Owner/Instructor: Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.
Mark is now a Brown belt in BJJ under Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.
Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder.
Mark has traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO).
The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.
At BAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.
- Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
- Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
- Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
- Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
- 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
- Copa Atlantica Champion
- CAMTAO-certified Kru
- World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor
This instructor has worked with the following martial arts:
- Muay Thai
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Traditional Boxing
- Mixed Martial Arts