Jalal

Jalal Khatib

Owner | Trainer



Tampa Muay Thai isn’t a job to me. It isn’t a business. It isn’t a company. It’s my life.

I live Muay Thai as many people do their jobs. I live for this gym. I put every ounce of myself into Tampa Muay Thai – the brand, the gym, the training. Nothing feels better than to walk through our doors knowing that this is where I belong. What started out as a hobby, has turned into so much more. I have been training Muay Thai for 14 years, starting out in 2002. Under Kru Ray Cole, I learned that Muay Thai was going to be in my life forever. I just needed to make that a reality and so, Tampa Muay Thai was born in 2005. I want every member of Tampa Muay Thai to feel the way I feel about the sport. The thing is it really is much more than a sport. It’s a culture, a way of life. Muay Thai is often described as the Art of Eight Limbs, the reasoning being there are eight points of contact – knees, elbows, kicks, punches. I feel there’s more to it than that, Eight Limbs… to me that means it’s a part of the body and soul. Muay Thai has a way of defining who you are as a person. In and outside the ring. It teaches you discipline, respect, confidence, honor. It gives you a family outside of your blood. Those you train with become your brothers and sisters; they sweat with you, bleed with you, push you when you think you can’t go on. It’s an indescribable feeling to watch someone fall in love with Muay Thai the way I have. I see it in the eyes of the students I train. I watch it blossom in the members my trainers teach. It’s incredible.