Missoula Martial Arts

Garuda Muay Thai & MMA is a mixed martial arts school in Missoula, Montana. Garuda Muay Thai & MMA offers instruction in Muay Thai, also known as Thai kick boxing, Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW), Silat, and Kali. Whether you are interested in combat sports, learning self-defense, or just practicing martial arts as a hobby to have fun and get in shape, Garuda Muay Thai & MMA provides an enriching experience for men, women and children to become stronger physically as well as mentally. You will gain confidence while learning self-defense and the skills for combat sports.

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Muay Thai/STX Kickboxing

Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a kickboxing art from Thailand and is their national sport. Muay Thai is known as “The Art of 8 limbs” as it utilizes the hands, elbows, knees, and feet. It is one of the most effective martial arts in Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and Self – Defense.
At Garuda Muay Thai & MMA we focus on the Muay Thai style known as “Muay Femur”. The “Muay Femur” stylists are the technical, evasive, “tricky” fighters of the Muay Thai world.

You will also learn how to make the adjustments to classical Muay Thai to adapt it to Mixed Martial Arts.

In addition to Muay Thai we cross – train in the STX kickboxing system. STX stands for Savate/Muay Thai crossover. This system was developed over many years by Guro Dan Inosanto and Sensi Erik Paulson and combines the best of Thai boxing and French Kickboxing. It is a great supplement to your striking and gives you an edge over the competition!

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Combat Submission Wrestling/NoGi Jiu-Jitsu

Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) and NoGi Jiu-Jitsu are the focus of the grappling system taught at Garuda Muay Thai & MMA. CSW was developed by world renowned fighter and coach, Sensi Erik Paulson. CSW is a mixed grappling system that blends many martial arts such as Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Sambo, Shooto and others into a system that adapts well into Mixed Martial Arts, NoGi Sports Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense.

Kids/Teens Martial Arts

Garuda Muay Thai & MMA offers classes for kids and teens. The youth martial arts program will teach kids to have self-confidence, discipline, and respect for themselves and others while learning self-defense and aspects of sport martial arts. They will learn various martial arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kali, Jiu-jitsu, and Catch Wrestling. The mixed martial arts approach will keep kids engaged and interested, while developing their own individual preference and style.

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Silat is a very effective martial art that has been developed over many generations in multiple areas of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Southern Thailand, and various islands in the Philippines. Silat mainly focuses on self-defense but many techniques can be used or adapted to a sport context. Silat teaches empty hand techniques including strikes and ground fighting, and also deals with bladed and impact weapons. There are many styles and branches of Silat. In this system you will learn a mix of various Silat styles designed to give you the best of this unique martial art.

Kali/Filipino Martial Arts

Kali is a martial art indigenous to the Philippines. Kali is a complete fighting system designed to make its practitioners proficient in all areas of combat. It is one of the most sought-after martial arts for learning to use impact and bladed weapons such as knives and swords, but is not limited to weaponry. Kali has sub-systems within it, such as Panantukan, which deals with empty hand striking, and Dumog, which deals with take downs, joint locks, and ground fighting. Kali is used the world over for self-defense, law enforcement, military special forces, and even movie fight choreography! Garuda Muay Thai & MMA teaches the Inosanto mixed Kali systems developed by Guro Dan Inosanto through his decades of tireless dedication to the Filipino martial arts. This system has been taught to Coach Tim through his main instructor, Sifu Chris Clarke of NW Kali. Come try this beautiful martial art that will keep you strong in mind and body for years to come!

Mixed Martial Arts

MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. This is where you put all of the different martial arts together into one complete system. If you want to compete in combat sports or get fantastic shape in a fun and challenging way, mixed martial arts will help you achieve your goals.

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  • Learn the skills necessary for combat sports.

  • A strong community and family values are very important at this gym.

  • The instructor is nice and patient with all students.

  • The training is challenging and fun, making it easier to stay disciplined and motivated.

  • Get in shape while learning valuable self defense techniques.