KRU NATALIE FUZ
Kru Natalie “Peaceful Warrior” Fuz (“Kru” is “teacher” in Thai) is the head coach and owner of Chok Sabai Gym. In 1998, she began training in Muay Thai and started competing in the amateur circuit in the Tri-State area and became an important fixture in the New York Muay Thai fight scene, representing and breaking barriers for the (at the time) small female presence. As her decorated fight record accumulated, she was invited to fight internationally, including Thailand, Canada and Europe (see notable fights below), ending her amateur and professional career with more than 30 fights. As much as she loved fighting, Kru Nat always knew she loved teaching and passing on the art of Muay Thai even more.
Kru Nat started teaching in 2002, after being certified as instructor by Master “Toddy” Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana, and in 2008 was invited by Master “Cheetah” Chantanao to certify as Kru—becoming the first female Kru in the United States. In 2006, she became the first female fighter to be awarded the O-1 Visa for extraordinary abilities by Homeland Security through which, she became a naturalized US citizen.
Her dream to open her own Muay Thai school became a reality in 2009, when she was granted her Green Card and a year later, she opened Chok Sabai Gym in New York City. She hopes to honor the traditional practices of Muay Thai by providing a nurturing environment built on discipline, respect and sportsmanship for both fighters and non-fighters.
On any given day of the week, you can find Kru Nat at Chok Sabai Gym training her students, working with her clients, sparring with her fighters or relaxing on her Thai mats. She firmly believes that wellness and good healthy habits are lifelong practices that should encompass life outside the gym and beyond the next fight. With this in mind, she is constantly molding Chok Sabai Gym to not only be a great Muay Thai school, but also a center for wellness—where healthy habits are formed.
MTIA Western Regional Middleweight Champion (Las Vegas) IAMTF Silver Medalist in World Championship (Bangkok) Also honored with Best Wai Khru Award
WKA Eastern Regional Middleweight Champion
WKA World Championship Silver Medalist (Niagara, NY)
WKA World Championship 66 kg+ Champion (NY) IFMA World Championship representing Team USA WMC Queen’s Birthday Cup representing USA (Thailand)
Pro debut in NYC against Julie Kitchen 10 professional fights and retired from fighting end of 2009. Made history with the first 5 round-3 minute female Muay Thai bout in the US.