Meet some of our amazing instructors & Staff!
Instructor Kris Ramirez - Instructor
Coach Kristine Castro is the owner of KRU Training. She started her martial arts training over twenty years ago in Tae Kwon Do and has also trained extensively in Filipino Martial Arts as well. Instructor "Kris" is also a certified Fight Like A Girl Women's Self Defense Instructor under reknown BJJ Black Belt and Self defense Expert Steve Kardian. Since then she has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Combat Submission Wrestling under Sensei Erik Paulson. As a certified Instructor in KRU Muay Thai, she has not only taught classes as our NJ location, but has traveled all over North America teaching seminars and spreading the arts.
Instructor Kris is available for private sessions and group workshops.
Master Ace Ramirez - Technical Director
Master Ace Ramirez has been training and teaching for the past 35 years and considers himself a student first and foremost. As a child, Master Ramirez was small and weak among his peers. He was inspired to train by heroes on the big screen such as Bruce Lee and the talented cast members of the Shaw Bros Company. He began training locally in Tae Kwon Do, which he is achieved his 5th Degree Rank. His previous training naturally evolved into Mixed Martial Arts, where he was mentored by Former World Champion Sensei Erik Paulson in his Combat Submission Wrestling system. Sensei Erik awarded him Coach Level 3 rank in CSW. Mr. Ramirez became a backyard student of Punong Guro Amante P. Marinas, Sr. in Filipino Martial Arts (Arnis/Kali/Eskrima/Pananandata). He is spreading the indigenous art of Kali directly under Tuhon (Master) Apolo Ladra in the North East as a source of training at his school and through seminars throughout North America.
Master Ramirez began his training with Muay Thai after he gained much traditional arts training. His first formal training began with Kru Vut Kamnark who introduced him to Kru Ponsan Ekyothin. After establishing himself as a solid trainer and coach, Master Ramirez began working with Fairtex Muay Thai in San Francisco, CA under the late Alex (F-14) Gong. Master Ramirez was then appointed as the North East Region Director for Fairtex and Certification Curriculum designer until Alex Gong's passing.
Master Ramirez is also a Certified Instructor under Muay Thai Master Toddy of Las Vegas which he has greatly been influenced as well.
Continuing on his quest, Master Ace promoted Muay Thai in the North East with his "Battlegrounds Fighting Championships" and helped bring attention to Muay Thai as an art and sport in the area, giving an opportunity to many young practitioners to showcase their skills.
He is passionate about teaching and he can be found teaching as well as Instructors throughout the country. His goal is to provide elite instruction with modern approaches to martial training in a professional manner. He hopes to lead people to become champions within themselves and not just in the ring. His KRU Muay Thai Instructor Program is much sought after and is one of many programs he is trying to implement through the martial arts community.
Ace Ramirez was the first Martial Artist featured on MTV's Exclusive show "Made" where Muay Thai was exposed to the public helping a young girl use the training to reach her personal goals.
He is available for private sessions as well as group seminars.
Coach Chris "Fig" Figueroa
Affectionately known as "Coach Fig", his background in the military as a Marine and former MMA competitor only adds to his overall martial arts experience as a an instructor at KRU Training.
Most students meet Coach Fig as the first staff member at KRU Training when starting their student trial and will quickly find his personality as caring, but strict. If you have any membership questions, you make contact him directly.
Coach Fig is available for Private Lesson Packages so inquire about his available time slots.