Martial Arts Instructors

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Kru J.T. Smith

Kru J.T. Smith has been involved in the martial arts for over 32 years. After obtaining his black belt in 1987, he began training in kickboxing. This led him into Muay Thai where he trained under Ajarn Rick Davis of Statesville, North Carolina and Ajarn Pek of Bangkok, Thailand.

Kru Smith has competed in full contact fights on both an amateur and professional level all over the world, including: Canada, Austria, and Thailand. The majority of fights were on the U.S. east coast and he has over sixty fights under his belt.

Also a certified defensive tactics instructor with the state of North Carolina, Kru Smith has trained new law enforcement officers in self-defense methodology and safe, effective arrest techniques for over fifteen years.

 

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The art of Muay Thai has been very rewarding for Kru Smith, providing a degree of confidence and discipline that he had never found in other traditional martial arts.

Though no longer an active competitive fighter, Kru Smith’s intent is to stay involved and give back to this wonderful martial art that has been so rewarding to him. As an instructor, Kru Smith continues to share the art of Muay Thai.

In February of 2017, the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Education conferred the coveted title of Official Thai Boxing Trainer to Kru Smith. He is now a Certified Instructor in Muay Thai from the birthplace of this great martial art, the Kingdom of Thailand.

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Assistant Kru Matt Riter

Kru Matt Riter began training Muay Thai in 2000 under Ajarn Rick Davis of Statesville, North Carolina. In 2003, he earned his black prajeed.

Kru Riter fought several Muay Thai and Kickboxing matches throughout the southeast U.S including North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. He fought for regional titles and won an amateur US title in 2003.

Muay Thai has been very beneficial for Kru Riter, giving him self-confidence while also helping him develop a strong sense of respect and humility through intense, rigorous training. Kru Riter still trains actively and enjoys coaching and sharing his extensive knowledge of the art with others.

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BJJ Instructor Jeff Heisler

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