Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fundametals of Learning: Part 1- The Combo Method (article)



An interesting article about training in Muay Thai (and Martial arts as a whole).

Read: http://www.bramptonmuaythai.com/2010/04/the-fundamentals-of-learning-pt-1-the-combo-method/

*for after you've read the article*
Our training also follows the rationale that pure combination methods aren't enough or legitimate on their own as methods for learning/training Muay Thai. Combinations should fit a context and train the body to be flexible in adapting to the situation. As a beginner, you often learn very simple combinations that focus on shaping your basic technique and footwork.

Often, we work combinations in class that aren't very long, but either a. work specific mechanics for techniques or b. apply a principle that you can be creative with (ie. striking high then low, or using footwork to transfer weight properly, etc...)

As students become more advanced, it becomes their responsibility to try and piece together what mechanics and principles they are working in their class. The instructors will usually if not always tell the students the focal points of the classes, but the experienced should be gaining an acuteness to detail in what may even seem to be the simplest drill or class.

On it's own, the method of memorizing or simply working multiple hit combinations can be useful, but neglects the intellect and the eyes, which we at YMT believe to be at the heart of Muay Thai and its highest levels

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ponsaneh Sitmonchai Lumpinee Title Fight (video)


image from Muaythai2000.com

Ponsaneh Sitmonchai fights for Lumpinee title against unnamed opponent

*At the beginning of Round 3, look for the sweat flying off of the left hook. I thought it was pretty cool since you don't usually see it on video*

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/beholdthenumber2#p/u/2/oDo_gybkKMA

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yodsaenklai vs Puttawan (video)



A younger and smaller Yodsanklai fighting in Lumpinee

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpZdqh0Jox4

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ponsaneh Sitmonchai vs Chatchainoi Sit Benjama (video)


image of Ponsaneh from Muaythai2000.com

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6jB9kOjOho

This fight features Ponsaneh Sitmonchai, who currently trains out of 13 Coins Gym (Saenchai's gym) and is supposedly a favourite in Thailand. I believe he was a Lumpini champion at 126 lbs.

I find him interesting because he's particularly aggressive in a way that I haven't seen since much of since Golden era muay thai.

He also uses the low kick a lot, which is also not something commonly seen as of late in a fight between 2 Thais

There is a lot of subtle skill going on as well...if you look closely at the timing of some of his shots, it's more precise than it may appear...

Anyways, watch and judge for yourselves...but most importantly, enjoy

Thursday, April 22, 2010

"Popularity of Muaythai domestically"

A forum thread exploring Muaythai's growth and popularity both at home and abroad...this is an on going discussion

Read: http://www.muaythaifocus.com/forums/index.php?s=1003e44c9c8749d8adb57735d1402f42&showtopic=685


gamblers at Lumpini stadium

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cosmo Alexandre vs Csaba Gyofgy (video)



Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxkXN9-5QE

Cosmo is a Nak Muay from Brazil who employs a very methodical and technical fighting style.

Here he fights under K-1 rules in the Dutch promotion "It's Showtime".

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Modern Classic Revisited: Buakaw vs Masato 1 (2004) video



This is Buakaw vs Masato for the very first time in the K-1 MAX 2004 championship tournament final. For a long time, it was hard to find a decent quality version of the full fight streaming online, but here it is in its entirety.

Note that K-1 rules ban elbows and what they view as excessive clinching; they also do no score throws from the clinch

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8fGwsI60PM

The two rematched again in 2007

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fox Sports Muay Thai KO's and Buakaw vs Jomhod (videos)

Here is Fox Sports "Muay Thai KO's", hosted by Australian commentators Michael "The Voice" and Mark "The Hammer". If you watch enough Muay Thai, you've probably heard them before, and you've probably also decided on whether or not you like them (you can always mute if you feel like)


Michael (the one with all the puns) on the left, and Hammer on the right

The fights compiled in these videos are mostly from Chaweng stadium, so you won't necessarily be seeing the absolute highest level of Muay Thai in Thailand here; but there are some pretty nasty KO's here by all types of traditional techniques (kicks, punch, elbow and knee).



Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZsj0L_5-YM

All other parts: http://www.youtube.com/user/MuayThaiSicko#g/u

There is however, a very shiny gem toward the end of the compilation



Of particular interest is an old fight between Buakaw and Jomhod Kiatadisak for the WMC world middle weight title (probably the highest level fight in the collection):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-eZvFruoa4

Marco and Joe climb the CN Tower!


Marco in York Muay Thai apparel, posing with Panda (after the climb?)

Congrats to Marco and Joe for climbing the CN Tower!

"Sawdeekhup everyone!
Dominated the CN Tower climb in your honor! I struck a pose with the Kung Fu Panda as well. I did the climb in 15:48! Joe beat me by 50 sec, he got 14:58 and the world record for Men is 7:52 sec.

The stair case is very narrow so if your doing it for time like me your pretty much dodging and gently elbowing the slow people in front of you; and in the rare situation when elbows didnt work a good rear teep was required. Thanks for your support guys!
P.S. Free publicity Kru!"
-Marco

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Samart Payakaroon vs Wangjannoi Sor Palangchai (video)

Samart claims this was his toughest fight (in the interview previously posted). A great fight to watch.

Watch: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xynxv_samart-payakaroon-vs-wangjannoi_sport

Thursday, April 8, 2010

LAST Day to jump on the 3 Month for $150 Promo!

Today, April 8th is the LAST day to sign up for the 3 MONTHS for $150 STARTUP PROMO! This is only available to new members!!!

For returning students and those who do miss this promo, there will be another 3 month deal available to you, as well as 6 month and 1 year packages that are even more affordable!

As always, you can still book a FREE week!

The Significance (or one of the many) of Muay Thai


photo by Brian Edwards

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PG6x78-fXo

A video from Kru Nick Bautista (student of Ajahn Suchart and head instructor of Brampton Muay Thai).

"A conversation between Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepaupri of Siam No.1 Toronto/Chiang Mai about the relevance and importance of Muay Thai in a western society. There is a significant benefit to learning the art beyond competition. Ajahn breaks down a typically 'brutal' Martial Art for us in a philosophical and moral manner..."

Note: Ajahn is referring to his fighter, Simon Marcus, by the nickname "Bad Bwoy".

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring 10 week Challenge 2010!

Click to enlarge and find out about the spring challenge!

Spring 2010 Schedule

Here is the new schedule for spring

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Saenchai Sor Kingstar (Khamsing) vs Neungsiam Fairtex (video)

This clip is slightly annoying because it edited out a lot of the fight; but the 5th round is left mostly intact and is definitely action worth watching!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flz59OGRNYM

Saenchai needs little introduction
You may notice legendary fighter Somrak Khamsing yelling in Saenchai's corner

Neungsiam is currently a Muay Thai instructor in San Fransisco at Fight and Fitness



He has won the Lumpinee championship at flyweight and also the 8 man Mitsubishi tournament title.

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Spoiler:

The following is from an interview from Mymuaythai.com
"Lucas: You fought Saenchai sor Kingstar correct?

Neungsiam: Yeah I fought him for the title at Lumpinee. I lost. It was at 115lbs. It was very close. The score was even. In the last round I missed a kick once and lost. He’s southpaw and I right kicked him. My leg ended up in the ropes and he kicked my back so he won! I’ve fought Attachai. Tongchai as well."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Hours

Please note that we will be CLOSED Friday April 2nd and Sunday April 4th.

We are OPEN on Saturday April 3rd and Mondays April 5th.

Happy Easter!

Buakaw vs Sotdo (video); more young Buakaw!

Another old fight of his...fighting full Muay Thai

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yf_Auw9xLU