Kru Nestor Marte is a pioneer in bringing Muay Thai to U.S. shores and is the first and only American to be certified by three top camps in Bangkok: Saktaywan, Luk Bahn Yai, and Sor Sil Kune. Training at these three distinctively different sister camps, Kru Nestor has had the privilege to learn from some of the greatest Muay Thai Fighters in the world. Nestor has aquired the knowledge, the skill, and the language of Muay Thai and Thai culture which enables him to give his students at the Ultimate Gym the authentic teachings and fighting spirit of Muay Thai in the U.S.
Kru Nestor Marte is a considered a leading expert in the art of stand up fighting. When MMA fighters such as Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Ryan Gracie, Anderson Silva, and Israel Gomes needed to train their stand up, they sought out Kru Nestor Marte to brush up on their technique.
No longer a competitive fighter, Kru Nestor still makes bi-yearly training trips to Bangkok to keep on top of Muay Thai’s latest techniques, regulations, training strategies and conditioning methods.
Over the past few years, Kru Nestor has been studying and developing his ground fighting skills, training with Teimoc Johnston-Ono (former Olympic great Judo Master), Sensei Edson Carvalho (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), and Israel Gomes (Vale-Tudo Champion).
Kru Nestor is also a personal student of the legendary Brazilian Vale-Tudo and Luta Livre fighter Master Eugenio Tadeu. Kru Nestor has continued his training with Alexander “Pequeno” Nogiera and is currently a Luta Livre black belt and the only US representative for Team Pequeno.
In this episode of the podcast, Nestor and I talk all things martial arts. Click the arrow to hear the audio.
Music: New York State of Mind, by Nas