The power of an open mind...

Striking is a beautiful thing. Over the past decade, I’ve been lucky enough to train with some of the best coaches in North America. Every coach has their unique philosophy, their go-to techniques, their system of training and often these conflict with one another. But Kru Nokweed said it best, “In Muay Thai, there is no standard.” The key is to keep an open mind. Find that common strain and build your style from there.

I fell in love with Muay Thai thanks to Kru Nokweed. He taught me about balance and precision of technique.

Dave Hilton taught me how to box with power.

Kru Wayne, and the whole team at Westside taught me how to dominate a clinch and how to prepare with relentless conditioning.

And most recently, coach Ferr has helped me with my fluidity and speed. Dutch Style!

There is no single “right way” to do things. There are certainly a lot of “wrong ways,” but at the end of the day, what matters most is whether or not you can make it work. And when it comes to coaches, just look at the results. Raj Talhan always asks “Who did they produce?”

Look at the number of championship belts hanging on the walls at Westside.

Look at the caliber of fighters working with Coach Ferr.

I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such powerful coaches and a team at APEX that is on the verge of producing the first in hopefully a long line of champions.

Haters will always hate. Results speak for themselves.