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Channarong Camp Founder & Head Instructor – Coach Chris

Coach Chris began his professional career in 1987 with the New York State Guard, as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division and then in 1990 with the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, participating in combat operations during the Persian Gulf War. After being honorably discharged Chris transitioned to law enforcement as a Correctional Officer at New York’s infamous Sing-Sing State Prison in 1994. There, he began developing his interest and experience with real world self-defense concepts. Chris moved on to law enforcement assignments as a Police Officer with the U.S. Treasury Department at the West Point Military Academy and then the Federal Protective Service in Los Angles California, specializing in inner city police patrol and street-gang interdiction.

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After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Coach Chris joined the Federal Air Marshal Service with operational assignments in Southeast Asia, which sparked his unyielding interest in Muay Thai and Southeast Asian martial arts. Chris continued in federal law enforcement with the U.S. Forest Service in counter drug operations and finally as a S.W.A.T.- counter terrorism team operator with the Amtrak O.S.S.S.O. Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations, in Los Angeles California. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mountain State University.

Chris retired from law enforcement in 2010 and began working in the private security contracting sector full-time. Chris was a Corporate Director/Senior Firearms and Combatives Instructor with CQB Group International Inc., a corporate security, executive protection and training services firm based in Bangkok, Thailand and Melbourne, Australia from 2010 to 2015.

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Chris Sityodtong (2)

Chris began his Muay Thai training in Thailand in 2002, at numerous boxing camps around Bangkok, from the urban camps of Klong Toey to the rural jungle of the Issan countryside. He has spent over thirteen years training exclusively in Southeast Asia and given the Thai boxer name ปีศาจสีขาว “white demon” by local villagers. He extensively studied the Thai, Cambodian, Laotian and Burmese boxing systems on an ongoing search for authentic techniques and training methods, especially the closely held training secrets not normally shared with foreigners. Chris approached his Muay Thai training differently from the very beginning, with the focus being to become a teacher, to improve the antiquated law enforcement/military self-defense training and ultimately to preserve authentic Muay Thai for civilians in the United States. Chris remains steadfast in his commitment to maintain and protect authentic Muay Thai culture, traditions and traditional training standards.

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Chris has spent over 25 years operating in the field, with elite U.S. military units and law enforcement special operations teams, before retiring from government service in 2010. Chris’s depth of experience living, training and competing in Southeast Asia, has given him unique local contacts, broad perspective and in-depth understanding of the culture, language, history and Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai.

Coach Chris is one of the few foreigners holding a class “A” ring official certification, and has been allowed to referee and judge professional Muay Thai matches in Thailand. He is the founder and Head Instructor of Channarong Muay Thai Camp and the S.E.A. Combatives Group.

 

 

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Mr. Samrit “Sam”

Mr. Sam is an assistant trainer, pad-man, master fabricator and former Muay Thai fighter from Nakhon Sawan province in Northern Thailand.

 

Petsangnuan Luktupfah

 

Petsangnuang Luktupfah “Noi”

Noi will be our next guest instructor. He is a Lumpini Champion fighter and outstanding hands-on clinch coach from Kalasin province in Northeast Thailand (Issan).