The Thai Boxing Fighters Academy (TBFA) is based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The TBFA is a unique Academy combining Muay Thai Boxing and the support of people experiencing mental health issues. The Academy is also accessible to people that don’t experience any form of mental health problem.
It promotes integration in a positive approach, tackling stigma and prejudice, while at the same time enabling members to get fitter and healthier, build and develop skills and confidence. Members are active in monthly meetings where thoughts and views are shared to shape the day-by-day organisation as well as the future of the Academy. We also organise social events, attending Muay Thai tournaments, comedy and TV shows usually sport-related, and much more.
We do our best to facilitate members that are in a particular need of support and encouragement, also referring to other agencies. Furthermore, we encourage members to participate in training courses available through Tower Hamlets Council and other local service providers, to help their personal development and learning of new skills.
The founder and facilitator of the TBFA is Gohar Ghouse, who is a qualified Muay Thai Boxing instructor with the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) and the United Kingdom Muay Thai Federation (UKMF). He has many years of experience as door supervisor and he is a trained close protection officer, along with being a qualified health trainer (NVQ Level 3) and social worker specialised in mental health. He is not a career professional in Muay Thai, but has over 30 years of experience and a strong enthusiasm in the promotion of the sport.