Our Instructors

Sakan Lam

Core Combat Chiang Mai Head Instructor

Sakan Lam is a certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Panantukan, with over 15 years of martial arts experience. Beginning his martial arts journey in the United States, he began studying Shaolin Kung Fu since 2001, eventually attaining the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. After a major career change in 2007, he moved to Thailand where he would meet his teachers, Sifu Tylus Quan Do, Guro Mark Stewart, Guro Gianfranco Lanucara, Professor Dominique Fontanarosa, and Sifu Nicholas ‘JJ’ Lee. Under their tutelage, he extensively trained in the arts of Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Kali, Silat, Savate, and MMA. This would lead him to become a representative in both the Core Combat Unlimited, MANONUDA, and Boxer Rebellion International systems.

Sakan has taught self-defense and combatives in seminars worldwide. Through teaching online tutorials via social media and YouTube, he has reached a worldwide audience with thousands of subscribers. His main motivation is to provide others with self-esteem, health, and confidence through the discipline found in martial arts training.

– 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu (Chinese Shao-Lin Center)
– Jeet Kune Do Instructor Level 2  (Sifu Mark Stewart of Boxer Rebellion International)
– Panantukan Instructor Level 2 (Guro Mark Stewart of Boxer Rebellion International)
– Representative of FCS KALI Thailand (Tuhon Ray Dionaldo)
– Affiliate of MANONUDA Thailand (Guro Gianfranco Lanucara of MANONUDA)
– Honorary Member of FMA International Brotherhood (Grandmaster Claudio Maurelli)
– Member of Yorky Mixed Martial Arts Fight Team
– Cornerman and Assistant Coach for ONE Championship Fighters
– Amateur MMA Record 2-2
– Best Fighter Honors in Zendokai Thailand Open 2018 (Full-Contact Karate & Newaza)
– Gold Medalist in Zendokai Thailand Open 2018 (Full-Contact Karate & Newaza, Featherweight Division)
– Gold Medalist in the 5th Asian SQAY Championship 2017 (Adult Weapons Fighting, Bantamweight Division)
– Gold Medalist in Chiang Mai Open BJJ Tournament 2016 (No-Gi, Featherweight Division)
– Silver Medalist in Neo Fight Amateur MMA Tournament 2018 (Featherweight Division)
– Silver Medalist in Chiang Mai Full-Contact Ju-Jitsu Tournament 2018 (Bantamweight Division)
– Bronze Medalist in Rangsit Zendokai Thailand Open 2017 (Full-Contact Karate & Newaza, Bantamweight Division)
– Featured on FightVision.net: https://youtu.be/I9z7GcrjEm4

– Sakan’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/SakanLam


Jamie Houston

Core Combat Chiang Mai Instructor
– Jeet Kune Do, Instructor Level 1 (Sifu Mark Stewart, Boxer Rebellion International)
– Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Advanced Certification (Master Lee Gagnon, Gagnon Martial Arts Academy)
– Tae Kwon Do, 1st Degree Black Belt and Instructor Certification (Richard Saunders, T.A.G.B TKD International)
– Urban Combatives Thailand Study Group Leader (Lee Morrison, Urban Combatives)
– Silver Medalist in Zendokai Thailand Open 2018 (Full-Contact Karate & Newaza)
– Competed in Tae Kwon Do tournaments including European, British and North West England Championships, earning gold, silver and bronze medals for sparring and patterns
– Experience in Western Boxing, Filipino Escrima, Muay Thai and military CQB techniques
– Has ran several regular self-defense classes and seminars in the UK and Thailand


Luis Manuel Pascual

Core Combat Chiang Mai Assistant Instructor
– Jeet Kune Do Instructor Level 1  (Sifu Mark Stewart of Boxer Rebellion International)
– Panantukan Instructor Level 1 (Guro Mark Stewart of Boxer Rebellion International)
– Ambassador for TEKAF (Thai Eskrima-Kali-Arnis Federation)