Wednesday, December 31, 2014

YMT's 2014 highlights (video)

In case you missed it, here are all of York Muay Thai's highlights for the 2014 year!!  Everyone have a safe and amazing New Year. We are closed tonight and tomorrow (31st and 1st), and look forward to seeing you again Friday (the 2nd)!!  

Community events:

Amateur fights:
Part 1: 

Part 2: 

Part 3: 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

York Muay Thai Holiday Party 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the night special!!

On Dec 21, YMT headed to Young Thailand on Parliament street and had the annual holiday dinner and celebration. Young Thailand is a venue far out of the gym's neighbourhood, but it is also a part of Muay Thai Ontario history. Many years ago, Ajahn Suchart began training some of his first students in the basements of Young Thailand.

We brought ourselves back to the beginning, celebrated all of the moments of the year, and looked confidently towards the future together!

Congratulations to our students for the following awards:

Amir Khaltish: Most improved junior student of the year

Nick Lop: Junior student of the year

Vlad U: Most improved senior student of the year

Alexei Zaitsev: Senior student of the year

Mike Zhang: Fighter of the year

PC David Kim: Instructor of the year

Julius "Speedo" Crowe: Nickname of the year

Terry Tang Poy: Dedication to Muay Thai

Rod Briones: Heart of YMT

Misha Sinkovsky: Embodiment of a martial artist

Khap Khun Khup everybody!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York Muay Thai gear is here!

Get your NEW gloves and hoodies while they last! Also in are fresh Thai pads for our regular classes. Always upgrading our quality game at York!


YMT + VMT + Warrior = Love

Thanks to our visitors from Victory Muay Thai and Warrior Muay Thai for making it out to spar last night. York Muay Thai loves you!

Last Kids Class of 2014!

What a fun year we had! Thank you to all the kids and assistants for making 2014 such a blast. All the games and exercises have made our Tuesdays and Saturdays high energy and full of learning :)

Kru Cam, Hadja and Kru Jen wish you all a great holiday and happy new year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YMT's Canned Food Drive

The holidays are always the hardest time of year for people who are in need.
This year especially, due to the economy, people who are less fortunate are having an especially difficult time making ends meet. Food banks are not experiencing the same level of donations that they usually receive this time of year. York Muay Thai would like to help this situation, so please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation to our Christmas party (please RSVP) which will be donated to a local food bank. 

You may also drop the food off at the gym. PC Patrick is organizing.

We are strong and privileged. We are martial artists. We can help those in need.

Student of the Month (November 2014): Carmen

Monday, December 15, 2014

Late post: Thai Gala/ Muay Thai Awards 2014

Kru Jen recognized as Kru Yai of the year

PC promoted to Kru

Our senior assistants recognized for their excellence

YMT at the Gala:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Angel Boxer's defense

As we head into a week focus on defense, here is a Thai legend Poot Lorlek demonstrating the basic foundation behind our study...

Some background behind Poot:

Poot was a Thai boxer with very colorful tactics, and is a real pleasure to watch. Sharp eyes, remarkable agility and speed was his trademark.

All these elements help explain why he was dubbed "The Angel Boxer." It was simply because he was rarely beaten. Out of some 80 matches, he was never knocked out, or even counted down: Poot was the star of his time remaining at its height for seven years from 1970-1977.

His records said it all. Poot once successfully took the Junior Featherweight championship from Samyar Singsorntorn. But he eventually had to relinquish the championship, simply because no one dared to challenge him. Poot was one of those Thai boxers who often encountered opponents heavier than himself. His skills and speed, however, helped him to come out on top always.

Poot eventually had to turn to international boxing because it became hard for him to find a challenger in Thai boxing. 

Offensive Teeps Fest (videos)

Here are some excellent fights to illustrate some of the points we have been discussing in our last week of classes. When you watch these fights, you will see teeps utilized offensive maneuvers (and some defensive as well, although good offense and defense are essentially two sides of the same coin).

Think about the intention behind each teep being used... to intimidate, to cut off, to set up, to frustrate, to knock out. Each fight will have its own unique context for the teep. Study hard, and don't be afraid to ask questions during or after class to your instructors.

Friday, December 5, 2014

York Muay Thai Teep Lovin Video

At YMT, our focus is always technique first, power then speed. Strategy/timing is another big focus but it is embedded in our curriculum: how we train our drills and understand our technique. This is one of the reasons why we have a monthly focus: a technique that takes the forefront of our classes each month and gives us a chance to really dive into the details.

We truly believe in strong basics being the path to victory. Function over flash: Simple techniques applied at the right time.  In honour of Teep month, here are some clips of our amateur athletes throwing very simple push kicks...but with effective timing.

When we think of timing, we need to ask ourselves what means...what the desired effect is. A teep is not simply a kick that pushes, nor is it a "front kick." Teeps can create space for another weapon (which means the amount of space created will differ depending on the intended follow up), disrupt an assault, cause intimidation, control the available space in the battlefield, misdirect the opponent's intended strategy...etc etc. In other words, there is always a context. Whenever you watch fights, or even this video of our boys, think about why the technique is being thrown and whether or not it is  effective in its use.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The York Muay Thai officials representing WKF Canada, with Kru Darryl Marin and Matthew Kratz:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

York Muay Thai Hoodie Pre Order! (Ends Dec 5)

The Pre-Order is finally ready!
These are Gilden hoodies and will only come in Small, Medium, Large and XLg.
Pre order is $50.00 You save $5 plus you guarantee your size and colour.
Pre-order payment MUST be made by December 5th!
We will not be ordering many extras so please place your pre-order at the gym!

In addition to the design above, here are your choices:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hooks and uppercuts: Masato vs Albert Kraus (2003)

In the spirit of Hook and Uppercuts for the month....This an old fight from 2003: the second K-1 MAX ever! The video isn't very long, so you know it's going to be an explosive ending!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Help Muay Thai in Ontario!

Please support Muay Thai in our province and help get it officially recognized:

This is the best opportunity in years for MuayThai to gain recognition in Ontario. More fighters, more gyms, more coaches, more bouts, more events, more MuayThai.

Please find the link to the Ontario Ministry on the website, send a letter or comment lending your support no later than Dec 8th. Even if you are not from Ontario...this will benefit MuayThai throughout Canada...let your voice be heard!

Link below:   

#muaythai #loverespectbelieve #fortheloveofthegame

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

York Muay That flashback at StriKing tournament 2014

A video from Morgan Clements of Gorilla Tactics Photography for StriKing Promotions featuring some York Muay Thai athletes!

Monday, November 10, 2014

YMT comes home! PC Jack wins gold!

Team YMT finally completed their quest to Muskogee Oklahoma to compete in the StriKing Muay Thai Tournament.

Here is a quick recap of the events:

We arrived safely Thursday Nov 6 and immediately began the weight cut for PC Jack, Zhang and Julius. We also had the pleasure of cutting weight with some new friends from Houston Muay Thai and Kru Pong's Muay Thai.

On Friday all of our fighters comfortably made weight and got to relax for the rest of the day watching Glory on tv and eating.

First fight on Saturday for us was Jack for the mens 135 B class. Jack got in there and fought a close war against an opponent from the US. Jack had just enough edge in the clinch and overall power to win unanimous decision. Also need to mention that there was one pretty sick elbow in there that made a sweat cloud...ohwaaaay!

Second up was Julius for the mens 125 c class. Julius got in there with the guy who would eventually win the entire tournament in a very devastating fashion. Julius used great technique and kept a tight guard, but the opponent was one of the strongest and fastest fighters there that weekend. We made a call, and decided to live to fight another day.  Julius has improved so much in the last little while. We are excited to see what he does next.

This concluded our Saturday. Mike had only this year's TBA champion in his bracket, so he would fight in the finals on Sunday. Jack had a four man bracket, so likewise he would fight on Sunday for the gold.

Sunday saw Mike and Jack up back to back. We had a flight to catch and needed to win and go home.

Mike stepped up against the 2014 TBA champ. After a 2 and a half year lay off, Mike came back into training and fighting this year, racking up 1 fight and a few demos. This was an incredible test for him and we were excited to see him rise up. Mike opened up with hard straight knees, and rallied with this punches. His opponent, however, used his speed and strength to get inside, work a strong clinch game and then moved enough to keep the fight in his favour. It was a banger of a fight, but Mike lost to a great opponent. He did show us that the title was not out of his reach, and we are confident he will be back with some impressive wins.

Jack was our final fghter, matched against a tough customer from the U.S. This, as PC Patrick would say, was a great Thai vs Dutch style match up. Almost right from the get go, Jack got in his opponent's face to open up with power punches and kicks. His opponent tried to play a strike and circle game but Jack put too much pressure for it to work. Clinched up, it was actually a very tight race. His opponent utilized good turns and had some strong knees of his own. However, Jack still applied more pressure in this range and continued to move his opponent backward.

In the end, Jack was announced as the winner unanimously, and the B class StriKing tournament Champion!

It was an incredible weekend, one which we will not soon forget. All of our fighters faced the top guys at the tournament. This was a very valuable experience for all of them.

A sincere thank you to the coaching and support team: Kru Jen, PC Construction, PC Patrick, PC David, PC Cam and Imtiaz. Also a thank you to all who supported us in our fundraisers and training!

Love, respect and believe from the YMTeam!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fighters ready for StriKing Oklahoma this weekend!

This Thursday afternoon, Kru Jen and PC Cam will be flying out with Pc Patrick, PC Jack, Zhang and Julius to Oklahoma to participate in the StriKing Fight Nights Muay Thai tournament.  They will be back on Sunday, hopefully with the gold!!

Classes will run as usual during this weekend. Thank you to all who helped fundraise to send our fighters over the boarder to rep our YMT family! It was certainly a TEAM effort, and we have had amazing support preparing for this event.

For those still interested in helping, please visit   to continue supporting the team. Khap Khun Khup!


Fall Back: Sakmongkol vs Ramon Dekkers (video)

Fall back with this throwback to the Golden Era of Muay Thai... when the competition was at its fiercest!  This old fight between a 19 year old Sakmongkol (who would become a legend in our sport) and Ramon Dekkers (another fighter whose battles earned him legend status) is a great way to round out elbow month.  

Not for the squeamish though!