Kru Pedro Solana

Founder and Chief Instructor of
Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts and Kshatria Sangham Healing Arts

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INTRODUCTORY BIOGRAPHY

Pedro Solana was born in Spain. He entered the martial arts world training judo when he was only six years old. In the 80's he was introduced into Muay Thai by Ajarn Eugenio Fraile, where his fighting career began. In the early 90's he moved to the USA to further his Muay Thai skills under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute and continue professionally fighting for a number of years. During these years he was training other disciplines including Wing Chun under Sifu Francis Fong, Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto, and various other grappling masters such as Ricardo Murgel and Romero (Jacare) Cavalcanti.

In 1998, after becoming the United States Muay Thai Middleweight Professional Champion, he traveled to Thailand were he trained in over 45 Thai Boxing Camps all around the country for a full year to expand his Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong skills. In 2000 he opened the Thailand Arts Institute in Atlanta, GA. to support his fighting career. In 2002 he permanently moved to Thailand to continue learning. After becoming a monk, he went to train Muay Thai Chaiya under Kru Lek and came back to Krabi Krabong (Thai Weapons) training under Ajarn Sila Mesaman from the Wat Buddhai Sawan School where he was certified 8th level Gold Sash. In 2003, Pedro Solana opened his first school in Thailand. Years later he expanded into various other forms of South-East Asian martial arts including Silat Minangkabau Ground Fighting, Bokator and Kalaripayattu.  While training continues he became certified again in Krabi Krabong, by his master Ajarn "Kung" from the Samnak Daab Sri Ayutthaya-Chiang Mai (Ajarn Ari lineage). From all his exposures into different martial arts "Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts" was created.

TRAINING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Black Belt & Instructor in Kickboxing (FEKB - Ajarn Eugenio Fraile).
  • Muay Thai Instructor (Muay Thai Association of USA - Ajarn Surachai Sirsute).
  • Black Belt & Instructor in Wing Chun (Wing Chun Association of USA - Sifu Francis Fong).
  • 6th Degree Red Sash Kru in Krabi-Krabong (Samnak Daab Sri Ayutthaya Chiang Mai - Ajarn Kung)
  • 8th Degree Gold Sash Ajarn in Krabi-Krabong (Buddhai Swan Institute of Swordsmanship - Ajarn Sila Mesamarn).
  • Instructor in Traditional Thai Massage,Traditional Reflexology and Pressure Point Thai Massage (Wat Pho Medical School, Bangkok).
  • Instructor in Deep Nerve Touch Massage with Herbs (Ajarn Mamma Lek).
  • Instructor in Advanced Energy Sen Massage (Ajarn Poo/Ong Dam).
  • Joined the Monkhood Order at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Authorized Instructor in Muay Chaiya (Baanchangthai, Bangkok - Ajarn Kridakorn Sodprasert).
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie (1998).
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jacare Cavalcante (2001).
  • Author of the Muay Thai book "Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" (Paladin Press - September 2002).
  • Author of the Krabi-Krabong book "Krabi-Krabong: Thailand's Art of Weapons Fighting " (Paladin Press - April 2007).
  • Author of many articles for Martial Arts magazines and Shows such as "Black Belt Magazine", "Inside Kung Fu Magazine", "Revista Cinturon Negro", "Siam Combat Magazine", "Ronin", The Martial Man Show, etc.

FIGHTING AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

  • In 1998 - ISKA Super-Middleweight USA Professional Muay Thai Champion.
  • In 1998 - SFO (Submission Fighting Open) Lightweight Champion, title successfully defended three times, and still undefeated.
  • In 1999 - Battle of Koh Samui (Thailand) Middleweight Muay Thai Champion.
  • In 2000 - Opened The Thailand Arts Institute. (His first Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. until he move to Thailand).
  • In 2000 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jacare Cavalcante Open Lightweight Champion.
  • In 2000, ranked #2 in the world by IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) at Middleweight in the Professional Muay Thai division.
  • In 2002, kru permanently move to Thailand and became a Buddhist monk.
  • In 2003 opened his first school in the west of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • In 2004 having gathered many skills, kru Pedro decided to merge his knowledge and teachings to form "Muay Sangha Fighting Arts", with hopes to meet individuals directed towards spiritual growth . Since then, kru Pedro has been sharing Muay Sangha with those who are looking to go beyond the martial arts.
  • In 2007 he moved the Muay Sangha school to Hangdong road, south of Chiang Mai to cope with the demand from ever growing number of students.
  • In 2008 he travelled to Cambodia and Indonesia to perfect his skills in the arts of Bokator and Silat.
  • In 2009 travelled to India to perfect his skills in Kalaripayattu martial arts and Ayurvedic healing massage.
  • In 2010 he visited Wudang, central China to develop his studies about Chikun and internal energy. Kru finished his travels around Asia and he realized that he has found nothing inside and decided to return to Thailand. Upon his return, Kru started long meditation sessions looking inside his heart. During one of the meditation practices and by the grace of his Persian master (Shahram Kasiri), with a long laugh, kru completely changed the direction of his training. At the end of 2010 Kru Pedro felt he needed to reunite in Thailand his best students and teach them the whole Muay Sangha Fighting Arts curriculum before he went into isolation. 
  • Early in 2011, when the first instructor course finished, he went to Spain to release as well the fighting knowledge, then came right back to Thailand and relocated himself deep in the jungle in the mountains near Chiang Dao cave, where he built a wooden house and lived and trained there for more than two years. When training in solitude, through deep reflection Kru Pedro Solana realized in meditation a new way of non-fighting. The new method was created under the concepts of self awareness (mindfulness) and balance(rotation-translation-breathing) and includes all his past experiences of fighting.

PRESENT TIME

In 2013, he came down from the mountains to make a new school in Mae Taeng city (40 km north of Chiang Mai) and teach some of the Muay Sangha Fighting Arts in conjunction with the new vision of self defence, "Kshatria Sangham Healing Arts".

His work now is involved in teaching classes and seminars around the world to expose an essential message for humanity related to overcoming inner fears and developing an understanding of the "Self" through the path of martial arts.