Monday, January 31, 2011

BCPR Smart & York Muay Thai - Standard First Aid and CPR Level C Course

BCPR Smart is coming to York Muay Thai to run a Standard First Aid and CPR level C course. Level HCP is an extra $10 dollars and participants are required to stay an extra 30 minutes.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to save the lives of the ones you love.

Tamara Sylvan is an experienced Fire Fighter with 10 years experience in Emergency Patient Care.

Saturday February 12th 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday February 13th 10:00am to 6:00pm

Cost is $100 per person.

Please wear comfortable clothing as we will be using brand new realistic adult manikins on the ground.

Fun games to help you learn and remember life saving skills.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Mapichit Sitsongpeenong Vs Wanchai S. Kittisak (video)

This is an excellent fight at 117lbs in Lumpini Stadium. Great mix of technique and aggression.
I only know of the blue corner fighter, Mapichit Sitsongpeenong. You can click on the image to see some of his accomplishments (more info at The kid has quite the resume at 16 years old.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Palangpon Chuwattana vs Phankomlek Kiatniwat (video)

A fight at the 111 lbs weight class at Raja....Round one is a typical Thai start, and then these little guys really go to work!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Workouts need to be more intense, Canadians told"

Check out these "guidelines" for Canadians on exercise...

Let's keep shattering these guidelines and build healthier people!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Steve Wakeling vs Jaochalam Chatkranok Gym (video)

Jaochalam fights to defend his WBC Super Middleweight title from Steve Wakeling at The Champions Club event in Pattaya


Friday, January 21, 2011

Namsaknoi vs Diego Calzolari (video)

I posted about Namsaknoi a long time ago. For you newcomers: he fought out of Por Pramuk (Buakaw's camp) and was a highly accomplished fighter...he had lumpinee titles in several weight classes and held the 135 lbs title for 6 years straight.

He was also a PABA 135 lbs boxing champ.

He retired about 5 or 6 years ago...then made a come back about 3 years ago.

Here he is fighting Diego Calzolari for the WAKO world title this past December 2010


Don't forget: FREE Kids class and Yoga this Weekend!!!

Make it out to these FREE trial classes at YMT over the weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kem vs Prakaysaeng Sitoar (video)

Ok, so I got a little greedy in my last post. I posted a fight that wasn't really too crazy save for one round or so, simply because I'm a big fan of both fighters. However, Sudsakorn and Kem didn't necessarily have an epic battle of violent proportions. New comers to MT may not appreciate the skill they displayed.

Here's a vid of Kem vs Prakaysaeng Sitoar, in a rematch between the two. This is a good one in my opinion. The fight just keeps escalating...there's a good mix of technique and aggression. At one point I couldn't keep track of what was being thrown...elbows to knees to kicks to punches. Stick with it to the end; you'll be glad you did.

It really is too bad that the camera work of Lumpini fights isn't better. You can't hear the impact of some of these kicks.

Anyhow, enjoy the action!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs Kem Sitsongpeenong (video)

I have returned with even more video today,


This is a fight between 2 top Thai welterweight talents. They have both fought many times internationally and have almost always destroyed their opponents.

Sudsakorn is known for dropping his hands and showboating, while finding a dozen ways to make an opponent look stupid for trying to hurt him in one round. Imagine a circus clown and a werewolf had some kind of forbidden love child, and that's pretty much Sudsakorn in the ring.

Kem on the other hand is straight up business. He is known for just being strong and relentless.

This fight is actually a rematch between the two. Kem KO'd Susdsakorn in their first fight.

If you were expecting an all out war, you may be disappointed. This fight starts as a slow technical battle for 3 rounds...then rounds 4 and 5 pick up in pace immensely after somebody eats an elbow....

Watch and enjoy!

Ps. on another note, I understand Sudsakorn may have an opportunity to fight Giorgio Petrosyan...but I'm assuming only under K-1 style rules.

Andi Rogner vs Moses Tor Sangtiennoi (video)

This fight took place at The Champions Club event in Pattaya, Thailand.

Andi is a German fighter living in Thailand, and I believe he also has the South Thailand middle weight title.

Moses is the son of the famous fighter Sangtiennoi Sor Rungrot. I posted him a while back, as he gave top Thai fighter Nopparat a hard battle.



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Petmankong vs Petchboonchu (video)

You may remember Petmankong from the ThaiFight tournament. Here is his fight with Petchboonchu, who has competed closely with other great fighters such as Saenchai and Nong-O.

Petchboonchu is really big on the clinch, so you'll see him getting in close with the taller Petmankong in order to score.

It might be hard to appreciate this if you have never been hit by an elbow before. It's a different range than just punching (and hurts in a completely different way) and you'll see it a lot more on the inside clinch in Muay Thai than you will in MMA.


Monday, January 17, 2011

"What is Muay Thai" - Rob Cox talks fundamentals

Rob Cox is THE authority on Muay Thai in Thailand. The journalist also owns his own camp, Kiatphontip, on the outskirts of Bangkok.

In this interview, he gives a background on Muay Thai, its progression over the years and the current situation in Thailand. If you are interested in training in Thailand or the culture behind the sport, watch this.


Visit Rob's site here:

Fahmai Skindewgym vs Denkiri Sor Sommai (video)

The Channel 7 Muay Thai fight of the year. Starts off slow for the first round and a half...then picks up the pace!

All I could find of these two fighters was a picture of Fahmai


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thank You to Ken Sylvan and Neurofit Training Systems!

Ken Sylvan and Neurofit training systems held an amazing seminar at York Muay Thai today. It was a ton of information on not only nutrition and exercise, but lifestyle habits that are all connected to aspects of our training.

The seminar was also interactive. Attendees got to try out different types of great exercises as well as have different parts of their bodies examined to determine nutrition and lifestyle adjustments for reaching their goals.

Once again, a huge thanks to the Neurofit team for giving us a great seminar, and we hope to see you back soon.

You can keep up with Neurofit and their training/nutrition tips on facebook at:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sinlapathep Lookmahatard vs Berkchai Nor. Kanlayagym (video)

An action packed fight from the get go...from Aswindam Stadium. 117 lbs (I like that weight class ;).


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Events for January 2011!

Don't miss out on this busy month of events at York Muay Thai!
There's something for everyone!

Jan 15 & 22:
Promo expires on the 15th! 3 Months for only $199!!!
Take advantage of this offer now! (for new and existing members!)

Kid's program orientation on the 15th and 22nd

Jan 16:
Ken Sylvan Seminar at York Muay Thai. Get the answers to your questions about training, nutrition and building a better body- info here

Jan 23:
FREE Yoga trial class on Sunday Jan 23rd, 2011. 11am -12pm. Check it out!

Also, the fighters prepare for the fight card in Rochester coming up in February. Feel free to join in and train along side them, help them out and take your training to the next level.

Friday, January 7, 2011

3 Hour Interactive Seminar with Ken Sylvan! Jan 16th!

(click poster to enlarge)

Time: Sunday, January 16 · 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: York Muay Thai; 153 - 155 Limestone Crescent Toronto ON

Get informed!
Learn how to treat your mind & body properly.

Ken will provide:
-nutritional guidance
-varied exercises to help you: -cut body fat percentage
-build speed and power
-maintain muscle and much more.

Bring some sweats because this seminar requires participation!

Sunday January 16th 10:00am - 1:00pm


All are welcome! Please see front desk to reserve your spot today!

PS. I was at Ken's last seminar at York's worth it. He knows his stuff and has a lot of great info to share.

Facebook event:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The "Craft"

I had an interesting discussion with Patrick after we went for a run that I thought I'd share with you guys.

One of the most historically heated topics of debate, even before the internet existed, is the supremacy of one martial art or sport over another.

Is Muay Thai better than Tae Kwon Do? Boxing? Judo?

One of the problems with the way most people tackle these debates is that they use a frame too small for the scope of the topic.

Most people compare isolated techniques: ie. Someone once said to me, "The TKD kick is better than the MT kick, because you can throw it faster or in higher volume".

The folly in this is that each technique does not define the craft itself. MT kicks may be, be definition, slower than TKD kicks. However, they aren't used the same way. Thai boxers may double or triple up on kicks, but the intention and usage of the kick is different.

The craft of Thai boxing itself "works more like a heavy sword than a pair of quick nunchuks" (Kru Clifton Brown).

Similarly, the craft of Tae Kwon do is not defined by it's snappy kicks. Those kicks are meant to be thrown in high volumes and combinations in comparison to the Muay Thai kick. The TKD kick may be weaker by definition, but it isn't meant to be used as a single power shot the way Yodsanklai throws his heavy body kicks. This is not to say you can't KO someone with one TKD kick, but it isn't generally used that way.

This also goes for the concept of "power". Think about punches. Muay Thai generates it's power from a solid "press". To generalize a bit, Boxing's power has been described as more of a "sprint". It is a different type of power. While the press is arguable stronger than the sprint, the sprint still has enough force to affect its target.

These punches are also different in their application (again, the craft itself determines the technique's effectiveness). Boxing is a hands only sport/system, and as such, the punches are thrown in much higher volume in order to score as well as set up the KO shot. Power, in this understanding, is relative.

This is also why certain foot works and body motions make sense in boxing, but are subject to punishment in a Muay Thai situation.

At the end of the day, the point we came to was: Comparing techniques amounts to little. The truth lies in the proficiency has in one's craft.

A good MT fighter can beat a crappy TKD fighter. A good boxer can beat a crappy MT fighter. These roles can be reversed as well. The veteran in one craft can defeat the novice in the other. Anything can be effective when it's used the way it's meant to be better than the opponent at hand.

The most important thing is to believe in your craft. As students of Muay Thai, you have to understand what you are doing and why. You have to be confident in the philosophy behind it.

Remember: the craft itself is not defined by a technique, but by the system that utilizes all of its techniques together.

Trust in your instructors to show you the way, and your own hard work will help carry you through it.

Don't get caught up in the inane martial arts conversations happening out there.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Buakaw vs Hiroki Nakajima (video)

On New Years Eve at "Sengoku Soul of Fight" event. Enjoy the fight.
Please note that this is a K-1 rules fight