First Name Last Name

Ryan Gruhn
Ryan Gruhn

First Name: Roger
Last Name: Lumyoung
City: St. Catharines
State: Ontario
Country: Canada
School: Muay Thai Niagara MMA

Reader Comments
1. Submitted by PB on Tuesday January 24, 2012 10:37 AM
Kru Roger is by far THE BEST!!!! I walked into MTN with little to no knowledge about Muay Thai but I wanted to step out and try something that I have never tried before. From day one, Kru Roger has been the most supportive trainer and Kru. When I first started working out at MUAY THAI NIAGARA, I remember looking at others in the gym who were training and thinking, "I will never be able to do that!" But Kru wouldn't have it...wouldn't even let me say those words. He has shown me (with amazing patience) that in fact, I could do that and MORE! He has great interpersonal skills and an innate ability to gauge the needs of each person he trains with. I have nothing but the highest respect for Kru Roger Lumyoung, for all that he represents, for his hard work and dedication. His love and passion for Muay Thai is evident in ALL that he does and his passion for the art is infectious. Kru Roger truly "walks the walk". Thank you Kru :) You have helped me find my yin and yang.

2. Submitted by Robyn on Sunday January 29, 2012 11:31 AM
I have been training with Kru Roger for almost 4 years now. He has completely changed my life. I never knew I could be in this good of shape before and be pushed as hard as he pushes me. After 4 years I am still constantly learning new things and always feel challenged. Kru takes the time to talk to you and find out exactly why you are training - what your goals are, and then he pushes you to help you achieve them. His skill in Muay Thai is amazing, and his passion for this art is evident. Teaching this art is what he has dedicated his life too and you can see how much he loves it. Definitely the best instructor I have ever had in any sport/art.

3. Submitted by Dave on Tuesday January 31, 2012 11:46 PM
The general environment at MTN is extremely welcoming and fun. Kru Roger's passion for Muay Thai is contagious and his positive energy is a big part of the atmosphere at the club. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, your game will evolve under his skilled tutelage.

4. Submitted by Brent on Wednesday February 1, 2012 12:23 AM
Training at MTN with Kru Roger has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. I have certain limitations with my health, and despite that, I am at a level of fitness that I could have never imagined I'd ever be at in my life because of his constant encouragement to push past my limitations. He is a professional in every sense of the word, but at the same time he's not afraid to crack jokes and bring light to situations, so class is always educational, and very fun. His passion for the art is 2nd to none, and makes you passionate about it. The biggest part I love about training at the gym he's created is that it's not about what you can't do, it's about what you can achieve. I want to sincerely thank Kru Roger and MTN for everything, I can safely say, I've never felt healthier or more confident in my life.

5. Submitted by mark on Wednesday February 1, 2012 12:53 AM
Over many years I have had the pleasure of learning , training and growing under Kru Roger at MTN to learn the art of Muay Thai. Kru Roger is a true professional with the passion that starts with him and his staff to help grow and work with his students to make MTN what it is today! Kru roger is truly a great trainer, mentor and has tons of fun doing it! I enjoy the many years learning from him and his staff and i feel i have grown as a person and an athlete/ fighter because of his greatness and passion for succeeding ! I have truly never felt healthier and stronger over the years learning and training under him and his staff and for that i am truly greatful! Kru roger knows and understands the limits and potential that i have as a fighter and he has given me confidence and disapline needed in other areas of my life and i truly thank him for that! Kru roger is definetely one of a kind !

6. Submitted by TJ on Wednesday February 1, 2012 8:59 AM
Kru has brought so much back into my life. He has brought back a confidence in me that was once there but had left for a great many years. My strength and cardio have both improved tremendously. I have a lot better balance than I did when I first started 2 years ago. He has also taught me to dig deep within myself and find the strength within myself to keep moving forward in my training. Safety is a number 1 priority with Kru and if I don't point out that I'm my guards I know he will.

7. Submitted by Kevin Gillespie on Wednesday February 1, 2012 6:04 PM
Kru Roger runs a fair and balanced program for all ages and budgets. He keeps his equipment up to date and his gym spotless. Kru has assembled an team of professional instructors who makes everyone, athletes and parents alike, feel like one big family. All coaches are ticketed with various certifications to enable them to teach the athletes what they need to know for their various disciplines. Leading by example, Kru motivates both adults and kids to perform at their very best; he can almost physically pull his athletes very best efforts out of their chests. My family has been coming to Roger's gym for almost three years and he has instilled a sense of hard work and disciple into my kids that shows itself at home and at school as well. Cudos to Kru Roger on his club, staff, and members for they are all top notch. Those who may disagree have never been here.

8. Submitted by CH on Wednesday February 1, 2012 7:57 PM
Kru Roger runs a challenging and intense class with a great balance of technique, strength and conditioning. The atmosphere at MTN is friendly, positive and non-judgemental. His attention to detail and love for the sport is quite evident in every class he runs. His teaching techniques are challenging, motivating and safe. His style of training builds his athletes' fitness level, aswell as self confidence. Kru Roger also takes the time to get to know all his students on a personal level and finds a corelation to a persons life outside of the gym and a way to relate that back to their training. Keep up the GREAT WORK Kru Roger!!

9. Submitted by Marek on Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:08 PM
Since the day I walked into Muay Thai Niagara and met Kru Roger Lumyoung my life has changed and took a complete 180. I have developed and grown not only as an athlete, but also as a son, friend and an individual. Kru Lumyoung has pushed me beyond all my previous barriers and limits and continues to bring out the best in me. He and his staff at MTN have been and still are a real inspiration and continue to motivate me and many others every day during every class and practice. If you or anyone else is looking for real results and wants to achieve your goals MTN is the place to go. I dare anyone who has any doubts about the work that Kru Roger does at his club, to come and step into the ring with me or any other competative athlete. I would and continue to recomment Kru Roger and his club to everyone I meet. <3

10. Submitted by Eric on Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:58 PM
I would recommend this to anyone fighter or athlete or enthusiast! I have and continue to compete professionally and Kru Roger has helped and is continuing to help me improve ... thanks Kru I love kicking ur leg ;)

11. Submitted by Kyle on Thursday February 2, 2012 12:03 AM
Kru Roger Lumyoung is one of those rare people you meet who will change your entire outlook on life within a matter of minutes. Never have I met anyone with such a positive attitude. His ability to immediately make you feel welcome and comfortable, combined with pushing you to achieve things you never thought possible, are second to none. Classes are focused heavily on technique, and fitness, and are always challenging no matter what day of the week. I have nothing but admiration and respect for Kru Roger Lumyoung

12. Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday February 2, 2012 11:14 AM
NUMBER ONE ...KRU ROGER is very passionate about what he does... He works hard to bring the best of Muay Thai to everyone ...he has the drive, ambition and strength of a great KRU and it shows on the faces of everyone he trains .... He is tough but ... He has what it takes ... Keep up the great work ... Thanks

13. Submitted by Richard on Thursday February 2, 2012 5:01 PM
Kru Roger is a great instructor, motivator, and person. He has a sound knowledge of the MT art, and he is able to scaffold his classes, ensuring that whether you're a beginner or a competitive fighter, you'll be able to train muay thai in a environment conducive to learning. Kru Roger is 100% professional; he takes muay thai seriously, yet he is very friendly, and easily approachable. Much respect and thanks to you, Kru.

14. Submitted by Nancy on Thursday February 2, 2012 8:49 PM
I live 3 hours away from MTN Combative Arts and I am not a fighter... but, every chance I get to visit St. Catharines, I make sure to drop in to MTN for some truly challenging workouts to supplement my CrossFit program ! I am always welcomed by his awesome athletes and staff, and I always leave feeling better than when I arrived ! Roger is a very attentive trainer and has great skill at motivating people to push themselves in whatever fundamental activity they happen to be training for. His discipline, passion and drive makes for a great environment of competitiveness, comraderie, and overall fitness enjoyment. Roger treats his athletes like family, and it is so nice to be welcomed into such an atmosphere of like-minded individuals. Thank you, Roger and MTN athletes, for letting me gate-crash :)

15. Submitted by Paul Holland on Thursday February 2, 2012 10:38 PM
I have nothing but positive things to say about Kru Roger and Muay Thai Niagara. Getting to know Roger has been an absolute privilege. Not only is Roger true to himself he is true to those lucky enough to call him a friend. During the time I have spent with Kru he has done nothing but share his knowledge and passion for Muay Thai. Roger is a true motivator and nurturer of the mind, body and soul. His selflessness , generosity and kindness should be a lesson to all of us. I find Roger's influences stay with me long after I have left the gym. Having survived a near death experience several years ago I feel because of Roger my life expectancy has significantly increased. And for that I am thankful. Keep up the great work.

16. Submitted by Trevor Van kralingen on Friday February 3, 2012 11:27 AM
I've been training with Roger for close to 3 years now. From day one Roger made me feel apart apart of the club. He runs a very well equipped club and has always pushed to hit everyone's achievements. He is very good at adjusting to circumstances that may prohibit people from attending class at times such as work or personal reasons. He is family to a lot of his long time students and always challenges everyone to be the best. Thank you Roger for everything.

17. Submitted by Yvonne Dupelle on Friday February 3, 2012 2:42 PM
Roger def gets my vote! High energy,well trained educated classes and students. He puts his club members first, always an ear and helping hand to lend, Roger is also very active in community events and is constantly helping others! Always improving his ways and tequniques so that his students may benefit from his teachings! Roger" brings it" when it comes to Mauy Thai!

18. Submitted by Bronwyn on Friday February 3, 2012 3:22 PM
Roger has been a huge positive influence in my life over the past few years. He is dedicated, motivating and a very caring Kru. His workouts are unrivaled and he refuses to let you give up on yourself. Rog and his talented team of trainers have completely transformed both mine and my husband's level of health and fitness, and given me a newfound respect and understanding of myself. They tailor workouts to meet and challenge your needs and continually push and motivate you to improve and challenge yourself. I highly recommend Rog and MTN! I will be a lifelong member!

19. Submitted by Darrin Hildebrandt on Friday February 3, 2012 3:26 PM
I have had the pleasure or "displeaseure" of training with Roger or as I like to call him "please stop". Roger is a no nonsense trainer who will destroy you physically only to rebuild you mentally.He knows his stuff and is a great trainer. I take a couple of cracks in there as a joke, but in all seriousness he is awesome. I was training for my physical for the police dept. He not only trained my physically he trained me to believe that I can do it. By the time I took my test I was totally ready and passed. Roger has a kind heart and believes in his students.And at the end of the day makes you believe in yourself...Kudos Roger and God Bless..!!

20. Submitted by rh on Friday February 3, 2012 5:26 PM
I find the harsher comments on here laughable, especially the ones that comment on class size and money. Muay Thai may be a lifelong passion for Roger, but at the end of the day, he also runs a business. If he limited class sizes, that would also limit the amount of members to the club, which in the end would achieve 2 things. 1. equipment would start breaking down and there wouldn't be enough money to purchase new equipment. 2. Memberships pay for operating costs, less memberships would cut down on revenue, and the gym would eventually have to be shut down. Class sizes have increased dramatically in the last couple months, which could hardly be considered a bad thing. There's going to be an obvious adjustment period when dealing with larger classes when they're used to be smaller classes, and to combat that, Roger has brought in others to help with the additional people. In the end, I think you guys should have brought these concerns up with Roger rather than slamming him in a public forum. On a better note, keep up the good work Roger, you're doing a hell of a job!

21. Submitted by Norm on Friday February 3, 2012 6:54 PM
I have the pleasure of watching my young son be pushed to the limit by Coach Roger and Coach Robyn. Not only does Roger provide excellent exercise for all, his attitude towards teaching the young ones' dicipline is second to none. It gives me great pleasure to stay and watch the younger kids get well deserved training and dicipline, that is not only physically healthy but mentally healthy in an academic way. I hope that Roger keeps up the excellent work at Muay Thai Niagara for years to come!!

22. Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday February 4, 2012 1:46 PM
Above is an example of a guy who wants the world today. Obviously has no clue or has never seen any of the athletes that have come out from MTN. MTN offers a lot to people on a fitness level and a competitive level. Not every club gets a chance to train in Thailand, or is actually certified to compete at all. Roger has taken his time to make sure that he can offer both worlds to his club. A huge part to the sport is conditioning and the drills are definitely designed for that. please leave your name if you have a bad comment, to at least prove your point valid.

23. Submitted by Tania on Sunday February 5, 2012 1:33 PM
Last summer my friend and I decided to buy a Groupon for Muay Thai Niagara. We showed up the first day with zero knowledge of Muay Thai and no idea what to expect. Within the first few minutes of being there I was pushing Roger's SUV around the parking lot. I spent the rest of the class dying and trying to figure out ways to go home without anyone noticing. Eight months later, I'm still at MTN. I've learned that Muay Thai is so much more than a martial art or a fighting style; some of the comments that I've read above seem to imply that it is beneath a competitive fighter to train with someone like me. Obviously the entire spirit of Muay Thai and MTN is totally lost on these people. It takes someone with a lot of passion for what he does to create an atmosphere that is so diverse, friendly, inclusive, and welcoming. Roger's pushed my body to its limits but the atmosphere and sense of comraderie at MTN keeps me coming back for more. It also takes a talented individual to take a class of thirty people and figure out ways to get each and every person in that class doing something that will help them reach their goals. Roger takes the time to get to know everyone at his gym personally and to motivate and inspire each and every one of them. That, in my opinion, is what makes someone an excellent Kru.

24. Submitted by Lynn on Monday February 6, 2012 3:01 AM
Roger is fantastic. His training is hard core, yet he cares about each and every person's safety. He delivers the most intense workout while teaching and showing proper form and technique throughout. I was impressed, and I'm not easily impressed.

25. Submitted by Andrew on Thursday February 9, 2012 2:59 PM
I have nothing but positive things to say about Kru Roger and MTN. Kru Roger not only gives 100% of himself to the competitive athletes but also to any recorational athlete or anyone who has a passion for Muay Thai. As a Professional Mixed Martial Artist I know what it takes to be physically fit and the benefits of having proper technique, Kru Roger has not only taken my conditioning to a new level but has also given me confidence in applying techniques that are efficient and practical. Kru also provides a positive atmosphere at MTN where everyone can enjoy themselves and feel at home. I feel extremely honoured to call Kru Roger my friend and to have met so many amazing people at MTN.

26. Submitted by Veronika on Friday February 10, 2012 12:08 AM
I love Roger! He is kind, non-judgmental, and a fantastic motivator! Unfortunately, I don't get to train with him all year long because I go to university in another city, but he always welcomes me back when I am in Niagara on the weekends or over holidays. I can't wait to train with him again this summer!

27. Submitted by Chantal Groleau on Friday February 10, 2012 2:42 AM
Roger is the best Muay Thai instructor BY FAR!!! And that’s saying a lot! Besides, his vast knowledge and natural talent for executing the sport… He made me fall in love with the Art of Muay Thai and then I fell in love with all that is Martial Arts. While my Cru thought me, I learned many things. Booyakacha… Respect was a major part of it! While learning Muay Thai, I was also taking my Massage Therapy course. I learnt a strong respect for my hands in particular. The healing they could help, and the damage they could cause. From then on, I was smitten with Martial Arts. But the greatest thing I learnt from him was love! Love for myself, for others… And oh ya!! Did I mention my love for Muay Thai!!! :0 Thank Cru Roger 

28. Submitted by Willow on Friday February 10, 2012 7:25 AM
Roger has always encouraged my progress as I have attended classes to recoop some very bad acident injuries and illnesses...pushing me to go just a little more and checking on me to see where I am at...I have appreciatted that leadership and drive ...I come to a fight club to work hard and Roger is all that.

29. Submitted by Chris Cicchino on Friday February 10, 2012 10:52 AM
A truly passionate instructor with intent on bringing the best out of people. a true inspiration with a wealth of knowledge in the combat arts.

30. Submitted by Chris on Friday February 10, 2012 12:17 PM
Roger is a maniac, and I say that with the utmost respect. The man loves MT, it oozes out of him. He knows when to go hard on someone and when to ease up to bring out the best in them.

31. Submitted by Diane on Friday February 10, 2012 2:38 PM
Right from the very beginning we knew we signed on with the very best, Kru Roger does everything with tremendous passion and heart. He brings out the very best in all his students, not only in Muay Thai but in giving back to our community. We are proud to be part of Muay Thai Niagara.

32. Submitted by MM on Friday February 10, 2012 7:56 PM
Training with Roger has been exceptional in every aspect. The intensity and techiques taught made my 1.5 years of training at MTN very valuable. The pad work, cardio, sparring has helped mold me into a better fighter. I have training in a bunch of gyms around canada and roger and the MTN is the best. They get a 10/10!

33. Submitted by Andrea on Saturday February 11, 2012 11:20 AM
I do the ladies thai boxercise class so we don't get to see Roger that often, but when we do it's always a treat. He is always happy and full of energy which rubs onto us. He is a great motivator and is always challenging you to take your work out to the next level. I have been going to MTN for 3 years now and I love every minute of it. MTN for life !!!

34. Submitted by jude hendriks on Saturday February 11, 2012 6:18 PM
I have had the pleasure to watch my son mature personally and physically under the tutelage of Kru Roger. The training, personal guidance, motivation, passion, knowledge, understanding Kru has provided no, not provided, given with all of his heart and soul would make anyone proud to say they know him and have trained under him.

35. Submitted by Mark T. on Sunday February 12, 2012 1:55 AM
Kru Roger is a great trainer and also a great friend, he knows how to bring out the fighter in you as well as the more confident part that is in each of his students. From day one he surrounds you with positive energy that is very contagious and pushes you to reach any goal that you have set. You couldn't ask for a better trainer!

36. Submitted by Jesse on Wednesday February 15, 2012 9:43 AM
Kru Roger is one of the most positive people I have ever met. Both Kru and his staff have always gone above and beyond to help make the gym a positive place to learn. In my experience, everyone that trains there is very respectful. The fighters have even gone out of their way to give compliments and tips during training. I feel as though that attitude is directly from Kru Roger and how he treats everybody. Every class that I have attended at Muay Thai Niagara has been "Happy times"

37. Submitted by Robin on Wednesday February 15, 2012 11:03 AM
I love training with Kru Roger at Muay Thai Niagara! He is extremely passionate about Muay Thai and does a great job motivating his atheletes to reach their highest potential. I'm in the best physical shape of my life and I have Roger and his amazing staff at Muay Thai Niagara to thank. Keep up the great work!

38. Submitted by jay on Saturday March 10, 2012 12:38 AM
I have trained with Roger at MTN since 2006 but recently have had to stop due to a serious back injury, and I miss it a lot! What can I say about Roger? I hate the guy! lol jk Seriously though, regardless of the previous comments on here questioning his credentials and how he chooses to run his club, there is one thing that can not be denied by anyone.. ROGER LOVES MUAY THAI! Roger is a man who surrounds himself with the world of martial arts 24/7 and his passion is contagious! I walked into MTN for the first time, out of shape, intimidated and nervous. I instantly fell in love with the challenge and the art and MTN quickly became my second home and my refuge from the real world. Roger pushed me to be everything I didn't think I was. He made me tough, mentally and physically. Before I knew it I was in a ring fighting in Buffalo and than training in Thailand. All these things I never dreamed I would do that first day. Going to MTN and meeting Roger literally changed my life and myself as a person. Not only did Muay Thai open up my own potential but it opened the doors to the world through training in Thailand which made me realize that the possibilities are endless and in reach. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in trying out something new and learning a martial art to go to MTN.

39. Submitted by Ken Webb on Monday April 2, 2012 4:17 PM
I have had the opportunity to train in Muay Thai with Kru Roger for about 10 months now. His knowledge of all aspects of technique is amazing, the various drills and padwork are intense, and students get an opportunity to develop every aspect of the art. Roger takes a close interest in the progress of each of his students, and whether it is sparring, bagwork, or any other exercise, he is quick to observe and correct anything that needs to be fixed. His knowledge of muay thai and his enthusiam are unmistakeable. The atmosphere of the gym is excellent, everyone has the opportunity to train to the limits of which they are capable. There are no persons with attitude problems either - people with an inaccurate and unduely high opinion of themselves and their abilities, or a lack of respect for other students, tend to have their illusions shattered and their attitudes adjusted. Perhaps this explains some of the peculiar negative comments about Roger or MTN. All in all, a great club to train in, a very knowledgeble and talented coach, and a place where any student can expect to be pushed to their very limits while always having the opportunity to progress and improve in their practice of muay thai.

40. Submitted by Isaac I on Wednesday January 30, 2013 4:06 PM
Sharing my experience: I have trained Muay Thai for as long as I can remember; I have lived in Thailand for a year, trained at many gyms and used to compete regularly. I visited Rodgers gym frequently when I was returning home from University. In my opinion, it is the responsibility of a trainer to take care of your competitors. Never would I even think for a second about abandoning someone that I trained in a different country while they were emotionally and physically injured. I trained with Rodger in 2009 for a fight in Dayton, Ohio. The fight was for a North American Amateur Championship. I was head-butted in my second match of the tournament, eye split wide open. It was bare shins and no head gear, so I was already a little bruised. Rodger left me in Dayton to find the hospital by myself. He literally left the gym before I did. I guess driving back to Canada is more important than taking care of someone who trained like hell for a month to fight for your gym. I was emotional, fatigued, had a 1 inch gash over my eye, and driving around Dayton Ohio at 1:00am unable to find a hospital. I received an $859.00 Medical bill from the Dayton Medical Center that I had to pay out of my own pocket. The promoter had insurance, but for some reason it was not accepted, and I started getting letters from the hospital throughout 2009 and 2010. Rodger dodged my requests for help through emails from his assistant Robyn. He kept telling me he was going to take care of it, he would contact the promoter, but never did. The bill ended inflamed to over $1000.00 because of late fees and I ended up paying it with my overdraft. I was 22 at the time working part time and attending university. I was broke, and this was a serious blow for a kid that just wanted to train. I really felt abandoned by this gym. I remember returning a short time later (after my fight and before receiving the bill) to spar with my friend Adam for a title fight he had coming up. Rodger charged me 15 dollars as a drop in fee for sparring. Anyone can say that it is a business, but if you haven’t trained at other gyms you don’t know. You don’t charge someone who’s coming in to give someone else work. He also charged me $10 for a copy of MY fight in Ohio lol. Anyway, These events just left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not a mean person and I don’t stretch the truth, but I know when someone is not true. I consider myself quite trusting and I feel violated just thinking of this whole situation. Needless to say I haven’t returned to his gym and it is a shame because it is right around the corner from my house. A lot of people I know all left Rodgers gym for one reason or another…That being said this was all in 2009 so in not sure how it is now. Now there is a new group who will have their own experiences. That was mine. That was my “rate my instructor” rant. In response to Totz… Rodger is that you???

41. Submitted by Kru Roger Lumyoung on Sunday February 3, 2013 9:34 AM
Issac: I don’t make a habit of responding to negative feedback on this forum as I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion which is based on their personal expectations and perspectives, however your feedback is not based on truth and I would like to set the record straight. Regarding the fights in Dayton, Ohio, you were training full time at another gym and would occasionally stop in and train at my club. During one of your visits you came to me and told me you had a fight coming up in Ohio, that you had arranged on your own. You mentioned that your coach was not going with you to the fight and that you had no one working your corner. I could tell that you were serious about this fight so purely out of the goodness of my heart I offered to make the trip with you and be in your corner. To be clear at the time you were not training with me or representing Muay Thai Niagara, being a previous student I didn’t think much of this favour. When the time came to make the trip you informed me that you had already made arrangements to drive down early with your friends, so I drove with a few of my athletes and met you there. You fought with me in your corner. It is true that during the fight you sustained an injury that needed medical attention. I offered to take you to the hospital but you declined, stating that you were staying in Ohio for a few days with your friends and would go to the hospital on your own. With that being said, I made the trip back to Canada. You did contact me to let me know about the hospital bill you had received. It took seconds before I was on the phone to the promoter trying to get it taken care of for you. I spoke with him several times at length and he assured me it was being handled. In fact, I also communicated with him by email and would be more than happy to show you the emails outlining our communication. The last time I spoke to the promoter he asked that you contact him directly. I passed the information on to you via email, the email contained the promoters direct contact information so that you had an easy way of getting a hold of him (again I have a copy if you would like to see it). At that point I had done what I could and assumed you would handle it on your own. Regarding the $10 DVD charge; I had one of my student’s edit your fight footage, adding titles and creating what I thought was a great memory for you. The $10 I asked for was to be given to my student as payment for their time and effort. Going back to my first clarification, you were NOT training with me or at my club at the time of this incident, so yes I charged you a $15 drop in fee for training. If you were a member of my club I would not have charged you. That is how business works. One final statement, I do not appreciate you bashing me in a public forum based on falsehoods. If you would like to speak about this with me in person please feel free to call me or come to the club anytime. I have no use for aliases, I believe in myself as a coach, I believe in and support my athletes, and I believe in my club. I would like to thank whoever put me up on this website and all the positive good energy and thoughts from everyone! Thank you. Kru Roger Lumyoung

42. Submitted by Isaac on Monday February 4, 2013 4:25 PM
The point of a website such as this is precisely intended for people to share experiences. The negativity in my first message was not out of malice. I was just summarizing my experience, and it just so happened to come out in that way while I wrote it. Yes In the end I was told to contact the promoter myself… My phone calls were not returned… I was training at the gym full time and paying a monthly membership fee. I did not register for the tournament myself, or have any contact whatsoever with the promoter before the event. MTN signed me up and trained me. That would make me a MTN athlete at the time of competition. I drove up with one friend and we stayed the night before and the same night of the tournament. And yes you’re right; I did not pay my dues the following month because I was still injured. I’m not arguing the fee, just asserting that it epitomizes the difference between a Commercial vs. Intimate gym. I will not post again.

43. Submitted by Mark on Thursday March 28, 2013 5:00 PM
What are the membership prices like here? Is there student pricing? Couple buddies and I are interested in joining.

44. Submitted by Bill on Friday March 29, 2013 12:47 AM
why dont you be really clever and call them lol

45. Submitted by lucasD on Sunday June 16, 2013 1:39 PM
I trained with Roger for about 3 or 4 years,and for about 2 years took the training seriously (trying to move towards a career). I've heard a lot of the negative comments above being made at the gym behind Roger's back and could never quite understand them. I concluded that it was mostly students who couldn't take their skill to the next level and decided to blame Roger. I never made it in muay thai, injuries began to stack up. Maybe I used that as a way to quit because I couldn't keep up with the training regiment. Regardless, Roger has a clear passion for muay thai and it radiates from him. I noticed the "advanced" fighters losing their drive and not coming to classes. This hurt the remaining fighters as they lost their training partners and their drive also declined (myself included). I'm not sure if anyone brought their grievances to Roger, but I know they quit for one reason or another. If you notice, almost nothing of what I said has anything to do with Roger, there was some little drama that took over the club for about a year. Roger is a great trainer and can help you with an amateur career. If your looking to get into fighting, this is a great place to start. I'm not sure how the last 3 or 4 years has been at the gym, I know that they have joined with another gym so maybe you can pursue a pro career.

46. Submitted by Marek on Saturday June 29, 2013 4:35 PM
I think what a lot of you don't understand is that record and experience are not the qualities that make a good teacher. It's passion and knowledge of the sport and the ability to pass down information to others that make someone a good instructor. During my two trips to Thailand I met trainers who had no more then one or two fights but have trained and created some of the best fighters that have graced the ring. A lot of the comments talk about Kru Roger taking 'vacations' and leaving the club unattended. Is going to Trinidad with a group of his students to train in the tropics, hot weather, offer them new life experiences and help train the pro Caribbean MMA fighter win the championship belt count as a vacation? Is going to Thailand with his pro athletes to get them thai fights and striking experience count as a vacation as well? Let's not forget that last time I checked the FCC had their doors closed and got kicked out for not paying their rent (LOL) just to reopen a few weeks later in St. Catharines as Fight Club Canada FITNESS Centre (which is a joke in itself since a lot of people that posted are praising FCC and pointing fingers at MTN calling it a fitness gym). Now myself I have seen Kru Roger bend over backwards (reduced rates, equipment etc) for people saying they 'want to be a fighter' or 'want to fight pro in Thailand' or 'want to be the best of the best' just to screw him over in the end. Most of the people that sign up don't want to fight, are not into contact and want to just get into better shape as their learning something new and exciting. We live in Canada, not Thailand where it's a way out of poverty or a way of life. To those who complain about not making it pro or to that imaginary level you wanted to reach... Blame no one but yourself. I sacrificed everything, a full time job, my days, nights, weekends, friends and family on the other side of the globe that I haven't seen in years to reach my dream. When you people where sitting, typing up all this garbage I and my brothers and sisters where training. Following Kru Roger from country to country, club to club gaining experiences you will only dream off because u choose to Quit. No matter what this site was meant for and how YOU justify it as; to blame someone for you're own failure or lack of passion (aka what it takes) and take personal shots at people at a public forum without first addressing them to the coach/owner of the club you are a COWARD and that you will always be. Ill see you uneducated punks in 3 months when I'm done representing Canada fighting Pro in Thailand. Chok dee.

47. Submitted by Marek on Saturday June 29, 2013 5:55 PM
I'm educated enough to know not to hide behind a nickname and to stand besides my opinion no matter how bad it may seem and how offensive it is. I'm not afraid to voice myself bc I'm not afraid to look you in the eye when i say it unlike a lot of you fakes out there. You clearly know me so I assume u say hi to me on a daily basis yet hide behind your computer screen to talk smack and put words in my mouth. Keep hiding coward, i won't waste my time on here blaming anyone for not being where I wanna be.

48. Submitted by Llndsey on Sunday June 30, 2013 10:37 PM
Fighters .. Fighters . Fighters that all I ever here about . Fighters consist of young people that make clubs look good for a short period of time but they come and go. No reference is ever made to the recreational athletes that are the backbone of most clubs. We are loyal and we pay your bills but we get no credit. In fact we don't even matter. This is not a stab at any club but at the martial arts as a whole. People leave when the don't feel important I had four decent years at my club and I won't look back with regret but I'm not a fighter and never will be so I'm sitting out .. Learned some good technique with Robyn.... Learned some great technique with marek ... Had lots of fun learning with roger things that I will take with me but I can never go anywhere with it ... Peace time to stop club bashing they all have there strengths and weaknesses and I do agree all this bashing is a disgrace and an insult to the world of Muay Thai ..., lets all be adults here

49. Submitted by BigNoseMcCarthy on Monday July 1, 2013 1:06 PM
MARSHMELLOWS ARE DELICIOUS!!! Basically pure sugar but who cares? Mmmmm.. I could eat one RIGHT NOW, except sadly.. I don't have any!! Maybe a beer instead? Dammmmmit!! None of that either!! :(

50. Submitted by Toosje on Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:42 PM
Roger isn't just our trainer he's our friend as well. You can talk to Roger about just about anything he'll listen let you know what he thinks and then show you why what you thought was a big problem really wasn't. I have gone through a lot since I started training with Roger and he has shown how to use all of that frustration as power in my training. I have the utmost respect for Roger he is my friend, my confident, and Kru.

51. Submitted by Pat M on Wednesday September 11, 2013 9:10 PM
Nothing but good to say about MTN and the people that train there. Everyone there is helpful, positive and patient. Never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do but now I'm addicted. Can't wait until I have more free time so I can go more often.

52. Submitted by dillon on Friday September 13, 2013 2:55 PM
really great coach great energy

53. Submitted by Marc Anton on Friday September 13, 2013 3:11 PM
Simply said, KRU is the biggest brother you will ever want! Hey Kru let haters, hate.

54. Submitted by dwayne hinds on Friday September 13, 2013 4:55 PM
Best instructor I've ever worked with. Everything about Kru Roger is world class!!!

55. Submitted by Brandon on Friday September 13, 2013 5:05 PM
I learned a lot the last time you visited Trinidad with your looking forward to training with you guys again

56. Submitted by Dylan Knox on Friday September 13, 2013 7:29 PM
I trained with Roger for three years, he's the one that gave me my start in combat sports and is to date the best coach I've worked with and I've been extremely lucky that I've been getting a chance to train with him again now that he's been making regular trips to Trinidad. I'm almost surprised at how stupid some of these comments are but I'll do my best. 1) The demographics in St Catharines are heavily skewed towards working adults, the elderly, and University students who come and go with every year. Not having classes suited to hobbyists is just ridiculously bad business in those circumstances. There are fighters only classes at MTN, if you want to play with the big boys you have that opportunity. 2) A fight record has nothing to do with being a good coach, if it did then Pernell Whitaker would be the best coach in the world. I dont know if any of you know about a guy called Greg Jackson but he hasn't had any fights and he's kind of a big deal. Theres also the late Shawn Tompkins who lost all 4 of his fights by tko. Anybody can take a matured fighter and train them, it takes a real coach to develop them and Roger is more than proven in that regard.

57. Submitted by Dylan on Friday September 13, 2013 7:55 PM
I've had the pleasure of training under Roger for three years while I was living in Canada. Hes an excellent coach who's both extremely knowledgeable and affable. Now that he's been coming down to Trinidad he's been bringing the striking at my new gym to a new level.

58. Submitted by Marek Sor. Lumyoung on Friday September 13, 2013 9:17 PM
Would like to send a huge shout out to Kru Roger all the way from Koh Samui in Thailand. If it wasn't for him I'd never have the opportunity of coming here and training in the first place. Now with my third visit here (courtesy of MTN sponsoring me) I'm here for two months and fighting tonight in Chewang Stadium. Real dream come true and all thanks to Kru and MTN!! Much love and thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to make my dreams reality.

59. Submitted by jeremy tai chew on Saturday September 14, 2013 8:23 AM
great to work with and full of knowledge and insight, you can learn alot without being too uptight with this out for his camera tho...he likes to edit pics of ppl :/

60. Submitted by Banana Boy on Thursday September 19, 2013 10:27 PM
Where do I start? For my time training at Muay Thai Niagara, I haven't met anyone as inspiring, motivating, or intelligent as Kru Roger. Not only in Muay Thai, but at life in general. This man has taken peoples lives and turned them around for the best, I am speaking from experience, as he has done this for me, and continues to help me. This not only affects me but as well as others in my life in no way connected to him, as I bring the knowledge, and respect he teaches me to them. I believe for a fighter to fight well he has to have a good connection with his coach, and Roger created that connection from day 1, and many others share that same connection, creating not only close knit team, but a family. I am very proud to call Roger my Kru, and my friend. His coaching and fighters show first hand his great Muay Thai knowledge.

61. Submitted by Sarah P on Friday March 21, 2014 8:37 PM
I have been training at Muay Thai Niagara for over a year now, and I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be -- even after a long day at work. Kru Roger Lumyoung has been nothing but supportive, both inside and outside of MTN, and has undoubtedly proved to be one of the most inspirational people I've come to meet so far in my life. He's a hardworking and extremely generous coach that is constantly uplifting his athletes (both competitive and recreational) to be the best they can be. Kru Roger has one of the most easy-going and energetic personalities I have ever come across, but he's also not afraid to tell it like it is. He provides many opportunities for his athletes to travel around the world to train, and is very involved within the community. His dedication and love for Muay Thai can be found in each of his students as his lessons ignite a fire within us all. He sparks a passion inside us, and it's what keeps me, and the rest of my team coming back each day. Khob khun ka, Kru Roger. One love.

62. Submitted by Milan vujovich on Thursday August 14, 2014 6:49 PM
I have worked at your gym or 2 years now. The energy and atmosphere at your gym is the friendliest and best that I've trained in. You know how to motivate people when it's time to be serious. And you know how to make crazy jokes. Mtn is the best.

63. Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday November 12, 2014 2:13 PM
I was looking for a place to train MMA in St.Catharines and found Muay Thai Niagara MMA. Love it there! Kru Roger is awesome, love the Muay Thai classes and I love the MMA and the Jiu-Jitsu classes. My wife also does the Ladies Thai-Boxercise and has so much fun and loves her workouts. Great place, You feel like family when you are there!

64. Submitted by Sherwood on Wednesday May 20, 2015 2:19 PM
Kru is a humble, compassionate, professional instructor. He treats all of his students as individuals but we are a family at Muay Thai Niagara. He teaches us not just about technique but also morale. You will not find an instructor with so much heart. He will make you laugh. He will make you cry. He will give you the tools so you can build yourself into a powerful human being. As a woman, its great to have an outlet to show girl power. Kru has made the women here some hardcore bada**es. Muay Thai love.

65. Submitted by Jessica on Monday May 25, 2015 11:13 PM
The first day I walked into the club I realized that there was something special about Kru and I was definitely right. I've been at Muay Thai Niagara for about three years now and I love it more and more each day. Kru has so much energy and it's contagious! He cares about each of his members and ensures we are achieving our personal goals. I am so glad to be part of MTN and to have kru as my instructor!! I can't imagine a better place to train. One love!

66. Submitted by Ben M on Thursday June 25, 2015 11:35 AM
Kru Roger is a true motivator, his ambition is contagious and is the reason i've been coming back to his club for years. He always has multiple coaches in class so students get the attention and training they need, and he always knows how to get you to push your limits...safely. Kru not only helped me get into the best shape of my life but gave me the resiliency to believe in myself and move past some of my toughest times. Nothing but Respect

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