Our founder and Chief instructor Ray Sarkine began his training at 5 years old. He has dedicated his life to Martial Arts.
As a youngster Ray was fascinated with Bruce Lee and learning Kung Fu. Ray’s Father encouraged his son's interest and when Kung Fu wasn't an option he enrolled his son in Karate.
Martial Arts was a family affair. In addition to his father's experience and support, Ray’s uncle was also a Black Belt.
Ray earned his Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate, a system famous for hard-core training and bare knuckle full-contact fighting. But this was just the beginning.
Under his Father's guidance Ray also studied Western Boxing and Judo and while still a teen he discovered Muay Thai. Having been Boxing for years and used to bare shin striking (from Kyokushin) Muay Thai was a perfect fit. Ray developed a deep passion for Thai Boxing and has continued to develop and refine his Art for decades.
Always the perpetual student, Ray has training in Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Kobudo (weapons). Ray competed in Bare Knuckle fighting, American Kickboxing, International Rules Kickboxing and Muay Thai and retired undefeated.
Mr. Sarkine has formed his own unique methods and Style of Thai Boxing. His competitors have been highly successful: having won some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world such as the IKF, WKA, and the TBA. He has trained numerous Muay Thai Kickboxing Champions, both Male and Female and has also trained multiple Golden Gloves Boxing Champions and Silver Gloves Champions.
In the mid 1980's, at a time when most Americans had not heard of Thai Boxing, (some believed Muay Thai was a food dish) Mr. Sarkine was one of the very first (if not THE first) to bring Muay Thai to Indianapolis. The first school was quite small and he quickly had to move to accommodate the growing student count. He's been in continual operation ever since.
Mr. Sarkine has worked in Law Enforcement, Executive Protection and Security Training. He has trained members of our Nation’s elite Special Forces and Law Enforcement agencies. Although working in these fields, teaching Martial Arts has been his passion and primary occupation since he opened his first school.
Mr. Sarkine taught the first accredited college course in Muay Thai at a top 10 university. He is the Chief Instructor of our Schools, which are considered by many to be the oldest, largest and most successful in the United States and have been featured on numerous TV programs, newspaper articles and magazine features.
In a world where self-appointed experts are rampant, Mr. Sarkine is a Teacher who brings an unsurpassed depth of knowledge, experience, and commitment. Ray Sarkine created our proprietary style (Learn More) and continues to learn, train and evolve. He inspires his students and instructors to become their very best and never forget: The best Instructors are also great students!
There is no substitute for EXPERIENCE!