Testimonials

​Hi, my name is Phil Collen and I'm a musician: Guitarist Def Leppard Rock Band.

I've been training with Jean now for just a  few months and in that short time I've noticed some huge improvements.

I've lost weight but manage to double my kicking and stricking power due to Jean's training techniques.

Jean has a total understanding of many martial arts but his skills and conviction for muay thai makes training with him an absolute pleasure especially when you see such explosive  results. On top of that he is a very cool guy.

He is the real deal and makes training lots of fun.

 

Phil Collen Def Leppard

Hi my name's Niko Read, I am Vice World Muay Thai Champion

European Muay Thai Champion ISKA

French Full Contact Champion.

I just want to thank Jean for being with me from the beginning of my career to today.

I have trained all over the world with the Best Muay Thai trainers and Jean still the Number 1.

Jean taught me the art of Muay Thai and brought me to the top.

I will definitively recommend Jean to everybody who loves and wants learn Muay Thai from beginner to Professional.

 

​Niko Read French and European Muay Thai Champion.

My name is Razor Rob McCULLOUGH. I trained with Jean Carrillo at the young age of 20. My muay thai kickboxing record is 36-4 with 15 ko's.

 

I was the1998-1999 U.W.M.T.A  WELTER WEIGHT CHAMPION

1996 I.S.K.A CA.STATE welter weight champion

2000 I.A.M.T.F  WELTER WEIGHT CHAMPION

1997 I.K.K.C JR. WELTER WEIGHT CHAMPION

1998 I.K.B.A  WELTER WEIGHT CHAMPION

2001 I.M.T.C INTERCONTINENTAL WELTER WEIGHT CHAMPION.

I also fought in the K-1 and won by 2nd round tko. I owe my muay thai skills to the help and training I received from jean. He has many skills I use to this day as well as great drills for training. In my opinion he is one of the best muay thai trainers i have ever been so lucky to have trained with! Thank you again 4 creating such a solid foundation of skill and technique . Today I make a very lucrative living off these same skills I learned not to mention I get paid to do what I love. THANKS AGAIN BRO...

 

Razor Rob Mc Cullough World Champion Muay Thai, MMA & WEC World Champion.

Hi, I'm Philippe Baudron, I'm French Champion in Kick Boxing WKA

European Kick Boxing Champion W.K.A.

Vice European Muay Thai Champion ISKA.

I have fought all over the world (Thailand, Japan, France etc...)

and have been with only 1 trainer: Jean.

He is the Top Muay Thai Kick Boxing trainer.

His knowledge and dedication to Muay Thai makes him 1 of the Best in the World.

Thank you for the job Jean.

 

​Philippe Baudron French & European KickBoxing Champion

After having trained in various martial arts (& gyms) over the years, I am happy to say that the past year I've spent training under Coach Jean Carrillo at Carrillo Muay Thai has been one of the best experiences of all. I went in transitioning between gyms and trying out different places trying to find the best fit for me. I quickly realized this Muay Thai gym was unlike any other. "No attitude and no ego" is a phrase used here often and it's true. CMT has become a family to me. We train together, we support one another at fights/competitions, and we learn from the best! I can honestly say my technique has improved drastically since I started.
I highly recommended this gym to anyone who is serious about training in muay thai, wants a solid workout to build strength and endurance, enjoys making new friends and training with down to earth athletes, and doesn't care about all the frills and "extras." Pure Muay Thai at its best.

Kelly. Teacher

I don't even know where to start! I am so grateful I have found such an amazing coach and gym! I have been training in Muay Thai for less than a month and I wish I had found Jean years before.

I feel so comfortable learning from such an amazing coach and mentor. He motivates you and inspires you all lesson long!!! From beginners (me) to pros, Jean will give everyone the same encouragement and training. I friggen love this class!

THANK YOU Jean!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tahni

No contracts and no hidden fees!!! My daughter and I had a great experience at this gym, friendly people, and an awesome coach with such great patients! Although I wasn't the one taking the classes my 13 year old daughter had a blast! She felt like she was part of the Carrillo family from day one. After only a month of training I notice her self esteem go from 0-100! Another thing she loved about this place was no one judged her she was able to learn at her own pace and was able to have fun at the same time. The place was clean and everyone there was so helpful. I will definitely keep coming back my daughter got a great workout and was able to learn new self defense skills! I will recommend this place to anyone who want to make new friends and have fun while working out!

Angel & Daugter

 

I have learned many things while training with Jean Carrillo, but most importantly he taught me how to be both physically and mentally strong. Jean has made me realize that one's mental attitude can have a great effect on one's physical capabilities. I feel so incredibly strong and I owe that mostly to his dedication and support as a trainer and mentor. 

Rita Desjardins

This is a great place to train whether you want to spar/fight or just learn Muay Thai for fitness. I've trained at many different gyms in OC and what separates this gym from the others is:
1. The personal attention Jean gives you and your technique. Regardless of whether you're planning on fighting or are just doing this for fitness, Jean will not neglect you during the class even if there are many people in the class. This really separates this place from other, larger gyms where coaches mainly focus on helping their competing fighters and give you curt, rudimentary coaching when they can.
2. Everyone here is very chill and eager to help you out. Having training partners with the right attitude is extremely important, especially if you're a beginner. Everyone has tried their best to improve my technique. I leave every class learning something useful.
Training is pretty affordable and best of all there is no contract. Many other gyms will sucker you in with shady billing practices and contracts. You will stay as a member here because you enjoy it. I train here 3-4 times a week and do not plan on leaving anytime soon.

Darren

Coach Jean is amazing! He teaches the true Muay Thai taught in Thailand, which is so hard to find with other instructors.

More importantly, he is kind, and he works with each individual student so their skill improves.

He is truly a great person and a great coach!

Jessica

The CMT gym is the best! Coach Jean really takes the time to teach you the art of Muay Thai and the the rest of the CMT family are their to help ever step of the way and teach you all they can. Everyone is accepting and brings you in as apart of the family. This is the place you want to come to if you want to really learn what makes Muay Thai an art.

Nelson

I have never tried kick boxing before, other than a tape. I have done weight training and running and I ride and jump horses. But, kick boxing with Jean is the best workout that I have ever had!

Jean is an awesome trainer. He knows just how far to push you, to get that little extra from you.  He is encouraging, kind, funny and tough. He does what he needs to, to help you achieve your very best. I look forward to each and every workout.

They are tough, but fun. I always leave my workout full of energy and the knowledge that I did my best and worked hard. I am much stronger and have more confidence in all that I do. Jean is very knowledgeable.

He teaches you about nutrition and gives you workouts and exercises that really strengthen and tone your body. I can see a difference in the way my clothes fit and how I feel.

I am so glad that I met Jean and that I am able to train with him. He provides a tough but awesome work out. He makes me want to get up each day and get my butt kicked!I highly recommend Jean.

You will get the best workout of your life and you'll love it!

Lisa Draney. Marketing Specialist

 

I call Jean my COACH out of RESPECT!!! Unfortunately I have to say the techniques that he teaches me I have to use once in a while at work and it's not that I want to training with him has giving me much more confidence that some of the situations that I get myself into I've been able to defend myself and Coach makes it so easy to learn TRUST me when I say Come in train and one day it may SAVE UR LIFE!!! And what's so awesome is if you want to come in the morning and at night he lets you because he wants you to get that much better!!!! And the feeling I get training there is I'm not just part of a team but a family!!!

Ramon

I am not a pro fighter but I have been training for quite some time in Muay Thai and  have had numerous coaches and been to a handful of MMA related gyms in Southern California. With that being said, the day I met Jean he completely corrected all my techniques that I had been taught before with a rational explanation for everything.

Jean Carrillo is easily one of the most experienced Muay Thai coaches in California period. He was one of the main trainers for "Razor" Rob Mcullough former WEC lightweight champion. Jean also trained in the 90s with the legendary Ramon Dekkers whom many widely regard one of the best kickboxers that have ever walked the face of the planet.

Beyond his amazing credentials he brings so much genuine passion and care to teaching.  Even for those who are casual practitioners and hobbyist he will spend the time to help make your technique beautiful while pushing your physical limits to get you into phenomenal shape.

 


Gym Review:
Beyond Jean, the team itself is great. Everyone is very friendly and there are no egos at this gym. Doesn't matter what physical condition you are currently, there is no judgement here and everyone pushes each other with positive reinforcement. My favorite part of coming here is the family atmosphere and meeting some great people for all walks of life.

The gym has a wide array of different punching bags with a boxing ring and overall is a clean place to train.
Conclusion:
Whether you are an aspiring professional fighter or a hobbyist Jean can help you get to whatever goals you have in mind. I recommend Muay Thai to anyone, it's a great way to get in shape, you learn effective techniques, and most of all your mental confidence will shoot through the roof.

Alexander

 

I consider you the Tony Robbins of Self Defense and Fitness. In less that 2 months you have dramatically improved my strength, endurance and confidence. After 20 plus years training in other styles your training proves the quickest and most effective.

At age 50 I am in the best shape of my life; thanks to you. 

There is a MAGIC in what you do and the only way for some one to experience that is to train with you.Thank you for all you have done for me. I highly suggest your training. 

Scott Vandruff - Director of Business Development.

 

My name is Joe Higuera, and I am an attorney and avid fitness competitor residing in Orange County, CA. I regularly participate in competitive triathlons, running, snow skiing and weightlifting. I have also been training in martial arts since I was a child.  For most of my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of training with professional athletes, personal trainers and some of the world's top professional fighters.

As such, I know the difference between a phenomenal fitness trainer and a substandard one.  In my entire life experience with the fitness and martial arts industry, I have never encountered anyone that has repeatedly taken me to the next level of fitness and skill like kickboxing expert Jean Carrillo.

Regardless of what I am training for, and no matter how fit I become, Jean's kickboxing workout/instruction still manages to challenge me. He is always able to quickly elevate me off of that fitness time and time again that so many of us find ourselves sitting on.  Some of the additional benefits I have noticed since training with Jean include increased energy, flexibility, muscle tone, weight loss in all the right places, and an amazing cardiovascular benefit that has significantly enhanced my performance in preparing for competitive triathlons and other sports.

Additionally, Jean's methods of teaching makes getting and staying in shape more fun and easy than any other kind of fitness activity I have ever experienced, not to mention the outstanding self-defense techniques I have learned. 

As a very busy professional practicing law, I have also found that my stress level is under far better control, my ability to focus and accomplish my professional goals at work has been significantly enhanced and my energy level throughout the day is unrelenting since I have been training with Jean. 

Additionally, I would have never had the time to enjoy this kind of training had it not been for Jean's willingness to be surprisingly flexible in working with my hectic schedule. Whether you are a world-class athlete or you have never worked out in your life, I am convinced that Jean can help you get in the best shape of your life and make it fun at the same time. 

He possesses this uncanny ability to effectively teach, train and transform people from the most athletic, fit people to the least athletic, most unfit people like no one I have ever seen.

Consider yourself fortunate if you get the chance to train with him, because you just can't find a fitness trainer/kickboxing instructor of this quality any place, anywhere. They simply don't exist! 

Joe Higuera - Attorney at Law.

 

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I am a 46 year old attorney. Given my very busy practice, I've never had time to spend hours in a gym wanting to get in better shape. I started training with Jean less than a year ago. Since that time, I've lost more than ten pounds of fat. I have muscles on my legs, arms & chest that I never had before.

I can now do sets of more than 400 push ups and more than 200 situps. I'm in better shape now than when I was 26.

I give the credit for my transformation to Jean. The workout is intense, I could never push myself as hard as Jean pushes me. He will not let me do less than my best. He makes me challenge myself.

Jean somehow makes the workout enjoyable. He has a great sense of humour. Most importantly, Jean cares about the people he trains. For Jean, it isn't just about making a buck, he really wants the people he trains to success, to get in as good a shape as possible.

I recommend Jean without any reservation. He's a great trainer. He's become a real friend.

Robert O. Attorney at Law.

LAW ENFORCEMEMT TESTIMONIALS

 

Dear Mr. Jean Carrillo, On August 9, 2010 you graciously donated not only your time, but also your expertise to conduct a Strike Combat seminar for our Defensive Tactics Instructors. The feedback from the instructors was overwhelmingly positive. As you know through the numerous training sessions you conduct for police officers, law enforcement is an inherently dangerous profession. Therefore, we are always seeking training and tactics that will make us safer during our daily deployments. The techniques you demonstrated were not only readily digestible; they crossed the fine line between being sport to actual practical techniques officers can implement in the field to keep themselves safer. On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and appreciated your approach to teaching.  You were concise and also taught from a police officer’s perspective. I appreciated how you took your depth of knowledge and experience and translated into a law enforcement specific language. It was simple enough that once you exposed us to the techniques, we can continue to practice them on our own.

Again, thank you again for your time. I look forward to training with you again soon.

Sincerely,

Officer Charles Yang Special Tactics Unit/SWAT

 

I have been a police officer for neatly 20 years; currently hold the rank of Lieutenant. 

My experience includes jail positions, patrol, training assignments, investigative positions and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).

I have been training police officers for many years in the areas of officer safety, firearms, arrest & control / defensive tactics. My martial arts experience includes oven 10 years of training. I have a lengthy background in Karate, with experience in JKD, Kung Fu San Soo and Krav Maga. 

I have spent the last 2 years training with Jean Carrillo in the art of Muay Thai and Strike Combat. By far, I have grown the most as a martial artist from my training with Jean. He is a world-class trainer  has a unique ability to match the training to the person. He does not attempt to train all of his students in the same manner. 

This is important to understand for any person thinking about learning martial arts. Many martial arts instructors schools have developed their programs with one thing in mind - Make Money!

Many of the instructors are not qualified to teach, or have promoted themselves through the ranks. Jean is interested in bringing the best of each student  and has an impressive background. 

Whenever you want to train, to fight in the ring, defend yourself on the streets or just get into shape, Jean will tailor a program for you. I must warn you, Jean will push you beyond limits you never thought you could obtain! Intensity, hard work reaching new goals will improve your mental attitude. This will, in turn, affect your personal & professional life. 

So why Muay Thai and Strike? As you have already read, I have experienced many different styles of martial arts. Although each of them has their benefits, Muay Thai has been the best fit for me. It involves a series of strikes with hands, legs, knees & elbows. 

It incorporates realistic block & counters. The training methods are intense with full speed & power.

The training methods prepare the body to respond appropriately in a dangerous situation.

In working with Jean, you will develop your mind and body, so you can think under pressure, take appropriate action & deliver effective strikes, when needed. Ask yourself, if you spend the next year training at half-speed or pulling your strikes (wich a lot of style do), what do you think would happen when you need the energy the most to defend yourself or your family? 

In closing, I highly recommend Jean Carrillo as a trainer. If you are reading this, you have probably researched other trainers and styles. Compare what they have to offer, visit some training sessions and ask the tough questions. I am confident Jean Carrillo will exceed your expectations! Train HARD and remember NOTHING GOOD COMES EASY.

Lieutenant John C. SWAT OFFICER​

I just wanted to drop you a short letter to thank-you for lending your time and expertise to the KAPAP Academy at the recent Instructor Course. Your instruction and presentation of Muay Thai Striking techniques was excellent as was your ability to communicate the intent of each technique. Having worked with several specialized military and law enforcement units for the last 15 years I have been exposed to a variety of martial arts and the instructors/experts who claim to represent a particular art or style. Some experts? were as advertised while most were not, resulting in ego replacing education. 

However, having had the opportunity to train with you at the KAPAP Academy, it was immediately apparent that you were, and are, the real deal. There was no parade, no self promotion, and no ego just simple, realistic and intense application of kickboxing and Muay Thai Striking techniques. Although my time with you was short, your professionalism, execution, and enthusiasm certainly validated your reputation as a fighter, trainer, teacher, and mentor. With this in mind, it's not hard to see why you have been so successful with some of the best Muay Thai fighters on the planet!

Again, thank you for your sharing your passion, your experience, and your time. I look forward to training more with you in the future.

Detective T. N Beverly Hills 

I have been an 18 year employee as a U.S. Probation Officer and a Defensive Tactics Instructor. I have studied many styles of martial arts in my 42 years of life. In addition, I have numerous instructor certifications in various reality based systems. 

During an Instructor Training course for Kapap in April ‘06, we were fortunate to have Jean Carillo train with us as well as provide us with instruction on his Muay Thai Strike System. Jeans instruction and techniques are the highest quality. 

He successfully demonstrated how to integrate Muay Thai and Strike into a highly effective system that applies to the street. In addition, Jean incorporates his knowledge into a teaching style that easily learned. Most of us all know Jean as a Muay Thai champion, but he is also a good person who teaches without EGO!

Brett J. U.S. Probation Officer D.T.Instructor

 

I take great pleasure in writing this letter of reference for Jean Carrillo. I am sure you are quite aware that you can pick up any phone book and find dozens and sometimes hundreds of ads for Martial Arts training. But there is only a hand full of qualified and dedicated teachers out there.. I am speaking from personal experience. I am also a Martial Arts instructor. I not only instruct for the general public but I have taught for several years at Orange Sheriff's Academy. It's rear to find a person of Jean's quality and teaching ability. I know anyone who is fortunate enough to train with Jean will only benefit from experience. He truly loves his art and he teaches with dedication, knowledge and intensity of a true professional..

Lieutenant Mark. J (Sheriff Department)

 

​I have trained in Martial Arts for the past 21 years and have the pleasure of training with some of the best in the field. Jean is one of the best. His skill is apparent the first time you see him in action. Not only does he possess superior skills in Muay Thai Kick Boxing ad Strike, but also has the ability to impart his knowledge in a fun and creative learning environment. 

I fully and whole heartily recommend Jean to anyone interested in learning Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Strike from skilled and talented instructor. He is truly a Champion among the Champions.

Police Officer SWAT Team officer Jim A. 

 

​I have been studying different Martial Arts on and off for twenty years. I have seen numerous instrutors during my training. These instructors have been everything from excellent to a complete waste of my time and money. From the first day I started training with Jean I was extremely impressed with him. Not only is he a qualified expert in Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Strike but he is also an excellent instructor able to pass on his knowledge to the student. 

Jean does an excellent job of pushing the student both physically and mentally to their personal limits while still making the training very enjoyable.

Police Officer Bob. R. SWAT Team OFFICER

 

Jean makes training and working out not only fun but challenging. Dollar for dollar it's the best workout program I've done. Jean is very knowledgeable, talented, and he practices what he teaches. You will love to hate him! Take the challenge, I promise, you will look and feel better!

Adrianne. C Law Enforcement.​

Dear Jean:

Thank you for your contribution to the training program of the Israeli Special Forces. We appreciate your expertise and knowledge of Thai boxing. On the behave of Lt. Colonel Chaim Peer, we would like to invite you again to teach top Israeli Counter-terror Units and V.I.P Protection Unit in Israel, in August 2006 some Thai boxing as self defense. 

On the personal note, I must admit that your knowledge in CQB (Hand-to-Hand Combat) is very unique and the most practical one I have ever experienced. After 24 year of teaching Israeli Special Forces and police, swats, and military units all over the world, it was a pleasure to know you and become a student again under your guidance of Thai boxing.

Avi Nardia C.O. KAPAP Academy. Former Israeli IDF Major Former Yamam Counter-terror Unit Member and CQB Instructor

 

 

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