AKA Thailand Head Coach & Program Director
15 career UFC fights Featured on season 1 of the Ultimate Fighter TV Show Featured In Esquire Magazine as a Rising Fitness CEO In Asia Nicknamed Quick after finishing 4 UFC fights in a combined 5:10 One of the original members of Team AKA Has trained in Thailand since ’00 Official trainer on The UFC’s …See Full Profile
Striking / MMA Coach
Dillon Croushorn is one of AKA Thailand’s most sought after striking for MMA coaches. Dillon began training in kickboxing at age 6 in 1991 and has been a professional fighter since 2002. With over 270 fights as an amateur and over 125 as a professional, Dillon is a 4x champion in Kickboxing and a 5x champion in Muay Thai. Dillon is also on the educational development team for the MMA Conditioning Association and is a TRX Qualified Trainer. Dillon now lives, trains, coaches, and fights out of AKA Thailand.
Head BJJ Instructor
Professor Silvio Braga was born in Teresópolis, Brazil. A small city in the mountains of Rio De Janeiro, Teresópolis is the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The world-renowned Gracie family had a large house there from the 1950s through the early 1980s. Silvio began training Jiu-Jitsu at age eight and was awarded the rank of Black Belt in 1999. Silvio’s lineage in BJJ stems from the legendary Grande Mestre Hélio Gracie, to Mestre Armando Wrietd, Mestre Geny de Azevedo, Mestre Relson Gracie, and professor Adilson Jorge Lima (Bita). He has since been promoted to 3rd degree black belt. Silvio won the CBJJ Black Belt Championship in 2006 and has over ten years of experience teaching BJJ to students of all ages and skill levels. He has conducted seminars around the world and has also taught military personnel, law enforcement, as well as FBI and US Secret Service agents. Silvio’s wisdom, combined with his warm and friendly personality, makes him a welcome addition to the AKA Thailand family.
Muay Thai Trainers
Kru Bird speaks excellent English and prides himself on making sure all of our students are well taken care of in our Muay Thai classes. He began training at nine years of age and stopped at 18 to take care of his family and provide them with a better life. Now, he is an integral part of our team of Muay Thai trainers and works hard to provide for his daughter and two sons. He sees the benefits of Muay Thai as being for self-defense, exercise, and meditation.
Kru Beng is from Nakhorn Si Tammarat and is very respected in the Muay Thai world. His fight career has seen him compete in over 250 Muay Thai fights. He is known for his aggressive style and never getting tired in a fight. Kru Beng likes his working environment because of those around him and the beautiful location where AKA Thailand is situated, and he loves to share his knowledge of Muay Thai with those who wish to learn it.
Kru Wut had 200 Muay Thai fights before he became a Muay Thai trainer. Muay Thai gave him a skill that enabled him to make a good life for himself and his family. He is a kind person who understands all of the steps that a guest needs to learn Muay Thai. Whether students are experienced or starting from scratch, he aspires to teach the proper techniques to all of his students. Kru Wut wants them understand all of the rules for Muay Thai in order to use the right techniques when they have a real fight.
Kru Pet had 280 fights, winning 205 of them, before becoming a Muay Thai trainer. His child, teaching Muay Thai, and AKA Thailand are his loves and passions. Kru Pet’s life revolves around Muay Thai, and sharing it with those willing to learn gives him a great sense of satisfaction. He believes if every one has respect for each other, everything else will be smooth and easy.
Kru Chai’s first fight was a decision win at Lumpinee Stadium when he was just ten years old, and he has since had over 200 fights. He loves to teach the culture, traditions, and techniques of Muay Thai to all of his students. Aside from teaching the history of the sport, Chai is also a big advocate of learning Muay Thai as a way of self-defense.
In 11 years, Kru Speed has competed in over 300 Muay Thai fights. All of his in-ring experience has led him to a career as a Muay Thai trainer at AKA Thailand. Speed believes that Muay Thai is the “pearl of the world,” and he happily shares his knowledge with others. He has a passion for Muay Thai, and it shows when he’s on the mats teaching techniques to guests.
Kru Son has been involved with Muay Thai for 29 years and has over 260 fights to his credit. In his fight career, his proudest moment was becoming the 128 lb. champion of The Southern Siam Muay Thai Organization. As a trainer, he feels that Muay Thai is good exercise that makes you stronger, and is a good tool for self-defense. He also feels that it teaches discipline and responsibility for your actions. Kru Son is married with three children.
At just 25 years of age, Kru Bas has been involved with Muay Thai for most of his life and has 130 fights to his name. He is very well-versed in both the physical side and history of Muay Thai and loves to share it with his students. One of his favorite parts about working at AKA Thailand is that he is in a team environment.