Kru Eric Sandahl
Budo Ryu Owner & Founder
Muay Thai Chief Instructor (Kru) & Krav Maga Chief Instructor; JungleGym Fitness Instructor (Monkey Bar Gym Certified Natural Trainer); Competition Fight Team Head Coach, Professional Muay Thai Fighter
Kru Eric Sandahl began his Martial Arts training in the art of Shotokan Karate in 1992. Under the tutelage of Don Wilson, Ron Moyers, and John Van Matre, Eric received his Dan (black belt) rank in 1999. In that same year, Eric was stationed with The US Marine Corps's 4th Force Reconnaissance Co. in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. At that time, he was also fortunate to train with legendary Kyukushin-Kye Shihan (Master) Bobby Lowe.
Eric's introduction to Muay Thai began when he was a young child. Eric has family in Thailand and has spent much of his life traveling between the States and Thailand. It was through his regular trips with his family that he fell in love with the Thai culture, and where he was first introduced to the art of Muay Thai. To further assimilate himself into the Thai way of life, Eric lived in Bangkok as an English teacher for a short period of time. Kru Eric has trained with the best of the best in the international Muay Thai/kickboxing world: Kru Tan Panturak and Kru "Aey" Sakeddao Khanomtom (formerly of Fairtex) of Khanomtom62 in Bangkok; Kru Phon Nalukpai, Kru Anantachai Pinsinchai, and Kru Gaddam Sakpanja (the trainer for Muay Thai Champion and Thai Celebrity Nong Toom) of Santai Muay Thai (formerly Siam No. 1)in Chiang Mai; Pinyo Muay Thai Camp in Koh Samui; Kru Preecha, Kru Ton (trainer from Contender Asia, Singapore), and Kru Ched (personal trainer to Contender Asia Winner Yodsaenklai Fairtex) of Baan Nak Muay in Singapore; Kru Mark Balaj of Baracuda Fight Sports in Munich; Scott Lighty (K-1 Fighter) of SLO Kickboxing; Darby Evans; and Ajarn Nelson Siyavorn. Eric has also fought Muay Thai in the USA, Guatemala, and Thailand, and is undefeated in Thailand.
In 2005, the Budo Ryu Center opened. Since then, the Budo Family has gotten bigger and stronger. In 2008, Eric expanded the Budo Ryu's martial arts program to include the practical system of Krav Maga, through direct affiliation with Krav Maga Worldwide. In 2012, Eric expanded the Central Coast Krav Maga program to include direct affiliation with Krav Maga Alliance. Since joining the Krav Maga community, Eric has earned the rank of Instructor-level Black Belt, has accomplished all five modules of the Force Training (Law Enforcement) curriculum, and is now enjoying training Civilians, Law Enforcement, security and Military, in “outside the box” thinking, combative striking, self-defense, and weapons-training that Krav Maga is famous for. Eric is currently training for his upcoming Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor Black Belt Test.
In addition to Krav Maga Worldwide and Krav Maga Alliance, Eric has also trained with Former Israeli Special Forces Duvdevan Unit Aaron Cohen in his Israeli SWAT Course, with Israeli Krav InternationalMoshe Katz, attended The Front Sight Fire Arms Training Institute "Defensive Hand Gun" course, and Spartan Training Resources courses in handgun, shotgun, and AR (he implements elements of their training and mindset into the Krav Maga curriculum), and has also recently completed the L.A.P.D. Arrested Control Instructor Certification Course.
Eric is also a certified MonkeyBar Gym Certified Natural Trainer, trained by and certified by Jon Hinds; AND he is a certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor, trained by Chris Holder and certified under RKC.
An eternal student and perfectionist, Eric continues to grow as both a practitioner and teacher of martial arts and defensive tactics.
Aside from martial arts, Eric is an avid surfer, photographer, and traveler. Eric has had the opportunity to travel through much of South East and East Asia, as well as parts of Europe and Central America. He has been traveling to Thailand since he was 4 years old. In addition to teaching Muay Thai and Krav Maga, Eric also enjoys imparting the cultural aspect of the art in his training and teaching. Eric has been fortunate to visit and train/compete in Europe, Asia, and Central America. He is also a graduate from the Allan Hancock Police Academy, with honors ("Top Gun" best marksmanship), is an Arrested Control Instructor for the Allan Hancock Police Academy, and The California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) run by The California Emergency Management Agency. He also currently volunteers as an Assistant Firearms Instructor at his alma mater. Eric is currently attending Executive Securities International and is an active agent for Executive Protection and Private Security companies through out the state.
Eric is also an alumnus of the New Mexico Military Institute. After the Institute, Eric became a United States Marine, serving with Wpns CO 2/23 as Anti-Armor Infantry, and Nuclear Biological and Chemical warfare defense specialist, and later with the elite 4th Force Reconnaissance CO.