by James Hines
In 1969 at the age of eleven he began his training with the monks of the Maelaloung Temple in his home province of Mae Hong Son. He lived at the temple for three years before stepping into the ring for his first amateur fight. Despite the fact that his opponent was three years older and had already fought seventeen bouts, Suchart defeated his opponent and went on to win fourteen straight fights. His first loss came at the age of fifteen, his opponent was Cheung Diow, 24 years old and an experienced fighter well known in Mae Hong Son province.
Having developed his skills as an amateur fighter, he was selected by his first Master, Master Snga, to begin training for his career as a professional fighter. After training for two years with Master Snga, he moved to the city of Chiamia were he attended school and fought his first professional bouts. With the support of his physical education teacher, contrary to the policies of the school, he continued to fight professionally. At the age of nineteen he graduated high school and went on to be one of the few applicants accepted at the Physical Education College of Chiamia.
Master Suchart studied at the College of Chiamia for two years and in 1982 fought for the championship and won the title to become Northern Thailand's Divisional Champion.
He fought four fights in the stadiums of Bangkok and was ranked as second best. He defended his title in seven championship bouts and maintained it through to 1983. In 1983 his title was lost to the Southern Thailand Champion, Lom Thai Sitmuongtrong. As the Southern Thailand Champion, Lom Thai Sitmuongtrong's expertise was in Khon Chow (Knees). These techniques were adapted by Master Suchart to work in conjunction with the Northern training techniques of Pa Yang (Low Kicks).
In 1984 Suchart graduated University and went on to teach high school. He taught until 1986 when he moved to Canada. In 1991 he was contacted by a gentleman who would become his first Muay Thai student and later go on to form his own school, the Tiger Gym. In 1992 Master Suchart begins teaching the Muay Thai fighting techniques and philosophies in the Regent Park Community. Two of his original students were James Hines and Junior Simms. As well as teaching in the Regent Park Community, Master Suchart began an informal school in the basement of his friend's restaurant, Young Thailand. After teaching those who wanted to learn for a period of four months, the demand for his expertise lead to the formation of his first school.
On February 15th, 1993 Master Suchart opened the first official Siam No. 1 Thai Boxing School at 544 St. Clair Avenue, West. The school was named after Thailand's original name "Siam", which meant the Land of the Kingdom. After it's independence Siam became Thailand, meaning Land of Freedom.
The school started with twelve students and in 1995 moved to its former location, 1445B Bathurst Street. From its original location, Siam No.1 grew into a 7,500 sq.ft., fully equipped Thai Boxing gym boasting a roster of over 280 students making Siam No.1 the world's largest Muay Thai School.
Having achieved such success in the training and promotion of the ancient techniques of Muay Thai, Master Suchart Yodkeripauprai is the only instructor and Muay Thai Master in Canada recognized by the World Muay Thai Council. He teaches not only in Canada, but in the U.S., Europe, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Romania. He is also Master and trainer to the the current European Champion.In 1997, two years after the formation of Siam No.1, Master Suchart Yodkeripauprai has formed, and is President of The Canadian Muay Thai Federation. As the Federation grows, and he continues to promote and teach the ancient techniques, principles and philosophies of Muay Thai, it is expected that Master Suchart Yodkeripauprai will soon proudly achieve the World Muay Thai Council's recognition as Grand Master.