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About Our Raleigh Martial Arts Academy

Master Somsak Saykosy founded Royal Tiger Martial Arts Academy in Raleigh as an effort to bring family values back into Martial Arts. He has studied various martial arts styles including Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Kung fu, Aikido and weapons training. His training began at the age of seven and he started his business to give back to the community. Developing a comprehensive Raleigh Martial Arts Academy and program has enabled him to share a combination of the skills he has acquired throughout the years. Master Saykosy has worked hard during his career and has over 25 years of experience. While training in Tae Kwon Do he was able to earn his black belt in less than one year, which is impressive, since it normally takes a student three years to earn this high honor. After only six months of studying, he started teaching other students Tae Kwon Do. Master Saykosy entered the MMA world and has two of the fastest fights ever won in MMA.

Master Saykosy’s philosophy regarding martial arts is to be open-minded and his teaching styles are modeled after Bruce Lee and Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee who is known as the father of US Tae Kwon-Do. Master Saykosy strives to be a positive influence for his students and help them to reach their personal best. He seeks to make his Raleigh Martial Arts Academy a priceless investment in the life of everyone who participates.

We are committed to improving our community. Royal Tiger Raleigh Martial Arts Academy has been and is currently working with Brassfield Elementary, Wildwood Forest Elementary, Durant Road Elementary, Durant Road Middle and Wakefield High School. We also work with members of the Wake County Sheriffs Department and members of the Department of Corrections. We thrive on teaching our students and seeing them grow as people and as leaders.

Master Saykosy is now embarking into the film industry with his first full length feature:                             ” Lao Warrior”


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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor Oliver Riera

Oliver Riera is a professional Actor and Improviser in the area. He met Master Saykosy through a film, Lao Warrior he took part in. From there, he felt comfortable enough to take a class. Oliver not only fell in love with the training of Mix Martial Arts, but also found that it helps greatly with confidence, self awareness, and reaction timing. He also feels that anyone who is being bullied at school, work, or wherever, should be taking Mix Martial Arts in Raleigh. It truly teaches you ALL aspects of practical fighting on the street and cage. He’s tried out other MMA gyms in the past and found that Royal Tiger is the one where he felt no pressure, no ego from anyone, and everyone truly wanting to help you get better each time. It was amazing for him to see how nice everyone was to each other. No matter how big or small, everyone is equal at Royal Tiger Academy. He learned a lot about self defense, and knowing how to blend in striking with grappling. 90% of fights end up on the ground and when you don’t know how to handle it, then it gets dangerous. Oliver is also an acting/improv teacher. He teaches from ages four through adults. He loves teaching what he knows and finds different ways to communicate to each student separately to there specific needs.