Our Team

Kru Cliff Bura

Founder/Owner

Kru Cliff is the founder/owner of the Diesel Gym and Head Coach. He has been involved in martial arts for 30 years, and has studied a wide selection of disciplines from around the world.His study of muay Thai has taken him to many camps in many countries, however his key influence is the world-renowned Master Sken Kaewpundang.

It is with Master Sken’s blessing and guidance that the London Sitnarong Camp (later to become the Diesel Muay Thai Team) was first opened in 2003. Kru Cliff continues to train with Master Sken, and continually strives to pass on his great instructor’s teachings and philosophy.

Kru Cliff is always happy to teach muay Thai to anyone who shows respect for the art and the camp. He trains students at all levels, from people who are interested in general fitness to those to wish to train at a competitive level. He is responsible for all aspects of Diesel Gym and takes an active role in ensuring that the quality of its coaching is maintained to the highest standards.

Kru Cliff: 07765 243012 or email: kru@londonmuaythai.co.uk

Kru Thoetthai “Uncle Thai” Srikrotriam

Muay Thai Coach

Thai started boxing at the age of 9 in his hometown of Suratthani in South Thailand. During his career as a boxer, which lasted 20 years, he fought about 200 times in three weight categories winning over two thirds of his fights. He also became Northern Thailand Flyweight Boxing Champion during the 1980s.

In South Thailand he fought as “Terd Thai Sor Sing Muslim”, in Bangkok and North East Thailand as “Terd Thai Sit Sor Wor Por” and in North Thailand as “Terd Thai Gi-et Pra Wit”.

During his career he fought many great fighters such as:

WBC Champion Muang Chai Khittigasame Taptim Noi Pinprasert
Northern Champion Preuk-s-chart Sor Gan Kaset
Southern Champion Gwang Thong Gi-et Sing Noi
Kwon Ka Non Gi-et Sing Noi
Ratanasak Davy (Brother of Nokweed.)
After retiring from fighting Thai became the Resident Manager for The Spa Resort in Koh Samui and during that time qualified as a Spa Manager; in Royal Thai Massage, Reflexology and as a Thai Massage Examiner. He incorporates his knowledge of healthy food and healthy living into his coaching.

For 1-2-1 classes with Thai contact kru Cliff to arrange on either cliff@dieselgym.co.uk or 07765 24301

Peter Gieral

Wrestling Coach

Peter is our resident wrestling coach. 11 times national Polish freestyle wrestling champion he has wealth of knowledge and experience.

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott is the first and currently only 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Instructor in London, England. He has trained in contact sport most his life, including karate, boxing, judo, MMA, and of course 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in both semi-pro and pro MMA and loves to compete in jiu jitsu competitions. He loves to compete as much as possible. He has been training 10th planet jiu jitsu for 5 years now and is on a quest to create an army of 10th planet warriors and dominate the England MMA and competition scene. He received his instructors qualification directly from Eddie Bravo

Arnas Tatarunas

Muay Thai Fight Team Manager

Arnas a successful muay thai fighter is his own right with numerous titles including the English Title.

He also manages Diesel’s muay thai fight team.

Warren Barnes

Boxing Coach

Ex-amateur and professional boxer turned now in to a fantastic boxing trainer.

Jenny Claff

Jennie began an interest in fitness at a young age leading her to become a qualified fitness instructor. At that time she discovered martial arts, in particular Muay Thai. Over the course of her 15 years training, she has been fortunate enough to train with Grand Master Woody and Master A (the first pioneers to bring Muay Thai to Europe). She has also had the opportunity to train at several gyms in Bangkok. As one of the original members of Diesel Gym, Jennie continues to train regularly, having spent the last few years competing in both amateur and professional fights. Her passion for Thai Boxing has led her to specialise in martial arts based fitness. Having received a degree in Teaching, Jennie spent time in America teaching martial arts based fitness to young adults from disadvantaged and dysfunctional backgrounds. Jennie now teaches the Ladies Muay Thai class which focuses on resistance training, cardio work and Muay Thai technique.

Leon Markham-Lee

Leon has been part of Diesel Gym for 6 years. In that time he has competed regularly, trained constantly and is always around the gym to help out. With over 20 years of martial arts experience both in kickboxing and Muay Thai he uses his knowledge to implement a disciplined structure within the juniors lesson for their development.

Tom Wincott

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Luca Caputo

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Claire Marsh

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Francis Maina

Muay Thai Coach

Diesel’s very own “Buffalo Soldier” has fought around the world and is harnessing an ever growing reputation. He recently won the Ringmasters tournament, the UKMF -59KG English Title and ISKA European Title.

Tory ‘Da Omen’ Groman

MMA Instructor

Tory is one of the instructors for the Diesel MMA camp. A Frenchman with a background in full-contact kickboxing, capoeira and krav maga, he has been training MMA under Dave O’ Donnell (of Cage Rage fame) for nearly five years. He competes in amateur grappling and in the professional UK MMA circuit, and is a regular sparring partner to some of the biggest names in UK MMA.

Tory’s varied experience has helped him forge a positive and hard-working attitude, and exposed him to different camps and training experiences in different countries. He places a great emphasis on conditioning and fitness work, masking his grueling agenda behind a friendly demeanour. His appreciation for MMA stems from its versatility in combat and the intensive physical and mental effort it requires from its practitioners, helping them hone their talents beyond a pure striking or grappling background. He firmly believes that training all aspects of the fight game is the key to providing athletes with the calm confidence and fitness both in and out of the fighting arena.

Chali Bassinah

Ladies Coach

Chali joined Diesel as a complete novice and in less than 2 years won the IKF English Ladies 63kg title and IKBF British 61.5kg Title. She now holds the regular “ladies only” class on Saturday afternoon as well as helping out in the general classes.

Kru Noel ‘Sweatsuit’ Walsh

Muay Thai Coach

He has been involved in martial arts from a early age, starting in karate. From there he trained in kickboxing for a number of years, both training, helping to teach and also fighting. However he found his ‘home’ when he was taken to Thailand about 10 years ago.

“….from the moment I walked into Lumpinee and saw my first live Muay Thai fight, I knew that was what I wanted to do!”

“I have always trained in Muay Thai under Kru Cliff in this country, and travel constantly to Thailand, at least two or three times a year training mainly at my personal favourite gym over there, Jitti’s”

“I tend to focus on a technical Thai style and prepare the fighter/s for competition. In keeping with the Diesel way of things, we train hard, but with humour and a family atmosphere where respect and team spirit are paramount.”

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