Dear mighty Diesel Gym!
That's it I'm leaving the UK after 12 years and I'm on my way back to France... Things happened so quickly that I don't have time for a leaving do or a last training..I'm so happy I ever pushed the door of Diesel Gym cause I'm now addicted! The gym is one of the thing I will miss the most.. friendly place but tough training... what else do you need? So, thanks to Cliff for my first Thai boxing trainings, getting me addicted and all the great tips... Thanks to Matt for the tough warm-up and pushing me to my limits...Thanks to Noel for insisting on correcting my kicks and protecting my face...Thanks to Tory for the first MMA lessons... Finally all the best to all the fighters there, I'll be checking the internet for results... and a warm handshake to Cliff..for..hmm.. cashing in my money! ; ) A Bientôt! Franck, Aug'09
A couple of years ago at a Xmas drinks’ party I got chatting to Kru Cliff and Matt, who convinced me that I should try one of their Muay Thai classes. Despite being a bit intimidated by the thought of all these tough blokes punching and kicking the hell out of each other (and me), I did go to a class and enjoyed it so much that 1.5 years later I’m now going 3-4 times a week. Diesel is unique because of the great atmosphere created by its students and trainers alike. Everyone strives hard to achieve their own personal goals whether it be to improve their fitness or do a ‘fight’, but without the aggressive attitude I have seen at some gyms. And Diesel’s charismatic trainers have a way of passing on their knowledge in such a way that pushing your body to new physical levels is actually an enjoyable experience.
I have been training at Diesel Gym for more than 6 months now and I am ADDICTED to it. I remember the first day I walked in, I was very impressed by the level of the class and the friendly atmosphere you don’t generally have in traditional gyms. I started coming 3 times a week and before I knew it, I was there almost everyday. I have never done any martial art before. Diesel gym is a great place to work out whether you want to fight or not. No matter your level of fitness, you always find a class to train and improve at your pace: people take the time to explain the techniques and they don’t let you down.
I do the MMA and the Muay Thai classes. They are great combination for stand up and ground work. Since I started my level of fitness, my stamina, my confidence and my self-control have improved significantly. On top of that, there are taught by experienced, skillful, clever, funny and friendly instructors.
Diesel gym offers excellent all around instruction for novice and experienced MMA fighters. The combination of Muay Thai for standup, BJJ for groundwork and MMA to combine the two makes for building the great all around skills required for serious MMA training. Diesel has top instructors in all these areas, great facilities and cool people to train with.
I moved to London one year ago as a Danish business expatriate with no martial arts experience whatsoever. Today, I go to Diesel 3+ times a week to train, learn and socialise. Over the past 12 months training in Diesel I have realised that Muay Thai is my drug of life, the trainers a great source of inspiration and the other students a friend base I wouldn't be without.
I've been doing martial arts on and off for 16 years now...being 28 this is a big part of my life. The last 4 years Ive been doing Muay Thai, yet I am amazed at how much I am learning and improved in the few months I've been at Diesel Gym. The training is first class and regimented with very experienced Instructors. The atmosphere within the gym is very friendly and ego free. As far as Muay Thai training goes I think this is the best gym around and one that people can achieve a lot in.
Matt, London E17
"Within 18 months of joining London Muay Thai Sitnarong camp (now Diesel Gym), in summer 2006, I had lost 4st in weight and I now train four times a week. The training has made me feel like a new person and helped me in so many other ways both at work and at home. I would recommend this camp to anyone. It's fantastic, and in a great location."
Matt, London E17
Caroline, London E4
"I've been training with the London Muay Thai Sitnarong Camp (now Diesel Gym) since August 2007, and can honestly say I enjoy every second. I trained in westernised kickboxing for a short time but felt as if something was missing. I then tried a local club for muay Thai, but didn't like the style of teaching. Then I found this camp online, and the rest is history. All the guys and girls are really welcoming and friendly, and I find the teaching style and the technicality of the instructors second to none. I train twice a week and look forward to it all week long. The combination of having a laugh, learning new skills and techniques and gaining fitness and muscle strength is just great, and I would recommend the camp to anyone who is interested in learning a martial art."
Caroline, London E4
David, London SE18
"I joined in July 2007 after looking for martial arts clubs in the City of London. For me, the beauty of muay Thai lies in its accessibility and effectiveness and I would recommend this club to anyone, especially if you looking for authentic training, integrated cardio sessions or simply want something different to do after work. Training here has renewed my interest in Thai boxing as well as my overall health and fitness. The classes can be tough and intense, but I train whenever I can, usually up to three times a week. There's a strong social aspect at the camp, everyone knows each other and I've found the atmosphere there unlike any gym or club I've attended in the past."
David, London SE18
"I've done a little muay Thai before, but have only recently joined this class. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it didn't take long to start enjoying it. I say ‘enjoy'... given the amount of sweat and steam (yes, steam!) given off during a class, maybe that's the wrong term. Muay Thai is one of the most thorough workouts you will ever do. But it's definitely not painful in the wrong ways. Beginners aren't knocked about by big boys showing off, but nor are experienced boxers going to be bored. The payment system is quite convenient, too: better value to come regularly but not a waste of money if you can't make it for a while."
Sarah, London E17
"I should probably say I got involved in muay Thai because it's a brutally effective fighting art that challenges you in mind, body and spirit and repeatedly encourages you to exceed your limits. But if I'm honest, it was because its a killer workout that blasts through 600 calories an hour, meaning I could start eating more chocolate without feeling guilty. The rest came later and now I wouldn't give up this training for the world.
Whatever you want from muay Thai, you'll get it - as long as you're prepared to put in 100 per cent effort. I'm in the best cardio condition of my life, plus I've got upper body strength I could only have dreamed about when I was doing wussy bicep curls at the gym. And I still can't believe it whenever I get through the sparring - something that scared me death when I started.
I've heard some clubs concentrate only on their fighters, leaving everyone else to make up the numbers, but you won't get that at London Muay Thai Sitnarong (now Diesel Gym). You'll be trained to be the best you can be regardless of whether you have ambitions to be the next Buakaw Por Pramuk or just a hell of a lot fitter, plus their principles of self-discipline and respect for others are something you can carry with you for the rest of your life. I would recommend this club to anyone."
Sarah, London E17
"London Muay Thai Sitnarong (now Diesel Gym) is a truly great place to learn Thai boxing. The instructors are amazingly knowledgeable and teach in an extremely efficient and productive way that helps you get the most out your training. Everyone there is friendly and welcoming but at the same time, serious about what they are doing so there is no watering down of the training. The focus is on authentic Thai style, technique and fight strategy and will satisfy anyone from a beginner to those wishing to compete. I fully recommend this camp to everyone."
"Working in the City is stressful and can quickly lead to drinking every other day after work, and a generally very unhealthy lifestyle. I hate the dull grind of the treadmill and was looking for something more engaging and interesting to do to get fit, with a few internet searches and background research, I found this camp. I found teaching to be open and inclusive to everyone and enjoyed the air of respect and mutual trust promoted there. The enthusiasm, skill, positivity and down-to-earth attitude of the instructors is inspiring and a joy to return to after a day in a grey office. Every lesson I returned home with new moves to contemplate and new training methods. I am 6ft tall, and in just under a year, I have dropped 25kg in weight and counting, and gone from a 42in waist to a 35in. Training regularly cuts down on my opportunities for pub visits to a reasonable (read: healthy) level and I have started seeing my friends outside of bars and clubs, too.
More curious effects have taken hold that I wasn't at all expecting; in addition to the massive physical health improvement, I have felt more confident and have a much greater sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Demons of negativity do still occasionally haunt me, but muay Thai helps to give me an anchor to keep me from drifting too far off course. The morning after training, I sometimes positively leap out of bed in expectation of a bright new day. I hadn't envisaged fighting competitively when I started training but I now hope to soon begin training for my first full-contact fight, and want to visit Thailand for training full-time for a while in the next year."