Sai Varley – Founder

Sai Varley has dedicated his life to Muay Thai. For more than 30 years he has lived and breathed the martial art, training and teaching its intricacies, its power and its effectiveness. Sai has traveled the country and the world to fight, competing at a top international level and has trained the next generation of champions.

Sai became interested in Muay Thai from a young age after first becoming a skillful boxer. It was after he was bullied that Sai immersed himself in Muay Thai.

Determined to broaden his experience and perfect his technique, Sai traveled to Thailand and lived and trained in some of the country’s best camps.

This authentic training remains at the heart of Sai’s instructorship to this day as he ensures his classes stay true to the Thai cultures of respect, honesty and the family unit.

In 1992, Sai set about realising his ultimate dream – owning a dedicated, full-time Muay Thai gym. Inspired by his early training days, Sai established Studio 2000 in Derby, named after the gym he had trained at in Bridge Street, Manchester.

Sai has been running Studio 2000 ever since, sharing his love of Muay Thai. Through his inspirational coaching he has spread the word about the art and trained most of the Thai boxing instructors in the region.

It is Studio 2000 which endures as the beacon of true Muay Thai instructorship in the region – due to Sai’s expertise and commitment. It was in recognition of his dedication to teaching the art of traditional Muay Thai that Sai was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame in 2012.

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