Muay Thai As Trauma Therapy
Kru Adam is prepared to train other veterans with PTSD in the art of Muay Thai. Combat vet PTSD survivors are invited to accept the challenge of a Muay Thai training camp in which participants will receive 4 weeks of world-class Muay Thai training in a setting meant to allow them to unplug from their usual routine and focus on bettering themselves in a supportive environment.
About Kru Adam
Kru Adam G. ‘Brick’ House is a U.S. Army combat veteran of the 173rd Airborne who was medically retired for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) following a deployment to the Konar Province of Afghanistan for over a year in OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) VIII. In a decade of struggling with the personal fallout after war, a joint effort of the Wounded Warrior Project & UFC Gym helped Adam find another positive and constructive outlet which provided healthy support of physical and psychological well-being - training Muay Thai and other martial arts. Adam went on to live at the Muay Thai Academy in Bangkok on a student visa for 2 years, where he focused on training and learning the art of teaching Muay Thai from world renowned Great Grand Master Toddy - Thai boxing champion, trainer of champions, and international Muay Thai Academy owner-operator (as well as author of the Thai government’s Muay Thai curriculum). Adam completed many classes and courses over his long months in Academy, including moving up multiple ranks of coaching certifications to become a Kru (teacher/trainer/coach). Adam is now a graduate of Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy Kru course, a certified Muay Thai Kru with the MTIA (Muay Thai International Association), and accredited Muay Thai Academy/school owner-operator with the Thai Ministry of Education.
"Finding what works doesn’t always mean finding what’s ideal. Finding what works doesn’t always mean finding what’s easy, inexpensive, or flashy. Finding what works can sometimes mean something that isn’t comfortable, popular, politically correct, or socially accepted. Finding what works often means embracing what’s good for you, sometimes in choice over something you rather would have preferred. You may even have to give up what you want - to find what actually works. Other people may not like what you find works for you, they may not understand what it is or why it is something works for you, and they may even try to take whatever works away from you. But they don’t know who you are and where you’ve been, what you’ve done and what you’ve been through. They don’t have to live your life, live inside your head with your conscience, or live with the consequences of your decisions – only you do that. Whatever works for you may not work for someone else, and vice-verse. Other people can absolutely be an invaluable resource for identifying and trying new things to see if they work, but other people’s opinions about whatever you find that you know for your own self that works for you – is absolutely immaterial. The best piece of advice I can give to anyone else who is asking about what they can do to treat PTSD in him/herself is to tell you adamantly that you need to find what works for you and do that – the rest of the world be damned. Take personal responsibility to be accountable for your own recovery and to hell with anyone or anything standing in your way."
- Operation Phoenix Warrior