Santa Monica Striking was founded in November 2018 by Dean Rosenwald after he returned from his second trip to Thailand. He was teaching at USA Muay Thai in Koreatown. He immediately contacted his best friend and training partner Lance Dixon. Santa Monica Striking began at the now-closed gym 34 North in Santa Monica. Unfortunately in early 2020 COVID-19 forced all gyms in LA to close down, and 34 North did not survive the pandemic, but Santa Monica Striking did. Dean and Lance continued to hold classes at the parks, at the beach, and on Zoom, and once the gyms began opening up again, they found another home at Posture Movement on Pico. Posture Movement closed as well, so it was back to parks again. Staying strong and with a solid family of Muay Thai students, Dean and Lance ran their Santa Monica Striking classes at Virginia Ave park everyday, and in the process began producing some champion fighters.
Santa Monica Striking is the first true Muay Thai Gym in the history of the city. It is the only gym to produce fighters out of Santa Monica, and the only gym to bring back national titles and championship belts and trophies to the city. Dean and Lance have a combined 30 years of Muay Thai experience. They have fought all over the world, and particularly in several cities throughout Thailand. Lance is a world class pro fighter, having fought and won at the world famous Lumpinee stadium in Bangkok. Dean eared a silver medal on the US National team at the 2023 WKA World championships in Indonesia, and has wins from Padong stadium in Phuket.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand. It was developed several hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.