Team JAI – trainers and staff

Nattapong

Nattapong from Korat, Thailand

Nattapong (Thailand)

Nattapong got his start in Muay Thai at the age of eight, when he was paid to become sparring practice for a local champ. While he originally started Muay Thai as a means to make extra income for his Grandma, who was his sole guardian, he now loves the sport as a career. A thinking man/woman’s fighter, he knows just how to adapt his training style to suit the needs of the student.  Now at JAI, he wants to help of you Level Up, whether it’s to get out of Kick Start, learn more technique, win a fight, or just get over being scared!

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Phomphet (Thailand)

Hailing from Buriram, Phomphet (the Diamond) is the most vivacious of the whole team. This means that you will never have a dull moment in his class. Because his mind moves at 100 miles a minute, he is constantly thinking of new challenges, drills and techniques to keep the class entertained (and exhausted). This speed is also evident in his sparring, as he has fast hands, knees and elbows which catch his opponents off guard more than they’d like. Being a father, Phomphet has a fondness for teaching mini Muay Thai students.

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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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Falan – The Flash (North Thailand)

Falan – Thai trainer/fighter from Esarn

Falan (which means lightening in Thai) possesses not only the technique of an experienced fighter, but blinding speed and energy of a lightening bolt.  This makes for a lethal combination as a Muay Thai fighter (you wouldn’t want to face him in the ring). As his student however, you can be sure that you’ll never get bored of his sessions – you’ll barely have time to process the skills you’re learning and catch your breath!

Born in Esarn, where some of the best Thai fighters in the world are bred, Falan literally has Muay Thai in his blood. Falan started his professional Muay Thai career at the age of 11 and has over 120 professional Muay Thai fights, he has a 30% KO rate and over 80 wins.

 

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Yo (North Thailand)

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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Bao (Thailand)

Bao

Bao from Thailand

 

He’s bigger than your average Thai fighter, but former super heavyweight champion Bao is actually more a teddy bear than a grizzly.
The father-of-three is probably the most soft-spoken of all our trainers, and the most likely to break out into an ear-to-ear smile.
This “gentle giant” has a wealth of experience from teaching in gyms including Phuket Top Team and AKA in Thailand. He makes a great sparring partner, drill sergeant and trainer.

 

 


Richie (NZ)

Richie discovered Muay Thai as a skinny teenager, and it changed his life. Travelling to Thailand to hone his passion, he won titles, trained with some of the world’s best and has now become an in-demand trainer both locally and internationally.

As a teacher, his passion lies in bringing out the best a person can be, through Muay Thai, and helping his students find their inner confidence. Years of experience mean that Richie has a wealth of fight experience to pass on to all levels of students. His strength lies in being able to explain techniques clearly and concisely to the average layman.

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Scott (NZ)

Scott

When Scott first came into JAI, he was the shy, awkward guy who did his own thing in the corner. Muay Thai has changed him, not only into a talented fighter, but also an outgoing and supportive Muay Thai advocate who loves to get students working at 100%

As a current fighter, he has his finger on the pulse of the fight scene, and knows what it’s like to push through training when you feel like you have nothing left in the tank. Muay Thai brought out the best him. Now he wants to help it bring out the best in you.

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Maggie

Maggie

Ask her what her best attributes are and Maggie will quickly chijme, “look at me, I’m sooo not scary or intimidating!”

While that may not sound like the typical skill set for a Muay Thai fighter, we think they’re great attributes for greeting you at reception and putting people at ease. As a trainer, she’s encouraging, patient and fun! Maggie is our testimonial that you don’t have to be naturally athletic or coordinated to excel in a sport. But watch her kick or hold pads – and you’ll soon realise that this girl kicks ass!

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