Sunday, June 28, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
"I moved back to Toronto four years ago after finishing graduate school in Waterloo and was looking for new and challenging activities to participate in. A friend of mine mentioned that he started practicing Muay Thai and that he absolutely loved it. Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing is one of the oldest martial arts in the world that originated in Thailand. It is called the ‘Science of Eight Limbs’ because fists, feet, knees and elbows are all used in the art.
As someone who never shies away from new challenges, I decided to try it out, unaware of how much it would change my life for the better..."
Read full article here: http://www.thecharmingmodernist.com/category/2015/6/7/learning-the-art-of-muay-thai
"The art is withing the practice."
Zena is one person at YMT whose strong will has not only become apparent through consistent training, but flourished as she continues to sharpen her mind and body through Muay Thai.
Check out this article she did for The Charming Modernist. I'm sure no matter where you train, a part of this piece will resonate with you and give you warm feelings about your martial arts journey. If you've yet to start, this is a good read on what you can expect at our gym.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
"We are strong and privileged. We are martial artists. We can help those in need."
- PC Patrick.
The true value of strength and power is in using it to benefit and protect others. Training hard should make you the best you can be for yourself, and for the community. We had a great day volunteering at The Darling Home for Kids. Please give them a look and learn more about why this amazing place matters so much.
The true value in this philosophy is applying it into your every day life. Rather than seek out a sudden transformation of shift, embrace the present moment as an opportunity to practice. When you understand life and training as one, you understand that there is only improvement ahead of you...even when times are the most difficult.
Stay the course and continue to practice.
As you take on the day, here are some starting points to help you out...
How the Confront, Redirect, Avoid theory applies to your life:
Confront (Blocking) - Confront the tough issues that need to be delt with even when you want to run away.
Re-Direct (Passing) - Deal with any issues that are deemed less essential in a timely manner. Don't obsess over issues that are not of critical importance.
Avoid (Slipping) - Avoid negative energy at all times.
Knowing when to use Confront, Redirect and Avoid in life is just as critical as knowing when to use it in the ring.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Probably the best deal around the North York area...we are bringing you deals on unlimited Muay Thai, Strength and Conditioning, and Bootcamp classes, plus access to our gym 7 days a week!
Perfect timing for students on their summer break or semester! Grab it before July 15!!
If you are on the fence, which many people are, just come try a free class to help make your decision! Call or email to schedule. We will have extra instructors specifically to work with first timers and build those fundamentals!
With summer approaching, time to work some explosiveness outside!!
Here is a message from Grant regarding the warm up:
"Quick summary and how to implement: Sprinting requires explosive movement of limbs and a stiff core. We prep with the dynamic warm-up as usual --8 per movement-- (if it's less you may not be getting warm enough or mobile enough).
For sprinting we will ad the ankle mobilizing leg swings and three point touch (not shown in video, apologies) and some core and glute activation (bird dog and hip ups are fine)...the sprint specific stuff (leg recovery and pawing at ground in video) 20m or at least 15-20 per side increasing intensity/explosiveness throughout...the twitch stuff only requires 3-5 reps/2 sets in order to not fatigue you neurally and to simply prime the system for fast/on fast off...finally the 3 warm-up sprints are shorter, just giving you time to combine everything you just did...enjoy ;)"
Just a snap of Daniel and Kru Cam throwing some teeps in amateur bouts!
Teep month is here! Make sure you are warming up properly and doing your dynamic stretches...this is going to be a leg heavy month, as we transition from last month's focus on close range punching!
Here are some YMT amateur fighters throwing some teeps for various uses:
Now that the weather is nice out, it's also a good time to give the legs an extra workout by running. Group running classes for beginners are still happening with Terry on Monday and Wednesday at 7. If you are new, come learn some basic mechanics and Terry will stay and pace with you through a beginner course.
Now let the teeps begin!