Kru Natalie Fuz

Kru Natalie “Peaceful Warrior” Fuz (“Kru” is “teacher” in Thai) is the head coach and owner of Muay Sabai Camp. In 1998, she began training in Muay Thai and started competing in the amateur circuit in the Tri-State area and became an important fixture in the New York Muay Thai fight scene, representing and breaking barriers for the (at the time) small female presence. As her decorated fight record accumulated, she was invited to fight internationally, including Thailand, Canada and Europe (see notable fights below), ending her amateur and professional career with more than 30 fights. As much as she loved fighting, Kru Nat always knew she loved teaching and passing on the art of Muay Thai even more.

Kru Nat started teaching in 2002, after being certified as instructor by Master “Toddy” Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana, and in 2008 was invited by Master “Cheetah” Chantanao to certify as Kru—becoming the first female Kru in the United States. In 2006, she became the first female fighter to be awarded the O-1 Visa for extraordinary abilities by Homeland Security through which, she became a naturalized US citizen.

Her dream to open her own Muay Thai school became a reality in 2009, when she was granted her Green Card and a year later, she opened Chok Sabai Gym in New York City. She hopes to honor the traditional practices of Muay Thai by providing a nurturing environment built on discipline, respect and sportsmanship for both fighters and non-fighters.

On any given day of the week, you can find Kru Nat at the gym training her students, working with her clients, sparring with her fighters or relaxing on her Thai mats. She firmly believes that wellness and good healthy habits are lifelong practices that should encompass life outside the gym and beyond the next fight. With this in mind, she is constantly molding Muay Sabai Camp to not only be a great Muay Thai school, but also a center for wellness—where healthy habits are formed.

Career Highlights

2003

MTIA Western Regional Middleweight Champion (Las Vegas) IAMTF Silver Medalist in World Championship (Bangkok) Also honored with Best Wai Khru Award

2004

WKA Eastern Regional Middleweight Champion

2005

WKA World Championship Silver Medalist (Niagara, NY)

2006

WKA World Championship 66 kg+ Champion (NY) IFMA World Championship representing Team USA WMC Queen’s Birthday Cup representing USA (Thailand)

2007-2009

Pro debut in NYC against Julie Kitchen 10 professional fights and retired from fighting end of 2009. Made history with the first 5 round-3 minute female Muay Thai bout in the US.

Important notes for new (and new-ish) visitors

Whether you’re new to Muay Thai, or you have previous experience, we love meeting new people! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you come to see us for the first time.

Please be at least 15 minutes early.

We need time to process your paperwork, show you around, and if you’re brand new, help you wrap your hands.

If you arrive  inside of that window, please understand that in addition to prepping for the next class, we’re often transitioning from other classes and activities—so we generally cannot include you in that session. Please do your best to arrange to come to your first class on day when you can arrive early.

Need help wrapping?

It can take a few times to get the hang of wrapping your hands. We have an instructional video on our site, but if you’re still learning and need help, please arrive to class at least 10 minutes early.

Our classes are all mixed-level.

If you’re accustomed to split-level classes, please be aware that our classes are structured for all levels.

We spar and drill light.

Our primary focus is technique—range, footwork, balance, and control—and our approach is traditionally Thai. If you are looking throw bombs while you’re drilling or sparring, this is not the gym for you.

Tell us about it.

If you have any injuries, tightness, or any other physical limitations (before or during class), let us know. Muay Thai will get you moving in new ways, so we want to make sure that we’re doing what we can to make sure your experience is fun and safe.