Andrew in Thailand

Andrew in Thailand

Q&A: Kru Andrew Askins | Part I

If you were unware, Andrew Askins is the instructor of Sion’s Muay Thai program. Under the tutelage of Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Andrew earned the title of “Kru,” which has given him the privilege to train the future generations of Sion students, and imparting them with Muay Thai techniques and traditions. Kru Andrew will travel to Thailand, along with fellow instructors from around the country, to continue his training under Ajarn Chai. We sat down with him to talk more about his background in martial arts and his upcoming trip to Thailand. 

Q: You have often mentioned that martial arts/combat sports saved your life. Can you elaborate more on what you mean?

A: I started boxing when I was nine after my oldest brother introduced me to it; however I stepped away from training for a couple of years, but returned after feeling my life was spiraling a bit out of control. I needed discipline back into my life. I joined a local academy where I met Steve (Austin) and fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the rest is history. 

Q: How long have you been training Muay Thai? How did you get involved?

A: I wanted to be more well round in martial arts, so I exposed myself to as many arts as I could. After meeting Jeff Jones, owner and instructor of Tri-State Martial Arts Academy, I started to broaden my training under his guidance. He introduced me to Kali/Silat (edged weapons), Jeet Kune Do, and Muay Thai. I felt an instant connection to Muay Thai and its spiritual aspect, and I have been training in the art for nine years.

Q: Can you talk more about Ajarn Chai? What has it been like training under someone like him? 

A:  Ajarn Chai introduced Muay Thai to our country in 1968. He still teaches seminars around the world and is the president of the World Thai Boxing Association, the largest of the Muay Thai associations. I received my assistant instructor ship under Arjarn Chai in 2015, and I have been training under him for the past three years. In 2018, he promoted me to an Associate Instructor, which was an honor and one of the biggest accomplishments in my life so far. 

Q: You are set to leave for Thailand soon, what are your expectations? How are you feeling?

A: Ajarn Chai invited me to train at three schools in Thailand. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to learn more about the culture. I would be lying if I said I was not nervous, but I know this will be an amazing trip and I am excited to continue my training. 

Stay tuned for Part II of the Q&A after Kru Andrew returns from his trip. Happy training!

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