The Jakarta Post
The Zealot Muay Thai club has opened its doors to all martial arts aficionados in Bali. Founder Jerry Luhukay, one of Indonesia’s foremost Muay Thai athletes, said that in addition to providing facilities and training for casual fighters, he would use the club to scout for potential talent.
Jerry trained the country’s Muay Thai team for the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, the country’s new capital. He said one of the reasons behind opening the Bali branch was his desire to nurture the huge public response to Muay Thai.
“Besides, Bali offers the same atmosphere and ambiance as Phuket, where I used to train Muay Thai fighters. That is why I’ve always wanted to open the club here,” Jerry said on Thursday.
The club has five locations in Jakarta and one in Lampung.
The sport has attracted people from all walks in life, including mothers, students and professionals. Jerry said they each wanted to learn Muay Thai for different reasons.
“I trained a mom who initially wanted to learn the sport for self-defense. Now, she has become one of the toughest amateur Muay Thai athletes,” he said.