Learning martial arts is not only a great way to get fit but also a cognitive exercise. It involves drilling techniques and putting yourself out of the comfort zone, improving confidence as well as self-defense. Interested in diving into a challenging and healthy new hobby? Then here’s where you can learn to toughen up in Yangon:
Myanmar’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club, BJJ Myanmar teaches the grappling martial art—one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Utilising body positioning and structure over size and strength, it evolved from the tactics of Japanese samurai and is ideal for smaller people. Chokeholds and joint locks are key. Training often combines techniques for both self-defense and the rules of the sport. Every Monday, Wednesday from 7-8.30pm and Saturday from 3-4.30pm the small group of friendly, welcoming students meet to drill techniques, and the first trial class is free.
Fitness Xpress (Current location) – 5th Floor, Junction Mawtin, corner of Anawratha Road and Lanthit Street, Lanmawdaw Tsp
Phone – 09 968968675
Y.I.H Aikido Dojo
Located within the compound of the Yangon International Hotel, the Y.I.H. dojo is the largest Aikido dojo in Myanmar, with a total matted training area of 180 square meters. Operated under the guidance of Inagaki Sensei (7th dan Aiki-kai), Ohasi Sensei (4th dan Aiki-kai), and Onodera Sensei (3rd dan Aiki-kai), all the instructors are local and certified by the Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan. In addition to regular trainings with visiting Japanese teachers, the instructors have also done intensive training in Japan. They are closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Address – 350 Ahlon Road, corner of Myo Ma Kyaung Street, Ahlone Tsp
Phone – 09 428586427, 09 8586427
Thut Ti Myanmar Lethwei Club
Thut Ti—“Courage” in Burmese—is a lethwei fight club and training gym teaching the millenium-old fighting art, an intense combat sport that includes headbutts, elbows, and knees, and where only knockouts decide the winner. The place itself is led by Lone Chaw (retired Whole Myanmar National Lethwei Champion) and Saw Gaw Mu Doe (champion ofAll States and Regions of Myanmar Young Generation Lethwei Contest): both were famous fighters of Myanmar. The place is also visited by international fighters around the world. A must visit place for those who wants to learn Myanmar traditional lethwei.
Address – 893 Won Tha Rek Ki Ta Street, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Tsp
Phone – 09 25586 3344, 09 4015 38133
Phoenix Myanmar Lethwei Gym
Phoenix Myanmar Lethwei strives to keep the lethwei training 100 percent authentic. They respect Myanmar tradition and that reverence runs deeply throughout the classes and around the club. The legendary Myanmar lethwei classes are broken down into beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional invite-only ring spars, and they run simultaneously shows twice per day. Each class has between 7-8 trainers supervising to ensure that every person gets individualized attention and learns the proper techniques.
Address – Thein Phyu Stadium, Thein Phyu Road, Mingala Taung Nyunt Tsp
Phone – 09 964 400215
Millennia Aikido Dojo
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by “Morihei Ueshiba” as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. This Aikido club has run since 2010 with the Kyaw Oo Lwin (5th Dan) from Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters. They teach students from eight years old. One-off fee is 5,000 kyats and monthly fee is 20,000 kyats. They have beginner and general classes.
Address – 29 , 6th floor ,Mingalar Street, Sanchaung Tsp
Phone – 09 508 8410
Taw Win Yoe Yar Lethwei
If your searching for a traditional training camp, you should check out this club too. With championed coaches, this school is fantastic for learning techniques and strategies. Strongly passionate coach Tin Aung who leads the school focuses on students’ abilities and training every day. They have foreign students learning at the school too.
Address – 42/1641, Theik Pan Maung Wa Street, North Dagon Tsp
Phone – 09 250 029 001
Myanmar Wushu Federation
The biggest wushu (or kung fu) academy in Myanmar is managed by president Bo Bo Li and general manager Jar Aung Khun. The school has hundreds of students training at the academy; kids, adults, etc. Students from the academy have been awarded many gold medals from international challenges, events and so on. The academy is a big place for students to learn the many steps of this martial art.
Address – Padonmar Sports Stadium, beside UAB bank, Bargayar Road, Sanchaung Tsp
Phone – 09 43079307