Kru Mark DellaGrotte
Kru Mark DellaGrotte is the Owner & Operator of the Sityodtong USA Boston branch, in Somerville, Massachussetts.
Kru Mark DellaGrotte is a former Muay Thai Champion in Thailand, and is known and respected worldwide for his ability to teach and adapt Muay Thai for Mixed Martial Arts. He is also known for his work as a trainer and cornerman, and for his ability to create a strategy based on the weaknesses of his student’s opponents. He's cornered Marcus Davis through 11 consecutive victories in the Octagon, and is the same man who took Kenny Florian from a skinny soccer player to one of the top ten lightweight fighters in the world.
Mark began his martial arts studies at an early age. His initial training involved classical martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Shodokan and Tai-chi. As his athleticism and martial skills grew, so did his desire to further his training in the martial arts.
In 1992, his quest for a more combative martial art was complete when he met Guro Guy Chase, who had studied with some of the greatest martial artists of his time. Guro Chase had trained with Sifu Dan Inosanto, Grandmaster Ben Lagusa, Pak Herman Suwanda, Guro Ted Lucay, Professor Salam Allsi, Arjarn Surachai Sirisute and even the Great Karl Gotch. As Guro Chase’s top student, Mark devoted himself entirely to the martial arts. Under Guro Chase, Kru Mark became certified in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Indonesian Pencak Silat, Boxe Francaise Savate, Filipino Kali-Escrima, Catch Wrestling, and Muay Thai.