Saturday, December 31, 2016

Closed Jan 2

Apologies YMT! We are "closed Monday Jan 2" (no classes), contrary to an earlier post. There was an error printed on our hours!
See you all Tuesday!
Happy New Year to everyone.

*PC David will be at the gym between 12pm-3pm for open training on that day. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Two in a week!

With the New Year approaching, we've been reflecting on how to be more effective both inside and outside of the gym. Here are two parting thoughts before we go on break for a few days!

Thank you Kru Chris

A warm thank you to Kru Chris Williams for coming by and guest teaching our 7:30 pm class last night!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Amateur Athlete Highlights:

2016... Many new faces stepped into the ring for their very first time. Some joined us with experience from other places, but all worked hard to earn their right to represent our team. Students, Accountant, Engineers, Fathers and so much more...people from all walks of life fulfilling a dream. York Muay Thai.

Athletes competed (not in order):
Frank, Peter, Marcus, Brendan, Shan, Sahila, Melissa, Carmen, Misha, Jack, Kevin, Osvaldo, Rafa, Fritz, Alex, Kassim, Shanks (not in video), Ilir (not in video)

York Muay Thai Year End Holiday Party 2016

What an amazing turn out we had for this year's party! We had upwards of 80 in attendance to celebrate the great year we have had. Thank you to everyone who came out, and to Real Thailand Cuisine for being our gracious hosts.

Lots of prizes were raffled away (gloves, private lessons, and more!), speeches and videos were presented...finally here are your 2016 awards:

 Shan Niazi: Senior Student of the Year

Tyler Noble: Junior Student of the Year

 Peter Milner: Most Improved Junior Student of the Year

 Melissa Chan and Carmen Nguyen: Fighters of the Year (tie)

Kirill: Instructor of the Year
Misha Sinkovsky: Most Dedicated Student of the Year

Fritz "Nelly" Reyes: Nickname of the Year

 Certificate of Appreciation: Michael Reid

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holiday Promotion! 3 Months Unlimited Training for $199!!

Open to ALL, new students and existing (promotion is added onto the end of an existing membership)! You can grab 3 months of UNLIMITED  training at YMT for only $199!  
If you are new, come by and check out a *no commitment* FREE trial first. See what we are all about :)

This offer lasts till Feb 1st. 
Jump on it now!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

YMT Annual Holiday Party: Dec 18

York Muay Thai's Holiday Party is around the corner!

Come out Sunday Dec 18th for some dinner, raffles, awards, videos and more!

We will be celebrating at Real Thailand, at Bathurst and Bloor (steps from the subway)!

$40.00 includes the following menu:

Please pay in cash in advance at the front desk

- tax and tip included
- one drink (non alcoholic)
- spring rolls
- shrimp chips
- tom yum kai
- mango salad
- Pad Thai
- basil chicken
- curry beef
- mixed veggies
- rice
- honey banana

We will be giving away awards for:

Fighter of the Year
Senior Student of the Year (Blue Shorts)
Junior Student of the Year (Yellow Shorts)
Most Improved Senior Student of the Year
Most Improved Junior Student of the Year
Best Nickname of 2016
Embodiement of a Martial Artist
Heart of York Muay Thai Award

Speeches from your Kru's:

Kru Yai Jenypher
Kru Cam
Poo Choi Construction
Poo Choi David
Poo Choi Patrick

A video highlight reel of our fighters throughout 2016

A raffle draw giving away:
- Private lessons with your Kru's
- Equipment
- A one month free membership
- A 3 month free membership

Receive a 2 week FREE pass to give to friends and family.

Guests and children are welcome please post in the facebook event (click here) or sign up on the sheet at the front reception!

Looking forward to celebrating another fantastic year at York Muay Thai with all of you!

Please bring an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Party and we will donate it to the Fire Fighter Toy Drive! Thank you!!

A November Recap

Sunday, December 4, 2016

YMT's Advent Calendar!

Check out YMT's advent calendar! At the end of every class we will be opening up a door to reveal the exercise or drill set we will be finishing with :) Wonder what today's will be... 

Teep Month Begins!

We will be focusing on our teep technique and it's applications starting today. Time to push our way through to the new year!

One of our favourite months!  We have to repost this...(though it needs to be updated with some of our more current fighters):

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Melissa takes home Gold at the Nationals!

What a weekend! Tough fights but very valuable experience for the YMTeam! We went 1-3 in some very exciting bouts.

Congratulations to Melissa on winning the ladies C class 105 max gold!
Rafa, Carmen and Shan all fought against strong and skilled opponents, battling till the end and taking away great lessons for the next challenges coming their way.

Thank you to the coaching staff at YMT and all of the fight team for their help in training these fighters. Thank you to MuayThai Canada for making this dream come true!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween fun at YMT

Just some shots of our classes this past Monday Oct 31...We always get in the spirit :)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

YMT at New Energy Demo Bouts

Thank you to New Energy Muay Thai for having us last night! We had 9 fighters on the card, making for the biggest team we have had in a long time. Each bout provided valuable experience for our athletes and we are grateful for the opportunities. York Muay Thai showed up in force to support their athletes and it was beautiful to see.

Great job to Rafa, Sahila, Carmen, Shan, Fritz, Peter, Misha, Alex and Kassim!

Special shout out to PCP for being a fighter warm up machine!

Check out some more photos here:

Halloween Party winners!

Check out some shots from our Halloween party below! The winner of the adult costume contest and 1 free month of training goes to Shalini (and Pc Patrick)! The winning pumpkin and 1 free month of training goes to Carmen and Jenny!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sparring at TKMT Downtown

Thank you to the TKMT Downtown crew for inviting us over to spar! We had a great time working with you. See you at the next one!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Kassim repping at Kalsamrit

Shout outs to Kassim on his demo fight at Kalsamrit Gym in Bowmanville!  He stayed true to his training and showed a lot of class. Way to rep in your first bout with YMT!  On to the next!

Thank You Southside Muay Thai!

Huge thanks to our friends at Southside Muay Thai in Scarborough for having us over to spar this past Wednesday. It was a great experience. Our current roster of fighters are the new generation, and the opportunity to work with you has helped open their eyes and given them renewed focus. We can't wait for the next sparring date :)

Mom, Dad and Me (Kids) class keeping the energy high!

Just a few snaps from our Mom, Dad and Me class!  Every Saturday at 10:15 am, parents can train for FREE along side their children! There is always more than one instructor and assistants to get everyone the training they need. We were the first to offer this type of class for Family Muay Thai in 2010, and proud to continue delivering it to the North York community :)

This is one of the class finishers we like to do, where each child and parent takes turns choosing an exercise for the group to do. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thanksgiving Closure:


Saturday, October 1, 2016

PCP's Movie Pick of the Month for September: The Hammer (2007)

Sorry for the late September movie pick, it's been a hectic month for me. I know it's October 1, but I picked this movie several weeks ago so I'm calling it September's pick.

The Hammer (2008)

"They say you should never let go of your dreams. But if your dream is to be a Mouseketeer, and you're 45, you may want to let that one go. On the other hand, if your dream is to be a Wal-Mart greeter, you can hang on to that baby until like a year after you die." - Jerry Ferro

Boxing movies tend to be either intense character studies of real people like Raging Bull or Ali, or motivational under-dog stories like the Rocky movies or Cinderella Man. There have been a few boxing comedies like Diggstown and Grudge Match, but they mostly miss the mark if you ask me (Don't even get me started on the Barbara Streisand boxing comedy The Main Event). MMA has Here Comes the Boom as it's best comedy (and best overall movie actually, but with competition like Never Back Down, that's not saying a ton). Muay Thai has very little in the way of comedies, so I'm sticking with boxing examples for the moment. For my money, this month's movie pick, The Hammer, sits as the one of the best boxing comedies in recent memory.

 Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) used to be a decent amateur boxer as a teenager. He made it all the way to the gold medal match of the California Golden Gloves, but then he no-showed, giving his opponent the win by default. A decade later he's washed up, out of shape and scraping by working as carpenter. He still involved with boxing though, teaching beginner boxing classes at a local fitness gym. After getting fired from his job and losing his girlfriend on his 40th birthday, things seem like they can't get any worse for Jerry. But then, after knocking down a visiting high level pro-boxer in sparring, he is suddenly noticed by an Olympic boxing coach and is asked to try out for team USA. The prospect of making right on his past  motivates Jerry to get back in shape and get back in to training. In the process he experiences some competitive animosity from Robert, the other much younger fighter in his weight class, which leads to some amusing moments. At the same time he becomes involved with one of his students (Heather Jurgensen), with some awkward dates and funny dialogue. It's light, motivational, and fun. Also, the fight scenes are pretty convincingly choreographed, which is something I can be picky/snobby about. It's what ruined Southpaw for me.

The Hammer's message, standing in stark contrast to other movie's that I've picked (most notably The Wrestler), is simple. Don't give up on something if it's really important to you, and it's never too late to try. A homegrown example of somebody who didn't give up and tried despite his age would be Robin Hutchins, YMT's oldest fighter. Robin was 42 when they announced his name and he went over the top ropes into his first Muay Thai fight in 2012. And if you ask anybody who was there, they'll tell you that he had a war. I've always respected him for that. Trying out for the Olyimpics at 40 might be an extreme example, but Hell, people have even done that successfully. There are many real-life examples of immensely successful musicians, actors, athletes or entrepreneurs who started late or took a long time to achieve success. It's never to late to just try.

I could only find one trailer for this movie on YouTube, and I'm not posting it out of principle because it's edited really poorly and kills the comedic timing of most of the jokes. Seriously, it makes the movie look really bad. It's also not on Netflix, so you'll have to find it somewhere else if you want to see it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

$325 for 4 Months of Unlimited Training!

Check out our Back to School Special! Get 4 Months of unlimited Muay Thai for ONLY $325! Perfect for getting through the semester.
The first 15 sign ups get FREE handwraps!!

The offer lasts till Oct 20, and is only available to new students. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Osvaldo wins at TKO's Champions League: Showdown in Waterloo

A big congrats to Oswaldo on his unanimous decision win! He stuck to the game plan and came out on top against a technical opponent. Big shout outs to the Ymteam for coming out in force to support him.


Special thanks to Ken Sylvan of B-elite for getting Os on weight, as well as Eugenia for being the support he needed. Thanks to Pc Patrick for being an amazing pre bout coach yet again, with Pc Jack and Shanks' help. Thanks to Kru Jen and Kru Cam for putting in the hours in camp to make sure Os was ready, as well as corner him. Lastly, thank you to TKO and Muay Thai Ontario for another fantastic show!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pad Smash: An Hour of Power

Just a clip from Pad Smash Class. Your 1 hour burn for those days where your time is limited, but your energy isn't! 


Direction goes beyond destination. You must go beyond, in everything you do:

How deep you hit pads, how aware you are holding pads, how intensely you skip rope, how mindful you are of everything happening in the moment...

There is always beyond.

Elbow Month off to a Strong Start

We closed out swing kick month strong. Now working on a completely different range...Elbows!  Distance is one of the many layers of using Muay Thai successfully. Choosing the right weapon for the right range is key. We will be exploring some aspects of this in depth this month.


Building Families

Father and son training together...beautiful.