Throughout the existence of Elite Martial Arts Toronto, our school has seen a number of high level professionals come through our doors for expert level seminars. These seminars are invaluable to the continued development of our students. The school has brought in industry leaders in their respective fields. Over time the school has seen the “who’s who” of Martial Arts contribute to our students’ learning opportunities. None has been of higher regard than Ajahn Suchart of Siamno1.
Ajahn, translates into “Master” and Ajahn Suchart is a true personification of the word in every sense. He is the top of his field and is responsible for the teaching and certification of many local and international Muay Thai instructors, as well as a number of Canadian Muay Thai Champions. I first met Ajahn in January of this year on the advice of my Krav Maga Instructor and the Head of Krav Maga Canada, Ed Wood. It was Ed who had heard good things about Ajahn and recommended I meet him.
Shortly after I met Ajahn, I realized that not only did this man live up to his reputation, he exceeds it. You can hear that a person is a “great instructor” but until you meet them and train with them side by side for a period of time, you do not get the full appreciation for them. Through my Muay Thai training with Ajahn, I learned not only that he is extremely devoted to the teachings and preservation of Muay Thai, he sets the tone in class and in life through leading by example. When he leads a class, he doesn’t just stand there and bark out orders, he is actively with students, demonstrating, helping, guiding and still “in the trenches” so to speak. Many who have reached his status would feel the urge to give in to a sense of comfort and achievement. Ajahn is the complete opposite. He remains passionate and driven to provide true traditional Muay Thai to the students he teaches.
On this night, our school that is full of Krav Maga students, got their first taste of traditional Muay Thai training. Ajahn began the night by providing an introduction to Muay Thai history and philosophy before the conditioning and skills portion of the night began. Because EMA puts a great emphasis on the conditioning of our students, Ajahn was happy with the way our students could keep pace with the demands of Muay Thai training. Introductory skills were combined with more intricate and detailed striking combinations. Such skills as proper footwork, stances and movement were also addressed in the seminar. Throughout the night Ajahn made an excellent effort to meet and train each of our students individually.
This seminar had 2 main objectives:
1) To introduce our Krav Maga students to traditional Muay Thai training
2) To use this training to further their skill in development in Krav Maga.
I can speak from my own personal experience and say that my Krav Maga has become much better since I began training Muay Thai with Ajahn. My knees are cleaner, my elbows crisper and my punches and kicks more technical. I have been able to take these skills and apply them to my Krav Maga. The two fighting systems go hand in hand and are a great compliment to one another. It is for these reasons that EMA and Siamno1 have officially joined forces to form an affiliate Muay Thai program that will be offered to our students in September. It is through a lot of hard work and training that this affiliation has come to fruition. There is still A LOT of work to be done on behalf of myself and the students of EMA to build this Muay Thai program into something Ajahn can be proud of. All of us at EMA will be dedicated to training traditional Muay Thai as it is meant to be. No changes to anything that the art and Ajahn hold dear. The program will offer Ajahn’s vision of “One World, One Muay Thai.” It is Ajahn’s vision that if traditional Muay Thai is taught properly and consistently, it should be the same no matter where a student goes to learn. In theory, the style should offer “the same elbow, same punches, same knee, same kicks.” Consistency and commitment to Muay Thai training and traditions is a vision and commitment that is shared by myself and our students. We will work together as a group to do our part to uphold the teachings and vision of Ajahn Suchart. We hope to have Ajahn visit our school in a few months time so he can proudly see the progression in our students. It was an honour to have him attend our school and we hope to have him back to Elite Martial Arts soon.
For more information on Ajahn Suchart and Siamno1, please visit siamno1.com