MTA (Muay Thai Academy) is lead by our head trainer Adrian Shead who is of British & Thai decent. At a young age he visited Thailand frequently to visit family and that is where he developed an interest for Thailand’s National Sport of Muay Thai. Adrian started training at a young age and continued to do so until he eventually moved to Thailand to pursue fighting and training at the motherland of Muay Thai. That is where he was involved with some of the worlds renowned gyms like Tiger Muay Thai and AKA Thailand. His abilities as a coach really blossomed and he has worked with world champions in Muay Thai, Kickboxing & MMA. He hopes to harness his knowledge and share it with the Muay Thai community in Vancouver and hope to help students learn and grow and potentially compete in the future if they desire.
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (born May 26, 1995), also known as Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9 (เพชรพนมรุ้ง เกียรติหมู่เก้า), is a Thai Muay Thai kickboxer. Originally from Buriram, in the northeast of Thailand, Petpanomrung is from the same Muay Thai gym of the multiple time Lumpinee Stadium champion Singdam Kiatmuu9. He is the reigning Glory Featherweight (-65 kg) and RISE Super Lightweight (-65 kg) World Champion.--As of January 2023, he is ranked as the #1 Super Featherweight (-67.5 kg) and #3 pound for pound kickboxer in the world by Beyond Kick and as the # 1 featherweight (-66 kg) and #9 pound for pound kickboxer by Combat Press. Combat Press has ranked him as a top featherweight since April 2017
Adrian (Fairtex) Shead is a world class Muay Thai manager and Trainer for nearly 20 years. With his experience he's well connected to many world class fighters and organization's all around the world. Being involved with some of the biggest gyms in Thailand such as Tiger Muay Thai, AKA Thailand and Fairtex, these gym have given Adrian a wealth of knowledge that he can translate to Muay Thai Academy.Adrian is the Manager and coach for the current Featherweight Glory and Rise world champion Petchpanomrung kiatmoo9 who is currently the #3 Pound for Pound kickboxer in the world. Adrian is now ready to start a new chapter of his life by building his own gym Muay Thai Academy here in beautiful Vancouver, where he envisions it becoming one of the top Muay Thai Gym's in North America. We will be bringing the highest level of instructors and fighters to pass on their knowledge of the sport to people of all levels and to grow the sport in our community.
Dayton was born and raised in Vancouver and spent most of his life in this beautiful city. He has spanned his business experience through corporate finance as a CPA and an extensive understanding of residential & commercial real estate while operating his award winning Real Estate Business over the past 5 years. Dayton started martial arts training almost 15 years ago with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and that was the start of his love for martial arts. After 3 years of BJJ training he took an interest in Muay Thai and his passion for striking made him transition away from grappling. He’s been training Muay Thai for 12 years in Vancouver, California and Thailand and has a great love for the art of 8 limbs. He hopes to be able to share this passion of the sport and culture of Muay Thai with the community of Vancouver. Muay Thai Academy is where he’ll be combining his professional life with his passion and hopes to bring authentic Muay Thai from Thailand to Vancouver and help grow the sport across North America.