About Us

Muay Thai

origins in the anchient martial art Muay Boran

Science or Art of 8 Limbs

National Sport of Thailand

Conditioning Sport

Contact Sport

Self Defense

The Dance

Muay Thai is a martial art that when done with skill resembles a beautiful dance. It embodies respect, discipline and self defense using 8 weapons - hands, elbows, knees, and feet with the ever present clinch!

Come learn the Dance of Muay Thai!

Our Lineage

We are an academy who's roots run deep. Our instruction originates from within the teachings of Ajarn Chai Sirisute who brought Thai Boxing to the United States in 1968. Talon is recognized as a World Thai Boxing Affiliate Academy. As a W.T.B.A. school we are held to certain standards and guidelines within our curriculum and as  instructors.

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Rhonda Rae Kness

Schools Attended

RoundKick Gym - Des Moines, Iowa

KhanomTom Tampa Muay Thai - Florida

Bonaire Health & FItness Muay Thai 


Grand Master Chai, June 2010,   

September 2010, June 2012, July 2015, April 2017, June 2017

Ajarn Greg Nelson, March 2016

Kronphet Phetrachapt February 2017

Instructor Training Camp Grand Mast Chai,         Ajarn Bryan Dobler,  Ajarn Rex,   

Ajarn Bryan Popejoy 

November 2016

TALON Membership Options

Technique leads to Power which leads to Speed and result in efficient, graceful striking. The Dance of Muay Thai.

Membership Options

It's not your instructor's workout or your neighbor's workout - it is your workout. Competition is between you and yesterday's workout results!!

Membership Options

May Muay Thai breathe life into your soul.

Talon's Course Offerings

Group Instruction

Youth & Adult ages 8 - ?

One on One Instruction

Youth, Adult, Specific Populations

Open Mat Drop In

18 years of age +

Reserved Bags & Pads

18 years of age +

Family/Group Specific

Ages 8 - ? 

You create your group 

Families may have children younger than 8 but are responsible for making sure children are able to focus for a 55 minute period with close parental supervision and guidance

2-4-1- Partners

Ages 8+ for parent child pairings

18 + for non parent child pairings

2-4-1- is a relaxed class with the goal  of sharing the cost and the Art of Muay Thai with a partner of your choice. 


Monday & Wednesday

Adult all levels 4:30 p.m.

Youth 5:30 p.m.

Adult  all levels 6:30 p.m.


Adult all levels 7 a.m.

Orientation 8:30  a.m.

Monday - Friday

Open Mat 9 a.m. - 3:00 24 hour reservation notice suggested.


Partners 2-4-1- 6p.m.

call to reserve a spot 

limit 10 individuals 

Women Only

call to reserve your spot beginning September

limit 10 participants

Noon Class

This will be offered if there is enough interest and will be 40 minutes in duration starting in September.

Equipment Needs

Why must I purchase equipment?

Talon will provide equipment for trial classes. All members are required to have thier own equipment after the trial sessions have ended. This rule will be enforced for Drop In Members as well. Maintaining a healthy gym is top priority and having your own equipment ensures your health. Talon does carry some equipment and Rhonda Rae can assist with your specific needs, however you may purchase your equipment from  retailer of your choice; you are not required to purchase items from Talon  FightGear.

What equipment am I required to have?

Beginner Student:

Boxing or Muay Thai Gloves

Hand Wraps


Intermediate -Advanced Student add:


Thai pads

focus mitts

Advanced Student add:


belly pad

elbow pads

What do I wear?

Thai shorts with compression shorts or leggings worn under for coverage as Thai shorts have large leg openings for ease of movement.

Talon Tshirt (1 provided with membership) compression shirts or rash guards are optional and worn under the Talon Tshirt (rashguards and compression shirts are not provided).

Shoes are not allowed during Muay Thai.

Shoes that are only worn on the mat may be used during conditioning drills. No outside shoes allowed on the mat.


Who needs it?

Anyone who desires a preview and instruction before attending trial classes. 


The orientation session gives  individuals the opportunity to have one on one or small group instruction covering the basic strikes and what to expect during a typical clalss. 

What does it cost?

Orientation is free as are 4 trial classes.

What do I wear?

Comfortable clothing, no shoes (or shoes that are for inside use only). 

What do I bring?

Water and a towel.


Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. are reserved for Orientation, however you may arrange a time that suites your schedule if that  is necessary. Orientation is an hour in length. Please phone 515 250 2357 to reserve your orientation spot.


Talon Muay Thai is excellent! High quality instruction and great equipment. A fun intense experience for anyone. A++


                      Law Enforcement Agent


"I have had the pleasure of training at Talon Muay Thai. Rhonda Kness is dedicated, knowledgeable and encouraging. Solid techniques were shown and all questions answered. Every time I get a chance to stop in I leave having learned something new to improve my game. I have much respect for Talon Muay Thai and look forward to my next visit."


                          Amateur MMA Fighter


With her background in teaching, Talon owner, Rhonda Rae Kness understands how to teach people of all ages and skill levels. Her passion for the art of Muay Thai makes her a great instructor and motivator. Rhonda Rae creates a welcoming and encouraging environment with focus on correct technique, physical fitness and the fine details of Muay Thai. 

I am happy to recommend Talon Muay Thai to both beginners and seasoned martial arts practitioners. 








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Talon Tid-Bits!


Group, youth, adult, partners, one on one and group specific classes are  offered.


*2-4-1 Class date to be announced

*all women's class to be announced

Current TPS Recipient!

A TPS recipient is a student who has demonstrated exemplary Muay Thai  skills using  Technique, Power and Speed during a class session.  TPS Awards are not lightly presented and a person may be the standing recipient over several weeks until another student displays the desired TPS skills.

Talon FightGear SALE!

Making room for new gear - stop by and check out the remaining  gloves  on sale.


Talon  FightGear is now a Yokkao Dealer

Stay tuned for an announcement concerning  a new Muay Thai product dealer contract

Information to come concerning the 2nd Annual Muay Thai Tournament of Champions shceduled for September.

September schedule  change to be announced soon!


Will I get hit? Yes, it is a contact sport however we learn control before we learn anything else. At Talon we pride ourselves in teaching technique which leads to controlled striking.

Do I have to fight?  Absolutely not! It is perfectly normal to be a practicioner of the  art. Does every golfer participate in a tournament?  No. We encourage students to train in Muay Thai and enjoy the benefits it brings to your daily life.

Do I have to have a partner?  No, some drills are designed for partners, however you are welcome to do the combinations on a hanging bag, it won't give you the reality of a moving person who counters but  you certainly may use the bag if that is your preference.

Are there age limits? Yes, and no. Talon Muay Thai requires students be 8 years of age to register for group instruction younger students may register for one on one instruction. There is no ceiling on the age requirement!


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601 SW 9th Street, Suite D, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

(515) 250-2357

Open Mat 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

Class times and Membership Options located on this site.

Contact Us

Schedule An Orientation!

We love sharing the Science of 8 Limbs!   Contact Rhonda Rae to schedule an orientation so you can get started with your trial classes! 


601 SW 9th St, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, United States

(515) 250-2357


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

See the schedule for class times.

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