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 20s, 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 Sucharts 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 University study where he earned a Bachelor degree in Physical Education. He taught in schools in Bangkok 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 both an academic university degree, operates a Muay Thai school and trains World class athletes.
In 1986, Ajahn Suchart moved to Toronto, Canada. For twenty years, he has lived and built his love for Thailands 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. In Canada, he has developed Canadas only Professional Thai boxing World Champion, Clifton Brown who continues to impress the World with his skills. Ajahn Suchart has also trained over 16 amateur national and international champions. Ajahn Suchart has bred Krus, World athletes, young fighters, healthy students and happier people. His sights are now set on contributing to the development of Muay Thai as an Olympic sport in 2010.
His motto, LOVE, RESPECT and BELIEVE resonates with many who have changed their lives through the philosophies of Muay Thai. Many past and present students attest to Ajahn Suchart's teachings - not just in Muay Thai - but in life. Youth once troubled, have found a safe place where they experience trust, care and respect and now are leading safer and healthier lives. Young adults build their confidence and face difficult challenges with more grace through Ajahn Sucharts teachings. The school and Ajahn Suchart welcome children as young as 6 years old to adults at any age, to learn and improve their physical health and lives. He welcomes students from all walks of life and his pedagogy transcends issues surrounding class, race, gender, language and religion as he continues to influence them to transform lives through the beautiful art of Muay Thai. He is a leading figure of Muay Thai throughout the world.
Equally as compelling is his commitment to the community. Since 2006, he is the President of the Thai Society of Ontario and takes an active role in bringing the Thai community together in Ontario. Ajahn Suchart also supports many charities including: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Hospital for Sick Kids, Yellow Brick House, the War Amps of Canada, The Royal Thai Projects and The Tsunami Fund to only mention a few. He has also opened a gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand that houses young, impoverished boys with the goal of helping them finish their schooling. See him in a documentary featuring his gym in Chaing Mai in ‵Raised in the Ring.′