DJ Miller is a great Muay Thai fighter, that will be fighting in future Shin Do Kumate tournaments. His skill, determination, and passion has prepare him to take on any new challenge. He has a vast amount of experience  in striking and a career in the art of 8 limbs. D.J. Miller created a lifestyle that allows him to immerse himself in the sport of Muay Thai. Since the first time that D.J. stepped foot in a Muay Thai gym and fighting ring, he knew that Muay Thai was going to become a lifestyle.

Below is his fight record, interview and highlights.

DJ Miller Fight Record

DJ Miller – Pro Record: 2-1 with 2 ko’s at 155lbs.
Amateur record: 26-6

Title: 13 – Two time Team USA fighter competing in Brazil and Canada.

What attracted DJ Miller to Muay Thai?

I watched a movie about it “The Protector” and I never really was interested in mma. Muay Thai is more than a sport, it has culture and tradition

Tell us about yourself (single/married, kids, career, hobbies).

I’m a full time boxing instructor and personal training. I work at title boxing club Nashville and help people get in shape. I fight professional muay thai on the side and also train full time.

What surprises people about you?

My sense of humor and kindness.

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

Been training since 2008

What drives and motivates you as you train for your fight and what is it about Muay Thai that inspires you?

My teammates and fans motivate me. They always expect nothing less of the best from me.

What are your goals?

To be one of the greatest American fighters if all time.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

It gave me self esteem and confidence. I was a victim of high school bullying.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I’m right handed but I fight as a southpaw.

MMA Fight Fans

MMA Fight Fans Attending Muay Thai Fights. On UFC Fight Night? Saturday, August 20th is THE night for fight fans. Interestingly, instead of MMA fight fans heading to the nearest sports bar to watch the UFC Pay Per View broadcast, they’re buying up tickets to Strykerz Muay Thai fights.  This is good news for the Muay Thai industry. It’s becoming clear that fight fans are now steering towards a new style of fighting… the Art of Eight Limbs.

Shin Do Kumaté Strykerz is an all pro bout card featuring top world-class Muay Thai fighters. The upcoming fighter line up includes Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington vs Alex Berrios. Both of these high caliber Muay Thai fighters have trained in Thailand and have an extensive fight record competing in amateur fights along with having strong pro fight records. This will be a bout that will go down in history in the international Muay Thai community, as word has it that this may be a grudge match between their fight camps. Other strong fighters on the Strykerz fight card include Tony Leone, Pedro Cassoma, John Morehouse, Vince McGuinness, Michael Stripling, Johncy Lindor, and many more. Total bouts of the nights are 9 bouts.

MMA Fight Fans Are Drawn To Stand Up Elbow Fights

MMA fight fans are evidently drawn to full contact stand up fights with elbows. August 20th Strykerz bouts will be a test of technique, striking skills, knees, and elbows to the head and body. The Shin Do Kumate slogan “We Don’t Tap Out, We Knockout” is finally turning heads.

Local papers are including write ups. Here’s an article David Wilson from Bradenton Herald title Muay Thai Coming to Local Ring. For tickets to the August 20th live event at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, visit ShinDoKumate.com or Ticket Master under the event name: Strykerz Pro Muay Thai Fights.

Alex Berrios using a Muay Thai Technqiue

Alex Berrios will be fighting on Shin Do Kumate XVII. He will be facing no other than an experience and well known Muay Thai fighter Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. The event will be taking place at Bradenton Area Convention Center. The date of the event is August 20th at 7pm. This fight will show the determination, passion, and skill that these two Top World-Class fighter have attain. Tickets are on Sale Now!

What attracted Alex Berrios to Muay Thai?

As a child I always looked up to boxers. When my family moved to East Asia, my father would tell me stories about Thai boxing on his travels to Thailand. It seemed like something out of reach and too hard for most people. I love the fact that I can compete in an art that I hold to such high esteem.

Tell us about yourself (single/married, kids, career, hobbies).

No children yet, and unmarried. Which leaves me with more time to tinker with my motorcycle, spend hours in the gym and hobbies including flying airplanes, learning computer programming, trail biking, and cooking. I really enjoy my day job as a mechanical engineer. I love that I design products thousands and thousands of people use everyday and overseeing the manufacture of my designs with a great company.

What surprises people about Alex Berrios?

I am very optimistic and fun loving. People would probably be surprised to learn that I am a full-time mechanical engineer and an instrument rated private pilot.

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

I have been training Muay Thai since 2005.

What drives and motivates you as you train for your fight and what is it about Muay Thai that inspires you?

I am driven by the fact that I have one life to live and training muay Thai is the closest I can imagine coming to reaching my fullest potential as an athlete. There is a satisfaction and zen-like therapy associated with devoting myself to maximizing my abilities as a Thai boxer in the training for a fight. The benefits are manifest in every aspect of my life.

What are Alex Berrios goals?

Glory is seductive. It takes an ambitious person to devote themselves to fighting muay Thai in America for a tiny fraction paid to other professional sports that don’t work as hard or don’t have as much of their health on the line. I want to be a household name for my fighting achievements in this pioneer environment.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

I’ve never been more challenged physically and mentally than training and fighting in Muay Thai. It has enriched my understanding of myself. I used to think that things were inaccessible to me before I started fighting and now I have a supreme confidence in myself, probably to a fault. But I feel it has made me a respectful and happy human.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Fun fact: I lived in Puerto Rico right before moving to Japan where I learn to fly airplanes on a military base. I can speak English and Spanish and conversational Japanese. Okay so maybe more than one fact in there 🙂

What attracted David Wilson to Muay Thai?

David Wilson – As a Teen, I was a Dragon Ball Z Fanatic. I was involved in track and football since middle school, but never really considered any fighting sports. After excelling in both track and football, I also thought how well would I do in combat. I considered MMA, but thought it may be a little difficult due to grappling. I wondered If I had the skills to protect my self within a combative scenario. I tried a boxing class in Tallahassee Florida and enjoyed it.

Tell us about yourself (single/married, kids, career, hobbies).

As of right now, I am seeking a spouse, but we have not gotten serious yet. I have no kids, and I am currently a Laser ingraver at Spikes Tactical Rifle Company.

What surprises people about you?

That I enjoy learning.

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

For three years.

What drives and motivates you as you train for your fight and what is it about Muay Thai that inspires you?

I am always willing to push myself just to see how far I can take it. I am inspired by the art form that exist within it.

What are your goals?

To become a fun fighter to watch and to gain financialy as much as my dilligence allows.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

I have found a way to vent.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I still enjoy activities that I did as an elementary student.

Shin Do Kumate - We Don't Tapout We Knockout

Cyrus Washington with the Fight Academy

Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington Ranked #8 in the World is Making a Statement at Shin Do Kumate XVII Fighting Against Alex Berrios

Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington is ready to win his bout at Shin Do Kumate XVII versus non other than another Top World Class fighter. Alex Berrios a multiple title holder and well rounded  Muay Thai fighter representing Tampa Muay Thai. This match will take place at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on August 20th, 2016. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster and Strykerz.com. For military, student, and city employee discounts, contact our corporate office at (727)573-8533. This match will determine who is ready for the Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior.

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Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington aka Black Dynamite

Top World Class Fighter - Cyrus Washington - Muay Thai Ranked #8 in the world Black Dynamite – Cyrus Washington who is currently ranked # 2 in the US and # 8 in the world. ‘Black Dynamite’ has won various titles which include the WKA world championship, WMF Intercontinental Championship, Bare knuckle Championship in Myanmar and is a Former US WBC Super Middleweight Champ.

“My background in traditional martial arts has made me who I am today. As far as my wins by knock outs, which I do have a lot of knock outs from a back kick, which is not really a part of Muay Thai, but all the hard work and dedication to the sport. All the hundreds of kicks I throw a day, the Knees & Teeps, that is what I feel has moulded me in to the fighter I am today.”

Cyrus Washington’s accomplishments:

  • Black belt in WTF Taekwondo
  • Myanmar/Burma Bare knuckle Champion
  • 2 time PK-1 international champion
  • 1 time WPMF champion
  • Fought in Kings Birthday/cup 2008,2009
  • Queens birthday 2009
  • Toyota tournament 2010
  • Enfusion Kickboxing Reality muay thai Series
  • The challanger Reality muay thai series
  • The list of countries Cyrus has competed in includes; Suriname, America,
  • Australia, Russia, China, Thailand, Uzbekastan, Hongkong, Malaysia,
  • Myanmar/Burma

Additionally Washington ‘Black Dynamite’ has competed against some of the biggest names in the sport, including Jomhod Kiatadisak, Cosmo Alexander, Kaoklai kaennorsing, Nieky holzken and more.

About Top World Class Fighter – Cyrus Washington

I started Kenpo karate at around 5 years old with a friend of my moms who was into it and had been doing it a while. I was hooked even before that because I loved martial arts flicks; yes the wing chun kung fu ones. At 10 years old I was signed up as a birthday gift into WTF taekwondo and did that for 3 years – obtained my first degree black belt. After that my focus was split somewhat on girls, the streets and school sports (which I was always an above average athlete so regular sports were easy). In 7th grade i remember we did that thing where they say: “what do you wanna be when you grow up?” my answer was clear – “kickboxer”.

During this time my uncles (all 3) were boxers and one was a former pro boxer, he taught me to box – just the basics and then in 12th grade I started boxing at a local community center for about a couple months. I did more boxing about 5 years later and an amature boxing match which I won.

I did alot of training with a guy who “suggested” I could be ready for K-1 max in a year but he was full of shit – and was making money off me. This was my first lesson in the fight game and doing things for yourself.

While in school and then after school was finished i was getting into trouble like my peers and that was just normal for us, in our lives.
I got in to lots of trouble got sent to the Handlon Michigan Training unit for a while ,it was a place for troubled young men, got there and at first I was on the same path until after a while I started to change and realized there was a whole different world out there that I didn’t know about and wanted to check out. I decide K-1 was what I wanted to do, to be with the big boys. At this time I was 202 lbs from eating good meals and going to college and lifting like an animal. I could squat 505 lbs for 2 reps,real squats not half way or sissy squats.

I got home in 2005 turned pro in 2006 and have been in Thailand Fighting for the past 3 years. Ive had over 50 pro fights now and still have a lot to achieve and more fights to have. I am 43 wins 13 loses in Pro Muay Thai career – Including Fights at the Kings Cup, Bangkok and even Bare Knuckle fights in Burma (won a bare knuckle Burmese fight championship title),2-time wpmf pk-1 international champion.

Scott Farhat - Strykerz - Males Striker

What attracted Scott Farhat to Muay Thai?

The effectiveness for striking unlike pure boxing where there are limitations.

How would you describe our fighting promotion Shin Do Kumate?

Taking all the striking arts and combining them into one spectacle that can be seen in a sport

What was one of your favorite fights?

Jason Valle vs Michael Strippling

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

7 years

What is your favorite part about training for a fight?

The feeling of improving for a competition.

What is the hardest part about training for a fight?

Sacrificing time for my family

What are your goals?

Retiring from professional MMA to focus on Muay Thai

What inspires you about Muay Thai?

The hard work and dedication that goes into it

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

Teaches me to fight through my struggles and over my fears

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Former corrections officer for Dekalb County Sherriff

Strykerz - Shin Do Kumate - Professional Muay Thai Fights - Fight Series

Shin Do Kumate XVII - The Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior - Exciting Muay Thai Fights - Upcoming Fights in Tampa Upcoming Fights in Tampa – Fight fans of all types in Tampa are getting excited for one of the year and biggest Muay Thai fight event in Florida. The event will bring fighters from various states, representing their gym and state. The event is taking place in the beautiful and spacious Bradenton Area Convention Center, and will have male and female fighters of various weight classes division.

This fights are action packed and will entertain all fight fans. If you enjoy wrestling, because of the storytelling. Then you will enjoy this event. Each fighters in this event has a story to be told and and are full of passion. All of the fighters stories are real. If you the action and impact that an MMA fight has when it doesn’t go to the ground, then our fights will have you at the edge of your seat. Our fights are honorable bouts with two fighters, that want to give all they got and knockout the competition.

A bit about the main event fighters of the night are Tony Leone from Citrus Spring, Florida vs. Pedro Cassoma from Daytona Beach, Florida. If you want to learn more about Tony Leone background, check out our most recent interview with the fighter.

This is only the beginning of the Shin Do Kumate XVII Muay Thai experience. The event will have a total of 9 matches with fighters that are full of passion and determination to win and knockout the opposition. Among the main event and undercard bouts, we have a co-main event featuring Kendrick Miree vs. Warren Thompson, and a Full Thai Rules Super Bout with two strong and determine female fighters. These fighters are Ashley Samples and Denise  Jacobs. Ashley Samples is a Muay Thai fighter with experience and she is rank 2nd in Georgia, while Denise Jacobs is a fighter with vast experience and fight under her belt from Port Orange, Florida.

The other fighters that will be giving their spirit and passion in the ring to become the greatest martial art warriors are Skyler Hastings vs. Kit Ruddock, Joe “Formiga” Cortez vs. Rich Grindle, Stephen Cummins vs. Jason Valle,  Johncy Lindor vs. Johnny Baldridge, Adriel Fiallo vs. John Morehouse, and Michael Strippling vs. Chris Burgett.

Various fighters of the undercard bouts have been part of  previous Shin Do Kumate events, such as Stephen Cummins in Shin Do Kuamte XVI Main Event. Want to learn more about the upcoming bouts, visit our  fight card page.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and Strykerz.com via the Site and Facebook page. For additional discount and information, call our corporate office at (727)573-8533.

Upcoming Fights in Tampa produced by MKM Knockout promotions & Shin Do Kumate. Shin Do Kumate is the only establish Muay Thai organization in North America.

 

Upcoming Fights in Tampa – Buy Tickets Now

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Avery McPhatter vs Warren Thompson - Muay Thai - Shin Do Kumate XVII

Exciting Muay Thai Fights in Tampa Bay

Shin Do Kumate XVII - The Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior - Exciting Muay Thai FightsFight fans in the the Tampa Bay area should get excited for one of the biggest and exciting Muay Thai  fights event in Florida, is taking place in the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The event will have fighters from all over the country showing their passion and determination to become the greatest Martial Arts warrior. The event will consist of bouts with fighters of various weight class divisions.

The fighters for the main events of the night are Tony Leone and Pedro Cassoma. Tony Leone is coming from  Citrus Springs, Florida with full force and decided to win the bout. To learn more about Tony Leone, check out our previous interview. He reveals his motivation, goals, and training regime that has allow him to reach this far. In the other side, Pedro Cassoma from Daytona Beach, Florida will match this determination and face it full force.

Shin Do Kumate XVII Muay Thai experience doesn’t end here. The event will have 9 matches with fighters that are determine to win and knockout the competition. Among all of the matches, we have the co-main event featuring Kendrick Miree and Warren Thompson, and a Super Bout (Full Thai Rules) consisting of a female strikers bout between Ashley Samples and Denise Jacobs. Ashley Samples is the 2nd rank Muay Thai female fighter in Georgia and is ready to keep up climbing the ranks; however, it won’t be so easy as her opponent is Denise Jacob a female Muay Thai fighter with vast experience from Port Orange, Florida. The undercard bouts fighters are Skyler Hastings vs. Kit Ruddock, Joe “Formiga” Cortezt vs. Rich Grindle, Stephen Cummins vs. Jason Valle,  Johncy Lindor vs. Johnny Baldridge, Adriel Fiallo vs. John Morehouse, Michael Strippling vs. Chris Burgett. Some of the undercard bouts fighters have participated in previous Shin Do Kumate events, such as Stephen Cummins in Shin Do Kuamte XVI Main Event. Want to learn more about the upcoming bouts, visit our fight card page.

Shin Do Kumate XVII Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster and Strykerz.com. For military, student, and city employee discounts, contact our corporate office at (727)573-8533. This events will be distributed and will be live via Pay-Per-View. Shin Do Kumate providers are Verizon, Charter Media,  AT&T, and Strykerz TV.

Exciting Muay Thai Fights coming to the Tampa Bay area produced by MKM Knockout promotions & Shin Do Kumate. Shin Do Kumate is the only establish Muay Thai organization in North America.

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Ben Dauck - Strykerz - Male Striker

Ben Dauck Shin Do Kumate Fighter Testimonial

Master Mehrdad Kahn Moayedi,

Thank you for sending me these pictures.  I fought in one of your shows and cornered for another.  I want to say that the event you put on was first class the entire time.  Very organized, put together and professional.  Your staff was excellent, the venue was top notch and as a athlete was reassuring to see our safety was a top concern with the medical staff you had at the event.

I recommend your events to any athlete looking to compete or a fan looking to watch some great action packed fights in the Clearwater area.

Ben Dauck

Simon Marcus - Strykerz - Male Strikers

Simon We are excited to bring you Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus’s Fighter Profile. Simon fought with our promotion on the Shin Do Kumate XV card in 2008. It was an amazing fight with a great display of Muay Thai elbow techniques. Aaron Meisner gave a lot of heart as well during the bout, but Simon was victorious.

1. What attracted you to Muay Thai?

Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus  always liked fighting and sports as a child and idolized wrestlers. After trying Muay Thai for the first time, the culture and art captured my interest.

2. How would you describe your experience fighting in Shin Do Kumate?

Shin do Kumate was one of my first professional fights and definitely first one to be aired. It was an amazing experience at the time and I felt good with my performance and development at that stage in my career. It was a good step for me.

3. What was one of your favorite fights?

One of Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus favorite matches was my 3rd fight against Joe Schilling in Glory. It was a tough battle with a lot to overcome but I pushed through until the end and gave it my all. I didn’t come out with the victory that night but I learned much from the experience and became a better fighter from it.

4. How long have you been training?

Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus started training in Feb 2005, so about ten years

5. What is your favorite part about training for a fight?

My favorite part is the concentration and focus you have to put into your every movement. Although as a pro your training everyday, when you’re in the moment time slows down because you’re focused on every movement and breath.

6. What is the hardest part about training for a fight?

To push yourself to you limit time and time again. To be your best time and time again. Basically to keep the same drive as when you started.

7. What are your goals?

One of my current goals is to become Glory Middleweight World Champion and dominate as I always have. Also, I want to bring more popularity to Muay Thai and kickboxing making it a premier world sport.

8. What inspires you?

Being the best. Watching my dreams come true

9. How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

Completely. Muay Thai has given me a direction and an outlet to express myself. It has taught me the importance of discipline and being honest with yourself. In other words, Muay Thai has made me face myself in many ways and transform into a greater me.

10. What is a fun fact about yourself?

My first love before Muay Thai was basketball and I was dominant player in high school. I’m also a good musician and enjoy making rap music.