First Name Last Name

Peter Aerts
Peter Aerts

First Name: Mel
Last Name: Bellissimo
City: Toronto
State: Ontario
Country: Canada
School: Lanna MMA

Reader Comments
1. Submitted by Cbeliciu on Tuesday January 10, 2012 8:16 PM
Kru Mel is the man to see in the Toronto area. Aside from being the Master of the clinch. Kru Mel's detail to instruction and vast knowledge and experience, make him one of the best Muay Thai instructors in Canada.

2. Submitted by Ryan N on Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:44 PM
Kru Mel is a GREAT instructor! Aside from his experience and qualifications alone, he is approachable and shows a genuine passion and love for Muay Thai and the life as a martial artist. He values each and every one of his students and has a gift of passing down his skills, technique, tradition of Muay Thai! I'm without words for the amount of respect I have for him and grateful to be a part of school + lessons. Thanks Kru Mel and looking forward to learning more each day!

3. Submitted by MrTreez on Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:55 PM
As a teacher and friend, all I Can say is Kru mel is an outstanding person. While Lanna MMA may cost a little more money to attend, the quality of training and attention you receive from Kru mel and the other instructors is second to none.

4. Submitted by JJ Shmeltzer on Thursday January 12, 2012 12:01 AM
Ive had the honour of training with Kru Mel for 3 years now.I have trained at several other schools and can safely say that I have never met an instructor with so much knowledge and passion for what he does. He has completely emersed himself in the Thai culture, history,and language. There is nothing trippier than watching a whiteboy speak Thai! He has trained some of the best fighter in this country and is successfully making a transition to sharpening the Muay Thai skills of elite pro MMA fighters. One of the greatest honours of my life has been representing him, fighting in New York and bringing a W back to the Lanna Team. Thank you Kru Mel for passing down your incredible passion, knowledge and work ethic to your team...Train Hard Fight Easy!

5. Submitted by Punky B. on Thursday January 12, 2012 8:10 PM
I'm honored to be a student under Kru Mel, he cares deeply for his students and his school. I have learned so much from him about the martial arts and also he has taught me a lot about myself. He is so technical and methodical when he teaches, it is amazing to see him teach because he breaks down every movement to its basic form so others can better understand. He is patient and overall an amazing person and his passion for Muay Thai and the Thai culture in my eyes is unmatched by anyone. Thank you Kru for passing on your knowledge not just to me but to every one of your students. Train Hard, Fight Easy

6. Submitted by Panda Stripes on Friday January 13, 2012 10:51 PM
Kru Mel has my respect and I will fight for him everyday > all day

7. Submitted by sinisterminister on Friday January 13, 2012 11:29 PM
It's one thing to teach technical skills, it's another to connect with people as a friend and teach how to live well. Kru Mel does both and more. Proud to be a part of his school.

8. Submitted by Nico A (aka XD ) on Friday January 13, 2012 11:58 PM
Kru Mel is a best teacher and he cares about his student hand down XD!!!

9. Submitted by The Doctor on Saturday January 14, 2012 12:23 AM
I was introduced to Muay Thai in 2006 but never trained to the level I do currently with Kru Mel as my instructor. I find his passion for traditional Muay Thai to be truely inspiring. His eye for detail and willingness to adapt(mma) make him a strong teacher for any level of fighter. I'm proud to have him in my corner when I represent Lanna in the ring.

10. Submitted by SP on Tuesday January 17, 2012 2:53 PM
Kru Mel is an amazing friend and teacher. I am very grateful to have Kru Mel and the Lanna team to support me. “Thank You Kru Mel!”

11. Submitted by :)! on Wednesday January 18, 2012 12:15 AM

12. Submitted by Taylor m on Thursday January 19, 2012 12:33 PM
Ive known kru mel since i was six, hes a great trainer:) he does care alot about his students. I dont think hes ever missed my birthday and hes always there for everyone!

13. Submitted by Hand wraps on Thursday January 19, 2012 8:55 PM
Lanna membership fees are at par with most gyms out there but, if you also consider that you can pretty much train from 10am-10pm for 6 days a week - its the best deal around - and yes all included in the membership fee. You find me a gym that gives free one-on-one training to all their fighters and pays for out of town fights, and still manages to stay in business - Please let me know cause I still wouldn't leave Lanna. I have gone to free classes at other gyms and trust me when i say that Kru Mel and all the instructors there are great.

14. Submitted by SS on Tuesday January 24, 2012 6:08 PM
Kru Mel is one of a kind. :)

15. Submitted by A-1 on Saturday February 11, 2012 1:52 PM
I think Laana is an amazing place, plus Kru Mel is a very good instructor. And BTW whats wrong for someone to make money if its by all fair means. Even if Kru Mel is making money he is working very hard for it (12 hrs a day, 6 days a week) and also he is giving it back in form of teaching and guiding students. Practicing Muay Thai under Kru Mel has definitely added a new dimension to my life. Kru Mel not only teaches you Muay Thai but you can learn a lot about life in general in his classes and thats what is important. I would certainly rate Laana as one of the best martial arts school in Toronto.

16. Submitted by Hanad on Monday March 5, 2012 12:26 AM
Honestly one of my favourite instructors, definitely must to go in Toronto, Lanna MMA is a bit pricey but hey, greatness doesn't come cheap :)

17. Submitted by TheWhiteBuakaw on Friday August 30, 2013 4:27 PM
Kru Mel is the man! His Muay Thai is 2nd to none! He creates an amazing environment in his school and every time ive seen his fighters fight they have dominated and show good classic traditional Muay Thai! Keep doing what your doing Kru!

18. Submitted by Muay Thai In The Heart on Tuesday September 3, 2013 3:25 PM
I have had the opportunity to work with Kru Mel and the rest of the Lanna instructors a number of times. Kru Mel teaches great Muay Thai in an intimidating way where everyone may learn regardless of age fitness level or gender. He is very patient and great at motivating his students. I am not a fighter and never plan to be one! I just want to learn some self defense and get a good workout! Kru Mel has made an atmosphere where someone like myself may come to accomplish my goals without feeling, intimidated, unwanted, or out of place. Fat, Skinny, Young, Old, Fighter, Fitness, Self Defense, You got it all at Lanna!

19. Submitted by Sean M on Friday November 22, 2013 5:22 PM
Kru Mel and Lanna MMA are superb. I have had the honour to work directly with Kru Mel and his attention to detail, passion, skill, and character make him an amazing Kru and person. He makes you feel at home and comfortable. His technique and training is great and you cannot train without learning something new. I would recommend LANNA MMA to anyone!!

20. Submitted by Vince on Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:02 PM
I'd have to agree with everyone, Kru Mel is a very big hearted human being. Aside from being Kru and leader in this school. I've witnessed a sincere care for his students. Treats all like family. A very rare trait to have in a business. It's also very apparent that these traits have been passed down to the front office and more importantly to his instructors. These guys and ladies are amazing. I joined a few months after my 5 yr old son, and can honestly say it does feel like family. Just some praises to a great bunch of people that run a fabulous camp.

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