Actor Frank Grillo trains Muay Thai with Buakaw
Frank Grillo (l) with Buakaw Banchamek (r) during their training session at Banchamek Gym in Bangkok / Pic: Facebook

Action actor Frank Grillo visits Banchamek Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok.

For the 51-year-old Frank Grillo the Martial Arts is life. Moreover, long ago, a notable character has found a long-lasting love in boxing. In addition, he has recently appeared shoulder to shoulder with the famed Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek.

Originally a wrestler, Grillo started boxing at the age of 18. As a competitor, while in LA he trained and fought under the patronage of one of the BJJ heroes Rickson Gracie. In New York he was coached by Machado brothers. In summary Grillo told MMA Weekly in 2014 that he has “been training for the better part of 35 years”.

American actor Frank Grillo is known for his roles in such films as Warrior, The Grey, End of Watch and Zero Dark Thirty. Portraying the leading character Sergeant Leo Barnes he starred in the action horror films The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he plays a supervillain Crossbones (Brock Rumlow). His work on television comprises numerous shows and TV series such as Kingdom, The Gates, The Kill Point, among others.

Training with one of the greatest fighters

This week Frank Grillo is in the King of Thailand. Spending some time at the birthplace of the Art of Eight Limbs he could no miss an opportunity to meet, moreover to train with, the most renowned Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek.

“Today Day 4 I have the honor of meeting and training with one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Grillo captioned the photo of Buakaw that he has posted on his Instagram profile.

Meanwhile, Buakaw shared a set of photos on Facebook. “At first, I didn’t know he was a star,” says the caption.

The next fight of Buakaw Banchamek is on Saturday June 10. He is fighting Kong Lingfeng of China in the main event of Kunlun Fight 62 in Bangkok.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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