Kru Yai Nick Bautista
2006- Poo Choi Kru (Assistant Instructor) via Siam No.1, WMC, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri
2010-Kru (Instructor) via Siam No.1, WMC, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri
2014-Kru Yai (Head Instructor) Siam No.1, WMC, Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri
Certifications, to me are only as valuable as intention.
What we are qualified to do, is only as useful as the direction in which we apply our knowledge.
With that said, this bio isn't going to be about all the things I've done in the past. This bio is about what I focus on in present. If your intention lines up with mine, then we make sense.
I have been under the tutelage of Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri, Siam No.1 (the founder of Muay Thai in Ontario) since 2007. I learned (and continue to learn) two things: The Art of Muay Thai, but beyond that, The Art of being a Teacher.
On one hand, I've learned how to move in Muay Thai. How to punch, kick, knee, and elbow. These are the basic rudimentary elements of Muay Thai. But the question 'What is Muay Thai?' is not as important as 'Why Muay Thai?'
This is where the real learning occurred with Ajahn. Ajahn taught me some very useful things in life like Mentorship, Leadership, Communication, Relationships, and the process of building a person. Because the core of Martial Art is about the communal effect that Martial Art training should yield. It should yield more than a strong body and strong technique. Martial Art just starts there. But the destination of Martial Art is about creating a personal and social culture of strength and skill.
I believe that when we build micro cultures of strength and skill, is when life truly starts to become vivid. When we are strong, and skilled, our outlook is strong and skilled as well. And that naturally extends to the relationships we take on. That happens almost exclusively in Martial Art because of the communal atmosphere in which the education occurs in.
It's more than just hitting.
With that said, nothing is more annoying than someone whose main inquiry is about money. That, and someone who just wants to hit things.
If you are either of the two, or both I can tell you that I'm definitely not your guy, and this isn't the place. You'd definitely end up being disappointed and dissatisfied and I'm ok with that.
I fundamentally believe that the primary destination for Martial Art is not for the physically elite. Martial Art is most relevant for the vulnerable first, and the elite 2nd.I'd rather focus on giving Muay Thai to those who need it. The physically weak, injured, intimidated, shy, and uncoordinated.
So, I'm not looking to create the next Combat Athlete superstar. I'm just looking to give regular people a chance to be extraordinary.
Kru Yai Nick Bautista