation and will vary according to the existing exchange rate. The current price equilivant in THAI BHAT is an indication of the exact fee. 
School PricingTHBTotal
1 Weekly Course15,000$433
2 Weekly Courses25,000$722
3 Weekly Courses35,000$1,010
4 Weekly Courses50,000$1,444

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Monthly Price20,000$577

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