Information about the
Trainers at Legacy Gym

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Trainer: MMA Trainer: Vaughn

Full Name: Vaughn Anderson

Nickname: Blud

Born In: Manila, Philippines

Fighting Experience: 3-2 Amateur Boxing Fights, 2-1 Sanda Fights, 1-1 K1 Fights, 12-1-1 MMA Fights.

Favourite technique: ground-and-pound

Vaughn was born in Manila, Philippines, where he lived the first five years of his life before moving to Beijing and eventually Canada. He studied a few traditional martial arts as a kid, but it wasn’t until returning to Asia in 2002 that he started to compete. After only eight months of bjj training with Warren Wang, Vaughn took his first mma fight, which he won. From then on, he was hooked on fighting.

Vaughn currently trains and competes in bjj, grappling, judo, sanda, muay thai and mma. He is still a very active and exciting fighter to watch, having KO wins in sanda, muay thai, K-1 and mma. Vaughn has, in fact, never been to a decision in his mma career: his results have all been finishes!

A certifed personal trainer and sports nutritionist, Vaughn is also the colour commentator for legendfc.com and has a large fan base in China.

For more information about Vaughn, including his full biography and fight record, check out his blog: http://www.mrblud.com

trainer-malik

Trainer: MMA Trainer: Malik

Full Name: Malik Arash Mawlayi

Nickname: Natural Born Killer

Born In: Afghanistan

Fighting Experience: 70 TKD Fights, 60-65 Submission Fights, 19 MT Fights, 12 MMA Fights

Favourite technique: All kinds of chokes!

Malik was born in Afghanistan and moved to India at the age of 12. Two years later, at the age of 14, he and his family re-located permanently to Sweden, where he grew up.

Malik started training taekwondo at the age of 15. By his 22nd birthday, he had achieved an impressive record of 70 fights and a black belt.

Looking to further challenge his fighting talents, the ‘Natural Born Killer’ then turned his attention to BJJ and submission, quickly amassing a total of 60-65 submission fights and earning a BJJ purple belt. He also became the amateur shooto champion of Scandinavia in 2005.

Today, Malik splits his time between Sweden and Thailand. He is the head MMA coach at Legacy Gym, and also a very active fighter. Malik is the current holder of the ESPN Martial Combat championship belt for 72kg.

trainer-markus

Trainer: MMA Trainer: Marcus

Full Name: Marcus Waters

Nickname: Texas

Born In: Dallas, Texas

Fighting Experience: 130-150 Tournament Matches, 3 MMA Fights

Favourite technique: Cutting Armbar from Side Mount

Marcus was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a proficient wrestler and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist. He received his BJJ brown belt under Carlos Machado in August 2008.

Marcus has competed in both the Mundials and Pan-American games on multiple occasions and has well over 130 tournament matches under his belt. He has trained with many talented individuals including James Brown and Yousef Alirezai.

He has 3 professional MMA fights to his name and is now concentrating on teaching Jiu Jitsu and improving his own striking abilities here at Legacy Gym.

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Trainer: Ajarn Nimnuan

Full Name: Sanjon Khomsaway

Nickname: Nimnuan

Born In: Ubon Ratchathani

Fighting Experience: 130 fights

Favourite technique: Using your brain to fight!

Ajarn Nimnuan is the head coach at Legacy Gym. He has trained a number of world famous fighters in the past, including the three time Lumpini Stadium champion Orono Por Muang Ubon. Ajarn Nimnuan started training Ole Laursen in 2002, before Legacy Gym even existed, and they have been working together ever since.

Born in Ubon Ratchathani, Ajarn Nimnuan started fighting muay thai at the age of 15, and began working as a trainer when he was just 22 years old. He amassed a total of 130 fights in his professional career, having fought in Lumpini Stadium, as well as on Channel 7 on Thai television.

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Trainer: Ajarn Lai

Full Name: Bunlai Bintong

Nickname: Lai

Born In: Warin Chamrap

Fighting Experience: 200 Muay Thai fights, 50 Pro Boxing fights

Favourite technique: Power right hands and Elbows

Ajarn Lai started his muay thai career over 30 years ago, and is still an active fighter. In his prime, Ajarn Lai fought in both major stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpini and Rachadamnoen, and has had fights televised on Channel 5 and Channel 4 in Thailand.

He started coaching muay thai at the age of 25, and has been part of the Legacy Gym coaching staff since 2007.

Ajarn Lai is known for his great sense of humor and his extraordinary ability to produce a six-pack when posing for photos.

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Trainer: Ajarn Kong

Full Name: Wuttigorn Muansuk

Nickname: Kong

Born In: Sisaket

Fighting Experience: Over 230 fights

Favourite technique: Elbows and Knees

Ajarn Kong is the punch doctor at Legacy Gym, as he brings out the best in people’s boxing skills. He started fighting when he was only 7 years old, fought in the stadiums in Bangkok, and is still a very active fighter. He has been coaching muay thai for four years, having worked at Patong Boxing Gym in Phuket, as well as in Bangkok, before joining the Legacy team at the end of 2009.

Ajarn Kong is well known around the gym for his no-holds-barred sparring sessions when preparing for a fight, as well as for his all-night drinking sessions when he isn’t.

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Trainer: Ajarn Took

Full Name: Sakphipat Poparnaphi

Nickname: Khorat Noi

Born In: Nakhon Ratchasima

Fighting Experience: Over 200 fights

Favourite technique: Roundhouse Kicks

Ajarn Took is the kick man at Legacy Gym, as he has the uncanny ability to make anyone’s kicks look awesome on the pads. He started working at Legacy in December 2009, bringing a solid 10 years coaching experience with him.

Ajarn Took began fighting at the age of 12, and has fought on numerous occasions for championship belts at the world famous stadiums of Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen. He fought all the big names of his time, including a couple of now famous fights against muay thai legend Sakmongkol.

Despite his impressive fight history, Ajarn Took remains a very humble and down-to-earth man.

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Trainer: Ajarn Nuay

Full Name: Pakaiphet Sangchote

Nickname: Mongkol Khao Sitduangdee

Born In: Ubon Ratchathani

Fighting Experience: 180+ Muay Thai fights, 1 MMA Fight

Favourite technique: Kicks over punches any time!

The latest addition to the Legacy coaching staff, Ajarn Nuay, has been fighting since he was 8 years old. After making a name for himself in the Ubon fight scene, he moved to Ketsingnoi gym in Bangkok in his early teens.

The majority of his fights were fought in the hyper-competitive Bangkok muay thai circuit. Although he still fights from time to time, he has now decided to dedicate himself to full-time coaching at Legacy Gym.

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Trainer: Ajarn Bird

Full Name: Kamtii Kaewkamhong

Nickname: Bird

Born In: Ubon Ratchathani

Fighting Experience: Over 200 fights

Favourite technique: Good timing

Ajarn Bird started training and fighting muay thai when he was only 6 years old. After becoming Thai regional champion at 13, Ajarn Bird moved on to fight at the bigger promotions in Bangkok. He fought at Ratchadamnoen Stadium 16 times, and had many of his fights televised on UBC channel, including a legendary bout against Chalermdet Infinity.

At the age of 20, Ajarn Bird started teaching young kids at Sor Chuwanee gym, where he too trained. He then moved on to Si Chumpon gym, where he worked as a trainer for a year before joining the Legacy gym coaching team in March 2011. Ajarn Bird himself still trains and fights regularly, and has no plans to retire yet.

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Trainer: Ajarn Singhto

Full Name: Saeksit Manatsah

Nickname: Singhto (Lion)

Born In: Ubon Ratchathani

Fighting Experience: Over 200 fights

Favourite technique: Counter strikes

Ajarn Singtho was more or less born a muay thai fighter. Amazingly, he had his first fight aged only 5 (yes, FIVE years old!). At 16, he became Isaan champion. This success brought him many bouts in both Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen stadiums. His fight with Tookatatong Phetpayathai was televised nationwide on Channel 7, as were many of his other big fights.

Ajarn Singtho always hoped to, one day, work as a trainer and pass on the vast amount of knowledge he accumulated in the ring. In 2010, he decided to retire as a fighter and return to his home town of Ubon. He came to Legacy Gym to join his long-time friend Ajarn Nuay and begin his career as a trainer.