Our founder and Chief instructor Ray Sarkine began his training at 5 years old. He has dedicated his life to Martial Arts.
As a youngster Ray was fascinated with Bruce Lee, Kung Fu and Karate. Ray’s Father encouraged this interest and enrolled his son in Karate.
Martial Arts was a family affair. In addition to his father’s experience and support, Ray’s uncle was also a Black Belt. Martial Arts was a passion for much of the family.
While still young, Ray earned his Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate, a system famous for hard-core training and bare knuckle full-contact fighting. But this was just the beginning…With his Father’s guidance and support Ray also learned Boxing and Judo. Ray later discovered Muay Thai while still a teenager. With his background in Boxing and bare shin striking (from Kyokushin) Muay Thai proved the perfect fit.
The perpetual Martial Art student
Ray has training in Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Kobudo (weapons). Ray competed in Bare Knuckle fighting, American Kickboxing, International Rules Kickboxing and Muay Thai and retired undefeated.
Mr. Sarkine has formed his own unique methods, modernizing the learning experience.
His competitors have been highly successful: having won some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world such as the IKF, WKA, and the TBA. He has trained numerous Muay Thai Kickboxing Champions, both Male and Female and has also trained multiple Golden Gloves Boxing Champions and Silver Gloves Champions. And he has created these champions decade after decade.
A true Pedigree
In the mid 80’s, when most Americans had not heard of Thai Boxing, (some though Muay Thai was a food dish) Mr. Sarkine was one of the first (if not THE first) to bring Muay Thai to Indianapolis.
Mr. Sarkine taught the first accredited college course in Muay Thai at a top 10 university. He serves as the Chief Instructor of our Schools, which are considered by many to be the oldest, largest and most successful in the United States and have been featured on numerous TV programs, newspaper articles and magazine features.
Real World Experience
Mr. Sarkine has worked in Law Enforcement, Executive Protection and Security Training. He has trained members of our Nation’s elite Special Forces and Law Enforcement agencies. Teaching Martial Arts however, is his passion and primary occupation since opening decades ago.
He is the executive director of the World Muay Thai League and the President of a company specializing in Personal Protection Training and Consulting Services for Celebrities, Executives, Corporations and Law enforcement agencies.
In a world where self-appointed experts are rampant, Mr. Sarkine is a Teacher who brings an unsurpassed depth of knowledge, experience, and commitment. Ray Sarkine created our proprietary style and continues to learn, train and evolve.
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