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Wai Kru MMA Sets The Record Straight About Tamerlan Tsarnaev

By Oliver Chan

(Full disclosure – one of the staff members of Wai Kru is a family member of mine)

By now, we have all seen the tragedy in Boston. We have all seen their faces on the news.  And we have all seen the tremendous acts of heroism, patriotism, and humanitarianism that reminds us that when it comes to good vs. evil, good shall always prevail.  I grew up in Massachusetts, so it’s safe to say this had a surreal effect over me. 

As Seth’s piece pointed out (not that it matters) one of these d-bags had previously trained at Wai Kru in Allston Mass.  While MMA gyms are popping up all over the country at an alarming rate, this one is something to note as it is where former UFC fighters, John Howard and Sean Gannon currently train.  Head trainer, Kru John Allan, who is currently in Thailand, sent this statement out when reached for comment via Facebook message:

Wai Kru MMA would like to first take the time to say our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this horrible tragedy.  Tamerlan Sarnayev was not now, or ever a member of the Wai Kru MMA facilities. He was a local golden gloves boxer who came into the gym to spar from time to time. Wai Kru has been working closely with the FBI & Homeland Joint Task Force all morning to provide them with any materials that might be useful to bring these people to justice for their heinous crimes.

Several employees of the school supported the statement when asked about his relationship with his gym.  “He came in for cross-fit, mostly… And occasionally sparred.  But he was not a member” stated one employee who asked for his name to be withheld.  Another employee stated he had not been present for over 4 weeks and even then the employee wasn’t sure if Tamerlan really had much of a presence at the gym. 

Most likely, the only reason why Wai Kru is even being mentioned in the conversation is because photos do exist of him wearing the school’s shirt.  An employee of the gym explains that “he’s a good boxer and sometimes we give them free sh*t”.  As far as his interaction with other members, that same employee stated that he “kept to himself” and reinforced that Tamerlan only appeared for the occasional sparring session. 

Former UFC welterweight John “Doomsday” Howard recently took to his Facebook page to offer a similar message. While Howard remembers sparring with Tamerlan, he reiterates that neither one of the Tsarnaevs were regulars at the gym.

Julie Goldsticker, head of public relations for US Boxing, confirmed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was registered as an amateur fighter at Summerville Boxing Gym in 2003, 2004, and 2008 and registered at South Boston Boxing Club from 2009-2010.  However, when asked about any gyms he was currently registered, Ms. Goldsticker did not have any information that pertains to his current registration status and was unable to confirm or deny if he has updated his registration with any gym. 

It looks like a few pictures of this BOXER surfaced on the web with him wearing some Wai Kru apparel and the certain websites were quick to associate the school and the terrorist because of it.  Like Falvo said, so they trained in various forms of hand-to-hand combat.  So did this guy … And he beat the terrorist… TWICE!

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anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- April 20, 2013 at 11:20 am
Man what does a guy have to do to be considered family. Waiting kru are snobs
lelouvre- April 20, 2013 at 10:48 am
The only thing I said is that that they shouldnt lie about it. He def trained there a lot and so did his bro. End if story. U cant take credit for a guy when he fights for u then act like u never knew him. I didnt blame the gym. Im saying he trained there.

Btw who is ur crossfit instructor?
scrappaD- April 20, 2013 at 10:21 am
Hey Mr. "I know a guy that trains there", get a clue kid. I have trained and fought for Wai Kru for about 5 years. Everything in that "PR move" as you call it was accurate. Tamerlan would come in here and there, do his own thing, spar a little and that's about it. There IS cross fit training there whether you want to call it that or just conditioning whatever. Wai Kru is a family and obviously doesn't want to be associated with a piece of garbage terrorist. There is no extensive background check for everyone that walks through that door, and I'm pretty sure its the same anywhere else. What one person did on their own has nothing to do with a gym he occasionally spars at. There are many more Wai Kru family members that are cops, firefighters, first responders, etc than this one piece of scum. So think twice and get your facts straight before you go accusing and calling people liars.
lelouvre- April 20, 2013 at 9:44 am
Total lloyd irvin pr move by these guys. My friend trained there a bunch w him. He said they don't even have crossfit there so they are liars. He also said the little brother trained there.
fucka fish- April 20, 2013 at 9:29 am
So, about this UFC tonight, anybody watching it?
Sho Nuff- April 20, 2013 at 9:26 am
I've watched the coverage on this for days, the exhaustive and tense manhunt coverage, all of it. And only on CP have a seen anyone mention MMA in relation to the older brother. I've heard boxer on the news a lot. And who cares, no one is blaming MMA or boxing or engineering school or anything else for this. You guys are making a fuss over nothing. And you can't have it both ways. You can't have articles on how some cashier stopped a robbery with an RNC he learned at "mma class" at some local podunk gym and declare it is proof of the goodness of MMA and then cry foul at the idea that it is used as a negative in a story about a criminal.
Fried Taco- April 20, 2013 at 9:10 am
So what you're saying is that "Wai Kru" is not Chechen for "Terrorist Training Camp"...