Q23 Academy, based in Bangkok, Thailand, specialises in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Crazy Monkey Self Defence. It is run by Professor Adam Shahir Kayoom, a BJJ Black Belt under Ricardo Liborio who is the founder of American Top Team. Q23 Academy, located at the Ambassador Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, also offers an exciting BJJ kids program, beginner's classes and BJJ gi and no gi classes. Each class is geared towards learning martial arts in a disciplined and safe environment.
Adam, who is a Muay Thai World Champion and has fought in MMA, has an in-depth martial arts background including black belts in not only BJJ, but also in karate and taekwondo. Classes are open to people of all ages and are structured to suit whatever level you are, from beginner to black belt. So step onto the mats and start your Jiu Jitsu journey at Q23 Academy!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Much of the technique of BJJ is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless. To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.
Crazy Monkey Defense / Muay Thai
Crazy Monkey Defense is a primarily striking based program, built off a strong foundation in western boxing – approaches that have been proven to allow a person to manage the chaos of a fight effectively. This approach of striking for the street, and applying a tactical approach to range management, has made Crazy Monkey one of the most formidable self-preservation programs in existence today. Added to this, we also teach Muay Thai, a physical and mental discipline, characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins, along with clinch techniques.
At Q23, we feel Jiu Jitsu could quite possibly be the best class for children. It promotes confidence, discipline, respect, and many other developmental qualities. When children are young and as they grow they absorb everything they see and listen to. It is important to surround them in a positive atmosphere so that they grow as an individual in a positive sense. Jiu jitsu allows them to do so. Not only does it teach them a form of self-defense, it also teaches many life lessons as well that a child can carry with them. Check out our class schedule for our fun and safe kids programs.
"There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You either win or you learn..." Grand Master Carlos Gracie
I have been training with Professor Adam Kayoom at Q23 - ATT Thailand for close to three years now. He is what I would call a Martial Arts encyclopedia, with in-depth knowledge of several different fighting styles the most prominent being BJJ. This materialises in his lessons as a thorough and easy to follow set of concepts allowing me to understand not only what to do, but why I am moving in a particular way. The lessons are always fun and the other students are easy to get along with, I have made several life long friends here. Tim Holford
ATT/Q23 is the best place to train Jiu-Jitsu in Bangkok. Adam's style of teaching is unique and informative. I am always learning something when I come to his class. He always takes the time to make sure everyone gets the technique taught during class. Jason Archilla
My experience and pleasure of learning bjj under prof. Adam at Q23/ATT Thailand is rather difficult to describe in a few words. His way of teaching and approach towards every student is unique and special. Coach's got this talent to make people of any age group, gender or physical ability enjoy jiu-jitsu. He doesn't want you to be better than the others in the academy but wants you to be better than you were during your last class. And you will work hard and sweat a lot. Further more, I have entrusted him to teach my son and daughter. Oksana
Adam Shahir Kayoom is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under American Top Team founder Ricardo Liborio. An experienced mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor, Kayoom stayed as truthful to martial arts as possible having competed and trained in a variety of combat styles throughout his career, including: Muay Thai (in which he was world champion), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kalis Illustrisimo, Taekwondo (black belt) and Karate (black belt).
Adam Kayoom was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 22nd of October, 1977. He came with his family to Sydney, Australia when he was 9 years old where he settled. Being a martial arts enthusiast, he practiced them diligently from an early age, but it wasn’t until he was 18 years old that he found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).
The reason behind his interest in ground work was simply because he was involved in a street fight that ended on the ground where his technical knowledge was deemed useless. He was mounted by his attacker and ended up being saved by his brother; he immediately started looking for something that provided an option for him when on the ground. The solution presented itself in the form of a tape which had the video of UFC II featuring Royce Gracie.
As BJJ was not an option in those days in Australia, Adam travelled all the way to the source of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in Brazil, having Fernando Paradeda as his very first instructor in Porto Alegre – State of Rio Grande do Sul. He travelled to the South of Brazil for years, training and competing there as often as he could receiving his blue and purple belts from two legends of the sport, Walter Mattos and Ze Mario Sperry. In 2009 he was awarded his black belt by Ricardo Liborio – leader and founder of American Top Team.
"For me, I learnt from Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts to be humble and to go forward in life in a positive way..." Ricardo Liborio
Drop us a line
Q23 BJJ Academy,
Ambassador Hotel Bangkok,
3rd Floor, Fitness Centre, Tower Wing,
Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok.