Since 2006, Alex Ricci and Dennis Carelli have shared a common vision: to deliver top-level Muay Thai instruction to people of all skills levels and to offer inspiration fitness classes to elevate health and wellness for adults and for youth.
Their vision established one of York Region’s most respected martial arts and fitness solutions: the M1 Thai Boxing System.
M1 Thai Boxing now offers a wide range of programs including thai boxing, MMA, kettle bell, strength and conditioning and fitness classes for adults and youth. Personal training and private group sessions are also available. Drop by, take a tour of our 2-level studio, and get 3 free trial classes!
Muay Thai Fundamentals Program: Learn the basic techniques while also getting a strength and conditioning workout. Only $275 for 3 months! More details here.
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M1 has completely changed my life from the inside out. I have been a member for 2 years and will never join or attend another gym. The staff is amazing, the instructors exceed all expectations and very well versed. Every work out is an extreme sweat session challenging both mind and body in ways never thought possible. Every class is different, never a dull moment! Results are immediate and from week to week you will watch your body completely transform. Staff is always willing to lend a hand, before, during and after class to guide you through techniques and to ensure you are always giving 100 percent. This is not your typical gym, this is a family. One that pushes and encourages one another to be better, to do better. You are constantly learning and growing from one another all while working alongside amazing instructors. Being part of this family has brought my body and mind to unimaginable mental and physical levels. I am addicted and I am honored to be part of this team!
- Maria B
Both my boys, ages 14 and 12 have been going to M-1 Thai boxing for about 3-4 years. The staff at the gym are extremely friendly and very professional. When I was searching for a gym, I was invited to watch a kids class. I noticed Kru Alex pushed the kids to their individual capabilities but also being positive and instilling confidence in them. Over the years, my boys have grown to look up to Alex not only as a coach but as a mentor. They are looking forward to working with Kru Alex and the staff at M-1 in the years to come.
- Sonia Cerasani
Alex Ricci is a phenomenal mentor and an inspirational teacher. Alex has been my trainer for the past 6 years and because of his skill, patience and passion, I have also developed a passion and love for the art of of Muay-Thai. Alex has been fundamental is shaping me into a successful Muay-Thai student through his expertise on cardiovascular conditioning, core and leg strength, and hip mobility. As Alex helps his students train both physically and mentally, the art of Muay-Thai continues to enrich my life. M1 Boxing is truly an amazing place to train, learn and grow as its passionate environment is filled with charismatic, kind and dedicated trainers.
My passion for Muay Thai started at 22 years of age because of Kru Alex Ricci and 12 years later Muay Thai still remains strong in my heart. I have trained at several gyms across the GTA and none compare to the quality and dedication of the instructors at M1. Whether you are a beginner or advanced in Muay Thai the instructors welcome everyone with the intention of building on your strengths and weaknesses through training. M1 has enriched my life in so many ways and I know it will do the same for you!
What can I say about M1. Fantastic trainers, fantastic people. When my MMA club closed down 2 years ago I didn't know what to do. Yes, there were clubs out there but they didn't match up to my standards. I asked my husband to look around for a club that my son and I could attend. He searched high and low and nothing came close to my old club. One day he said he heard of a club very close by. He went to a place called M1 Thaiboxing. This place is amazing he said, we need to try it out, not only is this club close to us the club is very clean and the staff very friendly. To this day we are still proud members of M1. We have learned alot there and are learning new things every day. Thank you everyone at M1 for making my search easy. Thank you M1 for keeping us motivated and for having professional trainers. Thank you M1 for seeing the potential in our children, pushing them to exceed each and every day.
- Sylvia Romolo
As a high school teacher and one of the coordinators of our wellness day for 400 grade 10 students, M1 Thai Boxing came in a provided 2 sessions of mma for students. What an experience for the students and staff! Professional and knowledgeable instructing-Alex took the time to explain and connect with the students. I am impressed and will have M1 Thai Boxing back at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary Mississauga again! Thanks for being part of the day! ★★★★★
- Mirona Bosnjak
This is one place that if they offered a lifetime membership I'd be 1st one to sign up, hands down the best I've ever experienced. It is more than just a gym, but more of a community, an all-for-one, one-for-all kind of team. All the coaches are really amazing - each has their own different styles but all share one thing in common - they want you to be better and they will work with you together to help you get there. The owner Alex is a great fighter, coach, but most importantly an awesome friend that truly cares about each and every single member of the gym. ★★★★★
- Y Q
From the moment I walked in, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be apart of the M1 family. Having explored multiple martial arts gyms in the Vaughan/ Mississauga area, I can confidently say that none of them come close to what M1 has provided me over the last 2 years. Regardless of your skill level and experience, you’re welcomed with open arms. The coaches are professional, experienced and dedicated! They have a genuine passion for Thai Boxing and truly take the time to learn each student’s strengths and weaknesses to help with development. Whether it’s one-on-one training sessions or sticking around after class, the coaches are always there to help. They see your capability and are constantly encouraging and motivating you to be the best that you can be. What I love most is that each coach provides a different training style which in turns provides a variety of classes to help accommodate each student’s specific goals, skill and experience level. From Kettle Bell, cardiovascular focused workouts to advanced technical classes, there is something for everyone! The best part…..? Classes are offered all week which makes it super easy to fit into a busy schedule! I highly recommend this gym to anyone who is contemplating trying something new or has a background in martial arts. This gym is my second home and I am proud to represent Team M1! ★★★★★
5* I really can’t say enough good things about M1. The one thing that stands out for me is the coaches! It really doesn’t matter what your skill level is, or if you have zero experience, they will immediately recognize this and teach you accordingly. They’re knowledge of the sport is pretty impressive. It’s a team and family over there. ★★★★★
BEST PLACE TO TRAIN! Seriously, ask me about joining M1 and I’ll say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m there roughly 5-6 days a week, and have built such strong relationships over the past 9 months that I truly consider these people to be my family…my team. You grow close with the other students training at this gym because you see the same faces day in and out. You’re all there for the same purpose – to put in hard work and work towards your goals, all while doing so in an environment that is respectful and supportive. This gym really gives off an accepting and positive community vibe, which I absolutely love!!!! No matter what fitness or skill level you’re at, you will feel comfortable training at M1. When it comes to their trainers, I can’t say enough good things. They are extremely knowledgeable in their craft, and are all so caring, approachable, and friendly. Don’t be fooled though, because boy do they train you hard! They get to know everyone individually (which is something I really value, since you don’t see that in the bigger gyms out there), and they continually challenge and push you to your limits. Whether you want to be a successful fighter, or simply want to get in shape and pursue a healthy lifestyle, they want you to succeed and are dedicated to your continual improvement. I’ve trained at a number of different fitness centers and martial arts gyms in the past, and can attest to the fact that M1 is like no other….and anyone who knows me knows that this place has become my second home. I would highly recommend checking them out…you won’t regret it!!! ★★★★★
Alex Ricci has a wealth of martial arts knowledge and experience. He is also an awesome person. I suggest you check out M1 and experience the many benefits that training with Alex and his team will bring you. ★★★★★
I first started training here when I was 15. One of my biggest regrets in life was when I stopped training here and did other things. They make you feel like your family the second you step in. The coaches teach you push you and simply bring the best out of you. If your looking to learn how to fight or just train to stay in great shape I’d highly recommend coming here. ★★★★★