The Beginning

The Muay Thai Project was founded in 2010 by John Wolcott and Liam Tarrant. After a series of annual trips to Thailand it became increasingly evident that Muay Thai played a significant role in developing a strong character for the children living in poverty stricken areas throughout Thailand. It was witnessed that Muay Thai gave these children purpose and a sense of self-worth. The art and sport kept these children out of trouble and in the gyms where the elders would look after the children and make sure they went to school and helped with daily chores. John and Liam felt that the poverty stricken youth of America, an estimated 15 million kids, could benefit from Muay Thai just as the children in Thailand have since Muay Thai’s inception as a sport.

In 2010, John and Liam turned their ideas into action. After sending out an open invite to the community for assistance, Joshua Stall and Peter Yan joined the Project, bringing additional insight and passion to the team. With their diligent work, the Muay Thai Project was organized and recognized as a nonprofit corporation with the state of New Jersey. Six months after incorporating as a nonprofit, Nicko Kostopolous joined the Board as the West Coast Representative. Nicko’s support was felt from the beginning and when the chance came to expand west, Nicko was the Project’s first choice.


About The Muay Thai Project

The Muay Thai Project is a 501(c)(3) charity organization with two goals:

1)  To spread Muay Thai as a means to help at-risk youth in North America.

2) To assist in the spread of Muay Thai and the people of the sport throughout North America.

We are funded by businesses and individuals of the community.  If you would like to contribute to the Project please visit