Friday, December 31, 2010

Kru Challenge 1:

Start your New Year off proper just like your Ajahn Suchart would with a morning or afternoon run. Make the distance a challenging one. 10k - 21k.

After set your goal in kilometers for the year and spend the whole year obtaining and surpassing them!

Feel free to post pictures and stories of your New Year's Run to our facebook page!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Greatest Round Ever...?

A while ago, Kru Jen posted an epic round of famous boxers Mickey Ward and Arturo Gatti.

A similar round in Muay Thai can be seen in this fight between two Thai legends: Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke and Jonganan Fairtex.

I've posted this fight before, but this round itself distills all the action and heart into its deepest essence.

What you see in this clip isn't the most technical fight, but a display of raw
energy and desire to win.

PS. If you think you've seen elbows, you haven't seen this clip.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays!

To beat those holiday calories be sure to run or do some light sets of our favourites: pushups, half spring up etc.

A little can go a long way. Most importantly, enjoy the break!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Hours!

York Muay Thai and staff would like to wish you all very Happy Holidays and a great start to the New Year!

Check us out for our promotion lasting until Jan 15, 2011!
3 Months of unlimited training for $199!

Our holidays hours are:

December 24th 2010 - CLOSED
December 25th 2010 - CLOSED
December 26th 2010 - CLOSED
December 27th 2010 - CLOSED
December 31st 2010 - CLOSED
January 1st 2011 - CLOSED

Enjoy time away so that you can come back stronger and better than 2010!

I look forward to helping you all achieve many goals!

Kru Jenypher Lanthier and the whole YMT family!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Real Power comes from Knowledge

We are all in some ways a student preferring one of the three major styles of learning:

Kinesthetic (feeling), Auditory (hearing), Visual (seeing)

However, while we may gravitate to one style, we must not forget the others.

One of the best ways to improve is to know your personal technique: to be knowledgeable about its shortcomings, its strengths, and how it compares to others.

Many beginners tend to neglect fully utilizing the visual method. Watching your instructors, your seniors, professional fighters are all great ways to learn a technique.

The best way, though, to understand your technique is to use the mirrors and shadowbox. Shadowbox in different angles in the mirror to gain different perspectives.

Am I extending my arm enough? Am I leaning on my punches?

These are all questions that can be answered, and problems that can be fixed, simply by being diligent with shadowboxing. Be aware, shadowbox with purpose, and be busy. Don't just zone out and move.

It'll give you an edge over the average guy who is just "going through the motions" in the mirror

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Simon Marcus vs Guo Trerkking at Bruce Lee's 70th Birthday Sanda Celebration (video)

Bad boys fight in China this weekend. The card was all under professional Sanda rules I believe, although they modified it so that Thai fighters could use elbows (hence the elbow pads).


Friday, December 17, 2010

10 % OFF all Gear and 15 % OFF all Apparel! Christmas Special Sale!

Limited time sale! Grab those gloves now, or ask your parents!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

3 Months for $199 Special! Kick start the New Year!

Available now for the holiday season and for a limited time in the new year:

this is available to both NEW and EXISTING members! *Existing members are able to add this package onto the end of their membership

Come by and ask for more details!

(click poster to enlarge)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Joanna Jecrejczk Vs. Alla Ivashkevich (video)

A female Muay Thai fight! This was at the Big 8 tournament in Belarus. A great even with A level fights


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Testimonials: What People are Saying 'bout York Muay Thai!

Opened in Toronto, January 2010, York Muay Thai has brought the community a new outlet for learning this amazing martial art as well as staying healthy...but don't take our word for it! Here are what people have been saying about the school!

Mark and John, "The Twins"- fathers and brothers

Aleksandra- spirited student and friendly face

Rod- The "new guy" :)

Mike- Student and competitive athlete

Gaja "Textbook"- one of the gym's jokers and a hard worker

Michael "Science Guy"- senior student and bursting with nutrition tips

For more videos including testimonals, check out

Jordan Watson vs Yodsanklai Fairtex at King's Cup 2010 (video)

Watson is impressive..first he tangles with Buakaw and now with Yod. Each time is game and gets some great shots in. Check out this young star take on Thailand's best at 72 kg


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

THAI fight final fight (video)

I won't spoil who made it to the finals...but this is one helluva fight. If you thought Petchmonkong vs Fabio Pinca was hard, you haven't seen this


More Thai pads, less Pad Thai

Hey all,
One thing I think is important is to understand WHY you do what you do in training. Every school has their own reasons for doing or not doing something.

Here is a little insight into the pad work we do in class, for those of you that don't know.

Pads is technical training. It's the best technical training because you've got an interactive human target and you can hit as hard as you can.

It's because of this, you need to start at about 60% max power (get a feel for your partner and your own technique), but then you need to be going full power once you are in the zone.

Muay Thai weapons are designed to be thrown with intent, and in a real situation that is how your technique would come out anyway. So, pad work is the most important part of your class in terms of working technique. If you don't use the proper power, you won't be learning the extent of your technique.

Imagine getting in the ring having never hit the pads properly. How will your technique come out? You'll probably be both messy and tired, since you aren't used to going full tilt.

* a side note: proper full power doesn't mean being tense. It means being relaxed and letting your strikes go. Think about letting a rubber band fly, as opposed to throwing it in frustration (you can use all the muscle you want, it's less efficient to throw the band than it is to pull and fling it).

If you are making mistakes during pads: it's your partner's job to remind you about a hand dropping or anything else. It's also your instructor's job to come and feed you tips in increments while you hit pads. Keep hitting the pads with proper power and fix your technique according to the advice being given to you as you go along. Avoid wasting too much time. Work and correct as you go.

If there are glaring issues that can be fixed right away, your instructor will slow you down and go over them.

This will translate into partner-cross fighting drills. When you can hit the pads with proper technique and power, you'll be able to throw controlled techniques on your partner without compromising proper form. Many people don't want to hurt their partner in drills and end up using bad form when they do so. This is usually because they haven't properly worked the technique enough on pads/bags to control it yet.

Bag work is similar. The bag allows you to go as hard as you can and is a great tool in the absence of a pad holder for many different drills and exercises.

Watch your seniors or even videos of Thai's hitting pads/bags. They let their technique go and breathe out deeply with each strike.

Aaaand that's it. Keep in mind other schools may have different philosophies for their training, but this is ours.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thai Fight semi Final: Petchmonkong Petchfocus vs Fabio Pinca (video)

The semi final of Thai fight...the big 8 man tournament in Thailand!


Jordan Watson vs Antuan Pinto at Kings Cup 2010 (video)

This was at the King's Cup 2010 in Thailand 8 man Tournament.

This was a preliminary match between two very young but successful fighters. Watson is from Badcompany gym in the UK and Pinto is a French fighter who lives in Thailand.

Pinto was a replacement fighter for Watson's original opponent in this fight.

This is a video taken from the crowd.




Monday, December 6, 2010

Fix up Day!

We will be fixing up the gym a bit on Sunday Dec 12 around 4pm. Anyone who wants to help is welcome! We will be making our home a bit nicer for the new year :)

Ask Kru Jen for deets...see you!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Buakaw Por Pramuk vs Toby Imada @ S-Cup 2010 (video)

Yes, it's shoot boxing...but we've been waiting to see this fight.
Buakaw's latest title bout!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nong O Kaityongyut vs Fahsithong Piyatakul (video)

This is a fight between two Thais on what I'm assuming is an Australian sports program.
The Aussies have quite a bit of Muay Thai goin' on...but it's cool to see Thai fights aired outside of Thailand.

It's a pretty good fight too.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 8: Week 7

Mac: +8

Edson Mendes Barboza Jr: Muay Thai in MMA

Patrick introduced me to a fighter named Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. from Brazil.

He currently fights MMA with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses: 6 KO's and 1 submission.

Alone, that record would seem impressive. However, he also has a 28 fight Muay Thai career at 25 wins, with 22 by KO.

What's really nice to see is that his standup game is clearly Muay Thai. Not K-1, not kickboxing, not karate, not Sanshou and NOT "MMA muay thai" (whatever that is).... it's Muay Thai.

He also isn't a fighter who simply trained Muay Thai. He has been training BJJ extensively. He has shown up to the MMA party with a lot of MT experience, but a well rounded game over all. I think it's for these reasons you're going to really see him rise up.

This is a point I've been arguing for a while: the future of MMA is going to see a move back to the traditional. The best fighters are the ones who study each discipline they are involved in specifically and intensively.

GSP and Anderson are examples of this. They are both well versed in different disciplines by training in them separately...not simply getting an MMA striking coach or grappling coach. YES, they do have teams that bring it all together, but they still get their skills by training with the best of each world. A non Muay Thai example would be GSP wrestling with the Olympic wrestling team.

These guys go to specialists of their craft to train...then they bring it all together by smartly choosing how and when to use their techniques. It's by having the most complete skill set possible that fighters like Edson are able to succeed in my opinion.

I'm definitely going to be watching him now. is Edson in action:

You can read more about Barboza Jr here:

Nonsai vs Alex Vogel (video)

Fresh off Thailand vs the Challenger...a series of high profile fights between Thai nationals and Farang fighters.

These events have some pretty swanky production values...more to come soon.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Lookton Sor. Permsiri vs Anuwat Sityo (video)

A sick fight from Channel 7 Stadium in Thailand. I dunno but I seem to find the Ch7 fights are usually more exciting than any other stadium. I'll try to post some more.

These really heat up after round 2!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

You want it? Go get it


Bodman does an interview on his friend and fellow gym member Steve's blog. I wanted to share it mainly because he outlines the difficulties in balancing his training with everything else. He has lately been in the gym as early as 7am or as late as 11pm; usually because his work situation doesn't allow him any other time to train.

If he can do what he's been setting out to can too.

I've trained with Bodman for 2 years, and I even remember teaching his introductory class. I watched him improve. I watched him take months off because of school too, and play catch up for it. Yet he came back and has been grinding ever since.

You've got a lot of other fighters or simply just students at our gym that exemplify this work ethic. Just look up at the fighter's board or the "student of the month" nominees. They're all regular people. They have commitments, they enjoy a night out or are trying to establish careers. However, they know where they want to be in Muay thai, and how good they want to get.

Whatever badmon or these other people end up doing is totally up in the air. Who knows if we'll see the next champion or teacher out of anyone. For now, you have several examples of people MAKING time to reach their goals.

Want abs? Make time to run. Want a better kick? Make time to hit the bag outside of class.

Whatever you set out to's possible. Make your dreams a priority today.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Champions of Champions on G4 TV

For those of you with access to G4, they have a show called Champions of Champions. It airs the championship fights from Jamaica this past year as well as fights from the King's Cup tournament.

They will be airing this year's tournament on PPV as well. If you didn't know, the King's cup is a pretty big deal. Some of the best names in Muay Thai will be competing.

For more info:

For some previews and Muay Thai related videos, visit:

The Other Guy

It's easy to get caught up in comparisons. If you know you're better than the "other guy", you probably won't have to bring it up too often. Your performance will speak for itself most of the time, or you'll hear it through other people's compliments.

Sometimes though, the "other guy" will be more advantaged, and can afford more opportunities than you can seem to get. Maybe the "other guy" will get easier fights, or have no life commitments to get in the way of training.

It's easy to look at these people and say you deserve more recognition than they do.

But what are you DOING now? What have you been doing and how much of that lines up with what you SAY you've been doing?

Perhaps you aren't seeing someone who deserves less than you get rewarded.
Perhaps you are actually seeing someone surpass you.

Don't be fooled.

Keep a strong and honest spirit.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Meethee Kiatpratoom vs Pentai Sitnoomnoi (video)

A Rajadamernern fight that has a beautiful and technical beginning, followed by a decisive end.



Far be it from me to critique such high level fighters, but I always feel like there is something to be learned from them. This looks like KO due to a range error. Meethee threw a kick when Pentai was in punching range. It's a solid reminder about the importance of choosing your weapons. Even the best fighters can make these split second mistakes that another can capitalize off of.

Thelek Wor Sangprapai vs Goti Sitnamkabuan (video)

photo from

A great fight from Lumpinee between two young fighters

Thelek is the WMC mini flyweight champ (


Friday, November 19, 2010

York Muay Thai Christmas Party: November 28, 2010

Our annual xmas party will be Sunday Nov. 28,2010!

Get ready for:
- great food
- student awards
- raffle giveaways
- a great night with your friends and honoured guests!

I will be at Lemongrass (bloor and islington, the only location big enough for us!)

RSVP in person or via Facebook!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Malaipet vs Fadi Merza in Superleague (video)

Malaipet is a former Raja champion and WBC champion. He now resides in the U.S.
Fadi Merza is an accomplished European champion.

This is a Superleague rules's basically Muay Thai rules sans elbows. Unlike K-1, the fights are 5 rounds and do allow for/score clinching


P.C.M. Blog 7: Week 6

Mac: -10
Grey: +3
Captain Morgan: +3
Dolph: +5
Fatty *first attempt*: 50

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rochester and Calgary results!

This weekend (Nov 13 2010) was a big one for YMT. Leo and Durst fought on the Jouney Fight series card in Calgary with Kru Jen + PC David and the Fu in the corner. Zhang fought on the Border Brawl 2 in Rochester with PC Cam + Joben and Patrick in the corner.

Unfortunately, Patrick's opponent had to pull out due to a last minute travel issue.

Leo came away with a decision win

Durst fought a great battle but lossed a decision.

Zhang gave his opponent a standing-8 and then went on to take the decision

Also victorious was Andrew Poon from Kru Jay's camp Victory Muay Thai! He stopped his opponent with hard leg kicks.

A big thank you to:

Kru Jen and PC Lindor for training the fighters
All the intermediates for the sparring
PC Kosta and Construction
Kru Jay Bathija and Victory MT
Ajahn Suchart for his blessings
Carmela, Pat Trinh and Dennis for driving the Rochester gang
Daniel Balayut for cornering help
PC David Kim and Michael Fu for help in the corner!

Friday, November 12, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 6: Week 5

Sporty Spice: +5
Mac: +0
Grey: +1
Jackie Chan: +19

Thursday, November 11, 2010

4 York Muay Thai Fighters Competing in Rochester and Calgary, Nov 13! Chok Dee!

YMT has 4 fighters fighting on the same night this weekend!
Thank you Ajahn Suchart for performing a blessing for our fighters!

Mike D and Badmon Perez fight in Calgary, travelling with Kru Jen as their corner.

also on this card is Tony Manoharan from M-1 in Woodbridge

Patrick and Zhang fight in Rochester, travelling with PCC and Joben in their corner, along with a posse of the team!

also on this card are Andrew Poon and Cam Noble from our friends at Victory Muay Thai in Guelph!

Chok Dee to all the fighters, and we wish for a safe trip and successful night!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Alex Dally vs Somkit (Tum Madsua) (video)

An old fight between British fighter Alex Dally and Somkit. Somkit is also known as Madsua, who was one of the trainers on the Contender Asia as well as the WMC S-1 Champion.

Madsua currently teaches and fights out of WMC gym in Koh Samui, Thailand.

This fight does not end the way you think it will....or will it? Watch closely!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Buakaw, Bovy and Souwer all a part of S-Cup 2010 Tournament

Buakaw Por Pramuk and the legendary Thai scrapper Bovy Sor Udomson will be fighting in a big shoot boxing tournament that also features Andy Souwer.

Shoot boxing is different from Muay Thai, but there are similarities and the Thais seem to make a decent transition from the rule and scoring sets (unlike in K-1).

I'm pretty sure Bovy's prime competitive weight is not at the 70kg mark (Buakaw and Souwer fight at this weight)...but we'll see if he can pull off a win. Bovy has the soul of a monster and can put anyone to sleep when he's having a good day.

Keep your eyes open for video...this is a biiiig card

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 5: Week 4

Results still to come!

Jackie Chan: +18
Mac: +6
Capt. Morgan: +0
Perspiration: +20
Dolph: +5

Bass Line (first attempt): 40

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saiyok vs Abdallah (video)

This fight took place in France very recently, but was for the Lumpinee stadium Super Welterweight belt...Strange that the title should be contended for outside of the actual stadium


Friday, October 29, 2010

Moses Tor Sangtiennoi vs Nopparat Keatkhamtorn (video)

That's right. Moses is fighting Muay Thai. Moses is the son of a legendary fighter named Sangtiennoi. Nopparat is one of the top dogs in today's Muay Thai scene.


You can tell Moses takes the fight very seriously from round one, going to work on Nopparat with some strong body shots...where as Nopparat doesn't really start to pick it up till round 3. Nopparat favours the clinch, and likes gets in close to knee and throw.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Petchmongkong Petchfocus vs Vitaly Gurkov (video)

This fight was a part of the Final 8 event of the "Thai Fight" reality show tournament


I've introduced Petchmongkong before, and now he fights Vitaly Gurkov

Petchmongkong is super tall and lanky Thai champ, but is actually one of the lightest guys fighting in this tournament.

Vitaly is on the heavier side, having fought in K-1 max recently against the famed k-1 and WMC champion Giorgio Petrosyan