Coach Kaitlin Young

  • NSCA – CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
  • NASM – MMACS (Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist)

Kaitlin Young is a professional Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA competitor, matchmaker, and coach and has been training at The Academy since 2005.

She has been actively competing in full-contact martial arts since the age of 14, beginning first with Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do. She became a 1st Dan black belt under Punnarin Koy and began teaching children’s classes in 2002. As a Tae Kwon Do athlete she competed in many tournaments including the Junior Olympics, Collegiate National Championships, Senior National Championships, the US Open and US National Team Trials as well as various local and regional contests. In 2004, Kaitlin began training competitive athletes as a coach with the University of Minnesota Tae Kwon Do competition team.

While attending a referee seminar, Kaitlin first heard of Muay Thai. In search of more information, she found Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and began taking classes. She competed in amateur Muay Thai bouts for a couple of years, winning the inaugural TBA-SA North American Amateur tournament in 2007 before deciding to transition to MMA. Kaitlin made her professional MMA debut later that year. Over the next 7 years, she fought for promotions HookNShoot, BoDog, Elite XC, Freestyle Cage Fighting, Driller Promotions, and Invicta Fighting Championships against top level competition.

Kaitlin began to focus on Muay Thai again after moving to Los Angeles in 2014. It was there she met and began training under Kronphet Phetrachapat. After returning to Muay Thai as a professional, Kaitlin won the WMO world title as well as the TBA-SA world title in two separate weight classes. She has fought Muay Thai in both Thailand and the US, competing at MBK event center, Bangla Stadium, Lion Fight, and Driller Promotions among others. In 2014 Kaitlin was also selected to represent the United States abroad as a member of the US kickboxing team. Since then she has fought K1 kickboxing in Russia, Serbia, Germany, Mexico, and the 2017 World Games is Wroclaw, Poland.

Kaitlin returned to MMA in 2018 in a bout with Rizin Fighting Federation in Nagoya, Japan.

In addition to her competitive experience, she holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and has been a strength and conditioning specialist for more than a decade. Kaitlin has worked as a matchmaker for both Invicta Fighting Championships and Driller Promotions. She is a proud member of Diversiteam and when not traveling for her own work can often be found in a teammate’s corner.

Notable Achievements:

  • 2017 – Awakening Fighters Community Fighter of the Year
  • 2016 – Awakening Muay Thai Awards / Inspirational Fighter of the Year
  • 2012 – Invicta FC 1 / Fight of the Night (vs. Leslie Smith)
  • 2008 – Gfight Summit / MMA Knockout of the Year
  • 2008 – Gfight Summit / MMA Rookie of the Year

Competitive titles/former titles:

  • 2017 – TBA-SA Pro Super Light Welterweight Muay Thai World Champion, 142 lb
  • 2017 – TBA-SA Pro Super Lightweight Muay Thai World Champion, 137 lbs
  • 2016 – WMO Muay Thai Pro World Champion, 63.5kg
  • 2016 – WAKO Pan American Champion, 65kg
  • 2016 – Driller Promotions K1 Champion, 136 lbs
  • 2007 – HOOKnSHOOT Grand Prix Champion
  • 2007 – TBA-SA Amateur North American Lightweight Muay Thai Champion, 135 lbs
  • 2004 – Senior National Taekwondo Championship (Silver)
  • 2004 – US Taekwondo Open (Bronze)
  • 2004 – Collegiate National Taekwondo Championship (Bronze)