About United Thai Boxing and MMA

About United Thai Boxing & MMA

United Thai Boxing & MMA was established after the Triangle’s only Muay Thai-based training gym closed suddenly in 2012. The founders quickly realized that no other gym in the Triangle area offered authentic Muay Thai-based training with the same frequency and quality they were used to. United Thai Boxing & MMA was created to fill this void for everyone from novices looking for a great kickboxing workout to professional Muay Thai and MMA fighters. We chose the name “United Thai Boxing & MMA” because our members are United by a love for Muay Thai, mixed martial arts and the desire to help each other improve through hard work.

We offer training through a combination of group classes, private instruction, and open gym hours. Our culture is built on:

  • Excellent, technique-focused instruction provided by teachers that have trained extensively in authentic Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Capoeira and other mixed martial arts disciplines
  • Obtaining results through hard work
  • A community that encourages discipline, accountability and a sense of family regardless of your training goals

Our classes focus on teaching proper technique to all of our students, regardless of skill level. With a broad range of members from novices looking to develop skills and get a great workout to experienced amateur/professional fighters, as well as everything in between, we welcome you to join us regardless of your experience or training goals. All that we ask of you is to train hard up to your current fitness and ability.

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Professor Taturana

Capoeira Instructor

Comes from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, where he began training Capoeira at age 12 with Mestre Paulinho Sabia of group Capoeira Brazil. In 2001 he came to the US and has since performed for Nike and the Texas State Fair. He has taught Capoeira at the University of New Mexico and in NYC at New York University (NYU), Harlem YMCA and Manhattan YMCA. Professor Tatu moved to NC in 2004 and started teaching classes for Duke University and UNC.

Adam Hughes

Muay Thai Instructor

Adam Hughes, training in Muay Thai for 6 years and has a deep passion and knowledge for this Art.

Muay Thai has been an outlet and an avenue in which I channel my energy and let it all go. Without Muay Thai I don't know where I'd be. – Adam Hughes
Muay Thai Instructor Adam Hughes
Nick Prairie

BJJ Instructor

Professor Nick Prairie is a BJJ Black Belt. He is a graduate of Duke Law School.

Christina Rowe

Yoga Instructor

Christina, a North Carolina native, originally began practicing yoga in 2011 as a method to build flexibility and balance to compliment long distance running.  Before long, the practice became a way to reset both the body and the mind.  Christina completed her teacher training at Republic of Yoga in 2016.  She teaches flowing sequences set to lively music that leverage the energy system of the body described in ancient yoga texts to rejuvenate the body and facilitate finding freedom on the mat.  She also enjoys running, resistance training, and microbiology.

Rob Foster II

Muay Thai Instructor / Strength & Conditioning Coach

Rob is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a former Professional Skier, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Instructor/Trainer with Vail Resorts and Professional Ski Instructors of America. Rob got his start in Martial Arts studying Tang Soo Do and Jeet Kun Do in his teens. He was introduced to Muay Thai in 1990. For 11 years in Colorado, he focused on the Science of Skiing and training skiers; training and certifying over 150 Professional Skiers and Ski Instructors. During the summer, Rob’s focus was on Endurance Mountain Bike Racing, competing successfully in 12 hour, 24 hour, 50 mile and 100 mile races. In 2001 Rob became a Police Officer and spent several years in various duties of Law Enforcement. As part of his Police Training he was certified in Police Pressure Point Control Tactics, Koga-Ryu Weapons and Defense Tactics. Rob now resides in Carrboro, NC where he discovered United Thai Boxing & MMA, which rekindled his love of training Muay Thai and the Muay Thai lifestyle.


Coach Schroder

Children’s Grappling Coach

Passionate about the physical development of youth, Schroder has been teaching elementary school PE since 2013. She began training MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014. Combining her joy for teaching children with practical self defense skills rooted in Muay Thai and no gi grappling, she has been leading self defense workshops for  youth since 2014.  Schroder coaches for the same reasons she trains: to strengthen students’ sense of autonomy and power while promoting a sense of respect for self and others.

Neal Ritchie

Assistant BJJ Coach & Children’s BJJ Coach

Neal has trained a variety of martial arts for the past ten years, beginning with Shorin Ryu Karate in 2006. In 2013 he recieved his black belt in Kajukenbo-Wun Hop Kuen Do, a mixture of karate, kung fu, grappling, and Philipino knife and stick fighting. Neal recieved his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in October of 2014 from Professor James Fiedler, in which he continues to train, and has been training Muay Thai for competition in MMA since 2013. He is passionate about helping kids of all ages to develop their coordination, confidence, and autonomy. Neal has an amateur MMA record of 3-3.

Corey Bell

Wrestling Instructor

Corey Bell is a longtime volunteer assistant coach for the Duke Blue Devils after a highly successful wrestling career at The University North Carolina. He works closely with the middle and higher weights and brings an infectious spirit to the program.

The Durham, N.C., native was a four-time ACC champion and NCAA qualifier for the Tar Heels during his collegiate wrestling career.

Bell, who majored in communication studies at North Carolina, was a Carolina ACT mentor, a member of the Black Student Movement and Ebony Readers. He also performed with the band Sankofa while at North Carolina. Bell is a successful entrepreneur and businessman in the Durham-Chapel Hill area.