I would like to congratulate Grand Master Kim, who has been awarded the first ever Grand Master Muay Thai Award in the USA for his incredible services to Muay Thai in this country. Kru Kim as he’s mostly know, was the first Thai Bangkok Stadium Champion to Teach here and expand the promotion of our beautiful art.
We at USMTA are proud of him and recognize his incredible life long commitment to our way of life. A true Pioneer and real Muay Thai Champion, always humble and full of history and stories that are part of our culture, a great Master (Arjhan) a great teacher. Long Life. We respect you and love you.
I Remember Kru Puk training me when I was a kid… I was a live-in student of his at the MTA Many years ago!! Kru Puk would come in early in the morning and wake me up. Time to go run!
I would train in the morning, then after training, go next door and eat Thai food.
Also learn how to cook some Thai food as well, helping the cook, clean afterwards; then train again at night, then clean the gym afterwards! I did this without complaint and with honor! I have fought many times in that ring with the in house smokers, still in the same place as I remembered when I was a kid!
Kru Puk, Kru Saekson Janjira, & Kru Coban Lookchaomaesaithong All would teach me & prepared me for my teachers certificate! All 3 signed my Instructors Certificate (Kru) back in 1985!! One of the proudest days of my life, being able to teach the beautiful art of Muay Thai & knowing I was taught to teach by the best!!
Thank you Grand Master Surapuk Jamjuntr for everything you have ever done for me! I’m honored to have been a student of yours!! Congrats again on your well deserved accomplishment!
Tong Trithara (born on the 3rd of March, 1952 in Banpan, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand) is a Thai-born Muay Thai instructor and former Muay Thai boxer. He is also known for being one of America’s First Muay Thai instructors.
His first encounter with Thai fighting techniques when he was twelve years old when his uncle trained him. Tong fought in Central and Southern Thailand winning around 22 fights. On May 5, 1971 at the age of eighteen, Tong traveled to the United States of America to train at the Thai Boxing Academy and was trained by another famous western style boxing champion and Muay Thai champion named “Niyom Prasertsom”.
The place where this training took place was at the Thai Boxing Academy in Hollywood, California. Saving his money and with help of a Vietnamese Thai Fighter tong was able to open up his own school in the Down Town Los Angeles, California. In 1979 he moved to Springfield, Missouri where he began teaching as well as promoting small Muay Thai events until 1985.
He founded the Muay Thai Academy in Springfield, Missouri in 1989 and the Muay Thai U.S.A. Association in the same year as its president. Later, he became the Muay Thai Technical Advisor for Fighter International Magazine. He now owns and runs Tong’s Thai Cuisine in Springfield, Missouri. Located on south Campbell Ave in the Shamrock Center. Tong’s food and Thai tea brings the true authentic flavors of Thailand to the city and has been in Springfield’s famous 417 Magazine for years. Not only does he offer an amazing presentation with his dishes, the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly.