When I finally decided to train in martial arts, I knew exactly what I wanted out of it. I wanted a lifestyle change, I wanted to become a better human being mentally, spiritually, and physically. I wanted to become a complete martial artist from styles that I loved seeing since I was a kid like muay thai, taekwondo, Hapkido, capoeira, & many other styles seen in movies and video games like tekken. When I found Master Mehrdad’s dojo shortly before moving to Florida from Arkansas, I knew right away that my search for a true master to study under was over. Once I started it was all over, I was hooked for life. At first I enjoyed learning all the different techniques and styles that make a beginner Shin Do Kumaté student. I especially enjoyed the muay thai classes with sparring and thai pads. Muay Thai quickly became more than just a learning experience and physical workout. I learned about the history of muay thai back to its origins, I learned about the immense respect and passion muay thai practitioners have for their art. It’s an art based upon beauty, respect, tradition, and passion just as much as it is attractive for its brutality and no nonsense style. Muay Thai to me, is not a sport, it is an art in which an individual can express him or herself. It is just as spiritual an art as it is a physical one and this is why I love not only the art but the sport of Muay Thai. Shin Do Kumaté Muay Thai fighter and martial artist Chad Jeffs.