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. at 3
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. Find out more about our instructors, here