Absolute's Muay Thai classes teach “The Art of Eight Limbs” - one of the most effective and devastating striking arts in the world.

Utilizing punches, elbows, kicks and knees, Muay Thai teaches ring-proven techniques for the competitive arena, self-defence. or just fun and fitness.

The Thai art is a challenging physical workout that will hone your balance, speed and power.

Absolute MMA's Muay Thai program caters for students of all experience levels, from complete novices to champion professional fighters, and each step along the way you will be guided by some of Australia's most experienced and respected coaches.


  • Some of Australia's most experienced, respected and qualified coaches
  • Get guidance you need for amateur or professional bouts or simply for fun and fitness
  • Combat-proven self-defence
  • Develop power, speed and agility
  • Build muscle and lose fat while learning valuable skills
  • Develop confidence


A typical class will start with 10 to 15 minutes of warm ups involving skipping, plyometrics and conditioning followed by a few rounds of shadow boxing.

Following the warm-up, your coach will develop your skills with any number of training exercises including pad work, bag work, technical drills with partners and more. The content of the class will vary from week to week, keeping the class fresh and focusing on all aspects of Muay Thai.

In Advanced classes, you will often have the opportunity to apply what you have learned with sparring. The objective with sparring is to test your skills, to attempt to apply what you have learned in the class and to have some fun – it is not to hurt each other. All sparring sessions are closely monitored and we promote a safe and positive learning environment.


13214725_10153649716331608_186326835_oTao Jaiphet

Tao Jaiphet is a pioneer of the Melbourne Muay Thai scene with over 16 years’ experience as a fight trainer, producing over 150 fighters to date and 14 champions.

Tao spent much the late 90s training and fighting in Thailand and Australia, amassing a record of 12 wins from 19 bouts, as well as training and fighting in Macau and Hong Kong also where he used his background in Muay Thai to compete in Sanda, putting together an undefeated record of 11 wins from 11 fights.

Tao is a fully qualified Fight Trainer with the Boxing & Combat Sports Board of Victoria. He is the Former World Muay Thai Council President for Victoria, and is a fully qualified and registered Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA judge and referee in Victoria. Tao also holds a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Qualification and a blue belt in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Tao's champions include:

  • Claire 'Fury' Foreman - WMC Vic Champion, WMC Australian Champion
  • Amy Gross - WMC South Pacific Champion
  • Caroline Aebersold - WMC Intercontinental Champion
  • Jared Grigor - WBC Vic Champion. English Champion, Southern English Champion
  • Dan Sheridan - WKA Champion
  • Michael Demitriou - WMC Vic Champion
  • Ben Smullen - WKA Vic Champion
  • Ryan Barry - WBC Vic Champion, WMC Vic Champion
  • Other notable fighters include John ‘Biscuits’ McKenna, Kate Bruzzaniti, Denis Kelly, Phillip Lai, Richie Hardcore, Tali Sibermann, Suriya Darryl Lawlor, Ross Newland.

13173785_1745956029007841_9071572930223646616_nLaos Toohey

Laos “The Asian Bull” Toohey is one of the most highly respected striking coaches in Australia today, coaching over 35 champions in a variety of disciplines at every level including an I.S.K.A. Super Middleweight World Champion. Toohey was named Star Kickboxing Trainer of the Year 1998 and Kickboxing Trainer of the Century in 2000.

As a fighter, competing in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate and TKD, he is renowned for his perfect, undefeated record of 32 wins and 0 losses (15KO)  and the number and variety titles that he captured.

His accomplishments as an athlete include:

  • 3 x National Karate Champion under 60kg
  • 5 x National Taekwondo Champion
  • Silver Medalist Olympic Game Selection South Korea 1988
  • Silver Medalist World Championship Selection 1989
  • 7 x Victorian Taekwondo Champion
  • National Taekwondo Team Representative (1986-1987, 1989-1990)
  • 2 x Victorian V.A.B.A Boxing Champion
  • Victorian Best Boxer Champion of Champions 1994
  • 3 x National Kickboxing Champion
  • W.K.A. Super Bantam weight Muay Thai Champion
  • 6 x Interclub Taekwondo Champion
  • W.K.A Bantam Weight Champion
  • I.S.K.A Feather Weight Champion
  • South Pacific Muay Thai Champion
  • Commonwealth Kickboxing Champion
  • Most Consistent Kickboxer 1993
  • Most Outstanding Kickboxer 1994

Claire Foreman

Claire "Fury" Foreman is a professional Thai Boxer who has been training martial arts for 10 years, spending the last 7 years focusing on Muaythai. She holds a record of 19 fights for 17 wins and is the current Victorian and Australian WMC champion. She has fought and trained internationally and will be making her debut in the US later this year. She believes that Martial Arts and Combat Sports empowers women and girls to build confidence, strength, resilience and community and is passionate about bringing more women into the sport. Whether you wish to fight one day or are wanting to train for personal development or fitness she is keen to support your personal goals. Her classes are a fun, friendly space for women to push their fitness while learning authentic Muaythai.

JoeJoe Boobyer

Joe Boobyer is an internationally experienced coach, personal trainer and a professional fighter with a record of 37 wins from 54 fights. He has spent the past 12 years training in Muay Thai, K-1, Boxing and MMA, with professional experience in all four disciplines. He has won the World Muaythai Federation Pro Heavyweight World Title, challenged for the World Muaythai Council Cruiserweight World Title once and World Kickboxing Network International Superheavyweight title twice, and has won two 4 man K-1 middleweight tournaments in China. He spent over 5 years living in gyms and training throughout Thailand where he won multiple time stadium titles. Has been ranked at 20 worldwide by the World Boxing Council at super-cruiserweight.

johnnyJohn McKenna

John McKenna is a professional Muay Thai fighter with a record of 17 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. He is the reigning WMC State Middleweight Champion and has been training martial arts for 9 years, fighting both domestically and internationally. John is currently studying for his Cert IV in Fitness.

liamLiam McNeill

Liam McNeill is the former #3 ranked 55kg Muay Thai fighter in Australia with an outstanding professional record of 16 wins and 5 losses. He has fought 12 bouts in Thailand, including two at the famed Lumpinee Stadium (both won by KO) and one of the most important Muay Thai events of the year, the Queen's Birthday (also winning via KO). Liam also holds a Cert III and IV in Fitness.

Jeremy Wharerau

Jeremy Wharerau is a former professional mixed martial artist with a record of 4 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw with one win coming via KO in a bout fought in America. Although proficient in both striking and grappling, Jeremy's approach to the mental aspects of training and fighting have seen his students to success at all levels, including bouts at Australian Fighting Championship, Hex Fight Series and Valor, the largest MMA events in Australia.