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Sawadeekha,

At York Muay Thai, the quality of the education is our main focus. We teach more than kick, punch, elbow and knee because Muay Thai is a lifestyle . We provide history, language, culture, strategy, philosophy and much more. In order to deliver those elements we require qualified instructors.

All of our curriculum has been influenced and developed by Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai from Siam No.1. Ajahn is the Father of Muay Thai in Canada and has been building Muay Thai in Ontario and Canada for over thirty years. Every Instructor we have at York Muay Thai has gone through ALL the relevant testing and requirements (Blue Shorts/Seminars) from Ajahn.

All of our staff at York Muay Thai are all CPR/First Aid Certified.

Only people who are qualified of the levels, Poo Choi Kru, Kru and Kru Yai from Ajahn are identified as such.

AJAHN SUCHART YODKEREPAUPRAI

Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Thailand, in the early 1960s, Ajahn Suchart has a long history with the tradition and art of Muay Thai. Beginning at the early age of nine, Master Suchart competed in Muay Thai in his small village community in Mae Hong Son. His professional career quickly evolved to competing in Chaing Mai by the age of 14 where he demonstrated great success. In 1982 and 1983 when only in his early 20’s, he became Northern Thailand Champion where he held the title for an unprecedented two years. He has competed in Bangkok's largest, most highly respected Muay Thai stadiums and has also tested his skills in over a dozen bare knuckle fights throughout the world. Ajahn Suchart’s trust in his skills, knowledge and self have made a him a globally recognized and respected figure in the world of Martial arts. 

While competing internationally, his love and commitment to Muay Thai turned to University study where he earned a Bachelor degree in Physical Education. He taught in schools in Bangkok for a few years and then combined his passion for teaching and learning with Muay Thai. Ajahn Suchart is one of a few professional Muay Thai Masters who has both an academic university degree, operates a Muay Thai school and trains World class athletes.

In 1986, Ajahn Suchart moved to Toronto, Canada. For twenty years, he has lived and built his love for Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai, in Canada. His dream to bring a beautiful part of Thai culture and history to Canada has been realized as he has taught over 20,000 students and he continues to open his heart and knowledge to those who seek to learn his wisdom. Today, over a dozen of his students have now opened their own Muay Thai gyms throughout the province and are working to promote and honour the cultural sport of Muay Thai. In Canada, he has developed Canadas only Professional Thai boxing World Champion, Clifton Brown who continues to impress the World with his skills. Ajahn Suchart has also trained over 16 amateur national and international champions. Ajahn Suchart has bred Krus, World athletes, young fighters, healthy students and happier people. His sights are now set on contributing to the development of Muay Thai as an Olympic sport in 2010.

His motto, LOVE, RESPECT and BELIEVE resonates with many who have changed their lives through the philosophies of Muay Thai. Many past and present students attest to Ajahn Suchart's teachings - not just in Muay Thai - but in life. Youth once troubled, have found a safe place where they experience trust, care and respect and now are leading safer and healthier lives. Young adults build their confidence and face difficult challenges with more grace through Ajahn Sucharts teachings. The school and Ajahn Suchart welcome children as young as 6 years old to adults at any age, to learn and improve their physical health and lives. He welcomes students from all walks of life and his pedagogy transcends issues surrounding class, race, gender, language and religion as he continues to influence them to transform lives through the beautiful art of Muay Thai. He is a leading figure of Muay Thai throughout the world. 

Equally as compelling is his commitment to the community. Since 2006, he is the President of the Thai Society of Ontario and takes an active role in bringing the Thai community together in Ontario. Ajahn Suchart also supports many charities including: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Hospital for Sick Kids, Yellow Brick House, the War Amps of Canada, The Royal Thai Projects and The Tsunami Fund to only mention a few. He has also opened a gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand that houses young, impoverished boys with the goal of helping them finish their schooling. See him in a documentary featuring his gym in Chaing Mai in ‵Raised in the Ring.′

http://www.siamno1.com/mastersuchart/biography/index.html

KRUS

Kru Yai Jenypher Lanthier 
Program Director/Head Instructor

Sawadeekha, 
My experience in martial arts and Muay Thai has been an adventurous one. I began with Boxing, Kali Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, and Savate. However, once I began Muay Thai, I instantly fell in love and decided that this was the art for me. I had the pleasure of training with many talented people across the GTA and eventually made Siam No.1 (Ajahn Suchart) my home.

Like most people, I had no intention of competing. I enjoyed all the other benefits such as: discipline, physical fitness, and fun . Eventually, training continuously led me to fight. I competed in my first Muay Thai fight in 2001. I loved the energy I felt being in the ring. I had never done anything like that before.

Ten years ago there were not many women competing in Ontario let alone North America so fights were very hard to come by. In 2004 I decided I wanted to go full force with Muay Thai. With Ajahn's approval, I headed to Thailand. While in Thailand I competed a few times and trained in various camps.
Shortly after I returned, I decided to begin a professional career. In 2005 I earned myself the IKKC Professional Women's Flyweight Championship.

In 2006 I suffered an injury during one of my fights and was forced to take time off training and fighting. It was at this time where I was offered a position at York University teaching a Muay Thai program. I also began teaching at The Kombat Arts Training Academy and Xtreme Couture. The York Univeristy program grew so large over three years that I felt it was time to provide these young dedicated martial artists a place they can call home. Thus, York Muay Thai was born.

My mission to each and every student is to help them develop as students, martial artists and as people. I pledge to support each and every student and also to support and help grow Muay Thai in Ontario and Canada.

Khap Khun Maa Kha,
Kru Jenypher Lanthier

Kru Kosta Rakic
Instructor

Bio Coming Soon...

Kru Brian Naidu
Instructor

Sawdeekhap,

I began my martial arts journey 12 years ago. I began studying Kung Fu under Sifu Paul Condinho and after many years of training I because a Sifu in King Fu. After winning the NASKA Championship I began my training at Kombat Arts Training Academy under Kru Joey de los Reyes.

Kru Joey help develop my skills in Muay Thai and introduced me to Kru Yai Jenypher. Kru Jen provided me with teaching opportunities around the GTA and allowed me to fine tune my love for Muay Thai. She introduced me to Ajahn Suhart and my love for traditional muay thai deepened.

I like to develop my students slowly, making sure they understand the foundations. Teaching is a passion of mine. Seeing my students grow and become champions is more rewarding then being a champion myself. I look forward to the dedication and love YMT students bring to Muay Thai.

Khrap Khum khap
Kru Brian Naidu

POO CHOI KRUS

Poo Choi Kru Lindor Uygur
Assistant Instructor

Sawadeekhup,

I began my experience with martial arts at the age of 10 practicing Tae Kwon Do. After 7 years of training and competition I achieved the level of 2nd degree black belt, but left shortly thereafter to focus on my studies. After school I began training with Ajahn Suchart at Siam No. 1 and quickly developed a passion for Muay Thai. I have been practicing Muay Thai for nine years. In 2004, I captured the TBF Canadian Amateur Cruiserweight Championship. The past three years I have increasingly focused on teaching. I enjoy teaching people of all ages and skill levels from first day beginners up to fighter level. I look forward to helping everyone achieve their goals and further develop in Muay Thai.

Khap Khun Khup,
Poo Choi Kru Lindor Uygur

Poo Choi Kru Cameron Tang Poy
Assistant Instructor

Sawadeekhup,

At York Muay Thai I am continually striving to improve my skills as a student and instructor in order to properly educate all students in Muay Thai. Having almost no athletic experience prior to training, I am able to sympathize and understand what students go through to commit to a healthy lifestyle. However, I was also able to experience just how profoundlytraditional Muay Thai can change and improve lives.

I was fortunate enough to have met a teacher so passionate about her craft that I quickly fell in love with Muay Thai. This love led me to begin my path as a competitor and eventually as a teacher. I continue to train underKru Jenypher not only as a student or instructor but as a mentor which allows me to properly spread authentic Muay Thai. I pledge to continue to participate in Ajahn Suchart's seminars to ensure my skills as a teacher are constantly evolving for the benefit of myself and all my students.

It is my goal to spread authentic Muay Thai and inspire as many people as possible,not to become the next great champion, but the first great version of themselves. I firmly believe everyone has the capabilities within themselves and with the right help, that person can be seen by the world.

Khap Khun Khup
Poo Choi Kru Cameron Tang Poy

Poo Choi Kru Patrick Wallace
Assistant Instructor

Sawadeekhup,

I began training Muay Thai with Kru Jenypher at York University in the fall of 2009, when I moved to Toronto. I knew of her by reputation and began training with her because she was highly recommended to me. I had previously competed in amateur boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate, and wanted to continue my journey through the martial arts with Muay Thai.

Prior to training with Kru Jenypher, I had very little competitive success in any sport or martial art. However, thanks to her tireless coaching, guidance, and mentoring, I have grown as both a fighter and as a martial artist. In the Summer of 2011, I competed at the TBA-SA Muay Thai Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, and won the Middleweight B-Class belt, winning 3 fights in 2 days against tough opponents. Since then I have continued to compete regularly, traveling to New York, Iowa (again), and Quebec to represent YMT.

However, it is important for me to realize that these were not my lone accomplishments. None of this would have been possible without the consistent coaching, hard training and guidance from Kru Jenypher, and her team of highly qualified and accomplished assistant coaches. I am humbled to be included as one of her Poo Choi Krus and hope that my contribution to YMT will one day match how they have contributed to my growth as a person. Until then, I will work to take the authentic brand of traditional Muay Thai that Kru Jenypher learned from Ajahn Suchart, and help spread it to the students of York Muay Thai and anybody else who is eager to learn.

Khap Khun Khap.

Poo Choi Kru Steve "Sweaty" Tsai
Assistant Instructor

Bio Coming Soon...

Poo Choi Kru Brian Trinh
Assistant Instructor

Sawadeekhup,

I began Muay Thai in the Summer of 2008 and began training under Kru Jenypher Lanthier at York University Muay Thai. Through the years, Kru Jen and Poo Choi Kru Lindor has taught me to fully embrace this beautiful art and has been truly instrumental in my growth as a student/fighter/assistant teacher.

When I first began Muay Thai, I didn't really have a sense of direction and was headed down the wrong path. Through Muay Thai and my Instructors, I was able to lose a considerable amount of weight, quit smoking, and I'm a better person as a result. My experiences alone have inspired me to teach and help others who may need a sense of direction or just a positive influence. I have an old school mentality and firmly believe in our Master, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai's traditional Muay Thai style. I hope to continue promoting his work to the best of my ability and will continue to thrive to excel.

Khap Khun Khup
Poo Choi Kru Brian Trinh

Poo Choi Kru David H.S Kim
Assistant Instructor

Sawadeekhrap,

I began training in Muay Thai in 2005 with my cousin at a gym in Woodbridge, later on in 2008 I joined Xtreme Couture in Toronto and this is where I met Kru Yai Jenypher Lanthier.

From day one in the warm up I still remember Kru calling out to the crowd of people not to quit, to keep going, to push. Those words are now engraved in my memory something I will never forget.

To me Muay Thai is beyond a martial art, it is a way of life. It is something I need every day, it helps balances my life, and brings me focus in everything I do. Muay Thai has given me so much that now I want to give back and this is why I decided I wanted to become a Poo Choi Kru. Being an Assistant Instructor (Poo Choi Kru) means a lot to me, and I was an honoured to be chosen to help others and begin to teach other about Muay Thai.

Khap khun khrap,
Poo Choi Kru David H.S. Kim

Grant Turner
Grant Turner
University of Waterloo ‘08 (BA) Sheridan ‘11 (Human Performance Training Certificate) Candidate for MS (Kinesiology)

Grant is a Human Performance Consultant for athletes ranging from Nordic Skiers to soldiers, co-owner of Stouffville Chiropractic Health Centre and formerly Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach at St. Andrew’s College. His 5+ years experience working with spine rehab patients and his own experiences as an athlete/patient make him passionate about ‘training with a purpose’ and he believes that maximum performance and injury prevention are the same goal.

His teaching method is simple: ensure that the 'movement rules' that can result in performance sapping movement and injury aren’t broken during increasingly complex challenges. The main tools employed in this effort are the essential weight training movements that all athletes and non-athletes should know (Deadlift, Squat, Overhead Press, Pull-Up, Bent Over Row, Bench Press/Push Up and Farmers Walk) and a specific spinal stability program that avoids any spinal flexion or rotation (as Sit Ups, Crunches, Russian Twists etc. have been shown to lead to injury). Faster or more powerful movements like Olympic Lifting, Plyometrics or Throwing/Slamming are reserved for those who have demonstrated competency with the essential movements. Marketing terms like ‘sport specific training’ or ‘functional training’ are compelling ideas, but what makes a successful training plan is determined by variables these systems creators could not foresee. The sport, injury history, how the other 23 hours of your day is spent, predisposition to certain movement talents etc. cannot be ignored. So when training for Muay Thai, it is such a dynamic whole body sport it is essential to train every muscle group especially the muscles that support our strength in the clinch that for logistics reasons can’t be challenged effectively in a traditional Muay Thai warm up. So anyone training specifically for Muay Thai should be devoting time every week to intelligent and targeted resistance training (bicep curls aren’t enough).

For those who are new to training a simple progression is your path to success: Posture → Movement Awareness → Strength → Power/Conditioning → Optimal Performance

Therefore, you don’t have to be a Professional athlete to benefit from S&C. Resistance training techniques are used as a way to teach safe and efficient movement. This is possible because the weight training tools that produce elite athleticism are versions of movements that come up in most peoples day to day lives, such as, lifting something from the floor, sitting and rising from a chair and lifting something onto an overhead shelf. The habits generated during resistance training both create and reinforce: proper posture, the safe movement of integrated joints and awareness of one's own bio-mechanical abilities and limitations, all while transferring capacities to ones sport. Only when someone understands the functions of the complex system that is their body and consistently uses them intelligently, can they exploit their full potential.

Andrea Ceren
Office Manager

Sawadeekha,

What a great year ive had so far working for YMT! I can honestly say I am fortunate to work around people who are dedicated, focused and passionate. Whether I am learning a new students name, answering questions, learning a new Thai word, or developing my own skills, every day brings a new and valuable experience. YMT allows me to grow as a person and it is great to be apart of a community that continually grows stronger each and every day.

If you are looking for a facility where you feel valued, empowered, challenged while remaining a part of a strong family then York Muay Thai is the gym for you and we welcome you with open arms.

Khap khun kha

Andrea Ceren