Hello, my name is Kru Ryan James and I am a Martial Artist and the Chief Instructor of Richmond Hill Muay Thai.
My journey into the Arts began when I was a young adolescent entering into University. I needed to do something outside of school to keep the stresses of school life in check. I dabbled in various different sports for awhile-but did not stick with anything.
Pretty soon I stopped training all together, and devoted my time to school alone. The only problem with this was that I could feel something was not right. I was interested in my program- but could not see myself doing this as a career. I had a crisis with my end goal. I went with the goal to become one thing, but slowly changed my opinion on that goal. I just didn't know this at this period of my life. The upbringing for many was:
- Go to school
- Get good Grades
- Go to College/University
- Get a Good Job
- Life Is Good
At this point I really didn't have a direction with my life. I was doing what others told me I needed to do. To relieve some of my anxiety I again went out and I found different activities to do. I was simply trying to be busy. I wanted to find some type of purpose outside of my chosen path. I was not feeling fulfilled and passionate about my future career in Academics or Law. So I needed to find something that gave my life some type of meaning. That purpose was found in Martial Arts. So much so that, I started picking and choosing my classes based on the availability I would have to train. If a class interfered with my ability to train, I would not take that class.
At the end of my academic stay I had options as to where I could go next. I could either have gone to Graduate Studies or Law School, either of which would have seemed to be great options. However, throughout my academic stay I was:
- Very Stressed Out
- Developed Poor Eating Habits
- Suffered from severe lack of sleep
I simply sat back and asked myself,
"If this is what I really want, why do I feel the way I feel now?"
I should be happy I've made it into these other programs. However, I was rather indifferent about these accomplishments. I had spent years developing the knowledge and skills I would need to go into the field of my choosing. I had met the requirements to take myself to the next level. I should have been proud of myself. But I did not care at all about this accomplishment. Something was missing, and I just couldn't put my finger on it. What I did realize was that, the way I am feeling right now would not go away. So I asked myself,
What is one thing you could do all day, and be happy and proud to be doing it?
To me it was Martial Arts. So I dedicated myself to the Art and Craft of Muay Thai. Now this is not a, "And everything was great and life was good story". I've learned and experienced many painful things through this process. What I've come to learn is that our lives are a collection of choices. I chose to dedicate myself to Martial Arts. Life has provided me with choices that would shape me into the person I needed to be. I chose to be in the field of improvement and building people. It's been very difficult, but the life experiences I've acquired are truly some of the greatest things I have, and I am thankful and happy with the journey so far. My aim is to build human beings. The culture of Richmond Hill Muay Thai is focused around one simple thing. Improvement. Lets improve ourselves together.