Lukbanyai (otherwise known as “lookbanyai”) has been around for decades and is a very respected gym amongst the locals who follow the sport. In 2005 and 2006, Lukbanyai earned the prestigious “gym of the year” award and several of the fighters produced here went on to win major titles.
A couple fighters worth noting are Yodbuangarm and Norasing. At the time of this writing, Yodbuangarm is the latest Muay Thai instructor/fighter to be picked up by the Evolve MMA fight team based in Singapore. Yodbuangarm is both a Thailand and a Lumpinee stadium title holder and has fought (and beat) a who’s who list of top fighters.
Norasing is a 2x champion of Lumpinee stadium and he’s won the prestigious “best fighter” title awarded by Lumpinee stadium in 2006 and Thailand in 2007.
Lukbanyai is conveniently located between the Sutthisan and Huay Kwang MRT stations. You can use the poseidon soapy massage parlor as a landmark to find the gym as it’s just down that road and to the left. You can ask one of the motorbike taxi drivers in the area to point you in the right direction (they should all know where it is).
You wouldn’t want to live at the gym, trust me – there’s a small body of water that runs along the far end of the gym that can really stink the place up. The good news though is that there’s plenty of accommodation options nearby.
Training Info & Photos
A lot of the past champions have moved on and now the gym is working on developing the next generation of fighters. Because of this, you may find that there’s a shortage of large fighters to spar and clinch with.
The gym is known to emphasize boxing and WBC intercontinental title holder Sanghiran is based out of the gym. If you’re looking for a Muay Thai gym with a good emphasis on Western boxing, Lukbanyai may be a gym to consider.
The drop in fee for a training session here is 400 baht. The monthly rate can be discussed in person if you enjoy the training and wish to make a longer commitment.