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


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 4: Week 3

Got some new blood this week...There's a couple more doing the challenge tonight so I'll edit this post soon!

You don't have to do this in front of an audience! Many people came up last night and did it in front of each other. If you are interested, just speak to me after and we'll arrange something :)

RESULTS (+ or - is in relation to the 1st attempt!)

Mac: +6
Captain Morgan: +3
Dolph: +6
Purple Thunder: +3
Furious D: +9
Jackie Chan: +16
Sporty Spice: +4

Grey (1st attempt): 19
President (1st attempt): 48
Vodka (1st attempt): 65
Perspiration (1st attempt): 52
Phire (1st attempt): 53
Smiley (1st attempt): 79

if you want tips or help maximizing your push ups, just chat with me after you do the challenge and we'll prepare for next week

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

York Muay Thai fighters in Rochester and Calgary on November 13th!

Support your team!

Patrick and Zhang will be repping us, fighting at

Border Brawl 2:

Durst and Bodmon will be repping us, fighting at

Journey Fight Series:

Both events will be on November 13th! Cheer on your fighters and training partners, help them out when you can!

Let's go team!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Getting Your Kicks In: "What if I Don't have time to Train?"

For the serious athlete training for competition, it's almost a no brainer: they want to get in the ring. They will make the time to train and go ridiculously hard until their appetites are satisfied.

For the average Joe or Jill, it isn't always so simple. School, work and other commitments can smother us and leave us gasping for just a little bit of gym time...and often times we suffocate and get none.

So what can you do?

In terms of the casual MT gym member, we usually recommend at least 2-3 days a week in order to get recovery time in, while doing it often enough to progress both physically and technically.

2-3 days is too much for some people's tentative schedules, especially the student who has commitments spewing out of their nostrils. A lot of our students are from York U, and it can really screw up the gym time. Even worse, they're not always in the greatest shape to begin with because of these harsh schedules.

Some people end up not training at all for long periods of time.

The problem with taking huge amounts of time off is that it makes the return that much harder. It can be hard to find motivation to get your conditioning or technique back when discouraged by how much it will take to do so.

If you fall under this category, I (personally) highly recommend the following:

1. If you have to, do drop ins. If you know you can't make it at least 2-3 days a week, do a drop in 1 day a week. It can be hard on the body to have a 7 day gap, but you still have an outlet to practice both the exercises we do as well as get SOME direction for your technique. It beat not having your team or instructors around to help or push you.

That way, when time frees up, you won't be learning how to do things all over again

2. When you aren't at Muay Thai, do some easy maintenance on your body at least a couple days outside of class. BLAST some mindless beats to work out to, and crank out a few sets of small exercises.

I used to do 6 sets of situps, pushups and squats on my off days (or on vacations). The number of reps per set would vary depending on how fit I was. It wasn't hard core at all, nor was it meant to be. It was supposed to be enough so that I wasn't crying over soreness when I did return to Muay Thai. These small sets didn't take much longer than 15-20 mins.

Either way, you don't have to kill yourself, and probably won't be able to do so the same way you would in class. Just put on that music to get you into a work out mood for that short period of time and bang those sets out quick. These short exercises won't be anywhere near Muay Thai, but they'll maintain something for you.

3. If one day drop in a week is all you can do for yourself, make it one solid day. Prioritize your time on that day and make it a point to give yourself the gift of a wicked work out and learning some Muay Thai.

4. Run. If you can't do anything else, running will help you tons. It's no secret that running can do great things for your conditioning, and that's why fighter's usually do a ton of it.

Everyone's fitness is different...I'd recommend a newbie try to do no more than 2k at first, and no more than 3 times a week. See how your body responds, and either add or subtract from there.

Those are just small solutions and suggestions.

If anything, the best solution is just #3. Pick whatever day you're most free (or days, if you aren't swamped), and make that your designated MT day.
There's really nothing else like doing the class, and with that one day you can at least guarantee yourself something to work with once you are able to commit more days to both fitness and technique.

Your body and mind will thank you.

Every day sitting is another day deteriorating! Now stop reading this and go do some situps :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

TED talks- Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

An interesting find from Science Guy. There's a lot of people who disagree with this, but its a neat talk nonetheless...Check it out!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 3: Week 2

This week: we still have results that have yet to be added to the post, but we also gained a new participant!

Thus far:

Mac: +2

Jackie Chan (first attempt): 56

Sporty Spice (first attempt): 24

More to come! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat vs Unknown (video)

You remember Coke, the well known Thai fighter that Matt Embree of Siam no 1 fought recently?

Here is an old fight of his from Channel 7 in Thailand...great action.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

JCS on The Ultimate Fighter! (video)

Jean Charles Skarbowsky is a living legend. One of the greatest non Thai Muay Thai fighters, he managed to become #1 ranked at the prestigious Rajadamnern stadium in Bangkok.

Since then, he has had some fights past his prime against guys like Buakaw, and eventually retired.

I don't actually watch The Ultimate Fighter, but my dad mentioned that Georges St Pierre recently brought JCS on the show to train with some of his team.

Here's a clip of JCS sparring some of team's interesting to say the least

See More:  TUF 12Georges St PierreTeam GSPJohn Danaher

Friday, October 15, 2010

Kaolan Kaovitch vs Kamel Mayouf (video)

Kaolan is a former Rajadamnern champion and runner up in the K-1 MAX tournament.

Here is a fight of his from Las Vegas


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 2: Week 1

We have some real troopers. Everyone who participated will get a code name specific for this challenge and have their progress recorded here. No real names will be posted.

There are still people to be watch this post for updates

If you wanna do this, it's not too late. You can always join in no matter how late!


Mac: 80
Purple Thunder: 16
Furious D: 50
Captain Morgan: 70
Dolph: 25

These pushups were done with a bag glove on the floor, with the athlete having to make contact with it going down and then locking their arms when going back up. FULL pushups...perfect form. For details, see: here

Keep in mind, it's not about how many they do...but how much they improve by. Next week's results will be recorded as either + or _ (ie. if Mac does 70 next week, his record will be -10).

These results will always be in relation to this week (the starting point).

Don't be afraid to join in!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sudsakorn vs Michael Mananquil (video)

Sudsakorn is a well known Thai champ with good eyes and a knack for showmanship. It's no surprise then that he likes to drop his hands and throw a lot of high risk techniques. It's always entertaining to watch him fight.

Michael Mananquil on the other hand is a fighter from the USA who has been progressing up the ranks on the international stage...he's been fighting increasingly higher level opponents, including Malaipet. I believe he was the WBC champion

This fight took place at the WKN Big 8 Tournament in Belarus


Friday, October 8, 2010

Khap Khun Khap!

a low res camera-phone pic from the special class...Ajahn demonstrates

York Muay Thai would like to thank Ajahn Suchart, our Professor and forefather in Muay Thai for coming to visit and guest teach last night!

It was a phenomenal class and we appreciate you taking time to see us

Tum Madsua WMC vs Jonathan Camara at S-1 King's Birthday Tournament 2007 (video)


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

P.C.M. Blog 1: Introduction

I am hereby starting the PCM blog post series!

What? You don't know what PCM blog posts are? Well, let me back up a second, and literally spell it out for your convenience...PCM = Pushup. Challenge. Minute.

You can follow me during this challenge...OR get down and join me!

*I invite EVERYONE to join me...especially those of you that hate push ups! This is a great way to set goals for yourself in getting better at them and I'll be there to help you out every step of the way. Please see me! (PC Cam)*

The run down:

Every week I'm going to:
-see how many pushups I can complete in a minute.
-Just a minute on the dot.
-I can stop as many times as I need, but every second resting is a pushup wasted.

I will place a bag glove on the floor, and make sure that only the pushups that make it down to the glove count towards my record.

Starting next Wednesday, the challenge is on: I will do my first minute.

The goal? To surpass my record by 30 pushups by December 1st...

Seems modest? I'll increase it if I have to.

What's the point? To be ridiculously good at push ups. You all know you want the same ;)

I invite you all to follow along with me on this journey. If you want to participate, you are more than welcome to do the challenge with me every week.

You can follow my progress here in a weekly blog post, as well as anyone who cares to join me :) If you are a genuine badass, you will do it ;)

And so I begin....

*Some history*

How did I get started on this whole shebang? Well, some of you may know I grabbed the record for most consecutive proper pushups in the gym...I won't brag (...I got up to triple digits *okay, I bragged*).

But then PC Brian told me he'd been inspired by one of Ajahn's self workout routines: seeing how many proper pushups he can do in 45 minutes. PC Brian got to 1000 or something like that.

I couldn't fathom why you'd do pushups for 45 minutes straight. It seemed kind of excessive.

So I set out to do my own challenge. 1 minute may be shorter, but it's a different kind of challenge. I'm going to start with this one and see where it goes. I hope some of you will eventually come with me.

Sisanchai Chitlanda vs Jonathan Camara at WMC S-1 King's Birthday Tournament 2007 (video)

A great quarterfinal fight from the 2007 S-1 tournament, which celebrates the King of Thailand's birthday every year


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sagatpet IngramGym vs Michal Glogowski at K-1 World Max 2010 Final 16 (video)


Now that Buakaw is out of K-1, I wouldn't normally post a k-1 fight. However, as I posted a while back, Sagatpet is the new Thai entering the tournament this year.

Sagatpet is a former Lumpinee and Raja champion at the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He normally fights at about 65-67 kg (145ish), which makes him about 10 pounds lighter than the max weight of K-1 (70kg/154lbs).

This is evident in his speed, but also in how he stands next to Michal Glogowski.

The two have a very competitive match in their K-1 debut.

Enjoy the fight, and remember that K-1 rules and scoring do differ in a lot of ways to Muay Thai.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wangjannoi vs Cherry (video)

Sometimes you might be throwing the right techniques and using the right strategies, but the person in front of you just has the raw determination and attitude to succeed.