Mike is the founder of the gym and Combat 360X Cross Training Program. He has more than 20 years experience in the fitness industry and was a Junior Body Building champion in the UK, an NASM certified personal trainer, an OLF Extreme Kettlebell Instructor, TRX Certified Trainer, and a Crossfit CF-1 trainer. In addition, Mike is Veteran Muay Thai, MMA fighter, and a Gold Medalist in the 2008 Pan Asia Grappling Games as well as 2012 Mexico National Champion and more.
Rafael is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. At 30, he is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu blackbelt and 4 time Vale Tudo Champion currently living, training, and teaching out of Khao Lak, Thailand. He has experience coaching and fighting around the world including Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Oman, Iran, Switzerland, and France. With over 40 professional Muay Thai fights with 35 wins and only 5 losses to skilled Thai opponents, Rafael has been awarded "Fight of the Night" 10 times in a row and becoming Southern Thailand Muay Thai Champion. Rafael is head of the school's MMA / BJJ program.
Melissa Tan Singapore
We booked as a group of 5 and of the lot, 4 extended the trip and I am booking my flights back - says a lot and I can't wait to go back!!
PRE TRIP: was a breeze. Mike was extremely prompt (and patient!) on emails, we had many changes and he sorted them all.
ROOMS: We took a shared shower non AC room, basic and very decent. Very clean - bathroom and shower cleaned daily, room once a week. These are the gym shower/bathrooms, hot water available. Shower towel and soap provided. Our friends took a private room by the pool with AC and were very pleased.
CLASSES: You could do as many or as few trainings a day, all led by absolute experts in their respective martial arts. I tried out every class on offer and would recommend them all!
EQUIPMENT/STUDIO: We were entirely inexperienced and they sold or had whatever required available for hire (wraps, gloves, etc.). Compared to a couple of other martial arts gyms I've seen, this is really clean, a lady cleaned the mats daily, nothing smelt funky, etc. The pool is a wonderful post-training treat! Washing machine available at a small cost and you need to bring / buy washing powder.
TRAINERS/SKILL LEVELS: Classes were entirely mixed. In each Muay Thai class, there were novices with no idea how hand wraps worked, experienced students and current professional fighters. The trainers would match your activity to skill level and with 2-3 trainers (each with some 400 fights under their belts...), there was a good amount of 1-1 supervision. They corrected moves and took students out for individual padwork sessions as well. The more experienced students would do sparring.
FOOD/NUTRITION: the gym sells all pre and post work out supplements and protein. There are local joints nearby, but I would have been fairly restricted without a scooter (worth noting if you can't ride!). Food options are largely Thai with a few western-ish cafes. Nothing extremely healthy / vegan if that's what you're into and the vegetarians in our group found the choices limiting. There are 7/11s short drives away to stock up on milk / yogurt / basic munchies in the fridges in the gym.
For the cost and quality of the trip, I couldn't fault it if I tried! Thank you Mike Nu Su Nan Will Malik Siggy <3 See all of you soon again!
Laura Caraker MA
I unfortunately only had one week to spend at Combat 360x but If I could have, I would have stayed much longer! It was one of the best decisions I made as a solo traveler. I was able to get fit and meet awesome people from all over the globe, including the trainers themselves who are very experienced and very funny! It feels like everyone there is family. They push you and have you learning fighting skills from the beginning. It is certainly not easy but you feel great afterwards. I would highly recommend it for the gym, the price, the people, and the training. Such an incredible experience!
I visited Combat 360X for a two week vacation to learn a little Muay Thai, BJJ and improve my fitness. What a great place! All of the team made me feel very welcome. The classes are such that you need not feel intimidated if you are a beginner, but also provide worthy training for those that are experienced. Professional fighters would no doubt appreciate the experience and knowledge of the instructors too. The gym facilities are clean and well organised, with supplements and good quality equipment for sale on site incase you forget to pack anything. The accommodation in my case was a double room with AC. Clean and well furnished for my needs. I also opted for a meal plan that suited be perfectly.
Khao Lak offers plenty to do in your downtime, from beautiful beaches to excursions and local resorts. You can also relax in the pool onsite. All in all I had a great time, I lost weight and improved my skills and I will be back for an extended stay in 2017. Thankyou to all at Combat 360X for an amazing few weeks!
I returned to Sydney (under duress) for a family emergency about 5 months ago after 7 years of living in NYC. And put on 20 kilos. What can I say, it's been a long time between meat pies and VBs. Anyway due to stress, culture shock and honestly a little depression it's been really hard to get motivated to get back into shape.
I started at a local gym about month ago with a personal trainer and have been sort of struggling along with it. The exercise releases much needed endorphin's and I go early in the AM.
My Mum and I were booked for a much needed holiday in Khao Lak and I came across Combat360X on Trip Advisor. I emailed about having one on one HIIT/ Crosfit/WOD whatever they call it these days. Mike's responses were prompt, polite and accommodating. I booked mon-fri 7am one on one sessions. I was extremely nervous and I had no idea what to expect. Mike was welcoming, friendly and no-nonsense. Monday was hard, hard work. I came back Tuesday morning for more hard work and left hooked.
Unfortunately I was forced to skip Wednesday as my Mum was extremely unwell. I was disappointed I couldn't go, which is weird cos I relish any excuse to cancel on my home trainer.
Thursday and Friday were just as tough and I loved it. Mike tailored every session to what I had outlined to achieve and was patient and encouraging every step of the way. The warm up jog (ugh) and pre training stretching were thorough and post training assessment were an unrushed part of every session. I learnt a lot in the 4 days I trained with Mike and it is has boosted my confidence immensely to persevere. Hopefully I can retain this information (take photos of your session board, I regret not doing this!)
I am back in Sydney now (still sore) and am already figuring how I can worm out of work for a month to go back and seriously train. I wrote such an in depth review for the purpose of pointing out this facility is not just for people looking for BJJ/Muay Thai/MMA training. It can be used for people looking to lose serious weight and tone up with the help of world class experts. The training, techniques and results I saw in the short time I spent there are a testament to Combat360X and it's staff.
Jakob L Sweden
Joined a few drop-in Muay Thai classes at Combat 360X while in Khao Lak on family vacation. Very competent and friendly staff. Small classes, flexible and personalized training with regards to experience and fitness level. Will bring a couple of new techniques back to my home club :-) Great experience altogether. Hope to return for some more in the nearby future. Thanks Mike & staff!
Second time i come back for MMA/Muaythai and wanted to try a new places that was not crowded and touristy. 360 Combat is the place to go with! Super good training and perfect trainer/guest ratio!
The people in the gym took their wings over me when I arrived. As I was travelling alone I was a little lost in the beginning but they showed me around, made me learn to ride the scooter and made me try traditional dishes alongside the road. As I am here in low season there are not so many people, but that makes it interesting as I have more one on one time with the teachers. Maybe a little negative point; The teachers of Muay Thai speak bad English so that makes it difficult to learn the right techniques. People on the streets are also very friendly and I don't feel unsafe at all as a woman alone. For the rest, if you wanna learn how to fight and chill at the beach afterwards this is the place to be!
All I can say is if you're looking to seriously train for skills, this is the right place to be! One day of training has been beneficial and possibly equivalent to what might take ages to learn and understand back home. The size of classes are small so you get dedication and the trainers and Mike are great, genuine people; one of the kindest you can get to see when you're out in a foreign land alone.
Of course, got to meet some great new people and friends too! Looking forward to coming back in a few months time to train and hopefully fight! If you're looking for a place to train, this is the right place!
I spent one month training and living at Combat 360X in the middle of backpacking around Asia and my time at Combat was easily my favourite on the whole trip. Mike is very welcoming and really helpful in answering all my questions about the local area aswell as being a great BJJ coach. Petdam and Son, the Muay Thai coachs, are easily two of my favourite people I met during my 6 weeks in Thailand, they are very friendly, encouraging and make the classes enjoyable, they make sure everyone is involved and enjoying the classes. If you are looking to train Muay Thai or BJJ in Thailand, go to Combat 360X.
I stayed in the Combat 360x for about 4 months together with a good friend to exercise and prepare for competitions. We had a very good training all the time, the trainers are very engaged, competent, and friendly, and the other guests were also nice people. We had a really great time and a lot of fun there. Thanks to Mike, Will and Petam! See you again in November :-)
Brownwyn G Australia
You don't always had a jiu jitsu class 5 minutes away from your hotel when holidaying in a restful place like Khao Lak, but here it is. Mike is a great instructor and runs a solid no-gi class - I even got my husband back in the mats for a roll after 3 years. Small classes means you have plenty of time to ask questions and work on different techniques and Mike is very welcoming and generous with his advice. I've been doing BJJ for five years and really enjoyed my week of training here. I'd also recommend this class to any guy or girl new to the mats wanting to give jits a go - Mike caters for all experience levels. There is a shower out the back and plenty of places nearby that will do your soaking wet post-roll laundry for a few dollars too. Drop off after class and pick up the next morning.
Adam S United Kingdom
All I can say is that Khru petdam and Mike are two of the most genuine people you can meet in a Muay Thai camp in Thailand. Love this place got lots of good sparring with MMA and k1 champ Will Chope and some other good guys there. Shared a the on site house with 2 really good guys training at 360 ,wish I was still there miss the place!
My wife and I spent 3 weeks in Khao Lak and before travelling we contacted Mike to see about the possibility of coming along to do some fitness training. When we attended for our first session we were immediately welcomed and made to feel at ease - I originally thought due to the high calibre of many of the fighters that attend Combat 360X we would be out of place and an inconvenience. This couldn't be further from the truth. We went to 10:30am Fitness Class and Saturday Cardio Kickboxing. Mikes classes were varied, intense, purposeful and delivered with great knowledge and expertise. We had a little experience of Muay Thai before joining a class and Petchdam was able to tailor the class to different needs from us to the experts. If you are thinking of joining Combat 360X even for a single session on holiday or for a training camp - you will not be disappointed. You will immediately be made to feel part of the team! Thanks again Mike and your team, we will be back!
Mike and his team take you to a level of fitness and agility that you wouldn't think possible and all in an environment that is as close to paradise that you'll ever know. My wife & I have trained here for the past couple of years and will be returning again in a few weeks. They have helped us both with posture, strength and endurance with the very welcome side effect of significant weight loss (for me). Thanks so much guys and really looking forward to seeing you soon.
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