Chris Manuel: Behind The Fighter

Nov 28

Professional MMA fighter, Chris Manuel, started practicing Goju Ryu Karate at age eight and from there sparked his love affair with martial arts. Born in Puerto Rico, he moved to Florida at age thirteen and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Judo and Grappling.

Chris Manuel will now be teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) & Mixed Martial Arts at the Wat. The Wat historically has been a Muay Thai Boxing gym but has expanded its disciplines. Owner and world renowned fight coach champion, Ajarn Kru Phil Nurse, says, “Chris is a black belt and very skilled in his own right. I welcome him and I know he will strengthen our students and fighters.”

Chris Manuel is not new to challenges and triumphs having earned a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. His biggest lessons come from his losses, which has taught him the importance of having an unwavering determination to succeed. Chris believes that mental development and how it is applied throughout one’s daily life, on and off the mat, is the most important part of training. Chris Manuel’s training style aligns with Ajarn Kru Phil Nurse’s KruPhilosophy, which primary goal has always been to arm students with the tools to help them be their best possible selves by preparing them not only for a physical fight, but most importantly for the battles they will face outside of the ring.

Students should look forward to a new dedicated teacher who aims to bring positivity, support and focus to each class. Interested in trying a BJJ and/or MMA class at the Wat with Christ Manuel? Sign up at the Wat today!

Training Bags

Banana bags are named after their shape. They are longer and slimmer than the typical American boxing heavy bags.  The banana bag’s shape allows users to practice high, body, and especially low kicks accurately.

American heavy bags are wider and more stout than their thai counterparts. This allows a focus on boxing combinations as well as body and high kicks.  The added mass helps to build power in strikes.


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