Monday, August 30, 2010

Simon Marcus wins elimination bout at Sport Accord Games in Beijing! *with video clip



Congratulations to Simon Marcus (Siam no.1 Toronto) for his success at the Sport Accord Games in Beijing. He will move on to the next round of bouts.



Clifton Brown is reporting from Beijing with video blogs and footage of the event

Watch: http://community.coc-elite.com/video/227/DAY-3-UPDATE.aspx

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Watch "THAI FIGHT" Live!



Click poster to enlarge

The reality tv/tournament show is being in Thailand, featuring some of the best fighters on the planet in a great weight class. Google or Youtube any of these guys.

The roster beats the Contender Asia's in my personal opinion, and will make for much closer fights as well.

It airs live at 230pm Bangkok time

Stream available here: http://www.olivier-angelini.org/article-streaming-thailand-ch3-tv3-live-watch-isuzu-thai-fight-in-live-55937508.html

Fight card here: http://www.olivier-angelini.org/article-isuzu-thai-fight-2010-fightcard-16-man-tournament-the-2-000-000-bahts-muay-thai-tournament-54513706.html

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall Promotion Starting in September!



New to YMT? Jump on the fall promo (valid Sept 1-Oct 1)! Buy our 6 month package and get a free month of membership!

Membership includes access to the gym, equipment, and classes for more of the Muay Thai everyone's been excited about!

Perfect for the York University froshie or anyone just in the area :)

Wangjannoi Sor Palangchai vs Prayuth Na Teenakorn


Another great Wangjannoi fight

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HqW9c5zUdA

Monday, August 23, 2010

Video Interview with Yodsanklai Fairtex



"The most important thing when you strike a blow is to put all your energy into it"

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1zMTBBwiGA

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLZp8akpES8

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yoddecha Sityodtong vs Wanlop Sithpolek (video)



Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpEU9m6Hw9w

Yoddecha (blue) and Wanlop (red) were two of the most prominent middle weight Thais from (I think) the 90's- early 2000. Both fought a lot of international competitions, as the middle weight pool of fighters is more popular outside of Thailand.

While the fight starts off plodding, it has an explosive ending...not too much of a surprise considering the history of dishing out KO's these two have.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Home (gym) work!



If you are looking to take your technique to the next level and build some extra skills, you should come early and do some bag work or drills.

Some of the students showed up today really early (before the 5pm class) and wanted to work on their kicks. I saw that they had a common goal and gave them some sets they could do together on the bag before class...and they each made some small improvements they took with them into class.



You'll see the fighter's do this often; they'll come in, warmup and do some work together

So come on in, grab a buddy and get working. If you are on your own or you aren't sure what you should be working on, just ask any of the instructors and we can steer you in the right direction :)

PS. A lot of students stay back after a class to work too. Feel free to ask someone if they are up for some post-class pads or drills! It's good for both of you

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Therdkiat vs Nuanthoranee (video)

A great fight between two legends. I've posted both of these guys before...so enjoy

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAkUqjtTZh4

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Why Better is Better than Best"



Interesting read about a perspective on goal setting.

Read on: http://sinekpartners.typepad.com/refocus/2010/08/better-is-better-than-best.html

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Antuan Siangboxing vs Saiyoknoi Pumpuanmang (video)



Fighting again on the Thailand vs the Challenger series was Antuan "Shark boy" Siangboxing vs the current Lumpinee Super Welterweight champion Saiyoknoi Pumpuanmuang. This was for the "WMC One Songchai Queen's Birthday" title


more photos at: http://gallery.elite-boxing.com

I've covered both these fighters before...so you know they are both the real deal. PLEASE ignore the fact that the first 2 mins of the fight were slow as hell...cause it really heated up after that!

Round 5 is a treat for those who want to see two fighters trying to make an impression before the fight is over.

Enjoy.

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/siangboxing#p/u/4/uS4KrjuLh1A

Friday, August 13, 2010

Buakaw vs Jordan Watson (video)


Photo by Michael Howarth

Finally! HQ video of this fight!!

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

The Challenger Muay Thai or The Contender Asia Part 2?



This has been on the web for a while now but I managed to miss it.

"The Producers of Contender Asia in conjunction with Selangkor Tourism are all set to bring the world another muaythai reality TV show, fully sanctioned by the WMC. "


This event/show is set to take place in Malaysia just like the Contender Asia Season 2 was.

Just like TCA, Stephan Fox is listed as the host.


Stephan Fox on the far right, as he appeared on TCA

Clifton Brown and Kerry "Nugget" McNaught (owner of NTG and trainer of Soren) who were slated to appear as head coaches on TCA-2 are also being listed as appearing on this new show.


Clifton and Nugget

No word on the fighters except that they've been "carefully selected through qualifying and ranking processes"

Yup...sounds like TCA2 is back with a new name...and a 3d premise. Interestingly enough I cannot find a website for the Contender Asia 2 anymore.

We do know that it is supposed to start 4 weeks after the Sport Accord Games in Beijing which take place during late August and early September.

You can read about it here: http://wmcmuaythai.org/html/10_2307_002.html
and here: http://wmcmuaythai.org/html/10_0908_03.html

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"In My Opinion, Whoever Trains the Hardest Will Win"



Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHAQbQF5Cgc

Buakaw may be one of K-1's greatest champions, but you should also know he is one of the smallest guys in the tournament.

Despite this, Buakaw's training is incredibly intense, and he is living proof of his own mantra: "Whoever trains the hardest will win"

Take that into your own training and succeed in reaching your goals.

Some food for thought (video)



A very funny Louis CK bit with some interesting truth behind it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjNgNDZzH5o&feature=fvw

"Opponents vs Enemies" (Brampton Muay Thai video)

A video courtesy of Brampton Muay Thai. To read about the video and the message, click here: (http://www.bramptonmuaythai.com/2010/08/347/)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sick of Saenchai? Watch Lertsila (video)

Saenchai is awesome. No doubt the best MT fighter out there at the moment. He's so good he almost always clowns around in his fights to put on a show.


Saenchai's cartwheel kick

But you might be sick of seeing him. He's everywhere. This blog. That blog. Your mother's Muay Thai blog. Everywhere.

Who else can provide the same kind of entertainment in the MT world?

Try Lertsila. I've profiled Lertsila (sometimes spelled Lerdsila) Chumpairtour before (here).


Lertsila kicking Kaew Fairtex

He's got the ability to slip any technique like he's a ghost, and the teep (pushkick) of a guy 10x his size. His balance and basics are so good he's often performing risky tricks during fights to put on a good show.

Sound like Saenchai?

Maybe a little...but Lertsila hasn't enjoyed the same kind of success. Despite having Raja titles, Lertsila has not had the winning streak Saenchai has enjoyed. He's fought many of the toughest and given them great battles, but has had trouble taking them out. As such, you don't really ever hear about him, and he's not really sought out to fight on international events.

Lertsila will be getting his chance though. Come August 14, Lerdsila "Mr Lightning" will take on Yusuke Sugawara in the United States! Hopefully this will boost his visibility and give him a chance to make his name across the World Muay Thai scene.


Lertsila on the bottom with his 3 titles

This will be a big card for the U.S. as well, with 3 WMC world titles on the line.

Here's a promotional video with more about Lertsila, and some footage of him for this upcoming fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfZdvI5HNGI

NOTE: this is NOT the way to work the bag or the pads! Unless you're as good as Lertsila or Saenchai...

Lertsila Chumpairtour vs Jomthong Chuwattana (video)



Lertsila and Jomthong are two of my favourite Thai fighters. I've been following both of them for a while now and they fight with such a high level of skill.

Lertsila is a short fighter who has incredible skills in evasion and countering. Jomthong is a tall fighter for his weight who holds WBC and Rajadanmern Championship titles, and is very well regarded for his skills.

Lertsila has a fight in the US coming up.

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to Wrap Your Hands (video)


Want a way to wrap your hands that'll give you superb support? Check out this video courtesy of PC Nick Bautista, featuring Ajahn Suchart. I've tried this method and it's one of the best ones I've come across. Simple and effective.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Samkor vs Sangtiennoi (video)



Two legends duke it out. I've posted fights from both of these guys before...check them out

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1jomSBuOc

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Buakaw in "Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya"



A clip of Buakaw in the upcoming movie- "Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m19g5IT6Go&feature=related

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Matt Embree to fight Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat in September



Found this poster today!

Matt Embree is one of Ajahn Suchart's fighters from Siam No 1, and his next fight is against a Thai fighter named Coke currently living in the US. Coke is training out of Fairtex San Fransisco (under Jongsanan, a Muay Thai legend).

More about Matt: http://siamno1.com/fighters/current/index.html

More about Coke: http://www.mymuaythai.com/archives/tag/phanuwat-%E2%80%9Ccoke%E2%80%9D-chunhawat/

Dennis Completes Triathalon this Weekend!

From Dennis:
"Hey everybody,

This morning myself and my father competed in the Multisport Canada Bracebridge Sprint triathalon. Considering neither of us have ever competed in a triathalon, we only decided to enter the event 2 weeks ago, and I just completed a 7 day canoe trip yesterday instead of training, I'd say we both did extremely well.

The event was 750M open swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run, and I finished with a time of 1:35.06, while the pops finished it in 1:42.36.

I am proud to say three things: 1) I would never have completed this race this quickly without the help and support of the York Muay Thai community and the significant boost in my carido; 2) I completed the Bike and the Run in YMT fashion wearing my thai shorts with pride; 3) I have finally proven once and for all to my father, who swears by the P90X program, that our training at YMT is far superior.

Anyways folks, I am off to Israel tommorow untill mid september. I hope everyone has an awsome end to the summer and take care."

A Message from PC Nick Bautista



"Sawadee Khrap,

Just wanted to take some time out to thank you all for your support and hospitality at the club. York MT is truly a special place, and that is a rare culture for any Martial Arts club--the mark of a good club is the way they treat it's visitors/newcomers, and you guys have treated me like family from day one. Thank you for the warm greets, conversations, and curiosity in my classes!

Also, I wanted to clear up some confusion about some footwork technique.

On Tuesday, I had advocated a 'non pivot' during the cross punch and accidentally confused some of the yellow shorts.

I'd like to clarify this a little further so we're all on the same page...

Not pivoting on the foot when the cross is thrown is the goal, not necessarily the starting point. For beginners and yellow shorts, pivoting and turning over is fine, because it allows one to rotate the body easily.

However, as you progress, you'll find that Muay Thai power is generated when LESS is done.

That being said, as you progress to higher levels in Muay Thai, you'll find that your power is to be refined to it's most efficient state. The Pivot, becomes less of a pivot and more of a subtle turn, and over time, no turn is required at all, because the body and the hip suffices.

Again, apologies for the confusion, I meant to express a process of power generation defined by phases, as opposed to a hard rule.

Thank you for your genuine effort in training, you guys bring the best out of me!!"

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bag gloves, Cups and head gear are in! Personalized Shorts are in!

Sawadeekha,

BAG GLOVES ARE IN FINALLY!!!



In 4 great colours! Red, Blue, black and Green.
Also in are metal jocks, headgear, and mongkons.

Your personalized Thai shorts are in from Bad Boy at Siam. Pick em up today!
Thanks Bad Boy!

Kru