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SO8 (Science of Eight) is Cornwall’s longest established Muay Thai gym based behind the Falmouth Sports Club, Western Terrace Falmouth, TR11 4QJ.

S08 gym is primarily a  Muay Thai gym (Thai Boxing),

Although Ian also specialises in self protection training. (See separate tab)


Muay Thai is the ancient fighting system of Thailand. Students of Muay Thai learn how to use their hands, elbows, legs (kneeing and kicking) as well as using clinch and throw/sweep techniques.  Often Muay Thai is referred to as the ‘science of eight’ (two hands, two elbows, two knees two feet/legs) hence our club name SO8!!


Students of all ages train in Muay Thai for all sorts of reasons..

It's superb for fitness, flexibility, confidence building and self-protection as well as giving students opportunity to compete in the ring at either semi contact or full contact level.

In addition to Muay Thai the club also offers great fitness classes and  realistic Self-protection (self-defence).  Please check out the self-protection page of our site for more information.

Whether you want you get into the best shape of your life, build confidence, start a new hobby without fighting or train to fight either interclub or full Thai rules and become a champion we can help you achieve your goal! Rest assured you will be given a warm welcome at SO8. Our adult classes are for ages fourteen and over and suitable to any level of fitness or no fitness...  Everyone is given a warm friendly welcome. We train Juniors in seperate sessions from age 6. 

The club operates a ‘No Bullying or Inflated Ego’s’ policy and intimidation of any kind is not tolerated.

Thanks for checking us out and hopefully see you soon. Ian.

Ian Davies

Chief Instructor


Ian is the founder of SO8 (formerly Falmouth Thai)

He first started training in Muay Thai in 1985.

His first fight was in 1987 but a move to Cornwall in 1991 meant that the fight side of things was short-lived as there were no clubs in Cornwall to train at.

In October 1992 under the blessing of Master Sken he set up Sitnarong Falmouth and that is where it all started.

Ian has been lucky to train under the legendary Master Sken & Master Bob, Master Pimu, Kru Sandy Holt as well as many other amazing teachers in Thailand.  


In addition to running and teaching at SO8, Ian has been employed full time by the NHS for the last twenty two years  as a specialist trainer in Management of aggression and violence.

This role includes teaching Conflict resolution, Personal safety/Self protection and Restraint /Physical interventions.


 Ian is also a TRiM Manager /Practitioner offering post incident support to staff following traumatic incidents..

Al Beattie



Al has 25 years of Martial Arts Experience, 17 under Ian Davies. Starting in Freestyle Martial Arts and Tae-kwondo Al has competed in Thai Boxing and now trains and teaches at SO8. He is a level 2 Gym instructor and has trained multiple times in Thailand at Sinbi Muay Thai

Rose Beattie


Rose is an active fighter for SO8, currently with 10 Muay Thai and K1 fights under her belt. She has trained in Muay Thai for 15 years both at SO8 and in Thailand, fought for 9 years and coached for 5. She is a level 2 Gym Instructor and has trained multiple times in Thailand at Sinbi Muay Thaias well as holding a degree in Sports Science

Evey Spear 


Evey is a level 2 qualified gym instructor and has been involved in Muay Thai for a year or so . Before this she was very involved in kick boxing and believes her love for martial arts started there. She is also a level 1 qualified Olympic lifting coach and has a past in competing in CrossFit and weightlifting

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