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First Name: Mark
Last Name: Holst
City: Ottawa
State: Ontario
Country: Canada
School: Ottawa Academy Of Martial Arts
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1. Submitted by Nick Castiglia on Thursday January 5, 2012 3:54 PM
I grew up training beside Kru Mark for the last 10 years and he is one of the most talented Muay Thai practitioners I have ever trained with. Not to mention his ability to convey that knowledge to others. If you have the chance take advantage of the opportuinty to train with him.

2. Submitted by Graeme Lacey on Thursday January 5, 2012 6:19 PM
Been Training with Mark for about a year now and it has been an amazing experience. He pushes you really hard to achieve your goals and shows you what you need to do to reach them. I feel very privileged to be taught by an incredible teacher at an amazing gym!

3. Submitted by Nigel Guerin on Thursday January 5, 2012 7:01 PM
Nigel: Kru Mark, I can't seem to get my hip to turn over - it's driving me nuts. Kru Mark: Alright, let's break it apart - step by step. Do your kick! Ok...right there, you see - there is the problem. now try it. Nigel: holy bleep.......I did it! Kru Mark: Good, now repeat 1000 times! Kru Mark has a way with words that translates into success!

4. Submitted by Xavier Desrochers on Thursday January 5, 2012 7:03 PM
kru Mark holst has in the last ten years, changed many peoples lives and that included mine. he helped the ones who are willing to learn and teaches his best tecniques breeding new champion along the way.kru mark holst has many titles in muay thai and is among the best in north america. the danmark and canadian fighter has been a great friend and mentor to us.

5. Submitted by Benoit Bilodeau on Thursday January 5, 2012 7:19 PM
Kru mark has always made every class A great learning experience and always made sure every student knew every move every maneuver ! and always made sure every student was having a good time !!!

6. Submitted by Brian Boodhoo on Thursday January 5, 2012 7:27 PM
I always have loved the way Kru Mark teaches his classes. Basics, repetition and a focus on proper technique before anything. He always makes you want to learn more. It's been a great experience for me.

7. Submitted by Gina Godin on Thursday January 5, 2012 8:13 PM
Mark is one of the most upbeat and positive instructors we have encountered. His enthusiasm and dedication to his sport is an inspiration not only to his students but to others as well. We could only be so lucky to have all of our child's teachers be such a positive influence.

8. Submitted by Regina on Thursday January 5, 2012 10:10 PM
I was very intimidated with the whole 'Muay Thai' training when I started. Kru Mark gets me going with basic training. His encouragement was a huge help! No doubt - Kru Mark is one of the best Muay Thai instructor in the world.

9. Submitted by Kelly Fidaoui on Thursday January 5, 2012 10:11 PM
Unfortunatly I did not have the opportunity to be one of Kru Mark's students but I watched some of his fights and I read these comments, and everything I read was an absolute pleasure. The way everyone speaks of Kru Mark is amazing! I'd be happy to meet him some day and have a lesson.

10. Submitted by DMAC on Thursday January 5, 2012 10:17 PM
Kru Mark Holst is one of the best Muay Thai instructors I have ever had the pleasure of training with. His knowledge of the sport is unbelievable and he makes every minute of training exhilerating. I feel honored to get to train with Kru Mark on a regular basis.

11. Submitted by jesse garcia on Thursday January 5, 2012 10:23 PM
Kru mark is an amazing instructor he makes all his classes hard but so much fun mark will be one of those guys that you gonna look up on youtube and say wow dude is amazing oama awoo !!! Awoo !! Awoo !!! %

12. Submitted by Michelle on Friday January 6, 2012 12:24 AM
Kru marks love and knoleg of muay Thai not to mention his posative energy, attitude makes you love Muay Thai just as much as he does!! What an amazing teacher!!

13. Submitted by Tyson Gore on Friday January 6, 2012 5:17 AM
Is a natural born fighter. Skilled in disciplines previous to Muay Thai and you'd never know because he looks like a pure bred Thai boxer. Great motivator, won't let you quit or get lazy using only techniques you're comfortable with but also lets you know what your strengths are. Can fight long, can box and is incredibly tricky in the clinch. Often used to poke fun at shotokan (karate) but can still probably do most katas from memory and throw wicked clean snapping kicks.

14. Submitted by Pascal Delbecq on Friday January 6, 2012 11:36 AM
I have had the pleasure of learning and training with Kru Mark on numerous occasions and he is definately one of the best coaches I ever had. He is highly skilled and well roounded in all areas of combat. He is also very approcheable and easy to talk to. He is a true role model for all aspiring fighters.

15. Submitted by Mike Obrist on Friday January 6, 2012 11:55 AM
His positive attitude, wealth of knowledge, and charisma are what make his classes a pleasure to attend. He strikes a great balance between technique and fitness, and (class size permitting) is quick to focus in on individual students for small adjustments. Great guy and an amazing Kru!

16. Submitted by coconut on Friday January 6, 2012 12:49 PM
I can't remember a time when i haven't encountered his ridiculously positive attitude. Mark has high expectations of all his students but equally matches this with the dedication, time, and energy he puts in to everything and everyone. despite all this, I still need to get him back for making me puke in my mouth while sparring ... just a bit.

17. Submitted by Pat Gribs on Friday January 6, 2012 12:59 PM
Kru Mark is an awesome striking coach. He did Shotokan as a teen long before traveling the work over to fight in KB/MT contests. He's been to Thailand to fight and train. As a striker he's an excellent kicker (hence his nickname "BOOTS"), but he's well rounded and knows the clinch, elbows, knees, boxing etc As a coach he's all about mastering the basics, fundamental principles, and technique/form. He's very easygoing/encouraging and gives exceptional advice when something isn't working out for me in sparring. He's also a nice guy, excellent role model to his students, and is a purple belt in BJJ (very solid BJJ coach as well). He's def someone I'd want in my corner.

18. Submitted by Tim Wilberforce on Friday January 6, 2012 3:19 PM
Mark is an excellent teacher and motivator in general. He has all of the technically ability and teaching ability to teach any level of student in most martial arts. Being mostly interested in Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA I was mostly impressed with his great respect for the honor and traditions of martial arts and how he passes it on. Wherever you want to go in martial arts, he can get you there (if you put in the work). Lastly, he kicks ass and stays humble.

19. Submitted by Clint Martin on Friday January 6, 2012 6:30 PM
I had the pleasure of training under Kru Mark for several years. I also had the opportunity to travel with him to compete all across Canada and even internationally! I've also been so lucky as to be able to train with Kru Mark one-on-one on a number of occassions. I've been fortunate to have him in my corner when I fought. Kru Mark has a way of challenging you while still being able to make certain you progress without going too hard. If you train at a level 1, he will train with you at a level 2, once you hit that level 2, he jumps up to three. You're always pushed, but he never completely overwhelms you. We've all been to those gyms where people are worried more about impressing others than helping others to improve. As others have said above, Kru Mark is confident in his own skill and doesn't feel the need to flaunt it for everyone to see at another's expense; as a result, his focus is on those around him improving rather than on his ego. I moved from Ontario to BC and was forced to train at another gym and I have yet to find an instructor as accomplished as Kru Mark, that has that keen ability to see a student's need and be able to respond with practical, and precise coaching. Even now, on the other side of the country, I honestly believe him to be one of the best in Canada.

20. Submitted by Joel Price on Saturday January 7, 2012 6:32 PM
The combination of Mark's affable nature and enthusiasm with his exceptional technical skills and ability communicate knowledge makes for an excellent instructor. Mark is gifted at breaking techniques into their components to make them understandable to the student. I have trained privately with Mark for several years. He is always responsive to my individual needs and requests. It has been an absolute pleasure to have Mark as my coach.

21. Submitted by Simon Gauvin on Sunday January 8, 2012 12:26 AM
Kru Mark is one of the most easy going, humble and unassuming people I know, you would never know he's a fighter from meeting him on the street. But don't mistake his kindness for weekness!

22. Submitted by Chris G on Sunday January 8, 2012 4:42 PM
Mark has mad skills in the ring and can hang with the best in the world. His teaching skills match his exuberance for the sport.

23. Submitted by Steve on Sunday June 23, 2013 7:42 PM
The best coach a fight could ever have. Nothing but positive things to say about him and his training skills.

24. Submitted by Brad Hargrove on Friday November 22, 2013 8:56 PM
I am lucky enough to learn from one of the best instructors around. Kru Mark is such a technical Muay Thai practitioner that he makes the most difficult techniques easy. Kru: "here it is broken down...... Now rep it out!" His love of Muay Thai shows through in every class and inspires every student to push themselves to their limit and beyond.

25. Submitted by BRAIN on Friday November 22, 2013 9:42 PM
The best there is. Simple as that

26. Submitted by Dan Thomas on Saturday November 23, 2013 8:21 AM
I have the pleasure (although my body doesn't agree) to train with Kru Mark. Always amazing , always something new. The nice thing is when he shows us a combo well he's used it in a fight. He's been in the ring he's been in the moment. Great person also always smiling and always encouraging you to give your 100%. It's an honor to train under Kru Mark.

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