KRU Ray Cruz – NJMT – Owner/Head Coach
Ray is one of the head instructors of North Jersey Muay Thai. He began his journey in Muay Thai 15 years ago under the strict training of Kru Nestor Marte and Ajarn Pra Sit Thang Dong. His first trip to Thailand was in 1998, at the end of the golden age of Muay Thai where he trained at the prestigious Saktaywan Muay Thai camp. Since then he has had the honor working with top level trainers and coaches such as Fahleap Sritrakool at the Eminent Air Muay Thai Camp in Thailand and Bunkerd Faphima in California.
After 10 years of training students and fighters, he finally received his title Kru under former top 10 ranked Thailand fighter Thanonsak Sor. Plantalae. Recently he was also awarded the title of Kru by Ajarn Prasit, the head trainer of Saktaywan. In addition to his Muay Thai credentials, he holds a Bachelors degree in Biology, an Associate degree in Massage Therapy. He is also certified as a personal trainer through NASM and an Olympic Boxing trainer with USA Boxing. He brings new ideas on fitness and health from a western and eastern point of view in which he uses to help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals through Muay Thai and exercise.
KRU Joe Bumanlag – NJMT – Owner/Head Coach
Joseph Bumanlag is one of the head instructors of North Jersey Muay Thai. He began learning Muay Thai in 1996 under the tutelage of Kru Nestor Marte in New York Cirty. In 1999 he had the privilege of training at Saktaywan Gym in Bangkok, Thailand under Ajarn Prasit Thang Dong. He also trained at Fairtex, San Francisco under Jongsanan, as well as the trainers of Eminent Air Gym in Bangkok.
He has trained and developed two current champions who hold state, national, and continental titles. In 2009, he was awarded the same title by Ajarn Prasit, the head trainer of the former Saktaywan Gym. In addition to his Muay Thai credentials, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a personal training certification through NASM, and an Olympic Boxing certification with U.S.A. boxing.