Devilfish Athletics

Devilfish Athletics

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Devilfish Athletics is a Muay Thai, strength and fitness facility located in Columbia Waterfront District/Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn.

Our mission is to increase accessibility to martial arts and physical culture and provide safe training for our students. Our aim is to create an inclusive space where everyone feels welcome. We believe that by bringing diverse groups of people and knowledge together, we can develop an intelligent and joyful physical culture, a welcoming community where each member will grow physically and mentally. Devilfish Athletics values discipline and play, fundamentals and innovation, methodical study and curious exploration. 

Devilfish Athletics offers an antidote to fast-paced, revolving-door fitness. We know that sustainable and effective fitness is holistic. We don't follow trends. We don’t believe in gimmicks. Our methodology is science-based and proven with the many students and clients we have worked with over our careers. We serve people who want to spend time learning new skills and understand that the best results require input, effort and consistency. We provide real training that also comes with inspiration, community and results.

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Brooklyn, NY 11231
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1 Review

5.0

  • Annee Wood

    Naomi is a fantastic trainer. I’ve been working with her for the past three years. During this time, my relationship to my body has transformed completely. I now move through the world with more confidence and the understanding of how to activate strength and agility. The sessions are always fun and challenging. She brings her wealth of knowledge and razor-sharp observation skills to each session.



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Your trial Muay Thai class will be a Muay Thai Basics or All-Levels class where students are focused on developing strong technique and work capacity. Before class, you will have a chance to check out the space and meet your coaches and future training partners. In class, we introduce you to your stance, footwork, and basic strikes. You will be closely guided by your coach and the advanced students. You will also get to participate in the conditioning portions of the class.

Your trial Strength Foundations class will focus on simple body weight movements as well as learning to use a kettlebell safely. Your coach will always be able to modify the movements for you, if needed.

You should feel free to take as many breaks as you need and you will not be pushed to do anything you’d rather not do. Our goal for the trial classes is for you to get an accurate picture of what our classes, coaching and community are like. We want you to be totally excited to work with us.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have spent close to a decade training, competing and coaching Muay Thai as well as working with different tools of physical culture like kettlebells, sandbags and barbells. I have worked with some of the best strength coaches and personal trainers in New York City. Please see my website for a complete list of education and certifications. 

https://www.naomicookson.com/about-me


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes. Please see our website for pricing. 


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching after my first Muay Thai fight in 2011. My coach at the time asked if I would be interested in coaching, and I jumped at the opportunity. 

I began assistant teaching Muay Thai and strength training classes in 2011. From there, I began to teach my own classes and work with my own clients in 2012 (both Muay Thai and strength training).

I was the head coach of a small gym based in Brooklyn, designing curriculum for the beginner/intermediate classes as well as training advanced students for competition. 

And now I am the owner of Devilfish Athletics! 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide variety of people. I have trained fighters and competitors ranging from teens to older hobbyists who want to try competition. I've worked with many beginners who started because they were looking for something meaningful and fun to help them lose weight. I've worked with people motivated to learn for self-defense purposes. I've worked with many people who were intimidated to start in group classes or in a regular gym. 

One of my core coaching values is that training should be inclusive. Anyone can train Muay Thai. Some people learn more slowly or need some accomodations but the joy you get from training and learning is all the same! 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

In my experience, the single most important quality in a teacher or coach is their ability to communicate. With a martial art like Muay Thai, communication is key. A good teacher will always offer clear, consistent and honest feedback. 

Specifically in martial arts, a legitimate coach will be able to point to some kind of lineage (who they have worked with and who they maintain connection with). In my opinion, they should also be continuing their education by training or learning different sports/martial arts. Lifelong learners make good teachers. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The most helpful information a student can provide is why they want to train. Most of the time, this is actually a story about what has not worked for students in the past. Maybe they have been through many different schools or trainers and nothing has really fit. If you know your why, then it is much easier for a coach or trainer to help you determine specific short term and long term goals.