South Side Muay Thai | Long Beach, NY

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owner & founder | .

Jake is the owner and founder of South Side Muay Thai studio. He has studied martial arts for over 43 years, served in the US Special Operations for 22 years, and continues to live by the warrior creed since his retirement. During one of many combat injury convalescences’, Jake started studying with Master Garcia of Garcia Muay Thai. It was here that Jake discovered a passion for teaching and instilling into others the strength, patience, humility, resilience, and confidence that he feels honored to have achieved through practicing Muay Thai.

The South Side Muay Thai studio is named after a fallen comrade, and the wall above the door is dedicated to the fallen with whom Jake has served. Their stories are embedded within Jake’s teachings, and within the space itself.

Jake was asked to list some or all of his accomplishments and accolades for this post. He responded, “I am a quiet professional, it’s about what I am doing today that matters, not the past. I’m a big believer in ‘it’s what I’m doing now’, not what I used to do. This promotes forward progress. I still remember the past fondly, I just don’t live in it.”

It''s what I'm doing now, not what I used to do.

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Aja South Side Muay Thai


Business Manager, Communications Director, PR/Events, Instructor

Aja is a mother of two who was born and raised in Long Beach, NY. After attending the University of Massachusetts and studying abroad in Italy, she began her seventeen year journey in television production. After holding the title of Senior Producer for many years, she decided it was time for a change. It was then that she found and fell in love with the art of Muay Thai and has been practicing ever since. Aja is currently a kids instructor at South Side Muay Thai and is also in charge of all Business and PR affairs.

*Private sessions with Jake are encouraged and available upon request!

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