When Mike Swick’s UFC career was winding down he followed his other passion. Swick conceptualized a gym in Thailand where anyone could come and not have to feel like they were in a ‘pro fighters only’ gym. AKA Thailand was created and it has since become a haven for both professional fighters and beginners looking to get in shape.
Being on the TUF 1 reality show and fighting in the UFC was a way for Swick to follow his passion for fighting. However, while pursuing his fight career those two things served as a platform for Swick to grow his brand. His popularity rose and he was able to parlay his fanbase and social media presence to spread the word about the super-gym that was being built in Thailand.
Fast forward to present day and AKA Thailand is thriving! Guests come in droves because of what Swick has created; A clean environment to train in with some of the best fighters and trainers in the world. Guests have included Chuck Liddell, Dana White, Luke Rockhold, and many others. Most recently, Tyron Woodley has stated that he will be doing all of his pre-camp fight training at AKA Thailand.
Aside from top professional fighters, the gym is a place for anyone that is looking to better themselves. While AKA Thailand is a place where many athletes hold their fight camps, it’s still a place for absolute beginners. In fact, we have pros training right alongside day-1 guests.