Kru Neil is a retired professional Muay Thai fighter with 25 years
experience and the head instructor of Muay Thai Kickboxing Gym.
His real name is Neil Chatchaiyan but students call him Kru Neil
because "Kru" means instructor in the Thai language. "Kru" is the
traditional, formal way to call your instructor.
Kru Neil began learning Muay Thai at the age of 9 years old. He
began to take his training more seriously around 12 years old. Kru
Neil began competing at age 14. By the age of 15, he was already
competing in big fight venues against 23 years old and up. By age
18, he took 5 years off from competing. He then returned by age 23
with more hunger than ever. Kru Neil continued fighting till the age
of 28. During that time Kru Neil competed in different venues all
around the U.S. and fight in Thailand twice. His second visited to
Thailand, he was invited to fight at the famous Lumpinee stadium.
Just before Kru Neil retired in 2008, he was invited to fight in
Thailand for a super middleweight championship title. During his
training camp, he tore his bicep, which didn't allow him to
competed. Once he recovered, his trainer Kru Rex left, which
promoted Kru Neil as head instructor. Once he was promoted, he
retired from competing to concentrate all his focus on his students
and his fighters.
Pictures of Neil fight at Lumpinee stadium, November 5, 2005
Training at SKV Gym before the fight
Nathaniel "Nata" Diaz is an assistant coach here at Muay Thai Kickboxing
Gym. He was born June 25, 1992 in Van Nuys. He first discovered Muay
Thai through a martial arts movie when he was about 12 years old. It was
not until 7 years later that he was given the opportunity to learn. Once Nata
began learning, he fell in love with the art of Muay Thai. He was so
intrigued and excited, he couldn't stop. Nata has been training near-daily
for the past 3 years and counting, under Kru Neil.
Nata first joined solely to learn, but 11 months in, he felt that competing
would help better his understanding, and test his ability with what he had
learned. Since then, Nata has had a total of 5 fights and plans to continue
competing in the future.
Kru Neil now trains all skill levels, amateur and professional fighters. If you are looking for an amazing
workout, he covers that ground too. Kru Neil teachs real Muay Thai, not competition Muay Thai where
there are rules & regulations. Kru Neil will teachs you how to handle any situation in a street altercation,
however he doesn't promote fighting, he just promotes self-defense.