AJAHN SUCHART YODKEREPAUPRAI
Ajahn’s love of Muay Thai is based on a full life journey. From a hill tribe village of Mae Hong Son, Ajahn Suchart has lived a life most cannot imagine. His experiences and struggles, challenges and successes provide him with a spiritual strength that goes hand in hand with his technical precision of the art.
Born 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, Ajahn Suchart competed in Muay Thai in his small village community in Mae Hong Son. At the age of 9 he moved to an all boys Catholic boarding school in Chiang Mai to pursue education while continuing to learn Muay Thai. His professional career quickly evolved to competing in Chiang 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. His last bare knuckle fight was in 2012!
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.
While competing internationally, his love and commitment to Muay Thai turned to studies where he earned a Bachelor degree in Physical Education at the Chiang Mai Physical Education and Teachers College. He taught physical education in schools in Chiang Mai for a few years and then combined his passion for teaching and learning with Muay Thai. Ajahn Suchart is one of a few professional Muay Thai Masters who has a formal academic degree, operates Muay Thai schools and trains World class athletes.
In 1987, Ajahn Suchart moved to Toronto, Canada His dream to bring a beautiful part of Thai culture and history to Canada has been realized as he has taught over 50,000 students and he continues to open his heart and knowledge to those who seek to learn. Today, several of his students have opened their own Muay Thai schools throughout the province (affiliations) and are working to promote and honour the cultural sport of Muay Thai. Ajahn Suchart has helped to develop Krus, World athletes, young fighters, healthy students and happier people (Love).
As well as teaching traditional Muay Thai, Ajahn Suchart has used Muay Thai to help students develop and apply themselves in a number of professions including the police academy, fighter fighting, paramedics, military, public and private sector security.
Equally as compelling is his commitment to the community. Ajahn Suchart supports many organizations including: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Hospital for Sick Kids, Yellow Brick House, the War Amps of Canada, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Royal Thai Projects and The Tsunami Fund, and the Thai Society of Ontario, to mention a few. At one time he also opened a gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand that supported young boys with the goal of helping them finish their schooling while also training in Muay Thai. See clips from a documentary ‘Raised in the Ring′ here.
Awards and Recognition’s
2012 North American Trainer of the Year
2011 North American Trainer of the Year
2010 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award (National Award)
2008 Recognized as the Father of Muay Thai In Canada by Muay Thai students of Ontario
1982 – 1983 Northern Thailand Champion
1982 Bachelor of Physical Education, Major in Muay Thai College of Physical Education, Chiang Mai