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I grew up as an avid Star Wars fan. As a kid I admired the Jedi of the movie. They were the equivalent of space age Samurai. They lived by a code of ethics and protected that code through a warrior lifestyle and I wanted to be like them when I grew up.
The first step on the path to becoming a Jedi was to become a Padawan. A Padawan is a Jedi apprentice. He or she would follow their Jedi Master wherever their adventures would take them. They would learn how to become a Jedi by drawing directly from their Master on a day to day basis. I sought to mimic that same behavior as a martial artist by following my instructors to every corner of the globe to show my loyalty and dedication. Now, as a teacher of teachers, I am proud to say that I have an equally committed Kru in Jason Watson.

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Kru Jason LOVES Muay Thai! he is passionate about the art like no other person I have ever met. His enthusiasm exudes in every action and word that he makes. In the last year, he has travelled with me all over Virginia and even to Costa Rica as I’ve worked diligently to spread the word of the MTU. His loyalty has never faltered. He never made excuses when I told him “Hey I’m going to Costa Rica” or “Come train with me tomorrow.” He made it happen, no matter what. I admired that in him, because I saw that within me.
Promoting him to Kru on August 15th was one of the proudest things that I have ever done. Muay Thai will live on at the highest level when I am far gone from this earth because Kru’s like Jason Watson will uphold the highest of standards. He is more than a student to me. He is my friend and my brother. He is a Padawan for life and a true Modern day Jedi.