36 Chambers Martial Arts & Fitness is a labor of love between Muay Thai fighters Josh and Alex (Stokman) Brackett. They feel strongly that every warrior has their own path, and are committed to helping each individual discover and thrive during their journey. The couple met during a Muay Thai class in Illinois, and realized they shared a common love for muay thai, fighting, and the culture of the sport. The couple later wed and honeymooned in Thailand, and have built their family and lives around Muay Thai.
The name ‘36 Chambers’ is a reference to the 1978 movie, “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”, a kung fu movie about a young student who seeks liberation for his people from the Manchu government. The student goes to train with the Shaolin monks, and embarks on a journey of rigor, discipline, and self-reflection. The monks train novices in Shaolin Kung Fu in 35 different temples, focusing on 35 different skills. The student advances so rapidly, and asks to create a single chamber for civilians to learn kung fu, so they may defend themselves against their oppressors. The temple does not agree, so the student goes off and creates his own training camp, the 36th Chamber. The movie was the inspiration for 36 Chambers Martial Arts & Fitness.
In 2014, Josh and Alex pursued their dream to own and operate their own successful gym, and opened Peoria Muay Thai. The gym was highly successful, producing 6 national champions in less than 3 years, and quickly grew a large membership.
In 2017, the couple moved to North Carolina for Alex’s job, and sold PMT. with the intention of starting a gym again. Since the move, Josh has steadily built up a solid base of clients, and established a reputation as one of the premier Muay Thai Coaches in the area. Josh remains an active fighter, and most recently competed in the 2019 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) tournament, and won the Men’s Junior Middleweight class. Since officially leaving competition in 2015, Alex still actively trains, but stays focused on coaching. Alex and Josh are joined by professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and top-ranked featherweight and lightweight in North Carolina, Adli “Sunshine” Edwards, who brings highly skilled instruction in MMA, Wrestling, Grappling and Strength & Conditioning.
ALEXANDRA STOKMAN BRACKETT
Years Training Muay Thai: 12
Competitive Experience: Amateur Muay Thai –regional, national and international
Weight Class: 135lbs/62kg
Signature Move: Teep
Alexandra (Alex) Stokman Brackett began training in Muay Thai after she moved to New York City immediately after college and took a class at a local gym. She was hooked after that first class, and knew she wanted to fight. Having never received training in any combat sport, she was awed by the power generated by seemingly ‘small’ statured people, as well as the tradition of respect and discipline demanded by Muay Thai.
Alex trained with Kru Edge Brown and Kru Steve Milles, at the NYC Muay Thai camp under famed trainer Master Toddy. After learning the fundamentals of the sport, Alex began competing in venues in New York City, Virginia and Boston. In 2001, Alex won the 135lb (Women’s Welterweight) World Kickboxing Association (WKA) U.S. Championship and qualified for Worlds. She then went on to represent the USA and won a silver medal at the 2001 WKA World Championships in Vienna, Austria. Upon her return to NYC, she witnessed 9/11 first hand, and decided to try fighting for a different reason. She joined the U.S Marine Corps and served two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, Alex moved to Peoria, IL, and after a eight year hiatus from the sport, and severe back injury, she began training again. She married Coach Josh Brackett in Thailand, where the couple spent part of their honeymoon training Muay Thai, and watching fights.
During the day, Alex works as a Marketing Manager for a large heavy equipment manufacturer. in 2018, Alex graduated with a professional certification in dog training and education, and is pursuing an advanced degree. She has rehabilitated two rescue pitbulls, and has a passion for working with ‘tough’ cases.
Alex enjoys sharing her love of Thai boxing with her students, particularly women of all ages. She feels very strongly that all women should be given an opportunity to understand the power they can generate, and be taught to throw and take a punch (or kick).
- 2x Thai Boxing Association National Champion (2013-2016)
- 1 International Kickboxing Federation Champion (2019)
- 7 National Muay Thai champions,
- UFC veteran
- Pro Kickboxing champion
- Certified Kettlebell Instructor under Steve Maxwell
- CHEK Nutrition and Exercise Coach
- Precision Nutrition Coach
- Years Coaching: (2007-present)
Originally from Peoria, IL, Josh Brackett’s journey through martial arts started by training with his grandfather, a professional boxer with over 100 fights. The next step was a highlight video of famed kickboxer Ramon Dekkers which prompted his first visit to a Muay Thai studio in 2004. Josh was hooked and immediately started competing in boxing. He then progressed to taking a Muay Thai class and realized he had found his ‘place’ in martial arts.
In 2007 Josh began to coach full time while competing in Muay Thai. He met fellow fighter, (who later became his wife), Alex, and realized they shared a deep love for the sport.
In 2014 Josh and Alex started their own school Peoria Muay Thai. In less than 3 years Peoria Muay Thai created a large membership and multiple national and regional champions along the way.
In 2017, the couple sold the gym and relocated to the Raleigh area. Josh’s passion for Muay Thai has prompted multiple trips to Thailand to learn the art form from its birthplace. Alex and Josh were married in Thailand in 2011 and had their honeymoon at Tiger Muay Thai.
Since he began coaching Muay Thai full-time, Josh has worked to enhance his clients’ and fighters’ training, by earning certifications in functional exercise, nutrition and wellness.
While still an active fighter, Josh thoroughly enjoys sharing his love of the sport with all his clients. Josh has a passion for teaching novice students and watching them grow into confident and competent practitioners of Muay Thai.
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist -National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Certified Conditioning Coach -BioForce
- USA Weightlifting Lvl 1 Certified Coach- USA Weightlifting
Adli is a professional MMA fighter and strength and conditioning specialist. Originally from Columbus, Ohio Adli started his competitive martial arts journey at 15 with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Adli joined the high school wrestling team soon after. He became an NCAA Division 2 All American for Ashland University in 2012 where he also earned a master’s degree in Applied Exercise Science.
Adli began his amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career at Buckeye MMA under the tutelage of Josh Williams and became the #1 ranked amateur in Ohio, capturing the IT Fight Series and RFO championship belts along the way. Adli chased sunnier weather in 2016 with a move to NC before joining the professional MMA ranks. In September, 2018 Adli became the #1 ranked professional lightweight in the state of North Carolina.
Nicknamed “Sunshine”- Adli enjoys the process of growing as a martial arts athlete and wants to share that love with every member of the 36 Chambers family. He has almost ten years of experience coaching both combat sports and fitness. Adli has worked with countless youth athletes, professional athletes, and those just wanting a fun and effective work out.
Outside of the gym you can find “Sunshine” looking for his next meal, playing a board game, or taking a walk with his wife, Maggie, and two girls, Mia and Amelia.