Can you imagine leaving a job after twenty-six years? Well, Kru Michael does! He left the Commodity Market Industry trading floor behind for a passion for teaching and coaching self-defense fitness mixed with martial arts. Kru Michael became a 2nd-degree Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1987 under Taekwondo Grand Master Larry Tankson. Furthermore, Kru Michael spent time in Thailand training under Kru Dah Rong in Muay Thai, an aggressive direct point-for-point fighting style martial art earning a Multi-color Red Talisman Rank of Achievement in 2011. Often referred to as the Art of Eight Limbs due to the focus on eight contact points (punches, elbows, knees, and kicks). In addition, Kru Michael has a Red Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu, in concept-based weapons and close-quarters defense.Today, Kru Michael offers training and instructing in Ellzey Thai Fitness classes (ETF). He designed a unique curriculum in collaboration with education expert Kia Kidd of Parent-to-Parent Connections. The curriculum is a blend of these certified and outstanding martial arts, fitness skills, self-affirming techniques, and tactics that holistically build the whole student, delivered in a style that anyone can learn.
ETF is based on four pillars: Health, Discipline, Integrity, and Passion. The curriculum is designed to foster a natural passion for fitness, and self-care, driving you toward the best version of yourself, healthy, strong, and committed to living a fulfilled life.