Evolution Muay Thai Instructors

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Evolution Muay Thai – Instructors:

photo of brandonBrandon Levi opened Evolution Muay Thai after competing in both Australia and Thailand. He has trained in Australia, Thailand, New York and London.

He can best be described as a Larrikin. A jokester at heart, Brandon believes that you don’t have to be deadly serious all the time to train effectively. His sense of humor is crass, crude and a little shocking at times, but never malicious. This humor helps alleviate the tension one would otherwise feel when first joining a gym, and makes the workout seem less tortuous than it actually is.

With over 25 years experience in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and freestyle Karate, Brandon has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to his students. Over the years Brandon’s unique teaching style he has cultivated a diverse atmosphere, community, and a home away from home for his students. With a stellar reputation Brandon has become a coach to quite a few instructors from various gyms throughout NYC.

His laid-back, easy going nature combined with his unique teaching methods, keen eye for technique and excellent work ethic make him one of the most popular and respected coaches in the Muay Thai community.

Brandon has endeavored to create an atmosphere of acceptance and equality within the walls of Evolution Muay Thai. Everybody is treated equally, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or political affiliation. No matter what your heritage or background, you will find a home at Evolution Muay Thai. The only pre-requisite is a sense of humor.

“Leave your ego at the door and be prepared to sweat.” ~ Brandon Levi

Suleyman Samet Goktopal : Bio and Pix coming soon.

We are happy to announce, Suley is our new JiuJitsu coach as of 9/5/23. Currently trains at Studio 1908 and received his brown belt from the Miyao brothers.

Evolution Muay Thai Instructor Brian Kemsley

Brian Kemsley was born in Taiwan and raised in Hong Kong, Brian moved to the US at 15. Brian spent his late teens to mid twenties playing in the punk / hardcore band ‘Outbreak‘, which toured both domestically and internationally. The hardcore scene can get pretty rough and after one particularly nasty incident in which he received stitches on his head thanks to a pair of brass knuckles, Brian decided it was time to learn how to fight to better defend himself and others.

Years later, in a “going full circle” kind of way, Brian will use his martial arts training to thwart a kidnapping attempt in NYC. But before all that, while deciding which martial art to pursue, Brian dabbled in Jeet Kune Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before discovering Muay Thai. Once he got a taste for Thai style boxing, Brian was hooked.

Brian joined Evolution Muay Thai in 2014. Since then, Brian has won first place in an 8 man WKA tournament in 2016, and the USMTO middleweight title in 2018. Brian has fought professionally in Thailand where he spends months training each and every year. He has taught seminars in a few different states and countries, and in his travels, Brian trains at different camps around the world and brings what he learns back home to NYC.

Instructor profile picture of Frantz Pierre.

Frantz Pierre was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. He grew up in the middle of a civil war. He remembers smelling burning tires and hearing gunshots from his home as a child. Something about growing up in a war zone changes a person. Life becomes clearer, more defined. You learn early on that you have to fight for anything you want. Even after moving to Jamaica, Queens, he has retained that will to fight and determination to be better.

Frantz has been training Muay Thai since January 2018 under Brandon Levi. Frantz is a natural athlete. He is a quick learner and has a great work ethic. Frantz loves Muay Thai because it allows him to express himself. Through rigorous training. He has come to understand himself better as a person, a martial artist and as a fighter. He enjoys the challenge of competing and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with victory. He sees every opponent as a puzzle to solve and every fight as a chance to hone his skills.

As a fighter, Frantz has evolved a lot. At first, he was known for his sweeps. His first nickname was “The Swiffer.” Then he became known for chopping leg kicks and counter-attacking. Next was clinch. His neck-wrestling and head control, combined with his talent for sweeps, became a nightmare for his opponents. From there he began working on his boxing. In particular his right cross and his liver shot won him several KOs. Frantz continues to work on improving his technique and developing different games for different opponents. He is a positive and encouraging person who is always willing to help others. Despite being the top fighter at Evolution, Frantz still takes at least one all-levels class at Evolution, every day. His success in competition has not gone to his head.

When he is not training, Frantz is studying to get his BA in Business Management. Frantz is a valuable asset to the Evolution Muay Thai gym and is a role model for many of the other fighters. He is a true inspiration. Frantz is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.  He also just really loves knocking people out.

2023 – WBC 135 lb title
2022 – Gamma 135 lb title
2022 – WBC National Ranking Qualifier & Warriors Cup 135 lb title
2022 – TBA Tournament 132 lb Men’s Class B title

Frantz teaches several classes at Evolution and is available for private lessons by appointment.

Jhon Robinson was born in Venezuela, and raised in Queens, Jhon was introduced to martial arts as a child. He achieved the rank of red belt (one rank below black belt) in Taekwondo, before moving to boxing. After a couple years of boxing, he grew bored and moved on to other sports.

It wasn’t until Jhon was in his twenties that he decided to get back into martial arts. After hearing Joe
Rogan talk about how good Muay Thai was on one of his podcasts, Jhon decided to give it a go. He
began training at Evolution Muay Thai in 2019.

As soon as he started, Jhon was hooked. He knew he wanted to compete. Throughout lockdown he
trained wherever and whenever he could, hungry to learn and improve. He followed Evolution and
coach Brandon Levi from their original location on 27th street, to their temporary spot on 25th street and finally to their new permanent home on 35th street.

He had his amateur debut in February 2022. Since then, he has kept busy, fighting almost every month. Leaving his day job, Jhon has dedicated himself 100% to fight training. He trains six days per week, at least four hours per day. One of Jhon’s biggest role models is Muhammad Ali, who he admires for his ability to become more than just a fighter. Ali was a beacon of hope and positivity for millions, and Jhon hopes to emulate his
example. He wants to use his platform as a fighter to inspire others and make a positive impact on the world.

Jhon is available for private lessons. Bookings are made through Evolution Muay Thai.