Friday, August 18, 2017


   

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YMT at the Toronto Chinatown Festival 2017




York Muay Thai continues its tradition of spreading Muay Thai to the public, as we return to the Toronto Chinatown festival! Check us out on Sunday (August 20), demonstrating different aspects of our martial art, as well as giving anyone from the crowd a free beginner lesson on the spot!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ajahn Suchart's 58th Birthday!




Happy 58th birthday Ajahn Suchart!

Come out and celebrate on Saturday at Siam no1!  We have Misha, Norman and Praveen getting their feet wet in the ring for some demo fights!

Cover includes Thai food.

Click here for more info/Facebook RSVP


Monday, August 14, 2017

Rafa at IFMA results



What a ride! Thank you to everyone who supported Rafa in his run for Gold at the IFMA Youth World Championships in Bangkok!  Unfortunately, Rafa lossed a hard and closely fought match with the Turkish athlete. However, he proved he had the maturity and drive to compete at this level and represented his country with pride. 

A short recap:

The championships were an amazing time to get to know fellow Canadian athletes and coaches. Thank you to Kalsamrit, Siam No 1 Quebec and Redemption for raising such a great group of kids and fighters. The bonds that they built were heart warming to witness. 




Other highlights include training with and meeting Attachai Fairtex (who paid special attention to Rafa), Jean Charles Skarbowsky, Saenchai, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungrot and seeing Buakaw and Superbon on stage.





We got to go on a river cruise around Bangkok and see a live stage show as well.
 



 Rafa adhered to a B-Elite diet as instructed by Ken Sylvan, in order to maximize his energy and minimize his weight.   This brought Rafa down from a registered weight class of 46 kg to 44 kg. In fact, the diet almost dropped him to 42 kg.  We ended up keeping him at 44kg where he was comfortable. 


Rafa first drew Nigeria. We showed up ready to fight, but Nigeria was a no show and so Rafa "won" by walk over. He was frustrated that he did not get to fight. 


Rafa was matched against Turkey on the following day, who had stopped his previous opponent with ease. Rafa did not let this phase him, and fought with confidence. He started slow and lossed the first round. With a growing pace, he was able to draw the second round in the eyes of most judges (a fifth pushed it towards Turkey). Finally, Rafa came alive in round 3 and dominated. Unfortunately, the shift in momentum came too late and he lossed a decision. 


We are beyond proud of his growth and performance this tournament, and can't wait to see him bounce back even stronger. 




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Krabi Krabong Seminar on Sunday August 13



Come out on Sun August 13, and learn the original Thai martial art!   In the beginning, Thai warriors used a combination of their swords and staves, with their Muay Thai to defend their homeland.

Ask at the gym for more details!


Rafa almost off to IFMA!


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Rafa's trip to Thailand!  He, his father Os and Kru Cam fly out Friday night. You can still contribute to their fund at the gym through the donation box, as well as purchasing rounds of pads with an instructor. 

**Fundraising closes Friday July 28th. Thank you!! 


Thank you to Johnny Tang for these amazing photos! 






Thursday, July 20, 2017

MuayThai Canada Article: Spotlight on Rafa


Check out Ryan McKinnon's article on our very own Rafa for Muay Thai Canada:

https://muaythaicanada.org/2017-youth-team-spotlight-rafael-arteaga/

We are already proud of you Rafa. Fight hard, but most importantly, have fun!