T.A.G. Muay Thai is owned and operated by Founder and Head Instructor, Kru Christopher M. Aboy. Kru Chris runs T.A.G. Muay Thai in the evenings and works full time in a high-profile protective role for the U.S. Federal Government. He is currently stationed at their Law Enforcement Training Facility in Maryland, working as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Hand-to-Hand Combat and Police Tactics for recruits aspiring to be Police Officers and Special Agents. His vitae also includes a strong tenure as a referee for both professional and amateur Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights for the State of Virginia and the GCA (Global Combat Alliance).
Kru Chris began his study of Combative arts in 1989, training in Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama (Polynesian Martial Art), American Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). His primary style and passion is Thai Boxing because of its applicability to real life combat situations, and the ability to inflict damage on one’s opponent. Kru Chris is a black armband and certified instructor under the World Thai Boxing Association (WTBA), the largest and most respected organization in the world for the art of Muay Thai.
In addition to continually developing and reviewing an evolving curriculum for his school, Kru Chris considers his continued personal development equally as important. To ensure his fighting and teaching style evolves to address updated and innovative techniques, he regularly participates in live drills; trains with amateur and professional fighters; attends, participate and conduct workshops and seminars to further his knowledge.
Kru Chris is a student, instructor and fighter of professional Muay Thai champion Ajarn Bryan “Double Dose” Dobler in California. Moving to the Washington D.C. area for his current position with the government, Muay Thai training was a bit different than what he was accustomed to. The way the Thai pads were held, the drills, the methodologies, their philosophy, and training structure was different. In 2006, with the support of his trainer and President of the TBA’s blessing (Grand Master Surachai Sirisute – the first person to bring Muay Thai into the U.S.A. in 1968), Kru Chris started to recruit his coworkers and teach them the way he was taught so they can hold Thai pads, and train alongside with him. It started in a two-car garage at his residence, and now teaches on the second floor of the Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles and at the UFC Gym – Reston in Northern Virginia!
TEACHING STYLE & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
T.A.G. students range in age from four to adult, and vary in skill level from beginner to adult professional fighter. To accommodate this range of age, skill, and ability, Kru Chris has developed unique and structured programs to ensure students embrace the critical foundations of the Muay Thai art while continually developing in their skill level. In each of T.A.G.’s curriculums, he is able to teach the principles of body movement, stand up grappling, takedowns, ground survival, realistic striking for sport (ring and cage) and self-defense.
Leveraging his years with cumulative training with his Law Enforcement career, Kru Chris has sought out opportunities to personally instruct and train with numerous Law Enforcement Officers, Special Agents, and U.S. Military personnel. Kru Chris has also coordinated seminars and “Instructor Development” courses with top and high-level fighters and trainers of UFC Champions. After several years of attending and participating in NAPOA’s (National Asian Peace Officer Association) Annual Training Conference & Symposium, the organization invited him to develop and instruct two courses (Muay Thai Control Tactics) for their Defensive Track portion of their annual conference.
SPECIAL EVENTS & DEMONSTRATIONS
In addition to T.A.G. Muay Thai’s regular class schedule, Kru Chris is regularly invited to participate in community events to help share and demonstrate this unique and explosive art of Muay Thai and the Thai Culture. Notable workshops and demonstrations include The White House Athletic Center’s 25th Anniversary, the Thai Ambassador’s tent at the Asian Festival at George Mason University, Cultural Day for a U.S. Government Agency in Washington D.C., Cub Scouts of Fairfax County, an All Boy’s Camp at Lifetime Fitness, and numerous private and public schools in the Fairfax County area. He has also been invited to do Self Defense workshops for The White House, and local businesses.
TRAIN WITH KRU CHRIS
Kru Chris has over 25 years of actual experience in the martial arts, and brings a unique perspective to authentic Muay Thai training. Whether you want to learn Muay Thai for fitness, self-defense or to fight at the amateur or professional level, his proven track record to develop, demonstrate and execute a curriculum with positive results will have you meet your short and long term goals!