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.