Kru Al believes that martial arts changes lives. He began his training as a way to express himself and today enjoys helping students explore their own reasons for training.
Algernon found his origins in martial arts through a chance encounter when he was working at a retail clothing shop in 2010. A customer noticed Al was wearing a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu T-shirt, and struck up a conversation. That customer was a purple belt and he shared how life-changing Jiu Jitsu had been for him. Al considered how martial arts could impact his own life and within a week, he was training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Professor Shawn Williams.
In 2012, Algernon began his Muay Thai training under Kru John Spezzano, a student of Dan Inosanto. After a year, he had a chance to showcase his skill in the ring and won his first bout. Shortly after, Professor Shawn Williams invited him to take his instructor training program and Algernon began his new life as a martial arts instructor.
Algernon has led the Muay Thai program as the head coach since 2016 and was promoted to the rank of black prajaid by John Spezzano in 2020. As the head instructor, he manages the gym, teaches adult fundamentals classes, and trains amateur and professional Muay Thai fighters. In working with the kid’s program over several years, he has seen how martial arts can guide their growth into outstanding human beings. Algernon continues to be inspired by his students and the various benefits they each find from their training.