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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Kru James Hines, AKA: Big Bird

In 2006, James was awarded the distinguished title of “Kru” (instructor) by respected Muay Thai Ajahn (Master) Suchart and the Thai ambassador to Canada in acknowledgement of his dedicated contribution, practice and promotion of this discipline in the years following his own introduction to the sport in 1992. James has played an instrumental role in the establishment of Muay Thai as a respected sport in Canada through the development of a number of programs in the GTA and his own Old School Muay Thai training centre.

James has been trained by some of the most established and experienced Muay Thai competitors in the world in Thailand and Canada, and has himself represented Canada in North American and World Amateur competitions in the USA and Thailand. He is sparring partner to world champion Clifton Brown; the training they did together was instrumental in securing the win against Manson Gibson for the North American Light Heavy Weight Championship in 2003.

James combines a decade of experience as a personal trainer and respected coach with his Muay Thai expertise. He is the Regional Representative for the Canadian Muay Thai Council for Southern Ontario, a volunteer with the Toronto Eagles Soccer Club where he coaches local youth in sport, and has developed Muay Thai and fitness programs in the greater Toronto area since 1999. James recently established Muay Thai Training Centres, Inc, a not-for-profit division of Old School Muay Thai in support of Toronto’s at-risk youth through access to Muay Thai training and is working in collaboration with partners in the community to offer students access to this self-affirming discipline.​

Awards

  • 1996 “Excellence in Muay Thai” from Ajahn Suchart

  • 2002 “Contribution to Muay Thai”

  • 2006 Title of Kru from Ajahn Suchart and the Thai ambassador to Canada

  • 2008 Award in Leadership from the Thai Society of Ontario

Notable Competitions

  • 2003 “North American Heavy Weight Championship” in Kingsford, Michigan, USA

  • 2006 “World Amateur Muay Thai Championship” in Bangkok, Thailand

Kru Danny Cabrera

Danny has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry including more than five years in Muay Thai, running corporate boot camp classes, and supporting clients in their personal goals to achieve muscle conditioning, cardiovascular endurance, circuit and strength training.

He is a highly motivated instructor who incorporates elements of high-intensity interval training including Muay Thai techniques with conventional methods to maximize results for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Danny is a Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist and has been certified by Ajahn Suchart.

Poo Choi Kru Harold Mah

Harold Mah, Poo Choi Kru, has been training in Muay Thai for the past 8 years. He has a passion for creating highly conditioned and technical fighters in his classes. Harold comes from a background of competing in Ironmans, marathons, adventure racing and trail running. He has trained and guided individuals and groups in high altitude trekking in Nepal, Europe and South America.

Kru James Hines, AKA: Big Bird

In 2006, James was awarded the distinguished title of “Kru” (instructor) by respected Muay Thai Ajahn (Master) Suchart and the Thai ambassador to Canada in acknowledgement of his dedicated contribution, practice and promotion of this discipline in the years following his own introduction to the sport in 1992. James has played an instrumental role in the establishment of Muay Thai as a respected sport in Canada through the development of a number of programs in the GTA and his own Old School Muay Thai training centre.

James has been trained by some of the most established and experienced Muay Thai competitors in the world in Thailand and Canada, and has himself represented Canada in North American and World Amateur competitions in the USA and Thailand. He is sparring partner to world champion Clifton Brown; the training they did together was instrumental in securing the win against Manson Gibson for the North American Light Heavy Weight Championship in 2003.

James combines a decade of experience as a personal trainer and respected coach with his Muay Thai expertise. He is the Regional Representative for the Canadian Muay Thai Council for Southern Ontario, a volunteer with the Toronto Eagles Soccer Club where he coaches local youth in sport, and has developed Muay Thai and fitness programs in the greater Toronto area since 1999. James recently established Muay Thai Training Centres, Inc, a not-for-profit division of Old School Muay Thai in support of Toronto’s at-risk youth through access to Muay Thai training and is working in collaboration with partners in the community to offer students access to this self-affirming discipline.​

Awards

  • 1996 “Excellence in Muay Thai” from Ajahn Suchart

  • 2002 “Contribution to Muay Thai”

  • 2006 Title of Kru from Ajahn Suchart and the Thai ambassador to Canada

  • 2008 Award in Leadership from the Thai Society of Ontario

Notable Competitions

  • 2003 “North American Heavy Weight Championship” in Kingsford, Michigan, USA

  • 2006 “World Amateur Muay Thai Championship” in Bangkok, Thailand

Poo Choi Kru Kathleen

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. - Bruce Lee

PCK Kathleen trained at Old School Muay Thai for over a decade and has had several fights and demos in Toronto and Thailand.

Kathleen can be found early mornings at the gym serving up kicks and punches for breakfast. She leads morning classes and sparring sessions with the gym's Blue Shorts members.

Poo Choi Kru Erica

Poo Choi Kru Erica has been a dedicated student, trainer, and fighter at Old School Muay Thai since 2015. In her competitions, Erica won gold in SheFights and silver at the Muay Thai Nationals in 2018, and has coached several other fighters for the gym.

She leads the workouts for Old School Muay Thai's after school Youth Program, as well as the circuit training classes on Saturday mornings. When she's not training students, she is training her cockapoo puppy Dory.

ZaYan Rafeek

Zayan joined Old School Muay Thai in the early days through the youth program and, 7 years later, is an experienced fighter and mentor. With 3 demos and 2 fights, he regularly helps members sharpen skills and achieve their fitness goals.

Zayan still gives back to the youth program in the afternoons, and can be found bright and early leading classes on Wednesday mornings.

Alejandro Gonzalez-Barrera

Alejandro came to Old School 4 years ago just wanting to get fit, and, in addition to that, fell in love with the sport of Muay Thai and the friendly community at the gym. Alejandro has trained and fought in Thailand.

He leads a sweaty Friday morning class, and encourages other members to run with him twice a week before the evening class.

SIAM No 1's Ajahn (Master) Suchart Yodkerepauprai

Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Thailand, in the early 1960s, Ajahn Suchart has a long history with the tradition and art of Muay Thai. Beginning at the early age of nine, Master Suchart competed in Muay Thai in his small village community in Mae Hong Son. His professional career quickly evolved to competing in Chaing Mai by the age of 14 where he demonstrated great success. In 1982 and 1983 when only in his early 20’s, he became Northern Thailand Champion where he held the title for an unprecedented two years. He has competed in Bangkok’s largest, most highly respected Muay Thai stadiums and has also tested his skills in over a dozen bare knuckle fights throughout the world. Ajahn Suchart’s trust in his skills, knowledge and self have made a him a globally recognized and respected figure in the world of Martial arts.

In 1986, Ajahn Suchart moved to Toronto, Canada. For twenty years, he has lived and built his love for Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai, in Canada. His dream to bring a beautiful part of Thai culture and history to Canada has been realized as he has taught over 20,000 students and he continues to open his heart and knowledge to those who seek to learn his wisdom.

Today, over a dozen of his students have now opened their own Muay Thai gyms throughout the province and are working to promote and honour the cultural sport of Muay Thai. Ajahn Suchart has bred Krus, World athletes, young fighters, healthy students and happier people.

His motto, LOVE, RESPECT and BELIEVE resonates with many who have changed their lives through the philosophies of Muay Thai.