The head coach at Waterford Muay Thai is John Walsh. John originally started training back in 1987 in Wado Ryu Karate with Instructor Eugene Noblett 6th Dan. He then turned to Kickboxing and joined Rocky’s gym where his coach was Tommy Lawlor. John became Irish WKA Champion during this time, and also ranked 4th in Europe and 6th in the World.
Roughly Fourteen years ago, John switched to Muay Thai where Sean Dillon and Craig O Flynn Coached him. His two coaches later suggested that John open up his own gym.
And the rest is history!
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand. It was developed several hundred years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon.
Today its definitive origins are debated by modern scholars, as much of the Muay Thai history was lost when the Burmese ransacked Ayudhaya, Siam’s capital city in Thailand, during the 14th century.
Most written Muay Thai history was lost when the Burmese looted the temples and depositories of knowledge held in Ayudhaya, and what volumes were saved are now national treasures that are preserved and protected as documentation for Thai culture and heritage.
Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”; and using eight points of contact the body mimics weapons of war.