Friday, May 24, 2013

Sok Klab!

There is an element in this fight which the advanced guys trained with Kru Jen last night, though it was practiced with different set up. Here, you can see a high risk, high reward outcome. In cases like these, timing and good foot work are essential for offsetting the amount of risk (which is why we drill basic tech waaaay more than this stuff).

This fight was sent in by Ilir.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A War in the Ring

Sent in by one of our students...and there's a couple things you will notice:

The tide in this fight turns more than once. There is more than one moment where it seems like either guy is going to win by a huge KO.

A major factor in this is loose technique. Now hold on...don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to criticize guys who are fighting at a higher level than myself. What I'm getting at is that they aren't being damaged because one guy is smarter or stronger than the other. They are being damaged because of low guards, off hands that aren't protecting and chins that are raised. When you're going 100% in a real fight, it is very hard to control these things.

Whether it is the moving target, emotion or just pressure from the incredible amount of stimuli: form is incredibly hard to maintain in a real and spontaneous situation. Even the absolute best in the world aren't able to keep their form tight all the time. If they did, they would never lose or get hit.

This is why training very hard, but also paying attention to basic form is so important. The more you are used to throwing full power, as well as staying aware of what you're body is doing, the greater chance you will have of retaining that form when things get real.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Golden Era Knockout Reel!

The art in motion...Lot's of moments to shout "ohhhwayy"! (which, in case you didn't know, is the general cheer of appreciation and excitement during Thai fights)  Enjoy!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

YMT Races! 401 Mini Indy! Let Go Karting!

FaceBook event:

Come out on a lazy Sunday after you bust yo ass in Jungle training in the morning and see who's who on the race track.

There is no way this won't be fun as heck.

Let's meet there by 5pm, see how long 20 laps takes and then go grab food and beverage after?

$35.00 covers permit and 20 laps.

37 Stoffel Road, Toronto, Ontario M9W6A8

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Andrei Kulebin vs Singmanee Kaewsamrit (video)

Interesting fight sent in by Roman.

It is a very technical bout with an even pace. Check it out and think on a few things...

As the fight goes on, Andrei establishes control of the ring space, moving forward and keeping Singmanee on the ropes with strong strikes and consistent footwork. Singmanee however isn't simply being bullied backwards- he's using his timing and techniques to counter and pick Andrei off. Because he's on the ropes, Andrei is forced to come to him, and so he uses the opportunities to strike.

The question is...who was more effective? What do you think? Do you agree with the judges?

Roman also found this a good example of the Thai footwork/ weight shifting that the students worked on in Kru Jen's Monday night training.

PS. My questions are not necessarily because I disagree with the judges. I'm inviting you to not just passively watch the fight, but try and form your own understanding of it.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Southpaw Showdown: Yodsanklai vs Sam-A (videos)

Ah....Yodsanklai vs Sam-A.   I had no idea this ever happened until now.

Yodsanklai went on to become one of the most famous middleweight (160 lbs) fighters in the world. With his cracking left kick and bomb left cross, he was either battering people for 5 straight rounds or knocking them out. Aside from his power, he is also known for his patience and timing. Yod has become a household name for his international successes including winning the Contender Asia reality TV series tournament.

Sam-A is one of the top fighters in today in Thailand's circuit. However, he has stayed in at feather weight (126 lbs), which doesn't make it any easier for him as this is the most competitive weight in the country. Unless you follow Thai fighters, you probably haven't heard of him. At 126 lbs, there aren't a ton of international matches being made for him. However, Sam-A also has a strong left kick, but it's the speed of it that is insane. This guy can kick full power several times in a second. This may seem par for the course for a Thai, but Sam-A is one of the best at what he does.

Anyways, I got a little carried away with the background info. I suppose it explains the fan boy perspective I have from seeing these two actually fight. Enjoy the video.



Great video  highlighting the career Australia's Dane "DaddyKool" Beauchamp: he talks about the sacrifice of a fighter, being the underdog, the passion of the trainer behind him.

"What I've Learned"


Published in the January 2013 issue of Esquire.

The first boxer to beat Sugar Ray Robinson, LaMotta was World Middleweight Champion from 1949 to 1951. Last July, he starred in a biographical off-Broadway show, Lady and the Champ.

An interesting line up of quotes. Read 'what he's learned':

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jungle Training at York Muay Thai! Sign up Now!!


The current month of June is now in session! Drop in rates are $20 per class if you did not register!

You can sign up for the next month at the gym!

Jungle Training is YMT's strength and conditioning course led by the experts at B-Elite Athletic Sports Training (formerly Neurofit).  The training is amazing support to the Muay Thai athlete and a great change from the normal routine for anyone looking to increase their abilities. 

To learn more about the experts behind B-Elite:

Vital stats: 

  • When:  Sundays 10am - 11am
  • Where: YMT
  •  $60.00 + HST for the month
    or drop ins at $20.00+HST

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Annual Pushup contest videos from our 3 Year Anniversary Party at York Muay Thai

Khanh took some video of our annual push up contest from our Anniversary Party on Saturday night. The contest is a fun thing we throw each year at one of our events that people can't get enough of.

Here are the male and female contests:

Also a congratulations to our inaugural chin- up contest champion: Roman Tukhvatulin from York Muay Thai! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

NEW Tank Tops in stock at YMT!


Men' and Ladies tank top are now IN STOCK at York Muay Thai!
Red, Navy Blue, Heather & Charcole Grey, Black.
$20 NO TAX till and including May 4th!

*25$ after May 4


Student of the Month (April 2013): Matthew P.!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Matt Embree vs Ben Yelle (video)

Toronto's Matt Embree vs Ben Yelle at World Stand Off. Watch for the some sublime elbow work in this one.


*photo credit: Marty Rockatansky