Marcio Cesar Gracinha is a 3rd degree black belt and seasoned MMA pro

Marcio Cesar Gracinha is the man in charge of the MMA/BJJ program at AKA Thailand. Being a 3rd degree BJJ black belt and a seasoned MMA pro are his credentials that make him a perfect fit for the job. Coach Marcio began training BJJ 20 years ago. He fell in love with it instantly and […]


Mike Swick shows how to be a nightmare from a dominant position

The AKA way is embracing the grind and that means smashing someone from a dominant position. The technique of holding an opponent down and pounding away has become a staple of AKA and we’ve seen it from many fighters such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Cain Velasquez, and Daniel Cormier. AKA Thailand founder and longtime American Kickboxing […]


Everything that you could want from a combat sports gym, we have!

At AKA Thailand we like to think that we have everything that even the most finicky of guests would want. Mike Swick left no stone unturned when he thought up the concept of AKA Thailand and the gym delivers it all. Management, cleanliness, trainers, programs, and food; All hit the mark! Our trainers for all […]


The BJJ/MMA room at AKA Thailand is a revelation

Bluntly put, The AKA Thailand MMA/BJJ room is a revelation. It stands alone as being one of the most unique and forward thinking facilities in Southeast Asia. In fact, the room is the largest air-conditioned BJJ/MMA room in all of Southeast Asia. An air conditioned room is one of the biggest luxuries that you can […]


AKA Thailand’s, Professor Marcio, demonstrates some BJJ basics

BJJ basics are anything but basic. In the grand scheme of jiu-jitsu things, all of it is complicated. However, there are techniques in the discipline that can be easier than others. AKA Thailand head BJJ trainer, Marcio Cesar Gracinha, demonstrates those techniques here. Pass Guard for Mount Full mount is the most dominant position in […]


3rd degree black belt, Marcio Cesar Gracinha, runs the BJJ show at AKA Thailand

The main man that runs the BJJ show at AKA Thailand is none other than 3rd degree BJJ black belt, Marcio Cesar Gracinha. It was 20 years ago when Marcio decided to begin training in BJJ. He fell in love with it instantly and within 5 years he began MMA. He joined the famed Chute […]


Embrace the Grind. Mike Swick Demonstrates how to Punish an Opponent on his back

If you watch AKA fighters you know that they have a unique ability of being able to hold their opponent down on their back. This isn’t just because they have heavy hips and lay on their opponents. The techniques taught at AKA have become a universal way of knowing how to take your opponent down […]


AKA Thailand’s MMA/BJJ room defies guest expectations

Guest expectation of our facilities are always high but our MMA/BJJ room is above and beyond what people expect. Our resort style gym is 5-star and the room is a big part of why. The room is the largest air-conditioned BJJ/MMA room in all of Southeast Asia. We’re not sure if you are aware, but […]


AKA Thailand trainers teach confidence through combat sports

The general idea for learning a combat sport is usually for fitness and confidence purposes. Whether it is for children or adults, learning a discipline helps immensely in all aspects of life. The common misconception is that AKA Thailand is just a gym for professional fighters and that no amateurs are allowed. Obviously, this isn’t […]


AKA Thailand is a gym for any and everybody who comes to visit

Everyone that comes to visit AKA Thailand is welcome. Even though this is a blanket statement, it is 100% true. Even the beginners that walk through our doors will get the same treatment as a UFC champion would. Mike Swick created a gym where advanced fighters can train alongside day one beginners. It’s formatted so […]