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Together Bang Muay Thai, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and Elements MMA pride ourselves in having

an academy ideal for anybody interested in taking part in mixed martial arts, muay thai kickboxing or jiu jitsu.

Who we are

Boasting 60 classes per month taken by accredited instructors our facility more than satisfies every criteria you would expect a modern-day, fully equipped MMA academy to provide. In May 2014 Elements MMA became officially affiliated with Bang Muay Thai by Duane Ludwig himself.

Duane Paul Ludwig is an American professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist. As the K-1 2002 World MAX USA Champion, he is one of only five K-1 Champions and the only K-1 World MAX Champion to compete in the UFC. In addition, Ludwig also holds the official fastest knockout record in the UFC after his win against Jonathan Goulet (in 0:06) at UFC Fight Night 3. Ludwig was ranked as the top lightweight in the world during 2003 and 2004, for his victories over Jens Pulver at UCC 12 and Genki Sudo at UFC 42.

Ludwig has also received acclaim for his role in the success of Team Alpha Male operating out of Sacramento, California, which is home to numerous highly ranked mixed martial artists who have competed in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting. Ludwig served as the teams head coach, where his impact is believed to have been the “missing link” in elevating the team as one of the gold standards for training camps in the world. Ludwig has been voted the Coach of the Year and Gym of the Year in 2013 by the World MMA Awards.

Duane started practicing Muay Thai when he was 15 years old, being trained by Bas Rutten during his early career. Having become a world kickboxing champion Duane switched his attention to MMA fighting in the UFC numerous times, amassing 35 professional bouts in total. Notable victories of Duane’s also include wins over Yves Edwards, Nick Osipczak and Amir Sadollah. In October 2010 Duane opened his flagship Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts School, “BANG Muay Thai Inc.” at 303 Training Center in Westminster, Colorado.

From December 2012, Ludwig was head coach at Team Alpha Male. Duane has no relinquished his position to focus all of his available attention on his Bang Muay Thai system and its affiliates, which we are extremely proud to be one, and the very first in the UK.

To say that we fly the mighty Bang Muay Thai banner proudly is a definite understatement, however we also offer the highest level of instruction in MMA and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, with boxing and wrestling classes also available, all of which can each be learned as stand alone arts or cross trained to supplement an overall MMA programme.

Features of the Elements facility itself include our 150m sq. wrestling mat with authentic event spec training cage, full sized boxing ring, separate weights & conditioning studio and separate showers & changing facilities for both men and women. On arrival you should note our large, secure car park which is of course free of charge and is gated and locked outside of the gym opening times.

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Pete Adams

Bang Muay Thai Instructor Pete Adams is no stranger to competition. Having gotten his MMA career off to a winning start Pete has an international thai boxing pedigree which includes 19 bouts and spans over 10 yrs of competition, as well as having 15 amatuer boxing matches as a junior.

Pete has trained at the highly respected, world famous Sor Vorapin gym with Kru Surapol. The techniques Pete has mastered coupled with his incredible work ethic saw him claim English IKF title belt at Light-Welterweight and entered the top ten in the IKF world rankings in 2009.

Pete joined Elements MMA in August 2010 and quickly gained popularity with all of the students and fellow fighters.
Since then Pete has transitioned to MMA and quickly started adding groundwork and wrestling to his already formidable striking background.

His Thai Boxing class rapidly grew in popularity, giving students an authentic and uncompromising level of traditional muay thai. Over time Pete was to adapt his style for MMA, until committing to Duane Ludwig’s hallowed Bang Muay Thai style. Just as Pete had studied his traditional style of muay thai in order to climb the ranks to British champion Pete dove into studying Bang Muay Thai extensively, becoming Duane Ludwig’s first and only U.K. accredited instructor in May 2014.

Pete continues to compete in MMA domestically, where we expect his never-say-die attitude will see him climb the ranks with many victories to his name.

Peter “F” Hefford

Peter Hefford’s gym in Kings Norton named F’s Freestyle was the nucleus for all that currently exists here at Elements MMA. A former Lightweight European and Commonwealth Muay Thai Champion, F’s ability to get the most out of people is up there with his ferocity inside the ring as 2 of his greatest qualities. Within months of discovering the sport and already into his late twenties F rapidly scaled the professional ranks becoming a fearsome competitor on the British Thai boxing circuit.

Quickly identifying muay thai as the perfect channel for his unbridled energy F began his ascent on the British scene, asserting himself as a force to be reckoned with stringing together numerous stoppage victories on the way to his decisive title victories in the 70 kilo division.

F was still in his prime when he opened his gym, but teaching and mentoring soon took priority over his own training as F’s Muay Thai classes thrived. At its best and with the full cast it had assembled at the time F’s Freestyle was unrivalled as a fighters gym, being home to many great training camps of some of the best fighters from around the midlands. F being more suited to the training aspects than the business side of things struggled to ever gain a good grip on proceedings and eventually the gym dissolved.

Fortunately it hasnt taken long for many of the F’s Freestyle mainstay to reconnect here at our permanent home. We are absolutely delighted to be reacquainted with someone of F ‘s magnitude. His energy and presence lend its hand to a vibrant and brotherly atmosphere. F’s down to earth, no nonsense nature coupled with his fantastic ability as a pad holder make him an obvious choice for 121 personal sessions. He is by far our most popular coach with clients seeking private tuition. F provides something extra, something so hard to come by even he isn’t sure what it is- but one thing is for certain it keeps them coming back, time after time!

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