Tampa Muay Thai has developed a unique program and an alternative to traditional martial arts classes for kids and teens in the Tampa Bay area. At our headquarters located in downtown Tampa, kids spend less time rehearsing traditional techniques that often create bad habits and prove impractical in real-life situations. Instead, our young students spend more time focused on developing skills for self-defense and sport martial arts in a non-aggressive and non-intimidating environment. Our Kids’ Muay Thai program is designed to instill a well-rounded martial art skill set with emphasis on lifelong values of self-confidence, self-discipline, respect, and mental focus. We also introduce kids to an active, healthy lifestyle that builds character, self-esteem, self-control, and the interpersonal skills necessary for peaceful conflict resolution.
The self-confidence and discipline that kids acquire in our program can help them develop powerful coping strategies for dealing with and resolving confrontations with peers by stressing the importance of safety while teaching them a unique set of physical skills that transfer over to other sports and life skills. Our martial arts program will help kids become well-rounded individuals that can more effectively handle both mental stresses by developing a sharp mental focus and self-awareness to real-world problems, such as bullying.
The Kids’ Muay Thai and Martial Arts program is under the direction of Travis Gorrell, a practitioner of martial arts since the age of five. He has earned a 3rd Dan (Black Belt) in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do and Hapkido under the late Grand Master Jae Joon Kim, who was the Chief Master Instructor of Korean, U.S. and Vietnamese Special Forces in Vietnam and a teacher of Chuck Norris. At the age of 15, Travis traveled the States and abroad to compete. Even as a teenager, Travis was eventually forced out of his age bracket, and he was placed in the lightweight men’s division. After years of focus in traditional martial arts, Travis was honorably awarded a black belt in Tae Kwon Do by two martial arts schools. In 2009, Travis joined Tampa Muay Thai where he trained under Khru Ray Cole and David “Dato” Gogichaishvili.