Welcome! I’m Kru Jose’ Villarisco,


Chances are if you found this site then you have an interest in learning more about this cool martial arts style known as Muay Thai Kickboxing. That’s good because we share the same passion.

You may also have found this site just messing around and you like what you see. That’s good too because it gives me a chance to help you learn more, and possibly get yourself into a top level Muay Thai training program.

My goal is to help you achieve all your Muay Thai training goals by providing superior instruction with competition-tested experience and the highest level of knowledge.

A Passion For Muay Thai

Who am I? Why am I writing this blog? Good questions.

My name is Jose’ Villarisco or “Kru Jose'”as my students know me. I operate my own Muay Thai Kickboxing school in Virginia. I teach classes mainly in Muay Thai, but also have Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) programs as well.1976531-1

Like most people, my humble beginnings started when I was 6 years old, watching old Bruce Lee movies..from there I was hooked. I became fascinated with martial arts, both for it’s aesthetic of movement…and knowing if anyone ever messed with me I could handle my own. I didn’t get picked on too much as a kid, but I was, and still am…small for my size–At 5’3 135 lbs soaking wet.

I began training in Karate with my grandfather, in an old house where we used to live in Spain.

But it wasn’t enough–I wanted the real deal training.

But they didn’t have martial arts school where I was at and they didn’t have internet. It wasn’t til I was 10 years old and move to the United States, when I was able to officially train with an instructor to guide me. 

I began to compete in various martial arts tournament, but none of the different style I was training in really matched what I was searching for…so I stopped training…

A year later I came back to my old dojo…and everything was different. The school I once trained at, was now teaching Muay Thai.

This is what I was searching for…It was like going back in time and watching those old Bruce Lee movies all over again. I got bit hard by the Muay Thai bug, haha. As a smaller fighter–this  was PERFECT for me. I soaked up everything I could about Muay Thai and trained everyday. I started competing in Muay Thai tournaments, and won various titles including; State Kickboxing champion, and 3 National WKA Muay Thai championships.Kru Jose' Muay Thai National Champion

Now 20+ years in the game I can tell you without hesitation that I still love it. It’s that love that pushed me to make this site and to try and share all of my knowledge with you.

You may not be as gung ho about Muay Thai as I am, but that’s okay, I’ll rub off on you.


A Rare style Of Martial Arts

Muay Thai is a form of Kickboxing. Its martial art roots originated in Thailand that has both competition and self-defense applications. Most people know or have heard of Muay Thai from the old school Jean Claude Van Damme movie called, shocking as it may be… Kickboxer! I should note, that whatever Van Damme was doing martial arts-wise in that movie was definitely not Muay Thai!

Another reason that maybe people know of and are training Muay Thai is due to the UFC events.

Most, and by most I mean 90% of the fighters train in Muay Thai style Kickboxing. That should tell you right there how effective it really is when it comes to hand to hand combat.

Let me give you the real scoop on Thai boxing. It’s called the art of 8 limbs. That’s because you use 8 different weapons when you train, unlike something like Boxing which uses only 2 (hands). In Muay Thai you learn to use the following parts of the body:

  • Punches
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Kicks

Muay Thai is primarily a standup form of fighting, though there are many techniques that are used in the standup grappling usually referred to as a clinching in boxing.

The only real problem with Muay Thai is that it’s still a bit of a rare style of fighting. It can be tricky to find a good program that teaches legit Muay Thai.

I say legit because all to often you find a program and you go in and all that jazz and low and behold… it’s not even Muay Thai! No, what you get is cardio kick or American style kickboxing.


About This Websitealchemy250

This website is a creative outlet for me – and a source of valuable information for people all over the world. Helping and inspiring people to learn Muay Thai Boxing is my #1 goal.

This site is designed for pure beginner to intermediate. Or you might be an old school cat still in the game, searching for more knowledge, or looking to brush up on some old techniques… it doesn’t matter. You’ll still get great value from this site.

Even if you only find one useful thing from my Muay Thai site can be a game changer for you.

I update the site as often as I have the time, while running my Muay Thai Martial Arts school. All the graphics and technical stuff on this site is handled by my partner Gary Parker, who successful runs a photography business.

Real Muay Thai can be hard to get a hold of and I understand that. Here in America there are only a handful of real Muay Thai schools. You have some in California, New York, Maryland and Virginia, outside of that hmm..not much and hence, why I started this blog and my other sites-to give you a resource for learning about Thai boxing.

Now…don’t be fooled into thinking that Muay Thai isn’t one heck of a workout, because let me assure you…it is. In fact it’s one of the best workouts on the planet and I have tons of students here in Virginia Beach that will back me up on that.

The job of this site is to teach you real Muay Thai…from a real martial arts fighter and instructor, me Kru Jose’!

I’m going to be writing all types of articles on this blog related to Muay Thai. Some of the subjects covered are listed below:

  • Techniques
  • Tactics
  • Discipline
  • Workout Routines
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Fighters and Fights
  • The Best Schools For Learning Real Muay Thai
  • Much Much More!


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I encourage all readers to follow me on social media and receive instant updates on the latest Muay Thai boxing articles, news, tips and training techniques.

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twitter_icon11/KruJose – I’m still learning how to use twitter, haha. But every-now-and-then, I’ll twitter ya’, and let you know what’s going on with me.


Thank you for checking out my site. I hope you’ll join us on this journey, and take in many new and cutting edge ideas. I always welcome comments, emails or heck even a freaking old fashioned in the mailbox letter.







Kru Jose’ Villarisco
‘The Muay Thai Alchemist’


 About the Author

Jose’ excelled in the martial arts and became a 3 time WKA Muay Thai National Champion and an official “Kru” under Master Toddy. Kru Jose’ has also trained with many other Muay Thai legends, including Rob Kaman, Ajarn Nelson, Sakasem and has been under the instruction of World champion coach Master Lloyd Irvin Jr. He now runs his own Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts school in Virginia Beach, Va.

With 20+ years experience, Jose’ has instructed, coached, and worked with several UFC fighters, including Brandon “The Truth” Vera and TUF season 11 finalist, Kris “Savage” McKray. Jose’ is also the career long striking coach of UFC fighter and top 10 ranked bantamweight, Mike “The Hulk” Easton. He has produced the 2 WKA Muay Thai kick boxing women’s World Champion, and 3 National Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts champions.

Furthermore, Jose’ is a high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) purple belt and a multiple time Grappler’s Quest and NAGA champion, and a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.


  • Certified 'KRU' instructor under Thohsaphol "Master Toddy" Sitiwatjana
  • 3 Time WKA Muay Thai National Champion
  • Muay Thai King of the Ring Champion
  • IFA VA State Kickboxing Champion
  • WKA US Title Featherweight Champion
  • USKBA Featherweight Muay Thai Champion
  • Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter
  • Owner and Head trainer at OutFox Mixed Martial Arts Academy

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  • bagpack

    Reply Reply July 3, 2016

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  • Vidya

    Reply Reply January 21, 2016

    I am a teaching faculty in a South Indian School. I have taken up a project on Martial Arts for our school children aged 11 – 12 years which is going to be the part of our curriculum. I have also include Muay Thai in this project. I am just trying to establish a contact with a real Muay Thai expert like you to give an awareness and exposure about this Martial Art. I would like to request your help in this regard.
    Is it possible for us to contact you through skype for an interaction about the Muay Thai practice and techniques. Awaiting your early response in this regard.

    Thank you.
    M. Vidya

  • extream clinching

    Reply Reply July 6, 2015

    i have done lots of clinch .

    the belly 2 belly clinch is the more complicated of most positions.
    any one doing knee cap to knee cap posture – position fighting ?

    what about knee planting-posting into a bump-knee cap crash into a throw !

    muay thai clinching , and throws in a very complicated and intricate subject to master and apply .

    its never to early to start learning clinch throws.

    if a school don`t have a full on regular clinch class there are not authentic real muay thai ..

  • Gary

    Reply Reply March 16, 2015

    Hi, great website. I’m in Ko Phangan living in a Muay Thai school for the next 6 weeks. First time training, but I’m in it 6 days a week, twice a day. Was great to have English explanations from your site to explain techniques as it’s difficult to understand some of the trainers as they are from Thailand.

    Just wanted to point out something on your site. The following things should be adjusted on your site.

    1. No View Next Video link on Lesson #9 Fade to take me to Lesson #10 Elbows
    2. When watching Lesson #10 Elbows, the View Next Video should take the viewer to Lesson #11 Clinching, but it takes the viewer to Lesson #10 Elbows instead which is what the viewer is already on.
    3. While watching Lesson #11 Clinching video, the view next video take you back to #11 Clinching.

    Best of luck with everything and keep sharing your knowledge with the world!

    – Gary

  • smarmy army

    Reply Reply March 14, 2015

    way back when i was a youngster i started in boxing .
    boxing was given free in the public park and sponsered by some local church .
    they wanted to keep the kids busy.

    after 2 decades of boxing at all levels i found muay thai.

    i have no martial arts belts nor love for the martial arts action movies in the least.

    i spent my time in the trentches and learned my craft and honed the skill daily at the gym.

    i liked muay thai especially because it was totally devoid of the martial arts fakery.

    muay thai fit directly into a boxers mentality .

  • Matua Sablan

    Reply Reply December 24, 2013

    Hell yeah!

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