Head Coach: Kru Dave Nielsen
Personal Trainer | Boxing Instructor | Former World Champion | Founder
Looking for the best Muay Thai kickboxing classes? Want Certified Personal Trainer “near me” in Pacific Beach, La Jolla and San Diego?
Kru Dave Nielsen is a master Fitness Trainer, a 7X Undefeated Muay Thai Champion and Submission Wrestling Champion. Let his experience in the ring and on the mat help you learn the right way, the first time. Kru Dave has studied both traditional and homeopathic medicines extensively for nearly 40 years and has been an active health and fitness professional for nearly 20 years. As a result of his significant experience, you get decades of important proven and dis-proven information.
Dave grew up a three sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball). However, he actually prefers “playing” over “watching” sports on TV with one exception, Boxing. Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell “Sweetpea” Whittaker, Roy Jones Jr. and especially “Iron” Mike Tyson captured his attention from a young age. Dave watched these boxers growing up, side by side with his father every chance he had.
In 1999 Dave left his home in the Pacific North West with a guitar and his dog, to play music in Los Angeles. His future LA home, fell thru and since quitting was never an option, Dave kept driving to San Diego where he bought a surf board and never looked back.
After a year in San Diego, Dave established residency and began putting himself through college with a law degree in mind. In 2000 Dave began training Muay Thai and No-Gi Jiu Jitsu having his first fight and beginning an impressive undefeated run after just 3 months of training.
After 4 years of full-time college including Summers, Dave had earned degrees in Political Science and Business Administration with honors. As a result, he was accepted to study Law at UCLA. Dave passed on the acceptance to study Law at UCLA, in order to pursue his new found love of Thai Boxing. In 2002 Dave became a certified fitness professional through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and shortly after, in 2003 Coach Dave started American Boxing and Fitness.
Kru Dave is a former WBC National and IKF Muay Thai World Champion, a USA Boxing Coach, California State Submission Wrestling Champion, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM since 2002) and a Self-Defense expert. These acomplishments have allowed Kru to produce a number of champions in Muay Thai, MMA, Boxing and Submission Wrestling.
Kru Dave has worked with a number of military Special Forces, Border Agents, FBI and other government officials to keep their hand to hand combat training up-to-date. Dave has shown that his technical knowledge of Muay Thai and Grappling allow him to marry his real world experience and produce a superior hand to hand combat system. Observe, Evaluate and Execute, is the process, that allows his competition and self defense students to be highly succesful.
Q&A WITH KRU DAVE:
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUAY THAI COMBINATION?
That’s easy, it was the 1st one learned and the one I used to earn my 1st IKF Muay Thai Championship Belt. Left hook, leg kick!
HOW HAS MUAY THAI BENEFITED YOU THE MOST?
This sounds kinda cheesy, but by allowing me to help others… I wanted to be an attorney, among other more personal reasons, to make the world a better place by having the power to effect change. Muay Thai has actually allowed me to change the World 1 person at a time. The feedback I have received over the past 2 decades has been amazing…I’ve had people reach out to me years after being a student and express how I have positively effected their lives…unless you’ve had those types of conversations with people, you just can’t imagine how good it feels. The only thing in my life that has given me a greater sense of purpose is raising my daughter.
But also, my general fitness is crazy. I haven’t worked out aside from surfing in probably half a decade yet I can easily keep up or typically beat any average 20 something year old, in the water or on most courts! And that’s not just me, I know a lot of Thai Boxers that maintain amazing fitness levels. And yes, I still have my “Muay Thai Abs”. haha
WHAT IS THE REASON YOU STARTED MUAY THAI?
That’s kinda funny actually. I always wanted to try Boxing but never wanted my nose broken…it’s already big enough.ha I remember seeing some kickboxers that were pretty good looking fellas, so, one day while I was at 24 Hour Fitness with a friend, I got a flyer for Muay Thai Kickboxing on my truck, went to the gym, tried a class and I was hooked.
WHAT ARE 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
Technical. Intense. Sarcastic… I can’t count to 5. Lol
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND HOBBIES? Ready
Everything that goes along with raising my daughter and surfing.