We are pleased to have another positive addition to Hart’s. Our Friend and New Muay Thai Coach. Coach Judah Ciervo!
Coach Judah Ciervo brings a wealth of knowledge and Muay Thai experience to Hart’s to help compliment our programs, students and academy further. We are super excited to have another positive instructor that puts in the extra effort to help guide, train and genuinely take the time and patience to ensure all the students of Hart’s succeed. Judah’s approach to teaching and training is a perfect fit for any student, whether basic or advanced muay thai. Judah’s detailed approach to striking is not only suitable for Muay Thai but for MMA as well. We look forward to seeing you all in Coach Judah’s classes. We are sure you are going to have a great time.
Here is Coach Judah’s current Bio.
Judah Ciervo Muay Thai Instructor
Muay Thai instructor / Ranking: Black
Judah’s practice of the martial arts began in 1994 when he received a copy of Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which he studied intently for several years. A self-directed learner from a young age, Judah first began formal instruction in the fighting arts in the fall of 1997 studying at the Philadelphia Muay Thai Academy under Gerry Brown and Ken Perry (RIP). Judah earned his Muay Thai shorts under Ajarn Sakasem Kanthawong and Kru Andy Russell in February 2000 and began to compete as an amateur in Muay Thai that summer for the next 9 years. Judah has a fought both nationally and internationally in Muay Thai, most recently fighting the 2010 Pradal Serey (Kun Khmer) national champion in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
In 2002 Judah became a Muay Thai instructor and the Competition Team Coach at Body Arts Gym under Angel Cartagena. That same year Judah broadened his horizons and began learning no-gi grappling and mixed martial arts, under Stephen Haigh founder of the Philadelphia Fight Factory, and had his first Shoot Fight/MMA bout in the fall of 2002. While fighting under the Fight Factory banner from 2002-2009 Judah was the Muay Thai coach for the MMA team and was privileged to have been a teammate and sparring partner of future MMA luminaries Eddie Alvarez and Zach Makovsky during the first 5 years of their careers.
Judah is part of the last generation of MMA fighters to have competed in Vale Tudo matches (one 10 minute round all techniques allowed) in the United States in April 2003 against Billy Craparo (RIP). Judah won his pro MMA debut April 2008 by second round TKO and made his pro Muay Thai debut January 2009.
Since March 2013 Judah has been continuing his martial arts journey learning Gracie Jiu-jitsu at Balance Studios under the instruction of the Migliarese and Vogel brothers and is continuing his study of Muay Thai under the guidance of Master Instructor Kru Andy Russell.