John "Musclebot" Rivera - Muay Thai fighter and Boxing Instructor - John Rivera

John Rivera is not new to the ring. He has a vast amount of experience as strikers and Muay Thai fighters.  He has fought over 135 matches in the ring. His skill, determination, and passion has mold him to take on any difficult challenge. He is not just a Muay Thai fighter, he is also a boxing instructor, and personal trainer. John Rivera will be participating in future Shin Do Kumate events, and his charisma will bring fans of Muay Thai to the ring.

John Rivera Fight Record

John Rivera- Pro Record: 26-4
Amateur record: 99-10

What attracted John Rivera to Muay Thai?

I was first introduced into Muay Thai by my original Coach Steve Bruno of American Top Team Coconut Creek – This individual transformed me into a machine. There was no stopping of goals nor training he’s pushed me to limits above and beyond life’s imagination then along came along my 1st Kru. Kru Rungmueangnook Chutiphat aka Master Cha he took me as his personal disciple and believe you me I did not truly know what a disciple was until I met Master Cha. He would train for hours on end and I’m talking about 2-3 hrs straight. I felt his love and passion for this beloved art and so did I. Once my Kru left the state of Florida I regained another teach by the name of Alan Bowonthamachakr. He bestows humility, kindness to the art of Muay Thai which I dearly love. For him I give my solitude in holding the pride of Muay Thai.

Tell us about John Rivera (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 fight name stands for it’s self – John “The Musclebot” Rivera – The Musclebot signifies a Machine of Muscle that does not know when to stop or how to stop. I just keep going and going even at my present age probably you can say senior version of the Energizer Bunny – lol…..

How long have you been training in Muay Thai?

I’ve been training in Muay Thai since 2007 when I first came to Florida so you can actually say approximately 9 yrs.

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

My family – MOM & DAD they have always been my inspiration they’ve been through so much in life and the changes that I’ve made has made them proud of me. I have turned negatives into positives and what parent wouldn’t want that for their children. I’ve always been a surviving fighter in life’s ordeal and one thing I can actually say not once have I given up. For my parents never gave up on raising us children so why should I give up on them.

What are your goals?

My goals are to help others achieve the unachievable. We tend to stop short of what and who we truly are before we actually begin. I just want to show others that if you have the will to do something that there is nobody in God’s world that can stop you from reaching your goal. I want no fame, no glory just a humble smile in knowing that I’ve pushed other’s to be whatever they wanted to be in life….

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

Muay Thai has made me more humble and to see the tranquility of life’s offerings is what I might say is priceless. The beauty of Muay Thai has transformed me into more of a spiritual individual for Muay Thai is about peace not about constant battle nor ego. For ego and battle are the twines of darkness. I thrive to the white light and the path of clear thought of humility, justice and peace.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Well that I love to dance at any given moment as soon as I hear some Salsa Music. And I’m always a clown and practical joker especially when training….

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.

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.

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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

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.

Tony Leone - Strykerz - Male Strikers

What attracted you to Muay Thai?

Mixed Martial Arts, I wrestled in high school and somewhere along the way got really hooked on MMA. So, at the time, I lived in a little single-wide trailer that had a little dirt floor boxing ring built in the back yard, in the woods. I used to have my friends, football teammates, wrestlers, and any feisty tough guys come over and we would throw some gloves on and fight for fun. I did pretty good, didn’t lose to anyone, so I thought maybe I should try it for real. I did some research in my area found a couple gyms; Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai. Tried them all out a few times. It wasn’t so much the Muay Thai that made me choose Stefan’s gym, more so him and his coaching style just meshed well with me. His no bull shit mentality and detail in coaching.

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

I had a blast man, I’m a real people person, so I was networking trying to meet some people and just be myself. I felt like I was the main event with all the people that came out to support me. I think I was a little rusty with some of my technique. I hadn’t fought in over a year and injured myself about 6 weeks out. I wish I could of got a KO but I just wasn’t finishing my combos when I had him hurt. Just some rust and an iron-willed opponent I guess.

What was one of your favorite fights?

I didn’t watch any of the other fights to be honest. I was trying to thank my crowd and say hello to every single one of them (hard work), but I watched the main event and I thought it was a great fight. I thought it was very competitive back and forth, then the knee came and that was it. I was disappointed we didn’t get the win but hey that’s the fight game, we’ll be back stronger and better!

How long have you been training?

I started training right after high school, October of 09′, but I wasn’t very motivated. I’d train for a couple months and then disappear for a couple months. I followed that pattern pretty much till about 1 year ago.


What is your favorite part about training?

Nothing! Hahaha man I have to say I’m not a fan. I hate training, but you know what I hate more? Losing! So I train harder for every fight, because losing sucks. Any loss I’ve had has been a split decision besides one fight. Those SD’s are hard to swallow, because when you’re that close and come up short you know you’re in your head thinking, “Man, I could of did more of this or that in training.”


What is the hardest part about training for a fight?

Avoiding injury. Its a tough sport, a lot of things can happen. I was so beat up for this fight and it was crazy because we trained very safe. It was just a couple freak things that happened, that had me in a bad spot a few times. But like I said, it had been over a year since I last fought there was no way I was going to pull out of the fight.

What are your goals?

My GOAL is to have a successful career. I wanna live comfortably off of fighting. It’s hard to do, but I work hard at it, so I know it’s possible.  And of course I want to be champion, but that comes with success if you ask me.  If I put everything I have into this, I believe it’s only a matter of time and I will be a champion.

What inspires you?

A lot of things inspire me. I’d say number one is failure though. Like I said before, all my losses have been very close, and the guys that beat me are doing very well for themselves. So I know I’m right there, I just need to put together the right formula to maximize my training and I’m telling you the sky is the limit. Those failures inspire me to work harder because success it right at my fingertips.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

Its helped me prioritize my life. It has shown what really matters and me who my real friends are. Being a fighter is a selfish lifestyle. It takes a lot of discipline and sacrifice. So you piss some people off when you can’t go out with them or do this party or this thing, because you train everyday and don’t have time for that stuff. It really helped me cut the cancer out of my life, so I appreciate that. Thank you Muay Thai.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Tony Leone is a huge comic book nerd. I love superheroes. DC, MARVEL, independent pretty much anything like that. I probably DVR every series out there and watch every movie that has came out and nerd out when I see the new trailers for upcoming stuff!

Johncy Lindor - Strykerz - Male Striker

What attracted you to Muay Thai?

The feeling of getting kicked and kicking back. Knowing the art of 8 limbs.

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

It was very exciting because it was my pro debut and I ended it with a knockout.

What was one of your favorite fights?

Didn’t see all of the fights but one fight I was watching was Michael Stripling. He has great Muay Thai skills.

How long have you been training?

I’ve been training 6 years with my coach Bonnie Canino.

What is your favorite part about training?

Knowing that I can push my body further then what I expected it to be. Also, helping out the kids at my gym by showing them what happens when you work hard and dedicate yourself to something that you love to do.

What are your goals?

My goal is to put on the biggest kickboxing show, show off my skills and become a champion.

What inspires you?

Watching other fighters train and using those skills in the ring.

How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?

Fighting has changed me for the best. I can go on Google and see all of my accomplishments and that I have fought some of the best fighters. I also keep my body in shape and I get to travel the world.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I wouldn’t call it fun. I’m very laid back and the quiet one in the group.