Meet our Instructors

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Kru Hope

Kru Hope is the founder and owner of Short North Muay Thai.  She has been training in Muay Thai for over 20 years.  She has trained under Master Lek, who is her master.  She  has competed at the national and international level, including the accomplishment of being world ranked.  Kru Hope teaches classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm and also teaches a 2 hour class on the first Saturday of each month. 


Jackie Bean

Jackie teaches Tuesday and Thursday evening classes from 6 - 7 pm along with Saturday morning classes from 10 - 11 am.  In addition to being a diligent student, Jackie has been a successful Muay Thai fighter.  She has had a winning fighting record, inclusive of winning first place in the WKA tournament in 2015.   She enjoys traveling/exploring the world to understand others, cooking - especially brunch (w/locally roasted coffee) and working & volunteering on behalf of children to make the future a little brighter.  


Justin Martinek

Justin teaches Tuesday evening classes from 7 - 8 pm and Beginner's Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 - 9 pm.  Justin has also had a successful fighting career.  When Justin isn't at the gym he enjoys finding the simplest solutions to non-trivial technical problems, enjoying new experiences in far away places, and bringing smiles to the faces around him with elaborate mixtures of wit and 80's rock music.   


Iggy Sweeney

Iggy teaches  Saturday morning classes from 11 am - 12 pm and Beginner's Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 - 9 pm.   When Iggy is not at the gym, he enjoys spending time with his son and is an avid coffee enthusiast; his favorite is Cuban coffee!  He is also has over twenty years of experience as a tattoo artist, specializing in realistic tattoos.  Muay Thai has been instrumental in reaching Iggy's fitness goals.  He was once a heavy smoker and overweight before finding the gym.