Coach Mark DeLuca began his Muay Thai career in 2000 at the US Muay Thai Academy under Kru Sitha Phongphibool. In 2004, he began training with Stephen Strotmeyer and Muay Thai World Champion Matee “Dragon Leg” Jedeepitak who gave him the fight nickname of Diamond Heart, or Jaipetch in Thai and started his amateur career. He became certified under the USMTA as a Muay Thai Instructor by 2005 and by the next year was the USKBA Amateur US Champion. In 2007 he turned professional and by 2008 was the TBA-SA Superlightweight Muay Thai World Champion. 2009 brought Mark back to Thailand to train at Jitti Gym in Bangkok and was fortunate to fight and win in legendary Lumpinee stadium. His opponents throughout the years have included Kevin Ross, Raul Llopis, Justin Greskiewicz 2x, Oron “Deachkalon” Sumalee, Josh Palmer, and Chike Lindsay-Ajudua.
Mark has trained both amateur and professional fighters and has worked their corners in various events across the world. As an instructor, his knowledge and experience are invaluable for anyone wanting to learn the art of Muay Thai. Mark is also certified by the MMACA as a Conditioning Coach and he works closely with the MMA team for their striking game. Mark is sought out by many other Muay Thai and MMA fighters and coaches alike in the Washington, DC area for private lessons and sparring sessions. We are very proud to have Mark as part of Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge family!