About The Academy

Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced, we can help get you to the next level of fitness. All you have to do is show up.

WHY CHICAGO THAI BOXING ACADEMY?

  • Open 7 days a week morning, afternoon, and nights
  • Unlimited membership
  • More than 45 classes a week, including mornings
  • Emphasis on fitness and technique at all levels
  • Friendly co-ed environment
  • Competition team for advanced students
  • Experienced Instructors with ring-tested, and winning fight experience

Fully stocked Pro Shop

Lastly, you know you are in a legit Muay Thai gym when their Pro Shop stocks some of the most popular and professional brand equipment for all Nak Muay นักมวย

Local Muay Thai supplier, Kru Strike helps us stock brands such as Twins, Fairtex, Top King, Windy, and Danger

 

We aren’t just a gym, but a self-driven community

We are a family run gym operating since 2015. Most of our instructors are not only experienced in competition, but have trained with us since the beginning and are from the neighborhood of Portage Park. 

What this means to you is that you can expect a respectful environment that is inclusive of everyone. We are here to workout, learn self-defense or just take your stress out on a heavy bag, and build a strong Muay Thai community. 

The Coaches

A majority of our coaches started off in the same school that you potentially are interested in. Not only are they high level competitors, but they routinely hone their craft in teaching better to make sure to be the best that they can be each class to provide you a service and experience that you simply cannot get at any big box gyms. There is no secret to what we teach. Everything came from pure experience that we are proud to share with those who are interested, and helping you every step of the way

Head Coach / Owner

JJ Liwanag

Coach / Class A Fighter

Robert Lee

Coach / Class A Fighter

Jeff Simonelli

Coach / Class B Fighter

Evaristo Hernandez

Coach / Class C fighter

Rafael Miret

Coach / Class C Fighter

Jill Hernandez

YDL Coach / Class B Fighter

Paulina Lopez

Strength & Conditioning / Class C Fighter

Marty McGee

Coach/Legend

John Welch

Front Desk

Joe Floyd

Business Manager / Gym Mom

Vanessa Liwanag