Team JAI – trainers and staff

 

wimbledonWimbledon Jai – Head Trainer (Thai champion)

JAI’s head trainer Wimbledon JAI started learning Muay Thai at the age 7 after being bullied for being overweight. He had his first professional fight after two months of training, and went on to  have over 200 professional fights with wins against Buakaw Por. Parmuk (K1 World Max Champion) and Naruepol Fairtex (Contender Asia TV star).

He has been head trainer at JAI since we opened in 2009 and loves welcoming new people to JAI to have their first taste of Muay Thai.

Wimbledon has branched out from being a top fighter to becoming a top trainer with over 15 years of experience. He has trained both professional fighters as well as absolute beginners and has developed high-intensity cardio classes (KIK) targeted at building speed and power using Muay Thai techniques. He has a relaxed and informal teaching style but his keen eye for detail and demand for top-notch technique during training and sparring means that every student will be able to see quick progress. His wealth of ring experience also makes him a great trainer for any fighter who wants to prepare for professional or amateur bouts.

As dad to 10-year-old son Champ, and trainer of several junior champions, Wimbledon enjoys teaching kids Muay Thai for self- defence, fitness and self-discipline. Despite being a former top-level fighter, he is adamant about teaching Muay Thai as an art form and form of self-defence and does not believe in violence outside the ring. Call us to arrange a free trial session for kids aged 7 and above.

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witWit (Thailand)

Wit grew up at Sasiprapa Gym in Bangkok, which is known  as the gym of champions, where many Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champions are based. His students there include  Channel 7 champion  Rungravee Sasiprapa and Sean Wright (from Contender Asia). He brings to JAI a wealth of fighting and teaching experience, having worked as a fighter and trainer in Bulldog Gym in Australia, training the police force in the United Arab Emirates, and having fought in Thailand, as well as Korea, Macau and the People’s Republic of China.

Wit speaks fluent English – in fact he loves to make jokes. He has a beautiful fighting style,  and is a technical and hands-on trainer. He is experienced at teaching all ages and his cheeky sense of humour makes Muay Thai fun for everyone. He is known as JAI’s joker, as he mixes humour with technique in his classes. Wit teaches classes as well as being available for personal training.

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praditPradit (Thailand)

Pradit is from Bangkok. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching and fighting out  Tuff Camp Ekamai and Chay Yai Gym in Thailand. He fits JAI’s style perfectly because he can adapt his teaching style and workout pace to suit every student. Whether this means being encouraging and supportive to an unfit newbie or bringing pushing a seasoned fighter to train harder, he gets results. He has taught in Turkey, Chiang Mai and Bangkok training students for fitness as well as local and foreign fighters including K-1 World Max Champ “Giorgio” Petrosyan.  Although he speaks English, he always claims not know the meaning of the words “I’m tired”. Pradit will be training students at all levels with a special focus on our fighters.

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Su-Lin pre-fight Chiang Mai 2014

Su-Lin – Manager

JAI’s manager loves Thai food and culture and takes care of the Pro-Shop and JAI students and trainers.

Prior to setting up JAI, she spent over 10 years working as a journalist. where she swapped make-up tips with Boy George, talked fashion with Alicia Keys, had high tea with David Beckham, supper with Anthony Bourdain, sipped champagne with Mandy Moore and chewed the fat with Ronan Keating.  She picked up Muay Thai after interviewing a Muay Thai fighter for CLEO Magazine and he convinced her to give it a go. After training for three months, she dropped three dress sizes and was hooked…  so much in fact that she gave up the pen for a pair of gloves.

She has competed  in Thailand, training in Muay Thai camps in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket, but she trains mainly for fitness, with an emphasis on grace, humility and technique rather than fighting. Read more about her Muay Thai experience here.

Speak to Su-Lin about which class and what equipment is best for you – and where to get the best Tom Yum Goong! Her favourite fighters are Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Buakaw Por. Pramuk.

Fire away any questions you have with regards to training here

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Kru Chain elbow

Kru Chain elbows

Kru Chain (North Thailand Champion)

Kru Chain has only recently arrived to New Zealand, is  firm favourite with our students. His constant smile and enthusiasm for Muay Thai is contagious. It’s impossible not to enjoy training with him.

He has no airs and his passion for teaching Muay Thai is evident when watching him at work. He will go to great lengths to help any student improve – and have fun while doing it… it doesn’t matter if they are a beginner or pro.

At 30 years old, Kru Chain has an astounding 500 professional fights. A large number, even for career Thai fighter. His style is Muay Femur, which describes a fighting style which relies on grace and precision more than brute force and aggression.

Although he uses all of Muay Thai’s weapons, he is known as our elbow technician. Ebows are one of Muay Thai’s most dangerous weapons, as they are rock solid, cut like a knife and come out of nowhere.

Despite his extensive fighting background, Kru Chain’s favourite student is the complete beginner. To him, a new student is like a blank canvas, which he can create a masterpiece from scratch.

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phomphet

Phomphet (North Thailand)

Phomphet hails from Esarn, where the most deadly fighters including Buakaw and our own Elbow Technician Kru Chain are born and bred.

Despite hailing from the province known for having some of the hardest men in the world, Phomphet, who has over 200 fights is a mild-mannered and softly spoken coach.

Rather than using aggression to win his student’s respect, Pomphet prefers to use his mind. A thinking coach, he analyses and studies each student’s technique to find any flaws which he then patiently work out methods to correct or increase their effectiveness.

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JAI Trainer Yo has over 25 years of experience in training and fighting, and an endless passionto share his knowledge with his students. He is not only a career pro Muay Thai fighter, but also a trainer of champions from scratch

When did you start fighting?

I had my first fight in Bangkok when I was 9 years old. I had never trained Muay Thai before this – only watched it on TV. But I was offered 100 baht and I wanted to make some money for my family.

My opponent and me weighed in at 20kg, and we both didn’t really know what to do, so we just wrestled and hugged for five rounds. It was a really messy fight, and a bit painful, but I was when I saw how happy my mum and dad were to get the money, I wanted to fight more.

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Wuttikun (Thailand)

If looks were deceiving, Wuttikun would be a master of deception. Soft-spoken, ultra-polite and always smiling, people may think he may look out of place, or some may even say, out of his league, fighting in Thailand’s top stadiums.

But underneath this boyish and slim exterior is a skilled and technical fighter with over 200 fights. We picked Wuttikun to join our team not only for his patience with newbies and never-say-die attitude to helping the underdog, but because he is the perfect example of how Muay Thai is for EVERY body

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Doug Healey – Box-Fit Bootcamp creator

dougGrandfather, boxing trainer, inspirational speaker, fitness mentor… survivor.
Doug has been teaching boxing for over seven years. In that time he has seen over 4,500 people from all walks of life come through his door.
But his specialty is the every day man and woman. Having himself recovered from a devastating spinal injury 10 years ago, his passion is helping people embrace a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. After taking a well-deserved break from teaching 39 classes a week for two years, Doug is back – and ready to change more lives!