All our coaches are highly knowledgeable & skilled
Co-owner/Founder, Head Coach, BA-Sci, Cert Personal Trainer, AOS, Kru
Ray is one of the head instructors of NJMT. He began his journey in muaythai over 20 years ago under the strict training of
Kru Nestor Marte and Ajarn Pra Sit Thang Dong. His first trip
to Thailand was in 1998, at the end of golden age of Muaythai
where he trained at the prestigious Saktaywan Muaythai camp.
Since then he has had the honor working with top level trainers and coaches such as Fahleap Sritrakool at the Eminent Air Muaythai Camp in Thailand and Bunkerd Faphima in California. After 10 years of training students and fighters, he finally received his title of Kru under former top 10 ten ranked Thailand fighter Thanonsak Sor. Plantalae. Ray was awarded the title of Kru by Ajarn Prasit, the head trainer of Saktaywan.
In addition to his Muaythai credentials, he holds a Bachelors degree in Biology, an Associate degree in Massage Therapy. He is also certified as a personal trainer through NASM and an Olympic Boxing trainer with USA Boxing. He brings new ideas on fitness and health from a western and eastern point of view in which he uses to help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals through Muaythai and exercise.
Co-owner/Founder, Head Coach, BA-Bio/BS-Sci, Cert
Personal Trainer, Doctor Physical Therapy, Kru
Joe Bumanlag is one of the head instructors of North Jersey Muay Thai. He began learning Muaythai in 1996 under the tutelage of Kru Nestor Marte in New York City. In 1999 he had the privilege of training at Saktaywan Gym in Bangkok, Thailand under Ajarn Prasit Thang Dong.
He also trained at Fairtex, San Francisco under Jongsanan, as well as
the trainers of Eminent Air Gym in Bangkok. He has trained and developed
several past and current champions who hold state, national, and
continental titles. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Kru by Ajarn
Prasit, the former head trainer of Saktaywan Gym and current owner of
Pecht Prasit Gym in Bangkok, Thailand.
In addition to his Muaythai credentials, he has a Bachelor’s degree in
Biology and a personal training certification. Joe also graduated
recently with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017.
WBC, WKA USA, MTGP, IKF & Lion Fight World Champion
Ognjen Topic is a WBC, WKA USA and a Lion Fight
Lightweight World Champion in Muay Thai. He has been training at North
Jersey Muay Thai (NJMT) since 2005. In 2008 he began fighting and training
in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ognjen is available for personal training and can
tailor the sessions to your needs. Visit his website for further
Coach Mike joined NJMT in 2009. Being a member of different fitness gyms
for years, he lacked motivation and looked for something more. A friend
invited him to a Muay Thai fight, and Mike immediately became interested
in the sport. He did some research, found North Jersey Muay Thai, and
hasn’t looked back since. After a few years of training in Muay Thai, Kru
Ray and Kru Joe saw his dedication, desire, and potential, and they
invited him to become a coach. He was given an opportunity to train his
first amateur fighter in 2012. Since then he has developed his skills as
a coach and currently trains professional and amateur fighters. In
addition, coach Mike holds private lessons from beginner’s level to
In 2012, Ron walked through the doors of NJMT with no experience with any martial arts. The NASM certification was all he had under his belt. Ron took one introduction class and he was hooked.
"Muay Thai is about adaptation. You take what is given to you and adjust as necessary. As a coach for our fighters as well as group classes, there are many different styles you come across and it is through adaptation and adjustment of coaching techniques to help the fighter/student understand the art of authentic Muay Thai. This is a useful tool inside the ring as well as outside the ring.
You cannot control what life gives you but you can control the response you give."
Lee has been with NJMT since 2009. With no previous experience, he was looking for something new
and stumbled upon Muay Thai. On his search for the perfect gym, he found his home at NJMT, where
he’s been ever since. Through dedication to the sport and the gym, Lee was given an opportunity to
teach group classes, and he took on the challenge. Presently, Lee is an instructor for the ramp-up
“My family always asked me when I’d fight in the Kumite since I saw Bloodsport like 100 times when I was a kid. Most of my friends liked Disney movies and cartoons while I was watching Jackie Chan and Van Damme films.”
Roman is one of the instructors for the adult class and ramp up program. As avid fight sport fan and previous amateur fighter, he has a strong belief in building solid fundamentals but keeping an open mind for new and interesting approaches to the game.
Before competing in muay thai and grappling, Roman was a semi-professional gamer. He believes that gaming at that level helped not only his coordination but also his mental endurance in the ring. Today he regularly livestreams both video games and muay thai content on his Twitch TV channel.