Trainers and Fighters
All of our trainers have fight experience. No exceptions. We believe in learning the art in all its forms through first hand experience. Head coach Mario Marin has lived and fought in Thailand. He actively works to develop amateur fighters to compete in the New York Scene. Any Seminars held at Red Planet Muay Thai will be from high level, even legendary status. We keep a strong connection with many gyms in Phuket, Thailand, and promote real Muay Thai as much as we can. Come learn from real fighters and legends.
Glory Style Kickboxing
Boxing and Striking for MMA
Mario Marin is a former professional fighter having trained martial arts all his life. His Muay Thai experience started with Sifu Neil Cauliffe at the original NY Martial arts academy in Whitestone, Queens in 1987. Since then he has trained at numerous gyms in the U.S. including the famed Degeberg Academy in Chicago Illinois, The Wat, Renzo Gracie NYC, Zaragoza Boxing with Willie Buenavides, and numerous other gyms. A former MMA fighter and active submission grappling competitor, his course naturally took him to Thailand where he trained and fought for the world famous Tiger Muay Thai Fight Team in 2012/13. He has since taken on the role of Muay Thai coach at the world famous Gleason's Gym and has also returned to Phuket to establish relationships with many of the gyms there, including the famous Phuket Top Team, for the purpose of bringing amazing Thai instructors to the U.S. for seminars.
Mc'SHerry has tons of experience in physical movement and was a dancer before embarking on a quest for a Degree in some Biomedical madness science I can't even pronounce or quite fully understand. McSherry's hyper flexible ability comes from years of training, which they are now sharing to the family here at Red Planet Muay Thai.
Leyla Leidecker is an amateur fighter and former New York Metro's Boxing Champion. She comes from the world famous Gleason's Gym, where she trained with some of the best coaches in the world, including Hector Roca and Pedro Saez. A Hungarian immigrant, Leyla has been an active model, fighter, and film maker, working on documentaries involving women in the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. A mother of three, she brings a love of the sport and technical assistance in the sweet science.
Eric brings with him vast knowledge in striking arts. Having coached numerous UFC champions including Chris Weidman, Eric is himself an accomplished Muay Thai fighter with a long history in in kickboxing and Muay Thai, starting in 1992 with Ray Longo, and culminating as a Fairtex fighter in Thailand and the U.S. Currently coaching our boxing for MMA and Muay Thai classes, Eric prepares our fighters to have strong hands for all striking sports.
T.J. "THE TANK" RYAN
Glory Style Kickboxing
TJ has earned his nick name by using the "Muay Mat" style and brawling like the tank that he is. With an Iron Jaw and the cardio ability of a marathon runner, TJ has worn down many a fighter with seemingly superior physiques. TJ has trained at the famous Sitmonchai Gym near Bangkok, Thailand.