Yacoubian Muay Thai was founded in 2014 in Chatsworth, California by Kru Shawn Yacoubian. He has over 30 years of training, practice and fight experience in Martial Arts; specifically with Muay Thai, Kickboxing & Boxing.
In 2015, Kru Shawn Yacoubian partnered up with Kru Luis Reyes of Kings Combat Sports to grow the Yacoubian Muay Thai program and give the students the opportunity to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a World Ranked Black Belt under Jean Jacques Machado.
Kru Shawn Yacoubian
Shawn was introduced to Martial Arts at the age of 15 where he began training with Vince Murdocco. He continued practice by enrolling into the world famous Benny Urquiedez's Jet Center where he took Karate, Kickboxing & Boxing early on, then moved on to Muay Thai.
When the Jet Center closed down Mark Parra founded House of Champions where Shawn extensively trained under Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham & Rick O'Kane, then Kru Nokweed Sriampai giving him a well rounded arsenal of techniques to develop a versatile fighting system.
He has traveled to Thailand & Holland for training & has fought abroad professionally. Throughout his years of experience in training, sparring & fighting, Shawn's passion has become passing down his knowledge for his students to accomplish goals thru Martial Arts.
Kru Luis Reyes
Luis Reyes has been a true martial arts fanatic his whole life. Not only has he trained in multiple arts (Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA & Muay Thai) but he knows how to implement his knowledge according to the chosen rule set.
He began learning Muay Thai from the late Kru Rex then fought under Kru Neil winning 3 Amateur titles in Muay Thai with his most recent title being at the age of 37.
Luis has had a long competition career which began in Taekwondo winning many awards along the way. Luis has high recognition for his many accomplishments such as being on the US National Team for 10 years. He has represented the US in the World Championship’s, World Cup’s, Collegiate Worlds and PanAm Championships.
Luis's other passion has been bjj earning a black belt under the World Famous Jean Jacques Machado. Among his BJJ accomplishments headlines his 2021 2x World Masters Champion in Jiu jujitsu and still is an active competitor.
Coach Daniel Saadeh
Daniel has been training in martial arts since the age of 9 beginning with Tae Kwon Do then moving on to boxing by age of 13.
Daniel trained at the House of Champions and competed in several USA Boxing events where he got fight experience. Daniel first met Shawn Yacoubian at the House of Champions then later was reintroduced in 2018when he began training under Shawn in Muay Thai.
While training at YMT Academy Daniel has been able to live a positive lifestyle and pursue his interest in competing in Muay Thai & Kickboxing.
Daniel's passion for a healthy lifestyle grew into becoming a NASM certified personal trainer and began to share his knowledge by transitioning into becoming an instructor at YMT.
Coach Carlos Salazar
Carlos, a well rounded martial artist has practiced wrestling, jiu-jujitsu, karate then joined Yacoubian Muay Thai where his studied Muay Thai & Boxing.
He coached students in competitive high school wrestling and taught classes for children and adults.
Carlos's competition experience includes Jiu-Jujitsu and Muay Thai where he loves to show how passionate he is to all style of martial arts.
Carlos's personal belief is that we should all strive to get 1% better each time we hit the mat.
Coach Christian Andrade
Christian's journey with Martial Arts began in 2012 when he was 220 lbs and in search for something new to loose weight and stay healthy. He stumbled upon Muay Thai and began training with Kru Shawn and has been ever since.
Over the years of training he lost weight, competed several times and expanded his knowledge in boxing.
Christian loves to see change in his students as the sport has done for him.
Coach Junior Salinas
Junior has been training in a variety of Martial Arts for nine years at the House of Champions and began teaching in 2016.
He started boxing at the age of 13 then then transitioned to jiu -jitsu where he competed in a few tournaments.
Between 2016-2019 he practiced kick boxing then ended up training at the YMT Academy to study in Muay Thai.
We are happy to have Coach Junior as one the instructors to teach our Yacoubian Lions the arts of Muay Thai.
He is an assistant to Coach Carlos during the week and teaches his own class over the weekends while he continues to train and compete in Muay Thai.
Coach Jaxson Santander
Jaxson began his involvement with martial arts in the fourth grade. enrolling in Kings Combat Sports to practice Taekwondo under Master Luis Reys.
During the 4 years of training Jaxson was able to compete in a number of Taekwondo tournaments moving on to receiving his black belt.
In 2020 Jaxson decided to pursue Muay Thai & began training at YMT Academy with the desire of trying out the competition in the different Martial Art. . Over the course of the following year he competed multiple times as an Amateur.
Jaxson can attest to the benefits of training in Muay Thai; it taught him to work hard and be consistent not only in the gym, but other aspects of his life including school and work. Muay Thai has also made me him a more competitive person overall with humbleness and drive to succeed in the ring and more importantly in life.
Jaxson is a proud addition to the Yacoubian/Kings Combat family and is thrilled to share his knowledge & style to the students as he finishes school and plans on pursuing a place in the United States Air Force in 2023.
Coach Robert Lemus