ABOUT KRU DIP
A brief biography of Kru Dip “KRU is an honorific used in Muay Thai to designate TEACHER”
In 2004 Samnang “Dip” Yuanjit came to Australia after a successful Muay Thai career in and out of the ring. For over 15 years, Dip fought professionally in Muay Thai since 12 years old (85 bouts) and Amateur Western Boxing (35 bouts) in Thailand, being an“up-and-coming star” from Bangsean, Chonburi, South-East Thailand for a period of time, and fighting at some of Thailand’s most well known stadiums. ie; Theprasit Stadium, Orm-noiy Stadium and Raja-dumnern Stadium.
Kru Dip fought Muay Thai professionally to earn money for his family and for his education until he completed his Bachelor of Science (Physical Education) in 1999 and continued study of a masters degree of sports science until he completed in 2003 with a thesis on Mauy Thai at Burapha University, Thailand. During this time, he was president of the Students’ Sport Organisation at the University.
Kru Dip has run Muay Thai gyms in Australia sine 2005 and assisted many Muay Thai champion fighters such as John Wayne Parr (10 time world champion) Angie Parr, Thor Hoopman, Flip Street, Eileen Forrest and Victor Nagbe also many upcoming star fighters and more to come in the process.
Kru Dip thrives on his love for the sport and always looks forward to all new students of all ages and all walks of life to come down to the gym and meet and greet with him.
He followed his bachelor achievement with a Master of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) at the same Institution with his Thesis involving the construction and testing of a training device used for assessing Muay Thai kicks. His machine was tested in the top gyms of Bangkok (testing it with champion fighters such as Saenchai, Lurdsilar, Kaoklai, Rithijuc, Watcharachai and Anuwat Kaewsamrit and at famous gyms such as Kaewsamrit and Jockey gym and even featured on Thai national television channel 11 during a OneSongChai event at Bangkok Stadium in November, 2006 (the number one Muay Thai promoter in Thailand).
Dip continued his educational achievements in the art of Muay Thai at the Australian National University in Canberra. Dip was employed as a Muay Thai Instructor and Sectional Lecturer at the University’s Sports Centre and Thai Studies Centre, Canberra.
Kru Dip’s professional accreditations include
- Boxing Coach Level 1, Boxing ACT Incorporated, Australia, August 2005
- Muay Thai Boxing Coach, Sport Authority of Thailand, Thailand, 2004
- Muay Thai Boxing Referee, Sport Authority of Thailand, Thailand, 2003
- Master Degree of Sports Science, Burapha University, Thailand, 2003
- Bachelor Degree of Sports Science, Burapha University, Thailand, 1999
- Senior First Aid, Current
- Working with children Victoria -Current
He also holds several accreditation’s in both his native Thailand and Australia in massage:
- Skill standard test for overseas practitioners of Thai traditional medicine (passed): Thai massage, Centre -for Skill Development, Thailand, October 2004
- Thai Massage (150 hr), Reflexology (60 hr), Aromatherapy Massage (60 hr), Thai Traditional Medical Services Society, Thailand, September 2004
- Certificate IV in Remedial and Sport massage , Australia Institute Applies Science, QLD, 2007
- Diploma in Remedial/Sports Massage, Australia 2016
Dip has worked as a massage therapist at Simply Wellness Day Spa Retreat, Canberra, ACT, 2005 and worked at Annaley Massage Clinic, Brisbane, Qld, 2008
Dip has also worked for the Aboriginal Justice Centre, Dept. of Justice and Community Safety, ACT, Australia, as a project officer working with “at risk” Aboriginal children to build self-confidence, respect and compassion for others through dedicated Muay Thai training.
Other Government positions have included being an assistant to the Education Minister of Thailand, overseeing public relation activities, and providing daily reports to the Minister.
Throughout these positions, Kru Dip has always managed to still love Muay Thai. He was a Muay Thai teacher at Chulalongkon Sport Centre (2003-2004), a Muay Thai and Boxing Coach, Burapha University (2000-2002), and before this, fighting out of TaleTong (Golden Ocean) gym in Bangsean, a successful Muay Thai gym in Chonburi, trained by (Kru) Kaowsod Sitpraprom a former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champion. Kru Dip also worked at the famous Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok during 2004.