Grey won’t turn you black and blue

Of all the combat sports available in the Cayman Islands, Muay Thai is probably one of the least likely to find a home here. But recently it has been growing thanks to the efforts of instructor Grey Brett.

He started leading Muay Thai and personal training sessions at the Rogue Gym on West Bay Road only six months ago and there is already hardcore base of enthusiasts.

They begin each class with a strength and conditioning component focusing on cardio improvement and functional muscle development. Skipping, burpees, pushups, squats and other drills follow. The remainder of the class is spent on pad and bag work with a partner focusing on fight specific attack combinations with an emphasis on traditional Muay Thai weapons, technique and movement. Their more advanced Saturday class works on live drills and sparring – putting those practiced techniques in a real life application

Average class size vary from eight-18 and run on Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm, Thursdays 7-8pm, Fridays 6.30-730pm and Saturdays noon-1pm. Cost is $89 per month which allows access to all four classes. The Rogue Gym is run by Lachie Hewitt who will be having another popular white collar boxing show at nearby Treasure Island in the summer.

“Muay Thai is a very effective, no nonsense fight-centred martial art,” says Brett. “It’s easy to learn the basics and it is incredibly efficient for self-defence. There comes a certain level of confidence after you become well versed in Muay Thai’s eight weapons; two fists, two elbows, two knees and two legs.”

There are a few women in the class too. “It’s a great way to get in shape and learn something that has a real life application,” says the 33-year-old Canadian from Ontario. “Again, that confidence.”

He wants to see Muay Thai take more than just a foothold here. “It has been my goal to bring traditional Muay Thai to the Cayman Islands, build a community of practitioners and develop a team of core enthusiasts who are interested in competition.

“I would also like to dismantle the thought that ‘this is too tough or hardcore for me’. I believe everyone at Rogue Gym’s Muay Thai classes can attest to the fact that, although we do work very hard, we have a ton of fun as well. It’s a great group of people.”

Brett has been living in the Cayman Islands nearly two years after living in Bermuda and developing a real love of the Caribbean lifestyle. He works as a recruitment consultant for Affinity Recruitment.

Sporty as a child, he has embraced many disciplines. “I’ve always been very active. I started out competitive swimming, playing baseball, skateboarding and was a snowboarding instructor for a few years. After I found Muay Thai and it’s supporting fitness, that’s been my focus. In Bermuda I played a key role in developing their first international Muay Thai team and they competed in fights in Thailand, Austria and Toronto.

“Rogue Gym had an in house event in February that featured members of our team in full contact action. We have plans for a similar event in July and a larger event later in 2012.”

For more information, contact Grey Brett at [email protected] or ring: 916-2271