Best Muay Thai Gyms in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is known for having one of the best BJJ scenes in the world. What many don’t know is the city has a strong Thai boxing scene with the world’s best Muay Thai gyms.

Here is a list of some of the best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro. If you ever travel to the beautiful city of Rio, remember this list and get some great training while you’re there.

The Best Muay Thai Gyms in Rio de Janeiro

Important Notice!!!

Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city, but it’s far from the safest place in the world. While it’s beautiful, it’s also a violent city with a lot of assaults. If you’re visiting the city, please be aware that you’re taking your safety into your own hands. 

Thai Boxing Warriors- Professor Wallace

Thai Boxing Warriors- Professor Wallace
  • Address: Rua Turvânia, 40 – Vila Valqueire, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21330-680
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 97250-6766

On all of the lists of the best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro, Thai Boxing Warriors is on all of them. The academy and affiliate schools are highly-rated and accept students of all levels.

The main Thai Boxing Warriors is located in Vila Valqueire and two other affiliate schools are in Madureira and Praca Seca.

Fight Brothers Muay Thai

Fight Brothers Muay Thai
  • Address: R. Piracaia, 229 – Mal. Hermes, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21555-260
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 99043-2297

The Fight Brothers Muay Thai Academy is rated as one of the best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro. While they produce some talented amateur fighters, this isn’t the primary goal of the academy.

Fight Brother’s main objective is to help transform the lives of their students. Giving them an opportunity to better their lives, while teaching them an effective form of self defense.

This is one of the highest rated schools in the RJ region, where you can get some great training in.

Muay Thai- Arena The Trooper

Muay Thai- Arena The Trooper
  • Address: Rua Manoel Peçanha, 41 – Bangu, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21815-360
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 98384-5297

Muay Thai- Arena The Trooper was established by head instructor Alexandre Bandeira. This school is one of the best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro with numerous great reviews.

This gym is a no frills Thai boxing gym with a large number of students. If you’re serious about training in a RJ Muay Thai school, you will get some hard training in this academy.

Jaber Muay Thai

Jaber Muay Thai
  • Address:  R. Maria Quitéria, 68 – 3o. Andar – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22410-040
  • Website(s): N/A
  • Phone:  (21) 99767-9257

Jaber Muay Thai is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Ipanema and is just a five minute walk from the beach. Professor Gabriel Glat Jaber is a highly accredited Muay Thai professor and will provide great training.

Equipe K0bra Kai

Equipe K0bra Kai
  • Address: R. Carlos Seidl, 1331 – Caju, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20931-003
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 98688-0019
  • One of the most known and best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro is Equipe K0bra Kai. Not to be confused with the Cobra Kai dojo from the Karate Kid series.

This gym and its affiliated gyms have a lot of great reviews, while also offering great boxing and BJJ classes. You can check out the main school in Caju or its affiliate schools in Ipanema, Pavuna, and Benefica.

BTT Lagoa

BTT Lagoa
  • Address: Av. Borges de Medeiros, 829 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22430-041
  • Website(s): Main Website, Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 96741-3936

There are numerous legendary fighters, who train and run schools within the city. At Brazilian Top Team Lagoa, you have the opportunity to train with MMA legend Murilo Bustamante.

He has owned and operated BTT Lagoa for over 3 decades and it’s one of the most respected schools in RJ. While Bustamante was known for his grappling, his school’s Muay Thai team is highly respected and offers great training. 

They welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned pro fighters.

Arca Muay Thai Bangu

Arca Muay Thai Bangu
  • Address: Rua Fonseca 534 cobertura – Bangu, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21820-005
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone:  (21) 95908-4379

Arca Muay Thai is considered one of the best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro’s west side area. This highly rated academy is owned and operated by Robson Carlos, who is well known within RJ’s Muay Thai community.

Professor Robson Carlos has built quite a team of amateurs and pros. This school always has one of the best boxing programs in the area, along with offer BJJ classes.

Academia de Lutas União Fight

Academia de Lutas União Fight
  • Address: R. Elvio de Moura, 265 – Ricardo de Albuquerque, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21635-160
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 96461-9073

Academia de Lutas União Fight is on every list of the best Muay Thai gyms in Las Vegas and it’s well deserved. The school is run by Marcelo Marinho, which has an excellent reputation in the city’s Thai boxing scene.

Marinho has a top notch fight team, while also having one of the city’s best reviewed kid programs. You will definitely get some great training at this school

CMT12 Escola de Lutas

CMT12 Escola de Lutas
  • Address: Academia I9 FIT – R. Istambul, 117 – Bangu, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21870-080
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 96413-9296

CMT12 is easily one of the best Muay Thai schools in Rio de Janeiro. It’s also one of the best No-Gi//Luta Livre schools within the city.

This gym is run by Clayton Mangueira, who is one of the most decorated martial artists in RJ. Mangueira has established a high-level fight team, which constantly wins at big Muay Thai and Luta Livre competitions .

Davi Thai Combat

Davi Thai Combat
  • Address: Sargento, R. Srg. Menezes, 53 – Bento Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 21331-150
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 99086-3697

Davi Thai Combat is a great choice if you find yourself in the RJ neighborhood of Bento Ribeiro. They have one of the largest classes in the region filled with amateur fighters and beginners learning self defense.

From the reviews, this gym offers great classes in a positive environment, where the teammates are like family.

New Fight Center

New Fight Center
  • Address: R. São Clemente, 155 – fundos, térreo – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22260-003
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 3529-3250

New Fight Center is one of the best rated Muay Thai schools located in the Botafogo neighborhood. It’s a modern Muay Thai gym, which is located in a better part of the city.

Along with a great Thai boxing program, New Fight Center also offers boxing, Judo, Karate, and fitness classes.

Academia de Lutas ALCERJ

Academia de Lutas ALCERJ
  • Address: Estr. do Tindiba, número 40 – sala 303 – Pechincha, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22740-360
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 99634-8749

ALCERJ has produced many top pro MMA and Thai kickboxers at their academies in Pechincha and Curicica. There is not one bad review to be found on either one of the ALCERJ academies.

Every review online praises them and say they are one of the best fight schools in Rio.

CTAM Arena Fight

CTAM Arena Fight
  • Address: R. Acre, 94 – Sobrado – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20081-000
  • Website(s): Instagram
  • Phone: (21) 99842-9149

In the Centro area of the city is one of the best Muay Thai schools in Rio de Janeiro. CTAM Arena Fight has a top notch Muay Thai program, along with great No-Gi and Karate classes. Whatever you want to learn, this school teaches.

Shogun Fight Team

Shogun Fight Team
  • Address: R. Prof. Henrique Costa, 841 – Pechincha, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22770-235
  • Website(s): Instagram(Recreio)
  • Phone: (21) 2146-5825

The last schools on our best Muay Thai gyms in Rio de Janeiro are affiliate schools of MMA legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Shogun has been opening affiliated MMA/Muay Thai schools around Brazil and he’s opened two in RJ.

These schools located in the neighborhoods of Pechincha and Recreio are highly-rated, state of the art gyms. If you want to learn the Chute-Boxe style of Muay Thai from accredited trainers, these schools  are a great choice.