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Sityodtong is

Boston's Premier Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Academy

The Sityodtong Boston Academy is known worldwide and is quite literally the academy where "dreams come true."

With a well decorated history spanning over 20 years, Kru Mark DellaGrotte has created a space following Master Yodtong Senanan's tradition of care in teaching authentic Muay Thai to practitioners and building champions!

At Sityodtong Boston you will receive world-class training from a dedicated, loyal and talented instructor. Our instructors have been carefully selected and undergone extensive training by Kru Mark DellaGrotte in both Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts.

Our methods of training have been proven to be highly effective. Come and check out Boston's best Mixed Martial Arts Gym.


Master Yodtong Senanan

Master Yodtong Senanan was born in the province of Banpong, which is about two hundred and fifty kilometers south of Bangkok. From an early age Yodtong had a fascination with all forms of fighting. He is the best and most well known teacher of Thai Boxing inside Thailand and around the world. He is and continues to be the individual most responsible for promoting Muay Thai to the world.

From Rob Kaman to Raymond Decker, anyone who is anyone in the Muay Thai world, has made the pilgrimage and have gone to Yodtong’s camp Sityodtong, to learn from the master himself. It is more than just a training camp; it’s a right of passage among foreign fighters that symbolizes that they have come of age in the Muay Thai world.

Yodtong considers all forms of combat “a science, which can be studied and ultimately mastered.” Yodtong Senanan’s world famous Muay Thai Boxing Camp, Sityodtong, is situated one hundred and fifty kilometres south of Bangkok, just on the outskirts of the city of Pattaya.

Yodtong provides the boys in his gym with their every possible need, including food, accommodation, clothing and of course training. Although some fighters at his camp never become good Muay Thai fighters, Yodtong still lets them stay and continues to look after them. He believes it is his obligation to help the boys when they don’t have anyone else to turn to.

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.


History of Thai Boxing

The Art of Thai Boxing originated around the same time as Thai history. It is known as one branch of martial arts for defending oneself from their enemy. In the past, the Kings practiced Thai Boxing during times of war to gain sovereignty. At the time, Thai Boxing was instructed for the Kings, governors, leaders, warriors, etc. The main purposes were for fighting against the enemy and for self-defense. Thai Boxing is considered a crucial type of martial arts that is highly worthy for the nation, in which it is a sport tool to strengthen the bodies, while also reinforcing concentration, mental stability and tolerance. Thai Boxing is widely accepted and has gained international interest over the past several decades. Practitioners come from all around the world to Thailand to practice the authentic way though many still underestimate the power is can provide a fighter when practicing martial arts. Today, Thai Boxing is added to educational curriculum in Thailand, for instance, The College of Thai Martial Arts and Holistic Medication, Jombueng village Ratchabhat University, Ratchaburi province has added the study of Thai Boxing in their Liberal Arts courses. It is regarded as an appreciation that Thai Boxing is now starting to be promoted and conserved.