Monday, May 22, 2017


   

                                                             Monthly Focus: Hooks and Uppercuts
                                                             Philosophy: Impact

Line up for Demo Night this Saturday at YMT!



In addition to all of the demo fights, check out this all star line up of vendors and entertainment:


SINGING CONTEST:
Sonia, Angela and Ashley have stepped up to perform LIVE for all of you. These ladies kick ass in the ring, on the stage and will be performing for the top spot and $250 cash THIS Saturday!


We sell this at the gym and it always sells out. The best organic beef jerky we have ever tasted!
Stop by their table and check them out!


My Thai Guy Keychains


As always we will have My Thai Guy Keychains in the house selling his Muay Thai Key chains in all colours and 2 sizes!
Come add another colour to your collection! Thank you Poo Choi Kru Rolando Nuez for always being a supportive anchor in the community.


Infinite Imagery


Athlete's on this card will once again be getting an 8x10 colour photo printed of their best shot by the amazing Kien Tran of Infinite Imagery !
Visit Kien's website at http://www.kientran.ca


S1nergy Performance


Another amazing vendor that will have a table on May 27th. Darren Luistro Rmt is always helping our fellow nak muay athletes with all types of therapy and rehabilitation.
Please visit him May 27th and like his page for more information!





Since many of you have asked, 
YES we will be selling SELECT Team Canada Muaythai apparel and select sizes. Come see what we have!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Save the Date! YMT Demos on May 27!





Facebook event- click here!

We are BACK at it! 

It has been two years since we have held our last demo night but we are back and want to welcome you.

Great opportunity to get some experience right before MTO Provincials!

ALL gyms are welcome.

Get ready for:
- LIVE Muay Thai demos
- LIVE entertainment
- Food
- Tons of vendors
- FREE giveaways
- Prizepacks for fighters
- Kid's demonstration
- Music
- Cookies

Muay Thai Ontario Officials are encouranged to come out and get some practice refereeing and practice judging.

Thank you 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kali students upgrading!




Congratulations to Rolando, Vlad and Corey for earning their grey patches in Libre Fighting. The patch is not just a symbol of proficiency but more importantly the dedication and cooperation they have shown to each other in training. With the amount of material to cover and once-a-week training, they put in the extra work on their own time and holidays at the school when we can. On top of the York Muay Thai family they are already a part of, they are now a welcome member to any of the Libre Fighting chapters around the globe. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

PCP's Movie Pick of the Month for April: Ninja Assassin (2009)


Ninja Assassin has a little something for everybody. And by that I mean it has a several scenes where a group of army guys fight a group of ninjas. I would suggest this movie to anybody who likes big dumb martial arts movies. It's by no means a "good" movie. It didn't exactly get robbed at the Oscars that year, if you catch what my dogs are barking at. It probably doesn't have the strongest Rotten Tomatoes score. But if they made it into a TV show, I wouldn't miss an episode. It's pretty awesome.
 
Warning: if you think the first 5 minutes has too many dismemberments then you probably shouldn't watch the whole thing.


Ninja Assassin (2009)


"Weakness compels strength. Betrayal begets blood. This is the law of the Nine Clans." - Lord Ozunu





 Ninja Assassin stars Korean pop star Rain as Japanese ninja assassin Raizo who spends his off time training in his underwear in his apartment, sharpening his throwing stars and doing handstand push-ups.The plot has something to do with a Europol analyst, Mika, getting in over her head investigating the existence of the Ozunu Clan, a centuries old ninja clan that hasn't updated their assassination-pricing packages, and Raizo deciding to protect her because reasons. You see, Raizo was raised from childhood and trained to be a ninja by the Ozunu Clan. However, he became disenfranchised when their leader, Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi), had his sort-of girlfriend publicly executed when she refused to cut a guy's face with a knife after she defeated him at ninja sparring (as is customary at the Ozunu training centre), even though she had already given him a pretty serious concussion. He continued to live and train with the Clan after this, but he was really grumpy about it. He eventually left the clan after refusing to execute an innocent criminal, an act that offended his ninja assassin sensibilities. This eventually leads to him fighting the clan in laundromats, warehouses, and burning buildings. Also there's a car chase with ninjas jumping around between cars. Every word in that last sentence should sell this movie to you.
 
Depicted: delicate sensibilities. 

 If there's a parallel to be drawn between our training and Ninja Assassin, it's the theme of holding your trainers accountable. In the martial arts, the relationship between an instructor and a student can be a powerful one, and should certainly never be taken advantage of. Ninja Assassin illustrates this idea on a slightly different scale. I, for one, probably won't ask any of the students in my class to commit murder, and Kru Cam likely won't command his kids class to take revenge on the kid who decided to play soccer for the summer. There's a pretty big difference between PCD yelling at you to gut out the last couple push-ups, and Lord Ozunu punishing you by whipping the bottoms of your feet when you make too much noise in a sneaking around drill. 


 Train like PCD is watching you.

  However, it is important to hold us instructors accountable as martial artists, as our responsibility is to improving our students and not to serve our own interests. We need to keep our egos in check and never to ask our students to do anything that may be against their principles. To be clear, I have never heard of anything like this happening at YMT, but it's not unheard of in the martial arts for instructors to take advantage of the trust that their students have developed in them. This could manifest itself in different ways: financially (i.e. ripping their students off, overcharging for "mandatory" equipment or seminars), emotional (i.e. encouraging students to bully the "weaker" students, using fear or intimidation to ensure "loyalty ") or even sexually (i.e. instructors using their seniority to hit on their students, showing preferential treatment to the students whom they find attractive, or just generally being creepers). So the lesson to learn here is simply that your martial arts instructors should be as accountable to you as you are to them. For without you, they would not be instructors and without them, you would not be students.



So yeah....watch Ninja Assassin for its deep themes.... *cough*.....

After class grind



PC Patrick and PC David putting OJ and Haniel though the ringer on pads after a tough class


Mom, Dad and Me class having a blast!


Beautiful morning of training with the kids and parents!






Team Canada Fundraiser at Siam no 1 on April 29

Come check out demos at Siam no 1 on April 29! Proceeds go toward sending Team Canada athletes to the IFMA World Championships!!


York Muay Thai is also a proud supporter of this year's team Canada. You too can donate and help their cause through their Make A Champ profile :)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Holiday Closures


We are CLOSED Friday April 14 and Monday April 17th.

Enjoy your long weekend!! 

We are OPEN Saturday April 15th.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Student of the Month (March 2017): Daniel Dizzy

Fritz repping York Muay Thai at Destiny 4- Sat April 8

Get your tickets for Destiny 4 at YMT!  Our own Fritz Reyes will have his first ever fight on Saturday April 8th at Woodbine!  Come cheer your boy on!

Tickets are $35 CASH at the gym.  $40 at the door.

 



YMT at Ayothaya Demos!



York Muay Thai showed up in force to Ayothaya Muay Thai for their demo bouts. Thank you to the Ayothaya team for having us!!

Carmen, PC Bryan and Alex did great...showcasing technique, ring generalship and strong conditioning. We will take the lessons learned from these bouts and continue to grow!



Thanks to Angela for this amazing sign :)  The love and support from the #ymteam is so inspiring. 






Saturday, March 18, 2017

YMT athletes gearing up- April 1 and April 8


YMT is getting back into the amateur Muay Thai scene!



First up we have the Ayothaya Muay Thai Spring Demos on April 1st.  PC Bryan, Alex, and Carmen are gearing up for these exhibition bouts. Misha is hoping to get a match as well.  Check it out at: 
370 Queens Quay West. Unit 101 & 102, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A2

Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1274515959308787/




Next we hope to have Fritz matched up and on Destiny 4
This will be his first sanctioned fight, and an amazing card at the Woodbine Racetrack!

 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sahila's fight at SHEFights!








Strong performance last night by Sahila on the first ever SHEfights event! It was a very close 3 round battle against a good opponent. Our girl steadily upped her pace each round, gaining heavy momentum in the final. Unfortunately she was then hit with a blow that off balanced her and was given an 8 count. She was unhurt and got up immediately, but a fighter downed from a strike will almost always be counted, especially in amateur bouts.


These things happen in our sport and are just a lesson for us to improve our defense so that there are no questions. It is a lesson we will definitely take into our training going forward. Overall, we are beyond proud of how much she has grown. She'll be back stronger, smarter and just as determined. 


Thanks to all of the #ymteam who came out in force to let the people know we were supporting our girl!! Looking forward to more fights for us in April!

#noexcuses #noeasyfights #shortpeoplecanclinchtoo #cantbebroken






 


Sunday, March 5, 2017

MTO Officials Seminar- Sunday March 12th




Classes will be CANCELLED on Sunday March 12th, 2017, as YMT will be hosting an officials training seminar for MuayThai Ontario.

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 Open to all participants of any level of knowledge, Muaythai Ontario is looking to build on its already talented team of judges and referees. Existing officials may attend at no cost in order to refresh their knowledge, however, time constraints will see that new officials will receive priority when it comes to hands on practice.

The seminar will involve a combination of live demonstrations, video samples, whiteboard and projector curriculum. Some of the highlights will be:

-Amateur Muay Thai as it relates to competition in Ontario, Canada and the World ;
-Referee, Judge, Timekeeper, and Chief Official duties;
-Equipment and attire;
-Preparing each contest;
-Round and contest procedures;
-Interaction with the team of judges and medical staff;
-Athlete safety;
-Intermediate referee techniques - Pressing, Inserting, Separating, Obstructing and Protecting;
-Foul procedures;
-Medical interruptions;
-Ending competition;
-Scorecard analysis;
-Scoring principles as well as Single Competition vs Tournament Judging;
-Crowd and environment control; and
-Legal consequences and MTO coverage.

This is a hands on seminar. We expect you to bring indoor shoes, pens and paper/electronic devices to record your notes. There will be written and aptitude based testing for all participants, involving live demonstrations.

Members in need of a 2017 membership should register here: https://muaythaiontario.org/forms-documents/competitive-membership/

Existing 2017 members should register here:
https://muaythaiontario.org/product/officials-seminar-march-12th-york-muay-thai/

Cost (Up to $150):
Course: $70 (for first time MTO officials)
Officials Shirt: $30
MTO & MTC Membership: $50

Kru of Muay Thai Celebration and Gradings

 
What a weekend!  March 4th was a day of non stop Muay Thai!

Thank you to all who came out to the Kru of Muay Thai celebrations at Siam no 1!  Kru Jen, Kru Cam and all of the instructors would like to thank you for all of your support! #ymteam



Also a thank you to PC Eugenia for organizing a gift and ceremony for Kru Cam on behalf of all the children in the kids class. It was adorable how they all wrote him letters, then insisted he read them immediately :)



Lastly, we are excited for a new crop of intermediate students, who will now begin to learn deeper and refine their skills. Ajahn Suchart had many positive things to say about the York Muay Thai students that graded at his Blue Shorts Test.  To all of the new intermediates...never forget to pay it forward and of course, "Above Sky there is still Sky."



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Buy your tickets today!



Don't miss Sahila's fight coming up!  Tickets for sale at the gym (cash only: $30) or online at Backforwardkick.com !!!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

CLOSED FEB 26


We are CLOSED on Sunday Feb 26 ALL DAY!
Instructors will be training with Ajahn Suchart to refine their skills.

Sorry for the inconvenience and see you Monday!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

CLOSED ON FAMILY DAY MONDAY FEB 20


Another Saturday in the books!  

NOTE: we are OPEN Sunday Feb 19 but 
CLOSED MONDAY FEB 20 FOR FAMILY DAY

 


Never Hesitate to Try





Every Day is a Step




March 4th marks our next grading opportunity. As always, having your name on the board is not a guarantee that you will even be going to grade. It is recognition that you are taking steps on a path. Continue your hard work and remember to use every day, every repetition, and even every rest period as a step towards your goals.

We are often asked, "what do I need to do to get my Blue shorts?"

A better question would be, "what makes a good blue short student, after the test is said and done?"
The answer lies in the question itself. It is not about reaching a destination, but following a direction... How do I can continue to improve and be a better student every day? This is the question that every TRUE champion, and even every Kru must ask themselves as well. Attaining a title belt, or certification as an instructor is an opportunity, not an end game. The Blue shorts test is no different. It's an opportunity to learn deeper

Learning at the Blue short level comes from being taught new techniques, refining/optimizing old ones (more often than not), and stronger emphasis on self discovery. Become the best you can be, not just for one test, but every day for the rest of your life.


Friday, February 17, 2017


Please Note we are CLOSED on Family Day (Monday Feb 20, 2017).  Enjoy your day!

Tickets for Sahila's SHEfight at the gym!




Come to York Muay Thai to grab your tickets for Sahila's fight on March 11th for SHEfights: #beboldforchange !!

$30 Cash only.
Proceeds go toward the SHEfights Youth Training Grant, to support the development of female youths aged 17 and younger.







We have spoken about how "when we open up, we are at once the most vulnerable we can possibly be... But also the most powerful." This is most fitting for our studies during swing kick month. Our focus is on opening up our body weight into our kicks, landing THROUGH the target...Not just "at" the target. While there are many variations and styles of kicking, we believe its most important to learn a strong base swing kick.

But as we mentioned before, maximum power means vulnerability- being on one leg and commiting your body weight can leave you open. Our offense/set up weeks will focus on how to decrease this vulnerability through combinations and timing... allowing us to open up with the least amount of risk.




That said, we want to touch on something matching this theme of vulnerability and power. You'll notice at YMT, the gym etiquette is to Wai (bow) to those we see at the gym. Instructors, students and staff alike will bow to each other regardless of level. As far as gestures go, one of the most vulnerable and submissive things you can do is bow to someone. In fact, in most other arts, students or juniors must bow first to instructors or seniors. But at YMT, our instructors and seniors alike will often bow first either because they are physically able to, or to share our gym's culture with someone new. It's a symbolic way of not only saying "I respect you", but also "I'm not above you. You are a part of my journey. I can learn from you. Let's grow together".






It's a powerful thing: to constantly remind each other AND ourselves that we are connected. It's also one of the things that keeps us motivated during tough times, both in training and in life. Having people that you grow to trust and respect goes a long way in keeping you focused on your goals, while helping make a positive difference in someone else's life. It is our hope that, regardless of your status or level at YMT, you not only feel respected and welcomed, but you extend those feelings to everyone around you. Together we can grow.

The next time you see a new face at the gym, put yourself out there. Be vulnerable and give them a Wai. If they aren't yet acquainted with our traditions, then you've got yourself a conversation starter :)