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Christmas Opening Times

OPENING TIMES – Over the festive period! 🎅🎄☃️❄️

Last Session Before Xmas

Sunday 17th December 2017

First Session After New Year

Thursday 4th January 2018

NEW Sunday Class Times

NEW Sunday Class Times

Starting from Sunday 26th June 2016

Class times will be changing to the following:

MAIN CLASS 10am-11:30am
FIGHTER CLASS 11:30am-12:30pm

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Christmas & New Year – Opening Times

Below are our Opening Times over the Festive Period

Last Adult Training Session of 2015 – Tuesday 15th December at 7:30pm

First Adult Training Session of 2016 – Tuesday 5th January at 7:30pm

Don’t forget… any Christmas Presents for your Kru’s are most welcome 😉

NEW Muay Thai Class Timetable

NEW Muay Thai Class Timetable


Fitness for the whole family…

At FIGHT SPECIFIX a Brand NEW Functional Fitness & Fight Academy just off Doddington Road in Lincoln. In July this year three highly qualified fitness experts have teamed up to create a fantastic new environment, that is aimed at keeping
the entire family fit! For adults, whether you wish to get fit, train for fun or persue a competitive career, we offer classes to suit every member of your family including children, where we aim to increase confidence, gain focus, improve fitness and physical well-being.



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5 steps to better club hygiene

Nobody has ever accused gyms and clubs of being clean enough to eat off the floor. But that’s no excuse to let your guard down…

CLUB HYGIENE: Follow these rules to help you keep from catching-or spreading germs!!

To get the dirt on what goes on at clubs and gyms, the firm surveyed 2,000 people. The gym sins they discovered: 74 percent of people polled said they had noticed that their fellow gym-goers committed a gym faux pas, like failing to wipe down sweaty equipment; 49 percent admitted to having used water bottles, towels, and toiletries that weren’t actually theirs; 18 percent had gone to the gym despite being sick and coughing and sneezing; and 16 percent said they didn’t wash their gym clothes between workouts.

Tip 1 – Control Offensive Body Odor

Exercising makes you sweat and perspiration causes body odor. Additionally many gyms and clubs are crowded and you in many cases will be working out in close proximity and touching other members. Do everyone a favor and come to the club showered and wear effective deodorant. Smelling good is great however don’t take this to an extreme. You are not going out to a club, so do NOT douse yourself with cologne; overcompensation can be just as unpleasant for fellow members.

Tip 2 – Clean Your Gear

Dirty, dark, moist gym bags are great for fungi – they’ll grow just fine in the interior, There are several ways to avoid contaminating your gym bag: Put your dirty clothes in a plastic bag, take them out, and empty the plastic bag right into the washing machine.

Tip 3 – Buy a Better Bottle

Plastic water bottles tend to hold bacteria if you don’t clean them properly. The only ones you can be sure of are metal. To clean it properly, just wash it in hot, soapy water. Also, keep an eye on your bottle to make sure someone (like nearly half of the people in the survey!) doesn’t sneak a sip while you aren’t paying attention.

Tip 4 – Wipe, Wash, Repeat

Whether you decide to constantly wipe down the equipment, or cleanse your own hands, or a combination of the two, keeping your hands clean can help make sure gym germs don’t do any damage. “Keep your own little area organized and hygienic, and you’re going to be protected. After using each set of weights, bag, pads or gloves use the hand sanitizer and wipes that should be provided by your gym to keep germs at bay.

Tip 5 – Take a Rest Day

Don’t go to the gym if you have a really bad cold and you’re sneezing and your nose is running. Also, if you have open wounds, you might want to stay away from the club that day to avoid infection, or infecting anything you might touch while you’re training or sparring.

A figher washes after his fight at Rajadumnern stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Main Event Arena Tour

The Main Event Arena Tour

7th June 2014

the main event manchester

The Main Event Muay Thai.
No imitations. No resurrections.
The best Muay Thai show in the U.K.


65kg A Class

Liam Harrison (Bad Company, Leeds)
Greg Wootton (KO gym, London)

Harrison v Wooton

This bout pits two of the stand out names in U.K. Muay Thai against one another in a fight that has been on the cards for a long time. KO’s superstar Wootton boasts a record of 28 wins from 30 fights and is known for his amazing technical ability and slick fighting style. He has beaten the who’s who of Muay Thai names in the U.K including Panicos Yusuf, Paul Karpowicz and Luke Turner and is the current WMC MAD World Title holder. Other notable scalps for the Londoner include wins over Thai champion Prathet Sor Thanikul and World champion Andre Kotsur. In addition to his impressive collection of Muay Thai wins, he has also competed several times under kickboxing rules and recently picked up the Enfusion World strap. Harrison is coming off the back of a brilliant win over Frenchman Dylan Salvador on The Main Event earlier this month and has a busy start to 2014 planned. With more than 90 fights on his record he has long been considered one of the very best fighters on the planet, competing at the highest level for many years. He holds wins over countless Thai champions and recorded a spectacular win over Andrei Kulebin on our first The Main Event show in 2012, stopping the Belarussian in 3 rounds.

67kg A Class

Reece Mccallister (Phoenix, Country Durham)
Brad Stanton (Kiatphontip, Leeds)

Mccallister vs Stanton

Both these young fighters are hot property in the Muay Thai world and have been demolishing all opponents in their way for some time now. Current UK number 1 Mccallister has a wealth of junior experience behind him and lived in Thailand for a period where he fought more than a dozen times. With a hugely impressive record of 44 wins from 50 professional contests, he is rightly seen as one of the most special talents the UK has produced in recent years. In his last fight he put on a Muay Thai masterclass against former UK number 1 Tim Thomas, dethroning the man from Bedford with a wide points victory and with an amazing display that left the fans begging for more. Stanton has been making huge waves on the UK Muay Thai scene, has been tipped as a future star of the sport from the very beginning of his career, and is undoubtedly the biggest threat to Reece’s number one spot. His aggressive fighting style has seen him make light work of numerous high calibre opponents in the past 12 months including Josh Palmer, Adrian Wedolowski and Sam Omomogbe, on route to securing the #4 position he currently holds in the rankings. His record reads 23 fights with 21 wins and only 2 losses. Both these athletes have an exciting fighting style, backed up by the confidence of youth, with the skill to support.

61.5kg A Class

Darren O’Connor (Thai Style, Liverpool)
Panicos Yusuf (All Powers, Stockport)

O’Connor v Yusuf

This fight sees U.K. ranked #2 Panicos challenge the current number 1 to determine who is the best lightweight in the U.K. This is a bout that the fans have wanted for some time and is a fantastic addition to The Main Event bill. Darren holds both the ISKA British and ISKA European titles and has beaten many of the top names in the U.K. including Keith Mclachlan, Jonno Chipchase and Paul Karpowicz, as well as recording wins over Thai and European opposition. He recently spent 6 months training in Thailand and fought several times in the stadiums during his stay there. On his return to England he took on the Spanish lightweight champion, a fight he controlled well, and emerged with a comfortable points win. His record currently reads 22 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. Panicos featured on our The Main Event show on 2nd November 2013, beating Scotland’s rising star Chris Shaw in a highly anticipated fight. He is regarded as one of the best fighters in Europe and has proven his talent on countless occasions, with wins over Ireland’s Josh Palmer and Thai champion Prathet Sor Thanikul on his impressive record. He is the current WRSA European champion and has been seeking the opportunity to challenge for the U.K. number 1 spot for some time. This is a real 50/50 fight between the two biggest names in the division and could go either way!

60kg A class

Andrew Lofthouse (Evolve, Manchester)
Keith Mclachlan (Griphouse, Scotland)

Lofthouse v Mclachlan

This fight features the fighter who, many would say, stole the show on our last event. Last years “break out” fighter Andrew Lofthouse finished an impressive 2013, which included wins over Brian Totty, Ross George and Adam Lee Mason, with an outstanding, fight of the night performance on November’s The Main Event. The unorthodox and entertaining Lofthouse will face off against the Keith Mclachlan, UK’s #1 ranked fighter at 59kg, in a catch weight contest matched at 60kg. Tough as Teak Mclachlan is a fighter who can be likened to a good wine – gets better with age. Keith brings a wealth of experience to the table with 23 fights on his record and has fought many top names over the past few years such as Darren O’connor, Ste Meleady and Oron Deachkalon, who many thought he was unlucky to lose to in the final of a Super 8 tournament. He holds wins over wins over Stevie Brown, Carl Copestake and former Thai champion Rung.

Another “call em” fight, it once again underlines our mission to bring together the very best fighters out there and provide a spectacle few can match.

85kg A class

Carlos DeGraca (Bolton Muay Thai)
Darren Howeison (Headhunters MMA, Scotland)

DeGraca v Howeison

This is a fight which can have only one description – Knock Out! Between them these lads have won 85% of their fights inside the distance. UK number one, unbeaten Carlos Degraca, follows his impressive 5th round stoppage of David Sa on The Main Event in November by defending his UK number 1 spot against hard-hitting Scotsman Darren Howeison. DeGraca’s performance against Sa brought him plaudits from many respected figures within the sport and took his unbeaten record to 10-0-1, with 8 of those coming by way of knockout. With his devastating knockout power and explosive style, he is the man to beat in the cruiserweight division in the UK. On current form, 6ft 6” Howeison is one of the most dangerous 85kg fighters on the circuit and has racked up a perfect record of 9 straight wins, all inside the distance, picking up a Scottish title in the process. Currently sitting 3rd in the UK rankings, he will be looking to extend his perfect record and knock Carlos off the top spot, with future European opportunities on the horizon… With 17 combined stoppages in their 20 bouts, this fight is guaranteed to be brutally action packed and explosive – while it lasts. Very much a ‘don’t blink’ match, one thing is for certain… someone’s ‘0’ has got to go!

71kg K1 rules

Chad Sugden (Suggy’s Gym, Newark)
Nathan Epps (K-Star, Birmingham)

Sugden v Epps

This bout sees two of the brightest stars on the UK kickboxing stage face off against each other in a fight that has been in the making for over a year. With an amateur record spanning over 100 fights, Sugden made his professional debut on The Main Event in 2012, taking a hard fought win over Joe Roberts. Since then he has gone on to win 11 of his 12 professional contests, beating high profile opponents Ryan Edmunson, Salah Abdulsalem and Costel Paniscuis, and picking up the ISKA oriental rules World Title in the process. Epps boasts a superb record of 32 wins from 40 fights and is currently on a 13-fight winning streak. A busy 2013 saw him record stoppage wins over WBC National Champion Mike Egan and Ireland’s Jonno Bracken, as well as a comfortable points win over foreign opposition on his hometown show in September. In October 2012 Epps and Sugden both competed in an 8-Man Tournament in Warrington, with Epps defeating Brad Stanton and Kerrith Bhella in his first two matches while Sugden secured his place in the final with victories over Solomon Wickstead and Peter Tiarks. Injured in the semi-final, Epps was forced to withdraw in favour of Bhella, whom Sugden went on to beat convincingly on points for the title and the purse. Finally these two will meet in what is set to be an explosive fight over three rounds.

65kg B Class

Danny Horton (Majestic Gym, Wigan)
Ste Wain (Goldenteam, Leeds)

Horton v Wain

Both these lads are real bangers and we are very pleased to have secured such a quality fight for The Main Event to support our headlining bouts. Danny (9w 5L) is coming off a very close loss to number 4 ranked Mikey Wiseman last month on The Main Event and is keen to get back to winning ways. Standing in his way is the man from Leeds (6w 3L) who will be looking to make a statement and end this fight as soon as possible, with opportunities in the pipeline for the winner..

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Companies that failed, naming their products

These 19 Asian companies FAILED so hard at naming their food!!

These are just wrong…

For global companies, it’s important to plan product names well enough so embarrassing typos can be avoided.  Unfortunately, these companies didn’t think their foodstuff names all the way through, so some vital pieces got lost in translation.

“Tastes Like Grandma’s!” and “Tastes Like Grandma” have two very different meanings. Cannibalism isn’t nearly as tasty as Grandma’s homemade jam. If you ever plan on selling food overseas, make sure to translate the name forwards and backwards. You don’t want to advertise rape or cannibalism, no matter how quickly you’d get featured on the nightly news.

Share these hilarious food name fails with others, it’ll make them laugh!!


Muay Thai Fight World Battle 2014

Superstars from the world of Muay Thai will return to King Power Stadium on Monday 5 May as THAI FIGHT WORLD BATTLE 2014 comes to Leicester City.

In a spectacular celebration of Thai sporting culture to follow the overwhelming success of a sell-out THAI FIGHT EXTREME event in 2012, world-renowned Muay Thai exponents such as Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Antoine Pinto will be competing in a series of seven explosive fights.


Leicester City Football Club Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be present to welcome thousands of fight fans to the exciting exhibition of elite fighters, which is being broadcast live on Channel 3 in Thailand.
The crowd will then be treated to a stunning celebration of Thailand’s national sport of Muay Thai– a discipline that requires a phenomenal level of technical ability and has become one of the most popular martial arts in the world.
Combining striking with the hands, feet, knees and elbows, as well as the incorporation of a host of sophisticated defensive techniques, Muay Thai fights offer up a wonderfully entertaining spectacle of technical excellence.
All this means tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly by fight fans from around the UK and Europe, so make sure you book yours soon to avoid disappointment.
The event will take place in a purpose-built facility in the grounds of King Power Stadium, which similarly to the 2012 event, will house around 4,000 people, and will run for three action-packed hours from 4.45pm.
Among the elite-level fighters competing on the night will be:
Tickets are now on sale for the event, priced between £15 and £45, and are available either online at, from the City Fanstore at King Power Stadium or by calling the Sales Centre on 0844 815 5000 (option 1). Tickets priced at £15 will be situated in the back three rows of blocks B and C.

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NEW GYM – Fight Specifix

Fight Specifix

Unit 3A, Exchange Road, Doddington Road, Lincoln LN6 3JY

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We haven’t registered the new gym with Google Places yet but the map below, shows a company that is almost next door…

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21 Signs You’ve Spent Too Much Time In Thailand

Well technically, you could never, ever spend too much time in Thailand. The country is chock-full of intricate temples, pristine islands, and mysterious caverns.

Here’s how to tell if you’re turning the corner from Thai tourist to Thai local.

1. You prefer motorbikes to minivans. In Thailand, you don’t have soccer moms: you have fearless and intrepid moto-moms who fit their entire families (babies included!) onto one gas-powered bike. No seatbelts? No problem. Continue reading

Human Weapon


Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to Bangkok, Thailand, the home of one of the most recognized martial arts, Muay Thai. Their journey takes them to the legendary Lumpinee Stadium, and then to the jungles bordering Burma where they train at a Buddhist temple.

Human Weapon – Muay Thai

Muay Thai Elbow


MSA interclub (13.04.14)

MSA interclub

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Bangkok Bar Manchester

Sunday 13 April 2014, 10:00am – 05:00pm


Venue Address


The Bangkok Bar Manchester
40 – 44 Princess Street Manchester M16DD


All Fighters will be presented with MSA Awards/Trophies

The MSA interclub is an event that enables the students to improve their Muay Thai skills at their own pace. Alongside sparring sessions which are regularly held within Master Sken Academy classes to help improve participant’s techniques focusing on fighting strategies that are taught to aid the fighter when competing.

All MSA interclub events have fight officials referee and time keeper; students are encouraged to spar in controlled safe environment learning from each other’s techniques and strategies. Trophies and certificates are awarded on the day. Everybody is welcome to support their club and fighters on the day.

MSA Interclubs are held regularly throughout the year. Clubs from around the country are welcome to join the Interclub event by sending their Club name Instructor and students name with the students weight age and experience. We will match each person prior to the day.

Due to the popularity of the MSA Interclub’s we are asking each Club to book in advance & are limited to 7 fighters per camp. 2 assistants (corner). Weigh in is done prior to the day.

  • Weigh in at the event is strictly between 10 to 11am.
  • Interclub will begin at 12pm.
  • Instructors please bring your own protective equipment.
  • Bring your friends and family to support your camp.
  • Everyone is welcome to support on the day.
  • Admission £7 for fighters and spectators.

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How To Prepare for a fight

Muay Thai Fighting Tips – How To Prepare for a fight

How To Warm Up & Mentally Prepare For A Muay Thai Fight

You get to the arena a few hours early, shake hands with a few people, and then you are guided to your locker room by the event staff. As you make your way to your locker room, that feeling really starts to really settle in.

You know that feeling I’m talking about, right?

The feeling of excitement, anxiety and nervousness all wrapped into one. The feeling that you’re about to test your physical and mental limitations in front of a roaring crowd. The feeling of relief because fight night is finally here!

Are you ready?

The Locker Room – Muay Thai Fighting Tips

The locker room before a fight is a very unique, one-of-a-kind place. After you’ve had a few fights, you begin to notice all the same familiar smells, noises and feelings.

You see your opponent and other fighters as they head to their respective locker rooms.
You smell the nostalgic aroma of thai oil as it’s massaged on every part of your body.
You hear the smack of thai pads as other fighters get loose for their fights.
You feel your heart beating a little bit faster as you get your hands wrapped by your kru.
You start envision and taste victory.

To ensure a glorious victory, there is a lot of hard work that goes into a fight camp. Obviously the weeks and months of sharpening your technique and improving your conditioning are super important, but the 30-45 minutes before you step into that ring is just as important as any single moment during your training camp.

If you are not warmed up properly before a fight you could:

  • Get injured since your muscles are still tight and lethargic.
  • Burn out and feel fatigued because you warmed up for too long.
  • Misjudge your opponents timing and attacks.
  • Overwhelm yourself with self-doubt and worry.

I assume you don’t want any of that to happen, right? Then follow these simple Muay Thai Fighting tips that will help you with your pre-fight preparation and get you physically and mentally ready for the fight of your life!

7  Muay Thai Fighting Tips For Pre-Fight Preparation

1. Practice your warm-up when you train

The warm-up you do before a training session should be almost identical to the warm-up you do before a fight. Not only will this help you get your body ready for the fight, but you won’t have to over think anything because you’ll be comfortable with the routine.

That being said, make sure your warm-up before a training session isn’t rushed and done mindlessly. If you plan on taking this sport seriously, you should plan on taking your warm-up seriously. Whether it’s skipping rope, shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, using the foam roller or whatever, it’s important to get your body loose, your mind focused, and your blood flowing.

It’s important to create a warm-up that gets you prepared for both a training session or a title fight. Every part of your body needs to be loose and ready for war. Once you get into a comfortable warm up routine, your body and mind will be a comfortable place and be more than ready for the intensity of a fight.

2. Find your “happy” place

Some people listen to music, while others sit in silence and meditate. Some people like to yell and scream to pump themselves up, while others like to laugh and relax with their team.

Whatever you do, find a way to keep your mind calm, relaxed and focused.

If you are one of the first fights on the card, then you won’t have as much time to relax. If you are one of the last fights, then you want to conserve your energy and only start to really get pumped up a couple fights before you’re on.

I’ve experimented and gone through many different stages of how I act before a fight. I’ve tried to laugh and be silly. I’ve tried being a complete dick and not talking to anyone. I’ve tried listening to Rocky music. I’ve tried a lot of shit.

After more than 20 fights, I’ve come to realize that as the fight gets closer and closer, I get quieter and quieter. I turn off all my emotion and just think about how I’m going to hurt my opponent. I don’t need any music. I don’t need anyone yelling in my face. I just need time to myself.

Just like with most things, being able to find your “happy” place will take plenty of experience before you truly begin to understand how your mind works before a fight. Be open-minded in terms of experimenting with different ways to psych yourself up before a fight, especially early on in you amateur career when you are still getting used to the fight scene.

3. Make it a routine

I find it very useful to have some type of routine whenever I fight. This stops me from thinking too much or worrying about what I have to do to get ready. If I have a set routine that I like and am comfortable with, I will be much more stress-free and focused when I make the walk to the ring.

Typically my warm-up routine looks something like this:

  • Get to the arena, find the locker room and put my stuff down.
  • Go to the ring, visualize the crowd around it and visualize my fight.
  • Walk back to the locker room and rest until the rules meeting.
  • After the rules meeting, listen to some music.
  • About 4 – 5 fights before, get my hands wrapped and signed off on.
  • Get my entire body massaged with thai liniment.
  • Start light shadowboxing and visualizing my game plan.
  • Hit thai pads lightly for 1-2 minute intervals with my trainer, with short 1-2 minute breaks.
  • With about 1-2 fights before my fight, pick up the intensity and power in my strikes. Mix in some light sparring and clinching with my kru or training partner to get a feel for the fight.
  • Put my mongkon on, stay loose by hopping around and shadowboxing, then make my way to the ring.

Now since I know what to expect before almost every fight, I don’t stress out nearly as much as I used to. I used go be anxious and amped up before I even got to the arena, but now, since I have a set routine, I’m much more in control of my thoughts and emotions than I was before.

4. Have knowledgeable, trustworthy cornermen

Having someone you know and trust in your corner can make the difference between winning and losing. Not only should they know the technical advice to give you between rounds, but they should also know how to get you zoned in during your warm up.

Talk through you game plan with your cornerman and let them know if you have any preference of how to be cornered (stand or sit between rounds, deep breaths before advice, motivational sayings etc.). It’s super important that you are on the same page as your cornermen, otherwise it can lead to confusion, anxiety and over thinking too much… which can be dangerous in the context of a fight.

Not only should your cornermen be on the same page as you, but they should know how to wrap your hands right too! I don’t know about you, but I punch a shit load, so having my hands wrapped properly is super important to me. Even if you’re not a heavy puncher, it’s vital to protect your hands so they don’t get injured.

5. Know what number you are fighting

Are you first or last?

If you are one of the first fights up, it’s important to get right into your routine pretty quickly. Make sure you keep in mind any intermissions and how long each of the fights are scheduled for. Also make sure to be prepared for any of the fights before you to end quickly!

If you are near the end of the card, relax. Maybe eat a banana and listen to some music, or talk with your team to keep your mind busy. Typically, I start to get ready about 4-5 fights before I’m on, but it’s up to you to find out what timing works best for you.

6. Be aware of your thoughts

Negative thoughts, self-doubt will pop up. It’s all good though!

I’m constantly thinking to myself “why did I sign up for this” or “no one is making you do this Sean”, but if those thoughts didn’t come across my mind, then I know something is wrong.

These thoughts are healthy and not abnormal by any means. The best way to deal with them is to be aware of them, but let them pass. Constantly be using positive self-talk and reminding yourself how much of a badass you are.

Remind yourself of how hard you worked to be where you are today.
Remind yourself that you put way too much time and effort to start doubting yourself now. Remind yourself, once you get in the ring, your training and instincts will take over.

Being in control of your mind is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when you’re about to step into the ring for a Muay Thai fight. Just remember, the only way to get better at dealing with these thoughts and emotions is with experience.

7. Make a list of stuff to pack

It can really fuck you up if you forget your cup or mouth guard, so don’t let it happen. Don’t be that guy who has to borrow someone else’s cup… that’s gross. To avoid this, make a list of everything you need for before and after the fight. Here is what I normally pack for fight night:

  • thai shorts (2 pairs because I need to make sure I’m matching whatever corner I’m in)
  • steel cup
  • mouthguard
  • thai liniment
  • extra pair of clothes for afterwards
  • phone, wallet, keys
  • headphones
  • snacks (trail mix, banana)
  • water
  • ibuprofen/aspirin

Also make sure that your corner is bringing the tape, gauze, scissors and all other necessary supplies to wrap up prior to stepping into the ring.

It might seem a lot goes into warming up before a fight… that’s because there is!

You have to be as prepared as possible is fight night, no excuses. If you half-ass your warm-up and go in the ring without a focused mind or loose body, chances are much more likely that you will get knocked the fuck out.

Like I said earlier, it takes time to get a solid warm-up routine down before you figure out what works best. If you are just starting out or still in your amateur career, it’s not the worst thing to experiment with different warm-ups and see what works best for you. Once you are further along your ammy career or become a pro, the last thing you’ll want to do is mess with your mojo.

Are you as obsessive about having a good warm-up before a fight as I am?

What other ways do you get physically and mentally prepared to step into the ring?


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The Art of Muay Thai Pad Work

How NOT to Use Thai Pads…

The Art of Muay Thai Pad Work

One of my favorite parts of training has always been working on the Thai pads. It’s a great way to sharpen your skills, build up your cardio, and develop the relationship between coach and teammates. My greatest pet peeve is when you are working with a partner who doesn’t know how to properly hold the pads. You could have a world champion in front of you, but put them with someone who doesn’t know how to hold pads and they will look like a beginner. 

While on the pads, it’s important to flow with your partner and develop a cadence appropriate to their level of skill and conditioning. This can easily be observed when watching a fighter and their trainer practice. It can be an amazing sight to witness. The coach gradually warms up the fighter, then starts to increase the intensity and difficulty level of holding patterns as the rounds progress. Learning to hold the Thai pads properly allows you to develop important coaching skills that will only benefit you as your level of fluency in the art increases.

Below are several tips that will help you learn how to effectively hold the Thai pads. 

1. Keep it Simple

If you are new to holding pads, keep the combinations and strikes simple. Even if you are working with someone more advanced they will not benefit from advanced holding patterns that you don’t really know. Muay Thai is a simple art and pad holding should reflect that. Single strikes will help your partner much more than long, drawn out, complex combinations. Start with what you know and slowly link everything together as you get more comfortable holding.

2. Simulate the Intended Target

Always keep in mind that when holding pads you are simulating the role of your partner’s opponent. Pad holding has to mirror the intended targets one would normally strike at. If you are holding for a body kick, keep the pads right next to your ribs. If it’s a jab-cross, the pads should be right next to your face. By holding the pads in unrealistic places you end up training your partner for targets that aren’t real. You also subject yourself to possible injury. Just remember that when you hold it is your job to get the pads in the way of the oncoming strike. If your partner throws a kick to the ribs and your pads are way out in front of you, you’re eating that kick full force. Take it from me, it’s not a nice feeling.

3. Apply Pressure at the Point of Contact

Applying pressure at the point of contact is crucial to holding pads. It ensures that your partner gets a good workout, but it also prevents you, the holder, from getting injured. For example, if your partner is throwing a hook and you receive it with a relaxed arm, you’re going to tweak your elbow and possibly strain your shoulder. When the strike reaches the pads, tense your body and meet the strike with force. That being said, never reach for the strike, allow it to come to you. Reaching for the strike is sure way to get kicked in the ribs or punched in the face. Keep in mind that your partner is aiming for you not the pads. A great way of acclimating to holding pads is to start slow and light. Tell your partner to start off hitting lightly and slowly increase the power and speed. By the end of the first round you’ll both be adjusted to each other and can start crushing it.

4. Make it Real

As mentioned above, always remember that when holding pads, you assume the role of the opponent. Try to simulate a sparring session when holding pads but always remember to work at the level of your partner. Move around and throw strikes at your partner during the session. Doing this will benefit both parties. The holder observes the openings and flaws in the striker’s game, and the striker increases his defense and reaction time. Making a pad work session “real” will only help in building up the level of skill for both individuals.

5. Don’t Over-coach Your Partner

My second greatest pet peeve is when my partner tries to coach or correct me on every little movement I perform. It’s infuriating and a tremendous waste of training time. While on the pads you are supposed to be working and improving, not having a five-minute debate concerning the position of my left foot. Coaching tips and cues should be quick and to the point. People are going to make mistakes when doing any type of sport. Just do your best to deal with them in the most time efficient manner while working on the pads.  Everyone has a unique style of learning, so remember that some people will not get it right away. If your partner is doing something incorrect try to correct them a couple of times. If the problem persists, move on and address the issue later in the session. If your partner still can’t make the necessary corrections, notify your coach and have him or her deal with the problem.


Lumpinee Stadium… the last fight

Lumpinee Stadium

The last fight…

After 57 years playing host to many of Bangkok’s most memorable fights, the legendary Lumpinee Stadium closed its doors for the last time this weekend with leading fighters including: Petboonchu Borplaboonchu and Seanchai PK Saenchai. Completed in December 1956 and run by the Thai army, the corrugated iron roofed ramshackle venue was seen as the heart and soul of Muay Thai to fighters from the world over.


The History


Lumpinee Boxing Stadium (Thai: สนามมวยเวทีลุมพินี) is an indoor sporting arena located in Bangkok, Thailand. Opened more than a decade later than Rajadamnern Stadium, the Lumpinee is run by Royal Thai Army on behalf of Thai Government. It has become the symbol of modern Muay Thai. Only Rajadamnern Stadium rivals the prestige of holding the title of “Muay Thai Champion of Lumpinee”. The ranking system and championship titles are held from mini flyweight (105 lb) up to super welterweight (154 lb). Muay thai contests are held on every Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The fights usually start around 6pm. and ticket prices range from 200 to 2,000 baht.

The NEW Stadium

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Now The new Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is nearly 100 percent ready for a boxing match. The competition begins at the new stadium on Tuesday February 11th 2014.

The last fight – Photos

The last night was an intense one with two knockouts and quite a bit of blood spilled… These photos were all taken on that night.


A fighter listens to his coach’s advice between two rounds.


Coaches and supporters react to “their” fighter’s performance during a match


Fighters in the ring during a very powerful fight which caused spectators and gamblers alike to go wild


Gamblers gesture during round 3 of the heated battle. The bets are placed using hand-signals, very much like at a stock exchange.


A coach fits a traditional arm band (called a Prajioud) onto his fighter before a match


A fighter prays before entering the ring


Gamblers anxhiously watch a fight


A fighter grimaces with pain in the stadium doctor’s office after he was knocked out


A fighter waits for his turn to fight


A fighter practices his moves, shadowboxing before his bout


Gamblers react to the outcome of a fight


A fighter is tended to in the stadium doctor’s office, after a knockout


A fighter listens to his coach’s advice between two rounds


Gamblers react to a fight going against the odds.


A fighter spits out blood and is looked after by his team after a difficult fight.


A gambler reflects on the evening after the last fight.


The usually bustling back area of the stadium with the massage beds where the fighters are prepared for the fights is left deserted at the end of the night.

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Black Widow – Muay Thai Interclub

Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy Presents

Black Widow – Muay Thai Interclub

Black Widow Martial Arts

Sunday 16th February 2014


Black Widow Martial Arts

Black Widow Martial Arts Academy is the Premier Thai Boxing Gym in Birmingham. We aim to give our students more than just a martial arts lesson, We provide all levels of Thai Boxing for our members. Our classes include Muay Thai, MMA / Mixed Martial Arts, Submission Wresting. We also provide separate classes for ladies and kids. Come and join our successful Academy Today.

Yogendra Parekh (Chief Instructor), Dean James, Andy Howson, Roy Davis, Naqqash Khan, Zoe Hoang, Kay Magee & Derrick Bramwell

Chao Phraya Muay Thai

Sam Hyde (M) – 57kg
Tim O’Connor (M)- 73kg
Trevor Gibbs (M)- 82kg
Greg Kapethanasis (M)- 82kg
Zaira Sulimanova (F) – 51kg
Toon Kamikz (F) – 65kg
Damien Murray (M)- 54kg
Example (M)- 70kg
Marek (M) – 83kg
Victor (M) – 84kg

Travel Arrangements:
Meeting at North Kesteven Sports Centre in Lincoln at 6:45am. So we can sort out car sharing, before leaving.


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Chao Phraya – Airfield Anarchy

Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy at Airfield Anarchy


Airfield Anarchy is the Toughest 5 & 10 Kilometre Obstacle Course Race in the UK!

Saturday 22nd March 2014 | Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24

Tunnels | Water Obstacles | Walls | Mud Pits | Scramble Nets | Monkey Bars | Rope Crossings | Hog Roast | After Party | Beer | Onsite Camping | Kids Entertainment | Military Theme!

We are hoping to put a team together for this event!! Please get you name down with Kru Steve as soon as possible…

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Airfield Anarchy is a challenging off-road running event. You will overcome over 20 obstacles including tunnels, water features, mud pits, rope obstacles, walls, hay bale towers, tyre carries and more…(See our course map at for more information)

A leading chip timing service will be available on race day, details to be posted here soon!

Full pricing structure available on their Enter Now page


£5 per person (Friday and Saturday). Toilets and fresh water available. Parking for up to 2 cars included.

1 free beer, t-shirt, winners’ prizes, fancy dress prizes, and assorted goodie bag with samples from our sponsors.

Toilets, Free Parking, Fully-stocked Bar, Range of Food Retailers, Live Music / Disco, Hog Roast and more…

Hotels / Bed & Breakfast, Newark Air Museum and County Showground (for families), Rail Travel, Petrol Station and McDonalds & KFC!!! (You know you want to).

Airfield Anarchy accepts online entries ONLY (no postal or telephone). The closing date for entries is 16th March 2014, however be advised of our pricing structure if you plan to wait. The event organisers reserve the right to close entries early if maximum capacity is reached before the closing date.

1000+ Competitors in total

You must be 16 or above to participate. Proof of identification may be required for entrants fortunate enough to look younger! There is no maximum age, but all competitors are advised they must be sound of body and mind before participating. Competitors will be required to sign a waiver during registration.

The run attracts runners of all abilities, from novices attempting their first mud race, to experienced runners looking for a challenge, and the course is also suitable for teams. The concept behind Airfield Anarchy is to open up this historical site in a unique way to create a jolly fun but tough mud run that will allow runners of all abilities to experience the exhilaration of this challenging, interesting and seriously enjoyable event.


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Warriors Of The Mongkon

An Insight into the world of Muay Thai. A behind the scenes documentary series showcasing the worlds most talented and up and coming Muay Thai fighters.

Warriors Of The Mongkon is an 11 episode (over 2 hours) Muay Thai series which follows some of the worlds best fighters into battle. Series is now available to purchase, click the (Purchase Warriors Of The Mongkon) below above.


VIEW – The trailers below:




Sunday, 24 November 2013
12noon – 17:00pm

Kiatphontip promotions are proud to announce an afternoon of championship muay thai boxing at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds. Doors open 12pm first fight at 1pm.

Tickets available at £27 each from: James Bowen at



1. Brad Stanton (Kiatphontip Gym) v Josh Palmer (Urban Kings) 67KG FTR
2. Sebastian Fraczyk (Beastmasters) v Pindi Madahar (TMA) 71KG
3. Tim Nutter (Kiatphontip) v Adrian Crookendale (Singdyat) 60KG FTR


4. Kieron Jessop (Golden Team) v Harry Burton (Stoke) 64KG
5. Helen Wilson (Headhunters) v Jacqui Boggart (Northern Spirit) 56KG
6. Adam Holdsworth (Kiatphontip) v Jacob Smith (Thai Fist) 58KG
7. Gary Laws (Northern Kings) V Brad Exley (Tobins) 60KG
8. Patrick Simpson (Kiatphontip) v Jack Maguire (Chaiyo) 63KG
9. Hayley Fox (Hanuman) v Laura Baugh (Mersey Thai) 55KG

Junior Northern Area Title

10. Shane Farquharson (Kiatphontip) v Dalton Little (Bradford Pro) 57KG
11. Lucy Horrobin (Hard knocks) v Jo Clemens (Ko Kickboxing)
12. Ruairi Crossan (Northern Kings) v Michael Dziuda (Bradford Pro) 78KG
13. Penny Bel (Kiatphontip) v Debbie Thwaite (MFKB) 53KG
14.Tristan Dickson (Big Kat) v James Bowen (Chao Phraya) 71KG
15. Chloe Moore (Kiatphontip) v Claire Clements (The Factory) 70kg
16. Kyron Miller (Hanuman) v Harry Collier (Mersey Thai) 60KG

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Tear up at the tower 3


Could this be the biggest K-Star show of the year? ‘Tear Up At The Tower 3’ on 1st December is looking awesome, here some of the first few fights to be announced.

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Reece who had an outstanding junior career, has just taken former World Champion Dan McGowan the distance. After the fight Dan said that Reece ‘is by far the toughest lad I’ve ever fought and took it to me up until the final bell’. Which is an amazing statement from a former World champion who has been competing regularly in the stadiums in Thailand!

Reece himself is just back from an extended stay in Thailand where he also had a couple of fights, this really will be a tough challenge for Adrian. Adrian who has been plagued by pullouts over the years had a good start to the second half of the year with 2 wins in a row, but was once again left without an opponent for Tear Up 2 when his planned opponent Gurpreet Swali had to pull out due to injury, hopefully this will be 3 wins in a row on 1st December at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham.

Nathan Epps K-Star v Michal Kosik from Slovakia
Nathan Takes on strong Slovakian fighter Michal Kosik under K1 rules. Local star Nathan’s exciting all action style has made him a big favourite of the fans, but this will be another big International challenge for him.

FROM: Tear Up At The Tower 2 – Nathan Epps v Adam Laassel

Mike Long Master Chana v Jersey Pinto Tsnamai gym
Another amazing A class bout lined up is Mike Long vs Jersey Pinto.
Mike who is trained by Master Chana hasn’t had the experience his opponent has but makes up for it in talent. He’s a young up and coming fighter with a style that gets the purists mouth’s watering and finger’s pointing. Tsunamai’s Jersey Pinto won the ISKA British title last year in a torrid battle against Rafal Gorka. He’s strong and durable and hits hard. The two styles should make this one a thriller.

Mark Timms K-Star v Phil Burke Leeds
Mark Timms from K-star will be having his first A class bout against Phil from Leeds. Burke is a very experienced fighter that has fought in many different weight divisions and also took on the talented K-star fighter Dan Edwards when not many others would. His skills acquired through entering the ring numerous times should be a massive challenge for Mark Timms. Mark last fought in October pulling off a draw with Juan Cervantes at Tear up at the Tower 2. It was a tough match that went five solid rounds and one the crowd overly enjoyed.

FROM: Tear Up At The Tower 2 – Mark Timms v Juan Cervantez

Steve Kent v Kobda Mia
Good novice match up.

Jon Bell v Simon Delaney

Jon Bell Choa Phraya v Simon Delaney Evolution gym
Jon Bell from Choa Phraya will be making his pro debut against Simon Delaney from Evolution gym. Delaney is coming off a loss and will be looking to even out his record with his second pro fight. A good Midlands match up.

Corey Phillips K-Star v Danny Hendle
Corey Phillips from K-star and Danny Hendle will go head to head once again in Birmingham almost one year to the day. The last time they fought it was a close fight with Hendle getting the nod. Both lads put in such a good performance people were talking about a rematch before the fight had even ended. Hendle is a dangerous and experienced boxer, having fought and trained in Thailand on several occasions. He’s strong fast and knows his way around the ring. Since they met Corey has been racking up some good wins, stopping George Jarvis in the final of the Super League to pick up the title and also taking Ben Campbell’s British Celtic title in fantastic fashion. Two young, hungry lads and stars of the future!

Tickets available for Jon Bell or Shaun Bolland at (£30 each) – They have already sold 50% so it will be first come first served.

Kru Leigh’s – Thailand Trip (01.11.13)

Kru Leigh Edlin, Paul Kirk & Luke Brooks – Thailand Trip

Story to follow…

Stepping out for Chao Phraya Muay Thai on Monday 11th November, Leigh Edlin will be fighting against a Thai opponent in Chiang Mai Thailand.

11th November 2013
Leigh Edlin (Lanna Muay Thai) v Cheulong (Chaiyang)
At the Liokroh Boxing Stadium (Chiang Mai)


Pictures so far!

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From Kru Shaun Boland

For my Nak Rian, Nak Muay and friend…

Stepping out for Chao Phraya Muay Thai on Monday 11th November, Leigh Edlin will be fighting against a Thai opponent in Chiang Mai Thailand.

Leigh’s current record stands at 15 fights with a total of 13 wins (10 by KO) 1 loss 1 draw. He holds WMTO Midlands area, IKF English, IKF British, ISKA British, ISKA Commonwealth & ISKA European title belts and has fought Thai nationals twice before in Thailand winning both by KO.

Leigh has been my student, Fighter, senior instructor (For Chao Phraya & Chao Phraya Lincoln) and friend for over 11 years now and we have journeyed together through our training and passion, not just for Muay Thai , but in Thai History, culture and Buddhism.

As his teacher I am honoured and proud to have him as a student and as his friend I am equally honoured. I personally wish him Chok Dee (Good luck) for this fight (it is only the second time out of 15 that I have not been by his side for a fight).

I have written this and put up the photographs of our journey together so far, may we be blessed and continue our journey for many more years – With respect and heart felt love.

How to score in Muay Thai

How to score in Muay Thai

Workshop – 14th Sept 2013

Kru Shaun is very pleased to be able to offer the following workshop
To be held in St. Ives Cambridgeshire on Saturday September 14th 2013.

How to score in Muay Thai

‘How to score in Muay Thai’

Kru Shaun will be joined by Venit Kaewmala (Prathet) to run this 4 hour workshop. This will be an intensive course on correct and effective scoring techniques for Muay Thai competition benefiting both fighters and trainers and anyone who wishes to receive a better understanding of our sport. This will be a hands on workshop in addition to rules and regulations for Muay Thai scoring.

We will be covering the following:

1. Introduction

  • Muay Thai scoring criteria

2. How to effectively score using

  • Kicks
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Punches
  • Clinch
  • Off balancing
  • Trips

3. Scoring strategies (aggressive & defensive)

4. Fouls

Course details:

COURSE: How to score in Muay Thai
COST: £30.00
DATE: Saturday 14th September 2013
TIMES: 12pm-4pm (approximate finish time)
VENUE: St. Ives Boxing Club.

IBMTO Certificates of attendance will be presented upon completion.
(Please note this is not a Judging course)

Head for ‘The Dolphin Hotel’ London Road,St Ives,Cambs PE27 5EP
Leave the A14 at junction 26 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, taking the A1096 towards St Ives. At the first roundabout, turn left then immediately right into London Road. Continue for about half a mile and The Dolphin Hotel is on the left by the old river bridge. Please note that vehicles are not permitted to cross the old river bridge. You can park at the hotel and it is £1 for all day (pay as you leave).

Proceed to walk over the bridge (enjoy the view)and turn immediately right following the river front. Take the first left, which is opposite the boat ramp, and continue along the alley. After appx 50mtrs you will see a taxi rank on the right (A&B taxis) the boxing club is immediately to your left in line with the Taxi rank, proceed up the stairs to the gym.

Bring your own pens and note pads and any refreshments you may need. There are shops, café’s and restaurants in the town if required. Toilets are available on site.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.

To book, please email Shaun on the address below:

IBMTO Director

Saenchai vs Kongsak – 08.08.13

Saenchai vs Kongsak

Rajadamnern Stadium 8th August 2013

Many thanks to ChampboxingMagazine for their quality HD footage.

Kongsak on the other hand is one of the hardest kicking Nak Muay around, should be an interesting match up.

His skill, and technique are really just on another level.  Kongsak is an elite nak muay and looked as if he were on skates… Sanchai’s ability to sweep, misdirect and off balance his opponent is incredible.

A fight well worth watching!!

Kwai – Muay Thai Interclub

Kwai – Muay Thai Interclub

10th August 2013

Kwai - Muay Thai Interclub

Weigh in: 11am  First fight starts at: 12pm  Finishes: 5pm  Fighters: 60

All interclubs are regulated and there are no decisions on the fights. This enables the fighter to practice his technique and gain experience in the ring. There is a referee and timekeeper present throughout the fights.

  • Each fighter will receive a certificate and trophy.
  • Everyone is welcome to support on the day.
  • Instructors; please forward fighters details 1 week before the event and bring your own protective equipment.
  • Admission £TBC for fighters and spectators.
  • Refreshments available.

We look forward to seeing on the day…

Chao Phraya Academy – Competing Fighters

  • Jack Choi
  • Trevor Gibbs
  • Darren Sullivan
  • Paul Stafford
  • Sam Hyde
  • Sam Tweed

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo’s on the day, will be taken by

TRAVEL: Meeting at the Chao Phraya Academy at 09:00am on the day.
ADDRESS: Broad Leas Centre, Broad Leas, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5QB

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Buakaw – Boxer Legend Legacy


Not sure if you have seen this yet.  Thinking about watching something this weekend.  This piece by Timo Ruge and Gerrit Staron, looks to be a beautifully shot documentary featuring Muay Thai Superstar Buakaw Banchamek.  It looks to chronicle his rise to fame after K1 and his life post por.pramuk.  You can view this film on Vimeo for £4.60 which is a great deal!!


Trailer BUAKAW – BOXER LEGEND LEGACY from Gerrit Staron on Vimeo.
Released Viewing period 48 hours
Duration 47 mins
Region Worldwide

I really did not expect to become the Champion. I just wanted to represent my country, Thailand, with honour.”

These are the words Sombat Banchamek, better known as “Buakaw”, uses to describe the day, that changed his life.

As a young boy he started to practice Thailand’s national sport “Muay Thai”, he won his first fight, stayed with the sport, battled his way through and finally shocked the world in July 2004, by winning the finale of the “K1 Max World Tournament”. Two years later he even repeated this success.

He started as one of many – today he is the most famous Muay Thai fighter of his country. The documentary “Buakaw – Boxer,Legend,Legacy” brings you closer than ever to Thailand’s national hero. It takes the audience on a fascinating journey: Painstaking training, opponents knocked out in the ring – mixed with the rice harvest in his rural home-village. A look back to his past victories. A look to the present. Buakaw as boxer, trainer, camp owner and family person. An outlook to the future. What happens after the last battle has been fought?

Khrob Kru & Grading Ceremonies

Khrob Kru Ceremony


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Just returned from Chao Phraya Lincoln after attending the Khrob Kru (teacherr) ceremony for Steven Johns. Since our humble beginnings 13 years ago Chao Phraya has only previously awarded 3 Kru grades: Kru Leigh Edlin, Kru James Khan & Kru Samir Hidalgo. The grade is not given away and has to be earned through many years of dedication, loyalty and hard work. So it was a great honour for me to watch the first person who I graded as Kru Leigh Edlin, to be giving his first Kru grading to his student. This is a very personal and significant ceremony between Kru (teacher) and Nak Rian (student). Congratulations Kru Steven Johns you are now a part of Chao Phraya Muay Thai’s heritage.

Kru Shaun Boland

Kru Steven JohnsPictured: Kru Leigh Edlin, Kru Steven Johns & Senior Kru Shaun Boland

Assistant Instructor Ceremony


Brian Pawsey
Pictured: Kru Leigh Edlin, Asst. Kru Brian Pawsey & Senior Kru Shaun Boland


SEAN O’MEARA – 2nd Khan
JAMES COHEN – 2nd Khan
SAM HYDE – 1st Khan

Photography by

Chao Phraya on the radio

Hear Lincoln’s one and only Brian David Pawsey interviewed on Lincoln City Radio where he discusses his hobby: Muay Thai at Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy!

CLICK BELOW To listen to Brian Pawsey’s interview on Lincoln City Radio

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Thanks to Greg Somchai Kap for the link.

MSA Interclub – 19th May 2013

MSA Interclub

Sunday 19th May 2013

MSA Master Sken Academy Interclub Sunday 19th May 2013.

MSA Interclub

The Interclub is held once a month at The Master Sken Academy Headquarters in Stockport. Clubs from around the country are welcome to join the Interclub event.

Weigh in: 11am
Starts at: 12pm

All interclub are regulated and there are no decisions on the fights. This enables the fighter to practice his technique and gain experience in the ring. There is a referee and timekeeper present throughout the fights.

  • Each fighter will receive a certificate and trophy.
  • Everyone is welcome to support on the day.
  • Instructors; please forward fighters details 1 week before the event and bring your own protective equipment.
  • Admission £7 for fighters and spectators.
  • Refreshments available.

We look forward to seeing on the day at

Chao Phraya Academy – Competing Fighters

  • Trev Gibbs
  • Paul Kirk
  • Sean O’Meara
  • Gareth Howells

TRAVEL: Meeting at the Chao Phraya Academy at 08:45am on the day.

The New ISKA European Champion

The New ISKA European Champion…

…Chao Phraya’s very own Leigh Edlin!!

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Leigh Edlin ISKA Europen Champion
ISKA European Champion Leigh Edlin with his Chao Phraya Team of: Ajarn Parnpetch, Kru Yai Shaun Boland, Darren McFaul, Andy Thomson & Isaac Edlin.

This has been a very long journey for Lincoln’s most successful Thai Boxer, Leigh Edlin. Becoming the new European Champion is no easy feat, in fact it has taken over 4 month’s to organise and 4 months of training hard 6 days a week. He has travelled around the country to train with world champion fighters and trainers to ensure that he was in absolute top condition for the challenge.

Yogendra Parekh and Black Widow Martial Arts organised the Last Man Standing Event back in January of this year, creating a superb night of Muay Thai Boxing at the New Bingley Hall – Hockley in Birmingham on Saturday 13th April 2013.

Leigh’s dedication to Traditional Muay Thai is immense; juggling running the Chao Phraya Academy in Lincoln, a full-time job, a family, loosing his father in recent weeks as well as training for the European Title. Only confirms Leigh’s absolute passion for this sport and driving the ‘Art of eight limbs’ within the UK.

Leigh weighed in on the Friday at bang on 69kg before the fight and in his own words said “I’m in the best condition I have been before any fight”. As Leigh was introduced on Fight Night, it certainly showed… In peak condition as he entered the ring, he looked focused and confident.

With his highly regarded corner team of: Shaun Boland (club founder), Andy Thomson (renowned trainer from Thailand), Parnpetch Rirom (international Muay Thai legend) & Darren McFaul (performance specialist) you could tell straight away, this was going to be an epic battle… a battle where Edlin needed to be on top form and he certainly was. Controlling every round, not giving the Italian a second to think or even compose himself.

Leigh openly admits, his opponent Michele Botezatu took some of his best shots. Punches, kicks, knees and elbows that would have put many a fighter down and all credit to him for that. Being a very Traditional Muay Thai Fighter, gives you up most respect for your opponents and even though Leigh won every round on points, he was far from unscathed from the fight and needed stitches to repair cuts to his face after the fight.

Reflecting from the fight on Saturday night, takes a few days to sink in. That a fighter representing the Chao Phraya Academy in Lincoln has taken his sport to one of the very highest levels and succeeded. It’s only the battle scars and the European Title Belt that now remind us of this great feat Leigh has accomplished.

Whats next for Leigh Edlin… He now gets the time to spend with his family and friends that he has missed but Leigh is looking forward to working with his students at the Chao Phraya Academy. Pushing them to their physical limits; hoping to either improve fitness, confidence or maybe produce another Champion!

Then on the horizon, time and day job allowing, Leigh will be able to defend his Champion Status, with a high possibility of it being abroad. Then next, perhaps a shot at a World Title!!

ISKA European Title Fight
Venue: The New Bingley Hall, Hockley in Brimingham.



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Leigh being crowned the New ISKA European Champion!


Leigh Posted on Facebook straight after the fight:
“I would just like to say that I am astounded by the support that I have been given tonight. After having had one of the toughest years I can remember, with some real tough problems at work and then losing my dad recently, this is the boost I need. I can’t thank you all enough and I genuinely mean that. I have some VERY special friends 🙂 “

With well over 100 supporters from Lincoln and the Chao Phraya Academy, traveling to Birmingham to support Leigh’s fight!


ISKA European Champion

Promoter: Black Widow Martial Arts
Images by: Trevor Gibbs Photography & Karl Kennedy
Videos by: Gareth Howells

ISKA European Title – Bring it on, like Donkey Kong!

ISKA European Title
Bring it on, like Donkey Kong!

Saturday 13th April 2013

ISKA European Champion

WHO >>
Only one day to go, as Leigh Edlin prepares for his ISKA European Title Fight V Michele Botezatu (Italy). With the weight in today.

Leigh Edlin

At The New Bingley Hall, Hockley, Birmingham B18 5BE.

Doors Open at 4.00PM / First Fight at 4.30PM

Call 07757 984266 to get your tickets now or inbox me for advance purchases, only a handful of tickets remain and maybe sold out before doors open!!

Everybody at The Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy would like to wish our Kru Leigh Edlin, the very best of luck for tomorrow night! It will go off like Donkey Kong!!

ISKA European Title Fight

A few Ticket still remaining…

Please support our Kru (Instructor) who is fighting for the ISKA European Title!!


This years LAST MAN STANDING 3K KO TOURNAMENT under Full Thai Rules will be contested at 62KG max from Birmingham’s biggest new venue The Bingley Hall in Hockley Birmingham.

The Bingley Hall is a state of the art 2000 seat/standing venue located at the heart of Birmingham Central. The venue offers everything from onsite bars and hot food to ample car/coach parking facilities for over 600 vehicles! There are no obstructions and the ring can be clearly viewed from anywhere in the venue. The show will feature dancers, fireworks, laser lights large TV screens, chill out areas and most importantly the strongest card to take place in the Midlands to date!

Last Man Standing

1) Carlton Lieu (Team Tieu) ISKA English Champion & Ringmasters Champion
2) Ross George (Kaang Raang) ISKA Commonwealth Champion
3) Matt McKeown (Black Diamond) WRSA English & ISKA Midland Area Champion
4) Ricky Sewell (Liams Gym) British Champion
5) Sean Clancy (Siam Warriors) ISKA Irish Champion
6) Angelo “Devilman” Campoli (Italy) Italian no1 & Yokkao Extreme Winner
7) Anthony Ferguson (Pumped Gym) European Champion
8) Brian Totty (The Griphouse) Scottish Champion

9) Jack Cooper (Middlesbrough Fight Academy / Porpromin Muay Thai Thailand)
10) Jack Battershall (Shin Kick) ISKA Southern Area Champion

ISKA European Title Fight
Leigh Edlin (Chao Phraya) V Michele Botezatu (Italy)

Reece Crooke (Evolution) V Joseph Lasari (Italy)

ISKA Super Heavyweight Midland Area Title
Chris Cooper (Black Widow) V Andre Groce (Firewalkers)

Just added to the undercard:

Lucien Alleyne (Black Widow) V Thai Hoang (Team Tieu)
This will be a great fight between two very talented young fighters expect fireworks and a great display of Muay Thai.

Naqqash Khan (Black Widow) V Glenn Sweetman (Corefit)
Another great fight between local lads just added to the card.

We will also be releasing match ups shortly for Iman Barlow, Jose Valera, Jon Greenwood and many other top names.

Tickets are now on sale and we’ve already started selling VIP tables for this event so book yours now!

£600 VIP Table for x10 people including x3 course meal & waitress service
£60 VIP Table Seat including x3 course meal & waitress service
£30 Adult Standard
£15 Junior Standard

Doors Open at 4.00PM / First Fight at 4.30PM

Treating Muay Thai Shin Injuries

Treating Muay Thai Shin Injuries

In muay thai, we kick and block with our shins, so they tend to take a beating. Bruises, swelling, and hematoma are common for practitioners.  Knowing how to prevent and treat shin injuries is important to staying healthy and being able to regularly train hard.

Muay Thai Shins

Preventing Shin Injuries

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. To start, always warm up before you start kicking things. Once you’re adequately warmed up, take the 1st round at an easy pace, don’t start blasting immediately. You want to give your shin time to adjust.

Know your limits. If you’ve only been training a couple months, don’t kick the heavy bag as hard as you can. Your shin is not properly conditioned or ready for this. Avoid lots of bare shin on shin contact. And DO NOT buy into shin conditioning gimmicks. Beating your shins with hard objects will only hurt them.

Elevating your legs for 5 to 10 minutes after training can be very helpful for preventing muscle soreness and minimizing bruising.  During training, large volumes of blood are pumped to your legs.  Elevating them allows the blood and waste products to drain out.

Muay Thai Shin Injury

Treating Shin Bruises

Bruises occur when you break small blood vessels underneath your skin. The dark mark is actually blood, very minor internal bleeding. Small bruises that are not painful require no real attention. You can continue training normally. They usually take 3 to 5 days to clear.

For bruises that are larger and painful, you will want to take it very easy and avoid contact to the area. Icing your shin immediately after you sustain the injury will help to prevent bruising. The faster you can get ice on your shin injury, the more it will help. When you ice your shin, put a paper towel down first, do not put ice directly on your skin. Ice for 20 minutes, then remove and let sit for 1 hour. Repeat as necessary. This will be helpful for the first couple days after sustaining the injury.

For severe shin bruising, allow no contact to the area. Let the bruising fully heal before you begin kicking again. Use ice as described above for the first couple days. After this, warm baths with epsom salts will be helpful. 2 cups of epsom salts in a hot bath alleviates bruising, as well as general muscle soreness and inflammation.

If the bruising does not get better or is extremely painful, see a doctor.  You may have a more serious injury.

Shin Swelling and Hematoma

Sometimes your shins will not only bruise, they will also swell or develop lumps known as hematoma.  When you have swelling or hematoma, do not allow contact to your shins.  Ice the area as described above until the swelling or hematoma subsides.  Large hematoma can take as long as a month or two before it goes down fully.  Compresses with epsom salts will also help swelling and hematoma.

If the swelling or hematoma does not begin to go down or is extremely painful, see a doctor.  This could mean you have a more serious underlying injury to your shin.


Dit Da Jow

Dit da jow is an ancient chinese herbal rub. It prevents and alleviates bruises as well as swelling and hematoma. It can also help treat sore muscles or tendon/ligament injuries. Think of it like healing in a bottle. Chinese iron body practitioners used it to help with body conditioning.

Dit da jow is fantastic for helping with shin conditioning. It is also an amazing treatment for shin bruises and all other impact injuries. Applying it before you train and immediately after will prevent almost all impact injuries and bruising. It will also rapidly accelerate healing of existing injuries. If you seriously train muay thai, you should use dit da jow.


To limit shin bruising, swelling, and hematoma, ice your shins as quickly after an injury as you can. Elevating your legs after training will help with general soreness and mild bruising. Epsom salts compresses and baths will help alleviate bruising as well as swelling.

Dit da jow is like magic…

Please Note: Always consult any injuries you are concerned about with a doctor.


Fight off flab at Thai boxing camps

Tubby tourists fight off flab at Thai boxing camps.

In a sweltering training camp on a tropical Thai island, sweaty tourists wearing oversized gloves and baggy shorts slam their fists, knees, elbows and feet into a row of heavy bags.

Welcome to the latest craze in extreme fitness — Muay Thai boxing.


With worries growing about bulging waistlines, many foreigners are flocking to Thailand to spend their holidays not on the beach, but in a humid gym to follow a punishing regime of training in Muay Thai and other martial arts.

Some are going to even more extreme lengths, quitting their jobs to spend weeks or months training in an effort to win their long battles with obesity or hone their skills in the hope of becoming professional fighters.

Jordan Henderson, 26, left behind his London lifestyle of long work days, parties and overeating after the doctors warned him that he faced looming heart problems due to his nearly 184-kg weight.

After a month at a training camp in Phuket off the Andaman Coast, he had shed about 20 kg.

“You’re in an environment where it’s hot all the time, surrounded by people doing fitness,” he said after an early morning workout. “It’s about taking yourself out of the box that you live in and just focusing on one thing, and that’s to train and lose weight.”


The first few days were far from easy.

“It was horrible — the heat and the training, the aches you get and the dramatic diet change,” Henderson said.

“I’ve gone from eating whatever I liked to grilled chicken, steamed vegetables and brown rice — hungry for weeks,” he added.

But despite the gruelling regime, he never considered packing his bags and leaving early.

The art of eight limbs

Thailand is home to a flourishing Muay Thai training industry that welcomes thousands of guests every year, thanks in part to the popularity of mixed martial arts, which combines striking and grappling techniques.

“Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world and Muay Thai is an integral part of that,” said Will Elliot, director of Tiger Muay Thai, one of more than a dozen such training camps in Phuket.

“It’s definitely extreme to travel halfway across the world,” said Elliot, whose camp welcomes hundreds of guests each month paying up to about $100 per week for group training.

“But we’re in the tropics. It’s hot. We’re in Thailand, the birthplace of Muay Thai, so it’s about immersion,” he said.

Muay Thai, Thailand’s national sport, is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it combines punches and kicks with elbows and knee strikes.

Anyone thinking about signing up should be prepared for the challenge.

“It’s very physically intensive. At the end of a workout you’re going to be exhausted. So if you can maintain that twice a day in combination with a diet, your fitness is going to increase rapidly,” Elliot said.

It worked for James Mason, 29, a former used car salesman from Britain who weighed 200 kg when he arrived in Thailand a year and a half ago but has since shed more than 100 kg.

“The doctor told me that if I didn’t do something drastic to change my life, in five years’ time I would be dead,” he said.

“When I first got here I couldn’t walk 200 meters without my back hurting. I had to sit down and take a breath. I’d be dripping with sweat because of the heat and the humidity.”

Three months into his training in Thailand he caught a flesh-eating bacteria and required three operations, narrowly avoiding having his leg amputated.

But he recovered and returned to his regime, and recently completed a 900 km charity bike ride from Phuket to Bangkok.

Don’t forget to duck

At the Tiger camp, about 20 students from countries including Australia, Britain, Egypt and Russia sweated their way through a recent beginners’ class under the close watch of muscular former Thai professionals.

“One, two, duck, body punch,” shouted one of the instructors as the students, each at varying levels of fitness, practiced their moves.

After warm-up exercises involving jogging, stretching, star jumps and shadow boxing, the students paired up to spar, punching the air within a whisker of their opponents’ ears.

“You’re meant to duck!” one girl reminded her friend after a near miss.

The main goal of most of the trainees is not to become a boxing champion but to lose weight, said instructor Phirop Chuaikaitum, better known as Ajarn (Master) Dang.

“They run for a long time, stretching, punching in the air for a long time — that makes it easy to lose weight,” he said.

“But we don’t make it hard because they will get hurt. We do it slowly but non-stop for 2½ hours. They only have a 3-minute break.”

There is no slacking off, even for royalty.

“There was one guy who was a prince from Dubai,” Phirop said.

“He came for the beginner class. I hit him with a stick and he told me that he was from a royal family. Whether you’re a construction worker or member of a royal family, when you come for boxing training you are all equal.”

As the session neared an end, sweat dripped from the students’ foreheads and they grimaced with pain. The knock-out blow — 100 push-ups to finish — was inflicted on those who still had energy left.

“It does hurt. You’re sore everywhere. Sometimes it’s tough to walk,” Henderson said. “You’re dripping in sweat but once you get back, have a shower, a swim in the pool — you can’t buy that feeling.”


Being a Female Muay Thai Fighter

Melissa Ray talks about being a female muay thai fighter in Thailand.

A lot of people don’t see combat sport as suitable for females. This couldn’t see this as further from the truth. Often we have found their technique to be superior to their male counterparts. Many of our sparring partners have been females that push us to a new level.

In this episode of Muaythai Journal, that was released just before Women’s Day former Muaythai Journal speaks to Melissa Ray from Muaythai on the brain on life as female Muaythai Fighter in Thailand. Melissa is a 4 time world champion and possibly more impressive has a PhD in Neuroscience (the study of the brain). Lets see what she has to say.

Melissa trains out of Eminent Air gym in Bangkok and trains alongside some of the best Nak Muay that are around, many of whom have already been featured in Muaythai Journal. She runs a very insightful blog with interesting articles using her knowledge from her studies such as: “The psychology of a rematch”. I highly recommend you check it out.

Thanks again to Muaythai Journal for the upload.

Muay Thai Finds a Home in the UFC

Muay Thai Finds a Home in the UFC

Rarely will there be a mixed martial arts fan who doesn’t love a good knockout. The thunderous clap that’s heard when a head kick lands or the perfect thud of a punch connecting when knuckles meet jaw, the knockout is just about the purest form of a finish as there is in a fight.

Muay Thai & UFC

In MMA, many of the fighters that compete at the highest levels in the UFC have backgrounds in the striking arts.  UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva grew up as a Muay Thai fighter in Brazil and actually just recently opened his own Muay Thai gym in California.

Lion Fights, a Muay Thai-only promotion based out of Las Vegas, is tapping into the carnal nature of fans who love a good striking battle where fighters can use all of the weapons at their disposal and ultimately want a great knockout.

Unlike kickboxing, where certain rules prohibit the use of elbows or certain techniques from within the clinch, Muay Thai brings striking back to it’s most basic elements of knocking out an opponent by whatever means necessary.

“If you love stand-up fighting and you love the elbows and the knees, then you have to love Muay Thai.  At Lion Fights, we feel like we’re at the right time to brand Muay Thai with Lion Fights, and bringing in these major international stars and developing our own stars it’s making a mark,” Lion Fights owner Scott Kent told Bleacher Report.

“Kickboxing is what it is. K-1 had a great run and it’s still popular in Europe, but when you start taking away weapons and you take elbows out, it has an effect on the fighters themselves.  Muay Thai fighters don’t want to fight kickboxing rules because they want to use all their weapons.  Not only in Muay Thai but in MMA.”

Numerous MMA fighters have shown their support of Muay Thai by attending Lion Fights events in the past. Urijah Faber, Gilbert Melendez, Cheick Kongo and a number of other competitors have attended Muay Thai events because not only do they train in the sport when preparing for an MMA fight, but they love the art form that goes along with a great striking battle.

“We are lucky to be at the epicenter of the UFC world here (in Las Vegas), and we’ve been able to tap into that,” Kent said.  “The response from the fighters has been great because they all train Muay Thai and they can appreciate how it’s applied.  We love the support we get from the UFC and mixed martial arts.”

Several top fighters either already train in Muay Thai or have actually fought in Muay Thai bouts in the past, but like so many great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors of the past, will the best strikers of today become MMA’s stars of tomorrow?

Kent says it’s inevitable that the temptation to move from Muay Thai to MMA will always be present, but he hopes to give strikers a home where they can ply their craft and not have to go anywhere else to look for a paycheck.

“Inevitably because of the size of mixed martial arts, the questions are going to come up,” said Kent.   “I’m not aware of a Muay Thai fighter that’s been really successful crossing over into mixed martial arts that hasn’t had a lot of cross training.  Now they have an avenue to get more sponsorships and make more money and we won’t lose those fighters to mixed martial arts.”

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.


Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

Please support our Kru (Instructor) who is fighting for the ISKA European Title!!


This years LAST MAN STANDING 3K KO TOURNAMENT under Full Thai Rules will be contested at 62KG max from Birmingham’s biggest new venue The Bingley Hall in Hockley Birmingham.

The Bingley Hall is a state of the art 2000 seat/standing venue located at the heart of Birmingham Central. The venue offers everything from onsite bars and hot food to ample car/coach parking facilities for over 600 vehicles! There are no obstructions and the ring can be clearly viewed from anywhere in the venue. The show will feature dancers, fireworks, laser lights large TV screens, chill out areas and most importantly the strongest card to take place in the Midlands to date!

1) Carlton Lieu (Team Tieu) ISKA English Champion & Ringmasters Champion
2) Ross George (Kaang Raang) ISKA Commonwealth Champion
3) Matt McKeown (Black Diamond) WRSA English & ISKA Midland Area Champion
4) Ricky Sewell (Liams Gym) British Champion
5) Sean Clancy (Siam Warriors) ISKA Irish Champion
6) Angelo “Devilman” Campoli (Italy) Italian no1 & Yokkao Extreme Winner
7) Anthony Ferguson (Pumped Gym) European Champion
8) Brian Totty (The Griphouse) Scottish Champion

9) Jack Cooper (Middlesbrough Fight Academy / Porpromin Muay Thai Thailand)
10) Jack Battershall (Shin Kick) ISKA Southern Area Champion

ISKA European Title Fight
Leigh Edlin (Chao Phraya) V Diego Santuccio (Italy)

Reece Crooke (Evolution) V Joseph Lasari (Italy)

ISKA Super Heavyweight Midland Area Title
Chris Cooper (Black Widow) V Andre Groce (Firewalkers)

Just added to the undercard:

Lucien Alleyne (Black Widow) V Thai Hoang (Team Tieu)
This will be a great fight between two very talented young fighters expect fireworks and a great display of Muay Thai.

Naqqash Khan (Black Widow) V Glenn Sweetman (Corefit)
Another great fight between local lads just added to the card.

We will also be releasing match ups shortly for Iman Barlow, Jose Valera, Jon Greenwood and many other top names.

Tickets are now on sale and we’ve already started selling VIP tables for this event so book yours now!

£600 VIP Table for x10 people including x3 course meal & waitress service
£60 VIP Table Seat including x3 course meal & waitress service
£30 Adult Standard
£15 Junior Standard

Doors Open at 4.00PM / First Fight at 4.30PM

Smash 3 Muaythai – Videos

Smash 3 Muaythai – Videos

Smash 3 Muaythai – James Bowen v Dean Lynch

Smash Muaythai 3 – Danny Hammer v Kev Mcalister

Smash Muaythai 3 – Joshia Gillespie v Luke Donoghue

Smash Muaythai 3 – Josh Williamson v Luke Davis

Smash Muaythai 3 – Garry Kewley v Sam Ward

Smash Muaythai 3 – Luke Imeson v Liam Nolan

Smash Muaythai 3 – Matty Shippen v Chris Cooper

Smash Muaythai 3 – Kate Stables v Ruth Ashdown

Smash Muaythai 3 – Simon Forrest v Anthony McGee

Smash Muaythai 3 – Gavin Rogerson v Danny Leadbetter

Smash Muaythai 3 – Jon Greenwood v Peter Rai

Fighter Training

Fighter Training 2

Saturday 26th January at the St. Ives Boxing club 12PM-3PM

This Saturday’s Fighter training has been extended by an hour (12pm-3pm) due to the increasing numbers attending. We will have students from Chao Phraya Lincoln, St. Neots Muay Thai and Junior Herberts gyms plus Chao Phraya Cambs in attendence so it will be like a mini interclub! I am expecting 15-20 so want to get everyone 4 rounds of sparring plus some clinch work.

Please arrive by 11.45pm latest so we can get warmed up and started. Price will still be £6. (please bring your own gloves and shin pads plus gum-shields & groin boxes)

Address for gym is:
Free Church passage, St. Ives Cambs, PE27 5AY (Gym is opposite A&B taxis)

Recognising a stroke



Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A

(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is

‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?