Teaching his family’s style of Muay Thai, Professor Sidthilaw is from Cheng Mai and has a Doctorate Degree in Biomechanics. Known to all of his students as “Kruu”, Rick is also a Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Paul Vunak and Sifu Thomas Cruse of Progressive Fighting Systems. He also has a Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo Karate under Sensei Matthew Hayes. Sensei Hayes is an Army Green Beret stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Rick’s experience includes training with Sijo James DeMile, one of Bruce Lee’s original students, and Sifu Kevin Seaman, one of Dan Inosanto’s top students. Rick appears in Mr. DeMile’s book titled “Bruce Lee’s One & Three Inch Power Punch”.
Over the years, Rick has attended many seminars around the country with great martial artists such Guro Dan Inosanto, Master “Chai” Siristute, Sifu Francis Fong, Sifu Larry Hartsell, Sifu Tim Tackett, and Master Will Higginbotham.
Rick is the former Tennessee State Director and Southeast Regional Director for the USMTA. He currently trains military personnel, as well as, Muay Thai kickboxers and MMA fighters.