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Yokkao 23 & 24

The Next YOKKAO event in UK will take place Saturday, March 25th once again at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

The night of YOKKAO 23 and YOKKAO 24 will host two events in one night at the price of only one ticket with some of the greatest superstars Muay Thai has to offer!




Jordan Watson Vs Sorgraw Petchyindee
Chris Shaw Vs Jake Purdy
Myk Estlick Vs Craig Coakley
Chris Whittle Vs Steward Pringle
Joe Craven Vs Harry Burton
Owen Trykowski Vs Matthew Crozier

VIDEO: Liam Harrison on fighting Rayan Mekki


Liam Harrison (c) Vs Ryan Mekki – For Yokkao 65 kg Championship
Stephen Meleady Vs Wuttichai Yokkaosaenchaigym
Amy Pirnie Vs Dakota Ditcheva
Jack Kennedy Vs Tommi McCormick
Louis Green Vs Markus Kalberg


Spencer Brown Vs Geotge Mouzakitis
William Sarwar Vs Isaac Taylor
Tamara Fallon Vs Hannah Brady
Grzegorz Vs Mike Farah
Stuart Stabler Vs Hassan Din
Charlie Simpson Vs John-Henry Careslade


Due to the huge demand from our fans tickets are going on sale NOW!
Don’t forget that our four previous events were completely sold out so don’t miss the opportunity to attend the most in demand and prestigious Muay Thai event outside Thailand. Tickets are available here >> www.yokkao.com


Kickboxer – Vengeance Film (Odeon Lincoln)


You may have heard that there is a remake of KICKBOXER the movie… which is actually little to do with kickboxing – it’s more Muay Thai!!

30th September 2016 – Evening

1st October 2016 – Evening


We have been asked by the Odeon Cinema in Lincoln if we would do a Muay Thai Display in the foyer for the opening nights of the film!


We are thinking of doing a mixture of Pad Work, Sparring & Muay boran. We would allocate our students time slots to come along and take part. We are looking for males, females and children boxers of all levels of experience to take part in display. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote our club and our amazing martial art!!

Let us know me know if you are interested by emailing us by August 31st 2016: sales@lincolnthaiboxing.co.uk

Or any questions, please ask below…


Muay Thai Interclub – Black Widow (18.09.16)

Muay Thai Interclub

Sunday 18th September 2016

At the Black Widow Martial Arts Academy


First Floor 858, Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, Birmingham B8 2NL.

If anyone is interested in fighting at our next Interclub, please contact Kru Leigh with your Age, Weight and Experience as soon as possible. So we can get you matched!!

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  • JUNIORS (Age 5-10) 10am-12pm
  • JUNIORS (Age 11-16) 12pm-2pm
  • ADULTS (Age 17+) 2pm-5pm

Refereeing by Shaun Bolland


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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MTGP 2 – Fight Videos


Matthew Tieu V Thibaud Duphil


Rory Crawford V Luke Portanier


Evan Jays V Alejandro Conception


Alex Bublea V Charlie Peters


Khun Bank V Alex Bublea


Charlie Peters V Ben Lucas


Jose Varela V Yassine Hamlaoui

YOKKAO 16 – Fight Videos


World Title: Pakorn vs Nicolas Vega


Soloman Wickstead vs Nicolas Sanchez


Alejandro Amicucci vs Ignacio Godachevic


Damian Munoz vs Alan Preisz


Damian Bujan vs Alan Sheinson

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 😉

Muay Thai In MMA

The Art of Eight Limbs, Muay Thai is one of the most effective striking bases in MMA!!

We break down the transition of one of the world’s most popular martial arts in to MMA…

One of the fastest growing sports in the world today, mixed martial arts (MMA), owes it’s success to the origins of fighting. If it weren’t for the rampant obsession with various styles of unarmed combat throughout history, there would be no base for such a promotion to exist, let alone flourish.

One such base style is Muay Thai, the art can be traced back to the 16th century, originally known as Siamese style boxing and made famous by Nai Khanomtom in 1767. The Siam fighter was captured by the Burmese during battle, and was given the opportunity by his captors to fight for freedom. He used what would later be called Muay Thai to win the fight and gain his release, and became a national hero. It was this single event that helped catapult the art to becoming a national sport soon after.

Fast forward to present day MMA, and Muay Thai is more alive than ever. Coaches and fighters recognise the advantages gained in the striking department when Thai boxing is introduced, and it shows in some of the top strikers’ game-plans and resulting finishes.

The striking parts of the body in Muay Thai are the fists, elbows, knees and shins. Clinching is also allowed. With these tools, the techniques are broken down in to six categories, as follows; Punching (Chok), elbow (Sok), kicking (te), knees (Ti Khao), foot thrust (Theep) and clinch/neck wrestling (Chap Kho). Within these categories there are many different methods of delivering the techniques, and many transition perfectly in to MMA.

Although the fundamentals of stance and striking style are very different to that of a solely MMA trained fighter, the most effective movements of Muay Thai can be tailored in to a combatant’s arsenal to devastating effect!

Source: www.lowkickmma.com

The Diet of a Muay Thai Fighter

The Basic Approach


Training and fighting in Thailand is a full time job. Fighters will typically train in the morning and evening with a total of up to 6 hours per day and taking only one rest day each week. Because there is short breaks between training sessions, schedule fighters feeding times for optimal recovery and performance.

Below is what a typical day of training and eating:

  • AM Training – Drink water with BCAA (branch chain amino acid).
  • Post training am – Immediately after training, drink a post workout shake containing 25g protein, around 50g carbohydrates, and 15g fats.
  • Breakfast – Within 1 hour, consume a meal with around 25g protein, 50-100g carbohydrates, 15g fats.
  • During the day – In times of low activity, consume meals that are high in protein (50g), higher in fats (30g), while lower in carbohydrates (around 50g and mostly from vegetables).
  • Pre training – If feeling low on energy pre-training, eat some fruit. Around 50g or 1 piece.
  • During training – Drink water with BCAA (branch chain amino acid).
  • Post training pm – Immediately after training, drink a post workout shake containing 25g protein and around 50g carbohydrates.
  • Finish eating between 8-10pm – Main meal of the day is to be eaten around 1 hour after training. This meal should be high protein (50g), higher in carbs (100g) and lower in fats (15g)
  • Extra meal: If your feeling hungry in the few hours before bed, he had the go-ahead to consume a protein rich snack like a 2 egg omelet or a protein shake.

The Calories

Working out calories for high performance “weight classed” athletes can be tricky. Training 5-6 hours per day puts a huge amount of stress on the body and demands a high food intake to supply your body with enough energy to handle the workload, recovery, rebuilding the body etc. At the same time you need to be careful calories are not too high that you won’t lose weight. Finding that sweet spot between sufficient energy and weight loss is an individual thing and something that requires individual experimentation.

Devide the 2300kcals into 2 high carbohydrate meals which were eaten after training, 1 lower carb meal which was eaten during the day in times of low activity, and 2 super nutritious shakes to be consumed right after training.

In total have 3 different menu’s covering baseline menu for standard training day which is 2300kcals, 3300kcals on refeed days, and 2286kcals on rest days with lower carbs and higher fats.

Regular Re-Feed Days

The human body is so smart and especially good at adapting. A good example of this is how after around 14 days of being in a calorie deficit, your body realizes it’s not getting enough food and will down regulate your metabolic rate, and slows or shuts down non-essential functions like hormone and reproductive function.

To avoid this happening, we scheduled re-feed days. Every 4-7 days, we increased your calorie intake x 1.5, and not more than x 3. So if you were on 2000kcals, you would bump it up to 3000kcals.

Similar to what’s commonly known as a cheat day, however cheat days are usually for other reasons like diet sustainability. Where’s re feeds are for the purpose of stoking the metabolic fire. This sounds counter intuitive to increase calories when trying to lose weight, but research demonstrates this will avoid metabolic adaption.

The Supplements


Although supplements are not 100% necessary for weight loss, they do help. Athletes like Muay Thai fighters who have short rest periods between training need all the help they can get to assist recovery and training performance. But forget “fat burners” and pre workout supplements, below is a basic list of highly researched supplements we use that have proven to be safe and effective.

  • BCAA’s are taken during training – in water. This is to minimize muscle breakdown while on a low calorie diet and helps with the recovery process.
  • Greens supplements are a heavily researched supplement that have proven to alkalize the body in times of rapid fat losses. This was taken 1-2 times daily in a shake.
  • Amino/carbs workout drink is taken when training exceeds 1 hour. This is a mix of carbohydrates and amino acids supply the body with everything needed start the recovery process and minimize stress.
  • Multi vitamin is taken twice daily after each training session. This is to replace lost vitamins and minerals lost during heavy sweating in training.
  • Fish oil is taken at the rate of 1g per % of body fat for the first 4 weeks, then dropped to half that amount. Many studies confirm supplementing with fish oil will inhibit the production of fat cells.
  • Whey protein supplement twice daily and immediately after training. . Usually combined with fruit, almond milk, coconut milk or water, coconut oil, greens.

Water Cutting Strategy


I know this is the part of the cut your all waiting to hear about: How to cut 9kgs (19.8lbs) in 8 days. There are some crucial steps which we used to manipulate our fighters bodies to rapidly lose water.


In fight week, to assist with our weight loss we adjusted his carbohydrate intake to around 50-100g per day. That’s around 2 cupped handful of brown rice each day, or 2-3 pieces of fruit. We never go below 50g of carbs each day. The 50g of carbs intake each day is predominantly for supplying the liver and brain with much needed glucose, not for running a marathon. When fighters ignore this rule they end up crashing hard in the final days of the cut.


As sodium binds to water in the body, temporarily cutting salt from the diet you will cause you to lose water. In the days leading up to the weigh, our fighters avoided all salt and high sodium foods.

Natural diuretics

When using rapid weight cutting techniques, we assist the excretion of urine by using a natural diuretic. In our diets we use diuretics like dandelion root and uva ursi leaf which are both safe and nothing like the harsh drug version diuretics.

Water loading strategy

This method involves increased water intake for short periods of time which leads to increase in urinary fluid losses for several days. Essentially a fighter will increase water, and then reduce each day until intake is zero by weigh in day.


We finished off the last of the cut with a couple of short sauna session. Our fighters are  able to lose the last 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) in a 20-30 min sitting. On the day of weigh in, we had the option of using the sauna if needed to make weight.

The Results

Our fighters can loose 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) of body fat in 3 weeks, then cut 9kgs (19.8lbs) of water weight during fight week. Then after he successfully weighed in at 72.5kgs (159.5), he followed a specific rapid recovery plan to bounce back up to 81.5kgs (179.5lbs) in less than 24 hours. The recovery process is arguably the most important part of weight cutting in combat sports.

Extremity 4


Sunday 18th October 2015



Doors open at 4pm with Fights starting at 5pm.

Extremity 4 - Poster



Muay Thai Gradings – October 2015


Sunday 11th October 2015

Please get your names down for the Muay Thai Gradings with Kru Leigh, Kru Steve or Kru Brian ASAP please!

For the Full Grading Syllabus Click >> HERE

Also a full syllabus for each Khan is listed on the website under ‘Gradings’… so no excuses!!


10 Reasons Why Muay Thai Is The Perfect Martial Art

Developed over hundreds of years, the ancient martial art of Muay Thai is known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity. Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and grace.

Muay Thai is now one of the most well-known and practiced martial arts in the world. It has proven to be effective, which is why it is most common striking base in the vastly popular, fast growing sport of mixed martial arts.

We give you 10 reasons why Muay Thai is the perfect martial art:

1) It is widely recognized as the most effective striking art in the world.


Muay Thai is by far the most effective striking art in the world. Muay Thai has been tested in competition and real-life situations for hundreds of years, refining the art to be as fast, efficient, and powerful as it can be. On top of that, its consistent testing in combat between highly skilled practitioners has developed every aspect of the art to an extremely high level.

2) It is effective in all ranges of standup fighting.


Muay Thai is a martial art and combat sport unlike any other. The art incorporates the use of knees, elbows, shins and hands. This allows the practitioner to use all the weapons available to the human body in kicking range, punching range, and the clinch, making it effective in all ranges of standup fighting unlike most other striking based martial arts.

3) It is simple and easy to learn.


While there are hundreds of different techniques in Muay Thai, it is also a martial art known for it’s raw simplicity. That’s why Muay Thai is for everyone: men, women and children alike. In Thailand, it is actually more common for practitioners to start as young as five or six years old.

4) It is highly effective for self-defense.


Muay Thai is also one of the few martial arts in the world that has been undeniably battle-tested and street certified for real-life encounters. Although widely regarded as a striking based martial art, Muay Thai also contains throwing techniques, locks, using of an opponent’s own momentum, and even submissions. The conditioning of mind, body and spirit involved in Muay Thai also gives practitioners the confidence needed for real-life self defense situations.

5) It is both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.

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Muay thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition even for recreational practitioners. With running, jumping rope and shadowboxing it provides an aerobic workout to prepare you for more intense workouts. Muay Thai also builds great anaerobic endurance with exercises like punching and kicking on the pads or bags, and clinching to work your body to its limits. This makes Muay Thai not just a perfect martial art, but also a very effective form of exercise. With continued training, Muay Thai will vastly improve your strength, dexterity, and cardiovascular performance.

6) It burns over 1,000 calories an hour.


Nothing spells perfect more than a martial art with the ability to help you burn 1,000 calories an hour. Muay Thai is the standard of a perfect total body workout. It is a fun and efficient way to burn fat and lose weight that also builds your core, flexibility and overall strength.

7) It toughens your mind, body, and spirit. 

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The art of Muay Thai toughens your mind, body, and spirit. As the late great Muay Thai Grandmaster Kru Yodtong Senanan once said, “Muay Thai is good for your confidence and inner strength.” On top of enhancing your physical conditioning, Muay Thai builds confidence and promotes discipline of the mind through the control of emotions and feelings.

8) It is one of the key foundations for the sport of MMA.


As the most effective striking martial art in the world, it is no wonder why Muay Thai has become one of the key foundations of the vastly popular, fast growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Some of MMA’s greatest fighters and champions use the art of Muay Thai as their main striking base.

9) It will unleash your human potential in all areas of life


One of the biggest misinterpretations of Muay Thai is that it is just a sport of violence. But like many martial arts, Muay thai also cultivates important values that are rooted in rich tradition. It has the power to humble, discipline, and also inspire, which is arguably the most important aspect of any martial art. Muay Thai instills in its practitioners many great qualities including courage, humility and warrior spirit. These qualities will no doubt help you unleash your greatest potential in all areas of life.

10) Beneficial and Enriching…


To sum it all up, Muay Thai is beneficial for just about anyone. But remember, it is also up to the practitioner to make learning this perfect martial art even more enjoyable and enriching.

If your interested in joining us, please email Leigh at: kruleigh@lincolnthaiboxing.co.uk or ring: 07757 984266.

Our Adult training classes are here > Adult Classes
Our Kids training classes are here > Kids Classes

Some info sourced from: www.evolve-mma.com

Luke Greenshields V Steve Johns

Last Man Standing 25th April 15th 2015

Luke Greenshields (Black Widow) V Steve Johns (Chao Phraya)

Steve said: “So as much as I’d like to say that after a hard fought bout yesterday I came away with a win, unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case. I was caught with heavy leg kicks in the first round taking it out of action and was unable to continue. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that wished me luck and especially those that traveled to support me.

With a hostile local crowd it meant the world to me. After seven weeks of hard training I’d also like to thank Kru Leigh Edlin, Kru Brian Pawsey, Fight Specifix and Max Skidmore for all their help in my training. Most importantly the never wavering support of my amazing wife Lisa… Much love to all”.

A few photo’s and video from the event:

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These fantastic images from the event are by Howarth Photography and can be purchased online here >> www.howarthphotography.com

YOKKAO Saenchai & Pakorn Seminars

YOKKAO Saenchai & Pakorn Seminars

YOKKAO Saenchai & Pakorn Seminars

The official first dates for the YOKKAO UK Seminars which will take place beginning this coming May 16th in Edinburgh.

Friday 22nd May 2015

At Black Widow Martial Arts Academy

325 High Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8LU

  • 6:00pm – 7.45pm (Ticket £50)
  • 8.15pm – 10:00 (Ticket £50)

Contact: Yogendra Parekh on 07821416628 or email: yogiboxer@hotmail.co.uk

YOKKAO Saenchai & Pakorn Seminars

Muay Thai Living Legend Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, called the best pound 4 pound in the World and YOKKAO World Champion Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, will join together with YOKKAO mastermind Stefania Picelli and YOKKAO UK distributor Jack Bolam, from May 16th until May 24th to host a series of seminars at the most prestigious gyms in the UK.


In just a few days, from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, 5 staging grounds have been confirmed covering strategic zones throughout the UK.

The growing importance of YOKKAO Seminars continue after a series of successes in Asia, Europe and USA. A consolidated guarantee for Muay Thai lovers of any age. This year the YOKKAO seminars will work alongside the Games whose workouts will see an overall winner of the season win 2000USD prize money. More info to be released soon at www.games.yokkao.com

One month after the successfull edition of YOKKAO YOKKAO 12 and 13, YOKKAO continues a massive promotion of Muay Thai in the UK, helped by the solid support of fighters, owners of gyms and trainers, all together with the common goal of promoting Muay Thai in to new levels.


Source: www.yokkao.com

Muay Thai v Kickboxing

Muay Thai v Kickboxing

Yodsanklai Showcases How to Beat a Kickboxing Opponent

One of the biggest rivalries in stand up striking is Kickboxing vs Muay Thai. Given the fact that most Kickboxers fighters don’t train with elbows, clinching, or throws, it is only a fair fight if Thai fighters fight under the Kickboxing rules. This means that in every “Kickboxing vs Muay Thai fight,” it is essentially a Kickboxer vs Muay Thai Fighter who isn’t allowed using half of his weapons.

Recently, more Thai fighters have been fighting in Kickboxing promotions, in pursuit of a bigger pay day. For Muay Thai fighters who don’t have good boxing skills, this can often result in Knockout losses.

This fight between Yodsanklai vs Marat Grigorian showcases the classic matchup of Kickboxing vs Muay Thai in a Kickboxing setting. Check out the full fight below:

Yodsanklai Fairtex vs Marat Grigorian @Kunlun Fight:

Differences in Blocking Kicks

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A very noticeable difference between between Kickboxing and Muay Thai is the way fighters block body kicks. Instead of using their legs to absorb the impact of the kick, Kickboxers use their arms to absorb the damage of the kick. While this does a good job of protecting the side of the body from any impact, the arm and elbow take a lot of damage from the kicks.

Repetitive kicks to the arm over time will weaken a fighters punching ability as the fight wears on. Over time a fighter will have less knockout power in the later rounds of the fight.

Yodsanklai exploits this difference against Marat Grigorian, beating his opponent with relative ease. There was no time in the fight where he was in danger from Marat, a fighter who packs a strong punch. (Marat recently Knocked out Aikpracha)

The Basics Win Fights

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Since Yodsanklai Fairtex is a southpaw fighter, his left kick is his weapon of choice. He demonstrates that you don’t have to be fancy to win fights, you just have to be effective at what you do. Instead of throwing a variety of flashy kicks, the whole fight he smashes his left kick against his opponent who is unable to block it.

Throughout the entire fight, Yodsanklai uses 3 basic moves that win him the fight: Right Jab, Left Straight, Left Body Kick

No flashing spinning back fists, flying knees, head kicks or anything else. His opponent was not blocking his body kicks, so why would he change something that was working? Even though Yodsanklai has a lot more tools at his disposal, he knew that his opponent had a lot of knockout power in his hands.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Marat’s strategy the entire fight was to come forward with aggressive punches and try and get a knockout win. While this strategy is effective against Thai fighters who lack boxing skills, it is not a winning strategy against Yodsanklai.

Yodsanklai once again showcases why he is the best Thai fighter that is currently fighting foreigners at the higher weight classes. His mix of timing, power and speed make him a tough matchup for anyone, regardless of their fighting style.

Source: www.muaythaipros.com

How do Muay Thai Fighters earn in Thailand?

If you study of Muay Thai, chances are you do it for the love and not the money. More than likely you’ve heard since day one… “This sport isn’t about becoming rich.” But still, most Muay Thai fighters are struggling to get that break, to land the fight that will put them on the map to finally score a big day payday.

But how much is that payday exactly? In MMA, we see great champions are making huge amounts of cash and even huger sponsorship deals. More than likely, those at the top of the sport are at least earning in the six figure range, sometimes more. So how do these contracts compare to a top of the line Muay Thai fighter, holding a belt in the prestigious Lumpinee or Rajadamnern stadiums?

A current Lumpinee champion makes roughly 60,000 baht per fight (Around £1,200) Only after the gym takes their cut of profits, fighters are typically left with around 20,000 baht for themselves (£400). Doesn’t seem fair or much does it?!

There are ways for Thai fighters to earn significantly more money through gym bets. You might have seen certain fights advertised as having a 1,000,000 baht prize placed on them. These are usually large bets put on particular fights for gym owners to make an extra bit of money if they feel like their guy has a significant advantage going in. If a fighter invests his own money into the bet, it’s possible that he will receive a cut of the earnings. Of course, this is a very dangerous game. Losing means sacrificing an already minuscule paycheck, and perhaps being forced to fight more frequently to make up the difference.

Despite Thailand being a land where the cost of living is much lower than much of the western world, £400 per fight is still not very much money, especially at the highest possible level of the sport. Not only that, but the 60,000 baht pay day is only for top of the line competitors that have already established names for themselves.

Fighters that aren’t champions usually receive somewhere between 10 and 15,000 baht (£200 – £300). It can vary depending on how much interest there is for a fight, betting, and other factors, but typically the price range stays within those two numbers.

For farang (foreign) fighters, the paydays are much less. A foreign fighter will earn between 2 and 5,000 baht per fight if they are competing at Lumpinee stadium. This comes out to less than £100 per match-up.

There is more demand for farangs in the outlying markets, like Phuket and Koh Samui. Foreigners can make significantly more in Bangla than anywhere else, because that’s what the gamblers and audience come to see.

The real market for Muay Thai lies outside Thailand. International fighters can often earn more than double what Lumpinee champions pull in, despite the quality of competition being much lower. It is not incredibly difficult for a decent Thai to make over 100,000 baht per fight. It’s also much easier for farang fighters to come by competition their own weight, at a price that allows them to live above the poverty line.

Because of the low pay for Thai boxing within Thailand, many former Lumpinee or Rajadamnern champions end up in demeaning or ill-fitting jobs after their careers are over. There is not enough money saved up to retire comfortably, nor do they have many skillsets beyond the scope of muay thai. To make a living, skilled nak muays absolutely must take up a coaching position. Finding a teaching position inside the country is difficult, considering the market is already flooded with extremely high level trainers. Going international is an option, but many former fighters don’t want to be away from their friends and families for extended periods of time.

Right now, gamblers in muay thai are making huge amounts of money off the fighters, who are seeing very little of it for their efforts. We can only hope that the future sees either a change in the wages for some of the greatest athletes in combat sports, or newer organizations give stadium fighters the amount of money we all know they are worth.

How to score in Muay Thai

How to score in Muay Thai Workshop


Sunday 29th March @7:30pm

With Kru Shaun Boland

This is a hands on course which will cover correct and effective scoring techniques in addition to teaching the rules & regulations governing Muay Thai scoring. This course will benefit fighters, coaches and anyone who wishes to receive a better understanding of scoring in Muay Thai.

Course content

  • Introduction
  • Muay Thai scoring criteria
  • Scoring strategies (offensive & defensive)
  • Fouls
  • How to effectively score using:
    1. Kicks
    2. Knees
    3. Punches
    4. Elbows
    5. Clinch
    6. Off balancing
    7. Trips


Normal training session fee for Chao Phraya licensed students.


Last Man Standing & Super Fights


Yogendra Parekh is very happy to announce

Last Man Standing & Muay Thai Super Fights

Saturday 25th April 2015

Steve Johns (Chao Phraya Lincoln)
Luke Greenshields (Black Widow)

Super Fight – Under B Class Thai Rules
Both fighters are very talented and exciting to watch and are returning to the ring after long breaks from the sport, the clash of styles here alone promises for a very exciting fight.


Location: At The Al Miraj Banqueting Suite in Birmingham
Doors Open: 1pm
Preliminary Bouts: 1.30pm
Main Event Fight Card: 6pm

This will be our record 4th 8 Man Tournament to take place within 5 years of establishing the Last Man Standing brand, which in previous years has covered 63.5KG (Winner Angelo Campoli), 67KG (Winner Thomas McCormick) & 72KG (Winner Kyle Nicol), all our previous tournaments were a huge success.

The show will also be co-main evented by the reigning x6 World Champion Andy “The Punisher” Howson, who will be competing for his record 7th World Title, in a rematch against Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya.

The fight card will also feature international and national stars Prathet Sor Thanikul, Nathan Bendon, Leko Wright, Joe Newton, Correy Robbins & Naqqash Khan, all supporting the main event fight card. There will also be an undercard of preliminary bouts, featuring some of the best up and coming talent in the UK today.

Here’s the line up so far for our 8 Man £3,000 Tournament at 61KG max.

Ross George (Kaang Raang)
Martin Avery (Lumpini Thai)
Anthony Ferguson (Renegade/Knowlesy Academy)
Luke Bennett (Masda)
Paul Barber (Benfleet/Double K)
Cathel McDermott (Shin Kick)
Steven “Jimpy” John (Eagles)
Alex Bublea (Knowlesy Academy)

Reserve Match Up:

Luca Roma (De Gym Italy) v Mike Bateman (Super Gym)

COMING SOON: Match ups for the following:

Luke Greenshields (Black Widow) v Steve Johns (Chao Phraya Lincoln)
Nathan “The Body Snatcher” Bendon (Corefit)
Joe Newton (Evolution)
Leko Wright (Black Widow)
Naqqash Khan (Black Widow)
Correy Robbins (Black Widow)

Promo Video:

Ticket Prices:

VIP Ringside Tables for x10 people (Including 3 course dinner): £600
VIP Ringside Seats (Including 3 course dinner): £60
Adult Standard: £30
Child Standard: £15

Tickets available from:

Kru Steve Johns at krusteve@lincolnthaiboxing.co.uk


Yogendra Parekh at yogiboxer@hotmail.co.uk


Pornsanae Sitmonchai Retires

Muay Thai Legend Pornsanae Sitmonchai Retires

Life After Fighting:

When Pornsanae Sitmonchai stepped into the ring in Bangkok’s Omnoi Stadium last Valentine’s Day, not even the owner of his gym knew he intended it to be his last fight. The Sitmonchai team prepped him backstage, wrapped his hands and rubbed him with oil. Pornsanae, normally exuberant and outgoing, pulled into himself and concentrated on the battle ahead.

It was a high-stakes fight; he was defending his Omnoi title. He freely admits he’s afraid of losing every time he steps into the ring, “but this fight was different,” he said. “It was even worse because I knew it was my last.” It was a lot of pressure, and he was bearing it mostly alone.

He’d been on the fence for weeks about retiring, hadn’t even fully decided to retire until a few days before the Omnoi match. About a week before the fight, he approached his close friend and fellow fighter Jun (Thepnimit Sitmonchai), and told him about his plan to retire. He asked Jun not to tell P’ Ae, the gym’s owner. Jun agreed to keep quiet. He and Pornsanae had grown up together, training and living alongside one another at Sitmonchai for the past nearly 20 years. For the few days leading up to the fight, Jun and a handful of Pornsanae’s other closest friends at Sitmonchai were the only ones who knew this fight would be his last.

None of Pornsanae’s friends was surprised to hear he wanted to retire. At age 34, Pornsanae has amassed around 300 fights and a reputation for a wildly entertaining, aggressive, unrelenting fighting style. With that style, however, comes the danger of injury, especially the cumulative effects of knockouts and concussions.

Recently married and now with a young family, Pornsanae had been questioning his decision to keep fighting since his daughter was born nearly two years ago. In the ring, his aggressive tactics suggested fearlessness. Outside the ring, however, he worried about the effects such a career might have on his health. “When I was younger,” he said, “I was never afraid of anything. But now that I have a family, I’m afraid I’ll die soon if I keep fighting.” His interactions with other pro fighters, mostly Western-style boxers, gave him pause. “You can tell when you talk to these boxers that most of them don’t function at a hundred percent anymore. It scares me that someday I might become like that.”

The first sign of trouble happened during a plane flight in early 2013. Pornsanae had just lost a fight by decision to Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson in Australia. It was a full-rules, caged Muay Thai show in which the fighters wore MMA gloves, far smaller than the gloves Pornsanae had been using in his 20-year career.

On the plane home from Australia, Pornsanae’s head started aching. This was unusual for him, and he worried about what it signified. Thompson hadn’t knocked him out, but Pornsanae had been given two standing eight-counts during the three rounds. Once back in Bangkok, he hurried to the hospital.

He told the doctors he’d been fighting since he was 11 years old—more than 20 years of shots to the head. The doctors understood his career as a Muay Thai fighter meant he had to continue fighting to support his family. They told him to keep coming back for regular checkups, gave him pills they said would increase blood flow to his brain.

Pornsanae’s fans and fight critics were taking notice. Comments and blog posts started showing up, calling for him to retire, alleging that Sitmonchai Gym was forcing him to fight. In Thailand, however, it’s not always a straightforward transition from earning a living as a fighter to earning one as a trainer, or any other job. Hundreds of high-level Muay Thai boxers retire every year, often with no certain method to support themselves. Some fighters become trainers; many do not. Motorcycle taxi stands and fruit stalls are populated with former fighters trying to get by.

Like many other fighters approaching the end of their career, Pornsanae felt the pressure. “You get to a point where you can’t fight, so you have to find some new experiences, do something else. I can’t be a boxer forever, and I have to find other ways to make money. Most of all, I have to think about my family.”

“People were analyzing his knockouts and fighting style, talking about his life and what he should do, without actually talking to him to see what his wants and needs were,” said Abigail McCullough, foreign liaison of Sitmonchai and a resident of the gym for the past five years. “They have no idea what his life is like. I was getting pissed off at these people who were writing about Pornsanae’s life from their positions of privilege, espousing to know what’s best for him. It’s creepy moral arrogance. It’s all well and good to say he should be retiring, but are you going to pay for his kid’s food? If you’ve been here [in Thailand] any length of time, you know these fighters fight for survival. It’s how they provide for themselves and their families. Other people’s values, all the critics saying he needs to retire from fighting, it doesn’t apply in his world. Everyone knows he’s getting old and that he needs to stop fighting. But this is the current state of Muay Thai. It’s changing all the time, and now luckily these retired fighters are finally getting better options for their post-fight careers. But the transition is not always easy.”

When he stepped into the Omnoi ring for the last fight of his career, Pornsanae wasn’t thinking about what he’d do after fighting. He told himself this was it, his last fight, so put in one hundred percent. He wanted to leave a legacy, what he called “a beautiful history.”

From the red corner, Pornsanae squared off against his opponent, Petch GL Suit. The fight lasted only two rounds. Pornsanae knocked Petch down with an elbow in the second round. Petch jumped back to his feet quickly but shakily, received a count from the ref. Looking to end it before Petch could fully recover, Pornsanae pushed forward, fired a sharp low kick, stepped in and leveled Petch with his punches.

Petch collapsed onto his back. The ref waved it off, fight over. Pornsanae raised his hands and danced around the ring, leaped onto the neutral corner and faced the cheering gamblers in the stands, mouth agape in the half-crazed ecstasy of knowing he did it, he retired as a champion, an old fighter at 34 and now permanently a legend in Muay Thai.

Back in the dressing room after the fight, Pornsanae broke the news to gym owner P’ Ae that he was officially retiring from fighting. P’ Ae and Pornsanae had grown up sharing a room; they were like brothers. Keeping the secret from him had been hard. Pornsanae apologized for not telling P’ Ae sooner, saying it would have been too stressful before such an important fight. P’ Ae was understanding, and completely supportive of his decision to retire.

Pornsanae was relieved to let his secret out to everyone at the gym. Making the decision to retire and then keeping it from his fight family had been an emotional burden. “He was afraid even to tell me,” said Abigail, Jun’s partner and close friend of Pornsanae. “But the truth is, we all wanted him to retire. We wanted him to take care of himself, didn’t want his health to suffer. He himself had said a few times that he was getting too old.”

According to Abigail, one of the biggest hurdles to Pornsanae’s retirement was money. “He didn’t have anything that would pay as well as his fighting career so we all knew he was inclined to keep fighting. He has a new family so of course he wants to make as much money as he can while he still can.”

What prompted Pornsanae to hang up his gloves once and for all was a call from Evolve MMA in Singapore, a highly regarded gym famous for its coaching staff of retired champions. The day after Pornsanae’s Omnoi fight, Evolve MMA announced he would soon be joining their team as a trainer.

In his 23-year career, Pornsanae has seen the sport of Muay Thai go from being nearly exclusively Thai to internationally famous. This foreign interest in Muay Thai is providing him a smooth path from famous fighter to highly sought trainer. Pornsanae, who was born into a poor family in rural Kanchanaburi Province, will be making a base salary of approximately 100,000 baht a month (about $3,100), not counting additional private lessons. He’ll potentially make more in a month than many of his countrymen make in a year. Not bad for a high school dropout who grew up fighting for a living.

Pornsanae is scheduled to depart Thailand in March 2015. He plans to work the next few years in Singapore, taking a break every four months to visit his family in Thailand. Working as a fighter and now a trainer abroad present challenges to his family, but both the financial and emotional stability of his family are paramount to him. “When I was growing up,” he said, “my parents were never very warm and we were not very close. Now that I have my own family, I want to give them the warmth I didn’t have growing up. Unfortunately while I was fighting, I had to be very focused and disciplined, so I didn’t have much time for my family. Now I’m going away to Singapore, which is necessary because I have to provide for my family, but I plan to come home as often as I can, and have them come visit me too.”

Knowing the kind of person Pornsanae is, some of his gym friends have started making bets as to how long he’ll last at his new job. “Some of us think he won’t last more than a few months away,” Abigail said. “He’s such a homebody! He hates being away from home.”

The high salary and good working environment are appealing to Pornsanae, but what he’s most looking forward to about Singapore, he says, is being so close to Universal Studios. “I can’t wait to bring my family there. I’ve been to a lot of countries, but Singapore is my favorite because Universal Studios is right there and I can go all the time now.

“I won’t stay in Singapore forever, though,” he said. “I’m doing this to earn money for my family, and we will ultimately stay in Thailand. Kanchanaburi is my home; Sitmonchai is my home. I will always come back here.”

Source: www.fightland.vice.com

MSA Interclub (15.02.15)

MSA interclub

MSA Logo

Sunday 15th February 2015

Weigh in: 10am – 11am
Fights Start at: 12pm


Master Sken Academy
1st Floor Woodbank Works
Woodbank Industrial Estate
Turncroft Lane, Offerton
Stockport, Cheshire

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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.


Chao Phraya Academy Fighters

Could Fighters Attending, please add their Name, Age, Weight & Experience in the comments box below…

How to get there

Master Sken Website > www.mastersken.com

Thinking of fighting

This is a short movie taken at Daria Albers last fight at King of Kings KOK. This movie shows it’s not only about the fight. It’s the mental part, the emotions, the team and the people around you… what makes all of us, love it so much.

Thinking of fighting?

Originally posted by Sandy Holt at Bolton Muay Thai, Thinking of fighting – “What does it feel like, how high up the tree do you want to climb? When a student wants to test themselves to the max in the fight area? After all those punishing weeks, training daily, dedication, discipline both physically and mentally and torturing yourself…. This is what you fell as an individual!

Featuring Miss Daria Albers from Darnell Knoch‘s HAMMERS GYM in Germany. This gives a ‘REAL’ insight into How the last Moments before you climb into and inside those four Ropes and the very lonely square ring”!!

Thai Warriors

Thai Warriors

Thai Warriors

6th December 2014

At Leamington Spa


Sam Hyde (Chao Phraya) v Kieron Walsh (8 limbs)

Our very own Sam Hyde will be fighting at this event, so please support him!!


Thai Warriors is a Warwickshire based Muay Thai promotion with the goal of being the leading pioneer in promoting the science of 8 limbs in the area.

Thai Warriors is a Warwickshire based Muay Thai promotion with the goal of being the leading pioneer in promoting the science of 8 limbs in the area. Be there for the debut show 6th December Leamington Spa’s first night of all out Muay Thai action!


VIP Balcony (including Food) – £45




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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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Weather you’re married, or civil partners, a couple in a loving relationship, a parent and child or siblings – we want to hear from you.

Whilst one of you will stay in the UK, the other person must be prepared to compete in physically and mentally challenging tasks around the world!

We want to hear from all types of people and age range so please apply now.

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The World’s top Muay Thai Camps

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, but it has become a global phenomenon with camps operating all over the world. A few Western fighters have started to make a name for themselves on the international scene. Even only a decade ago, it was almost unheard of for a foreign fighter to possess the skills good enough to win a title at Lumpinee Stadium or Rajdamnern Stadium. Thanks to trailblazing pioneers such as Rob Kaman and Ramon Dekkers in the 1980s, Muay Thai is now a global sport. While the Thais still dominate the game at the highest levels of Muay Thai in the world, the sport’s popularity has ignited across the globe.


Thailand remains the heartland of the sport and no country can come close in terms of the quantity of elite level competitors which The Kingdom continually churns out. An estimated 5,000 professional Muay Thai camps are spread all over Thailand and are situated in virtually every town. Children start at a very young age such as 5-6 years old and Muay Thai is even taught in schools. In any given year, there are an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 elite professional Muay Thai fighters competing around the country. Only the very best 500 fighters or so in Thailand make it to the big stadiums like Lumpinee or Rajdamnern in Bangkok. And still, most fighters end up failing in the big leagues. The numbers are even worse for foreigners in terms of odds for success.  For this reason, it is no surprise that most of the top camps are in Thailand, but there are some notable exceptions due to widespread proliferation of Muay Thai knowledge.


Here is a list of the world’s top Muay Thai destinations for authentic Muay Thai.

Evolve MMA

The Thai media in Thailand have crowned Evolve MMA’s Muay Thai instructor team as the greatest dream team of legends in history.  Evolve MMA in Singapore has the most decorated team of Muay Thai trainers found anywhere in the world, including camps in Thailand. It currently includes big-name legends of the sport like Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Attachai Fairtex, Orono Wor Petchpun, and Nonthachai Sit O as well as an vast array of multiple-time Rajadamnern and Lumpinee champions including Muangfalek Kiatvichian, Chalee Sor Chaitamin, Saenghiran Lookbanyai and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok, Singmanee Kaewsamrit, Chaowalith JockeyGym, and many others. It also houses many champion trainers from Sityodtong Camp.

Evolve MMA offers Muay Thai classes in Singapore for the complete beginner to the advanced Lumpinee-level professional fighter. If you are looking to learn Muay Thai in Singapore, Evolve MMA is arguably one of the best Muay Thai gyms in the world. If you are looking to compete and win in Lumpinee Stadium, Evolve MMA is worth a visit to sharpen your skills against some of the best in history.


The Petchyindee gym has been one of the best in Thailand for several decades and a brand new location is currently under construction featuring state-of-the-art facilities. It will include accommodation for tourists. Historically, Petchyindee has not open to the general public, but it will be next year. It is already home to the Petchyindee stable of fighters which includes two of the best fighters of the decade in Sam-A Kaiyanghadao and Nong-O Kaiyanghadao while training is overseen by multiple time Lumpinee and Rajadmanern champion Sagat Petyindee.

Petchyindee also throws co-promotions at Lumpinee Stadium on a regular basis with their star fighters. Their fighters are well-known for their technical mastery of Muay Thai and are well-known as cardio machines. When it opens its door to foreign tourists, it is well worth a visit to see how one of the best camps in Thailand trains its legendary champions.


Sitsongpeenong is a camp that caters to Westerners with air conditioned, indoor facilities. However, do not be fooled by the luxurious settings. It has a world-class fight team which currently includes multiple-time tournament and title winner Kem Sitsongpeenong, current Thailand champion Sittichai Sitsongpeenong and former Lumpinee champion Thongchai Sitsongpeenong. It is a serious camp with serious Muay Thai. Fighters at Sitsongpeenong are known as very well-rounded with strong kicks and excellent punching power, a rarity in the world of Muay Thai. If you want to learn authentic Muay Thai, Sitsongpeenong is definitely one of the best.

There are facilities in both Bangkok and Phuket, catering to students of all levels and Sitsongpeenong regularly sends fighters to compete at all the main stadiums in Thailand with many of them highly ranked in their respective weight classes.


Despite being located on the outskirts of Phuket’s most notorious red light district, Singpatong has an excellent reputation and has helped launch the careers of top Thai and Western fighters with Pentai Sitnumnoi, Peneak Sitnumnoi and Damien Alamos all winning Lumpinee titles in recent years. Peneak was the 2011 ‘Fighter of the Year’ and the head coach, Numnoi Singpatong, has a crop of up and coming Thai youngsters coming through as well as being extremely open to Western fighters who want to come and train. The open atmosphere of this camp makes it a place to visit for the beginner and the serious fighter. Singpatong training is classic Thai-style with lots of roadwork, heavy bags, pads, and clinch work. Cardio is strongly emphasized at Singpatong.  You can learn excellent basics as well as advanced technique at Singpatong.


Located on the outskirts of Kanchanaburi, this Muay Thai camp is in a remote location, but is known for its laid-back atmosphere. However it is still home to some feared and respected fighters like Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, who has a reputation as being the most exciting Muay Thai contenders in Thailand today, and teenage prodigy Yodkhunpol Sitmonchai who recently secured a contract with international kickboxing organization Glory. Due to its remote location, the training is very spartan and hard. Roadwork is heavily emphasized with endless rounds of pad work and conditioning. The trainers at Sitmonchai have decades of experience at Lumpinee and Rajdamnern stadiums.  Do not expect special treatment as a visitor. The training is as tough as they come. If you want an immersive Muay Thai experience, Sitmonchai is one of the places to go.

Jitti Gym

Jitti Gym in Bangkok is owned by the well respected Jitti Tanongsak and while it isn’t known for producing Thai fighters it has helped launch the careers of some of the top Westerners in the sport including WBC and WMC champion Liam Harrison. Known for its family atmosphere, Jitti Gym is also home to Andy Thrasher who became the first ever non Thai to win a Toyota Marathon in 2011 and is welcoming to complete beginners as well as seasoned pros with basic accommodation available.

Tiger Muay Thai

Tiger Muay Thai is best known as a tourist destination for those who want a combination of training and fun on the beautiful island of Phuket.  The Muay Thai classes cater to students of all levels and the trainers include former Lumpinee champion Rattanachai Jadngooluem and former Rajadamnern champion Lamsongkram Chuwattana. It also has a very serious MMA program with elite competitors and instructors such as Roger Huerta and Brian Ebersole.

13 Coins

Attached to a large hotel in Bangkok, 13 Coins is run by the eccentric Mr Coke and is home to several top fighters with former ‘Fighter of the Year’ winners Saenchai PKSaenchaigym and Saengmanee Sor Tienpo both training here as well as Pakorn Sakyotin and western boxers like Kwanoichit 13coinsexpress and Pungluang Sor Singyu.


Lanna Boxing Camp, better known in Thailand as “Kiat Busaba”, is a professional boxing camp in Thailand’s northern capital city of Chiang Mai. Owned and managed as a family concern,we have worked hard over several years together with our young Thai boxers to achieve success at the top level of competition as well as being considered one of the best Northern Muay Thai Training centres. In the pleasant surroundings of our camp, as we train everyday, we offer the opportunity for people to train professionally and gain insight and understanding of the ancient art of Muay Thai.

… and of course

Chao Phraya Muay Thai 😉

Chao Pyraya (Lincoln) in Lincoln is run by the well respected Kru Leigh Edlin and while it isn’t very known as yet for producing professional fighters, it has a fantastic atmosphere and superb training and facilities. It is Chao Phraya Muay Thai Academy’s aim to introduce and promote the art of Muay Thai, Thai Culture & History within our class structure and syllabus. In addition, the academy aims to promote fitness, confidence and well being through our exercise and training prescription, welcoming to complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals.

Sourced from: www.sg.sports.yahoo.com

Buakaw v Kehl Scandal

K-1 MAX 2014 Final – Buakaw v Kehl

Buakaw Banchamek vs Enriko Kehl

Organisers of scandal-tainted K-1 Max wait to hear from Buakaw

On Sunday morning (October 12), a message posted on Banchamek Gym’s Facebook page said: “I apologise for making my supporters puzzled. You’ll soon understand me.”

Organizers of the scandal-tainted K-1 Max mixed-martial arts tournament are waiting to hear from two-time champ Sombat “Buakaw” Banchamek before deciding whether to sue him for walking out of Saturday’s…

Buakaw v Kehl

Muay Thai superstar Sombat “Buakaw” Banchamek battles WBC third-ranked Enriko Kehl of Germany in Saturday’s K-1 Max Final in Pattaya. Buakaw forfeited the bout when he refused to appear for a fourth deciding…

Buakaw, 31, forfeited Saturday night’s fight in Pattaya when he disappeared without explanation from the ring following the third of three scheduled rounds. Despite Buakaw widely seen as having the fight against World Boxing Council third-ranked Enriko Kehl of Germany, judges ruled the bout a draw and ordered a fourth “sudden death” round.

By then, Buakaw had left Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium and was disqualified. By forfeiting, the missed the opportunity to become the first three-time K-1 Max champion and the 22-year-old German was crowned the new champ in the 70-kilogramme division amid boos and jeers from the crowd.

Mr Kurarc said the K-1 team was surprised by Buakaw’s disappearance and did not know the reason why he left.

“We want to hear from Buakaw the real reason he left and thoroughly investigate the case, so there is no legal action at the moment,” he said. “We will wait for Buakaw to contact us. Otherwise we will try to contact his manager.”

The Thai fighter, who has not spoken to the media, has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon at his Banchamek Gym. In the meantime, a message regarding the controversy was posted posted to the Banchamek Gym Facebook page.

“Buakaw refused to return to the K-1 ring because the rules had been changed just a few hours before the fight,” the statement claimed. It added that the changed rules banned one of Buakaw’s signature in an attempt to make the fight – in which the Thai fighter was favoured heavily – more even.

Buakaw’s gym claimed the rule change was made due to the influence of international online-gambling websites.

“There was an effort to make the fight more even because the stakes were high,” the statement said. “K-1 isn’t a legal sport and there’s not one professional sport organisation in Thailand that authorises from (South Korea) to hold it here. How did the foreign mafia come and organise worldwide sports betting in Thailand? Who should take responsible for this?”

Originally scheduled for July 26, but delayed due to the May 22 military coup, the K-1 finals were being held for the first time in Thailand. It is run by the private K-1 organisation, which hosts fights similar to Muay Thai boxing. However, the bouts use different rules and point systems and fewer moves are allowed, leading aficionados to call K-1 a “watered down” version of Thai boxing.

Buakaw won the title in 2004 and 2008. The two previously fought at Max World Champions, held in Khon Kaen on Dec 10. The Thai fighter won by unanimous decision.

Mr Kurarc insisted the rules of Saturday’s fight were the same used since Buakaw won his first title in 2004. By walking out of the bout, the Thai fighter breached his contract with K-1 Global Holdings, which Mr Kurarc said runs through September next year. He said Buakaw was paid in full Sept 22.

K-1 has seen its standing among fight fans drop precipitously in recent years amid allegations of widespread match-fixing. According to Thai media reports, Buakaw forfeited the fight the final also was “rigged.”

The fighter reportedly went to a police station last Tuesday to file a complaint about online gambling in connection with the upcoming finals.

K-1 MAX 2014 Final : Buakaw Banchamek vs Enriko Kehl

Source: www.bangkokpost.com

Muay thai legend Buakaw breaks silence on walkout

baukaw v khel

K-1 fighter suggests rule changes overshadowed his title fight

Controversial fighter Buakaw Banchamek yesterday defended his decision to walk out of his title fight on Saturday, saying he preferred to let the audience decide the bout’s outcome rather than the judges.

The 32-year-old’s latest antics stunned viewers when he abruptly left the ring after the regulation three-round bout against Germany’s Enriko Kehl for the K-1 under-70kg championship ended in a draw.

As a result of his vanishing act, the German was handed the title, to the bewilderment of the crowd at the Indoor Athletic Gymnasium in Pattaya.

On Monday, organisers K-1 Global Holdings told a press conference that they were hoping to hold talks to clear the air with the two-time champion, before deciding whether or not to sue the Thai for breach of contract.

Buakaw, no stranger to controversy, publicly commented on the incident for the first time yesterday when he met the media at his Banchamek gym, stressing several times that he did not want the judges to rule on the outcome of the controversial bout.

“I don’t want the [judges’] verdict on the bout. I wanted the audience to decide it for themselves. I prefer not to let the officials judge me.

“It was my own decision [not to continue the fight]. My manager and my team knew nothing about it. I did what I believed my fans and supporters would understand,” said Buakaw.

The Surin native, who made his debut in the muay thai K-1 code a decade ago, insisted he had no intention of breaching his contract and was grateful to a sport that had catapulted him to fame.

Deliberately breaching the contract “never crossed my mind. I’m fully committed to the contract. They had my respect because people knew me from K-1.”

The Thai boxer hinted at feeling unease with a change of rules prior to Saturday’s fight, saying he had no choice but to abide by it.

“I accepted the rules set by the K-1 committee. They spoke in English but I’m not sure whether my translation was correct or not.

“Since I began fighting in K-1 in 2004, they have banned the use of the elbow but allowed the fighters to use the knee. I knocked out a Japanese opponent with my knee before I went on to win the championship in my first year in sport.

“Then they changed the rules, placing restrictions on the use of the knee. They let a boxer hold his opponent before landing the knee just once per fight. More than that could result in disqualification.

“I knew there was a management change in the K-1 organisation. I’m not sure whether that had something to do with the sudden change in the rules or not.

“I have no idea whether the rule changes were made in order to improve the standard or for a different purpose. Officials asked me during the pre-fight briefing whether I had any questions. I just waved my hands to signal ‘no’. I was looking to box as usual.”

Buakaw did open the door for talks with K-1 officials to find a solution to the walkout. He said he would look at whether he still had a contract with K-1 before starting any talks.

Source: www.nationmultimedia.com

Saenchai v Meleady



Even if they are bigger than him, his skill level is just too good. Stephen Meleady has a big heart and never quits, but was simply outclassed in this fight. I can imagine the frustration it must feel to go up against somebody with Saenchai’s skill set!

Favourite Muay Thai Fights

Favourite Muay Thai Fights

Artur Kyshenko vs Yodsanklai Fairtex Rumble of the Kings 2011

Yodsanklai Fairtex is currently on a 13 fight winning streak, he has not lost since November of 2011. The last man to defeat the Thai legend was Ukraine’s Artur Kyshenko. The pair fought on Rumble of the Kings in an exciting back and forth fight.

For fans who are used to seeing Yodsanklai dominate, they will definitely not see that in this bout. He seemed to be hurt a few times, but was able to survive and then return fire to Kyshenko. Sit back and enjoy the fight. This was definitely one of the bigger wins in Artur Kyshenko’s career as a sound game plan showed he could hang with a legend like Yodsanklai.

Yokkao 10 & 11

Supershowdown Presents

Yokkao 10 & 11

Back in the UK – #Yokkao10 #Yokkao11

Tickets on Sale ready for our next show on 11th October 2014. It’s going to be huge!


Supershowdown are again bringing Yokkao to the UK – this time with 2 shows in 1 night! Tickets are already available and selling fast…




Harrison v Kongsak


Pakorn v Wootton


Stanton v Boussouku


James v Runmai

Yakkao Video Highlights


Liam Harrison vs Kongsak Sitboonmee – 65kg
Dean James
vs Runmai Mo Tammachat – 56kg
Brad Stanton
vs Crice Boussoukou – 67kg
Josh Turbill
vs Tommi McCormick – 68kg
Jordan Watson
vs Mickael Piscitello – 70kg
Pakorn PK
vs Greg Wootton – 63.5kg
Panicos Yusuf
vs Keith Mc Lachlan – 61.5kg
Ste Long
vs Salah A – 68kg
Chris Whittle
vs Sean Silver – 60kg

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.

Thai Boxing Charity Match

Thai Boxing Charity Match

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014

In conjunction with the Wat Mahathat Summer Festival

Kings Bromley Showground, Crawley Lane, Kings Bromley, Nr Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. DE13 7JF

All proceeds will be donated to the Orphanages in Thailand and the Thai Temple.


Fight card

(Subject to confirmation & changes)

35kg Dylan Hill, Riches Gym vs Stoke Thaiboxi…ng,
58kg Pok Steele, Stoke Thaiboxing vs Sam Hyde, Chao Phraya Lincoln
75kg Michal Srzpulski, 8 Limbs Muay Thai vs Ahtef Saddiq, OMAA,
60kg Aman Maan, Firewalkers vs Sandra Delpech, KO Gym
C Class:
53-54kg Bart Tweed, Liams Gym vs Suki Singh, Firewalkers,
65kg Luke Iwankiw, Chao Phraya Lincoln vs Jeet Steele, Stoke Thaiboxing,
70kg Bradley Townley, Firewalkers vs Gurprem Daudhaur, OMAA
74kg Ryan Davidson, Richies Gym vs Kieron Hussain, OMAA

Currently looking for fighters to match the following:
Novice 65-68kg 0F
Novice 94kg 0F
C Class 64kg 5F; 65-70 various experiences; 72-88kg various experiences
Female fighters: 52kg Novice or 1st C Class; 55kg 3F & 70kg 6F

If anyone knows of any fighters still interested to compete at this Charity Boxing Fight please contact:

Christine on 07734 053522 or email: crirom@live.co.uk
ParnPetch Rirom on 07511 642168 or send messages to us both on Facebook.

Thank you…

Smelly Gloves?

Smelly Gloves

Smelly Gloves


  1. Don’t leave in your bag
  2. Put in well-ventilated area
  3. Use an anti-bacterial spray
  4. Newspaper to absorb sweat
  5. Fabric softener sheet
  6. Smells nice again!!



1. Don’t leave in your bag

Your hot, dark, damp, sweaty training bag is the perfect breeding for bacteria. If you just leave your gloves in your bag after each training or sparring session, you’ll find your gloves smell more and more. If you do nothing else, take them out of your bag when you get home.

2. Put in well-ventilated area

This can be in a utility room, garage, shed or conservatory with decent air circulation. Mesh bags can be great for carrying your gear that can be used to hang your stuff to dry it out. The main thing is that the gloves need to be completely dried out so the bacteria has no moisture in which to breed.

3. Use an anti-bacterial spray

Before hanging your gloves to dry, you can help kill the bacteria by using an anti-bacterial Febreeze spray or something similar.

4. Newspaper to absorb sweat

Add a few sheets of screwed up newspaper into each glove, this will help take out all the sweat and moisture out of the gloves.

5. Fabric softener sheet

Best tip of all… buy some cheap fabric softener sheets! Put them in the gloves around the newspaper to start to get rid of the smells. Then when your going to use the gloves again, rub the sheets around the inside of the gloves for extra freshness.

6. Smells nice again!!

Your boxing gloves are one of those things that tend to start smelling really bad over time, especially if you work hard! They are a massive breeding ground for bacteria and over time it can get really bad, so bad that other students will avoid sparring with you!! So don’t be that Muay Thai Fighter… follow the above and everyone will still love you!!!

ParnPetch Rirom – Workshop (07.06.14)

ParnPetch Rirom


DATE: 7th June 2014

TIME: 1pm – 3pm

PARNPETCH RIROM: Arjarn Parnpetch Rirom has spent the last 16 years coaching in Bangkok and throughout the World. He was one of the head coaches at the World famous Sasripapa gym. With over 250 fights, both an amazing technician & awesome fighter and to his credit Arjarn Parnpetch was a former Ratchadamnoen champion. He was also awarded the most exciting fighter of the year at both Ratchadamnoen (twice) and Lumpinee.

Chao Phraya Lincoln are proud to present a clinch (Prumb) and fight strategy seminar/workshop. Arjarn Parnpetch is one of Kru Leigh Edlin’s & Kru Shaun Boland’s original teachers and coaches in the UK and Bangkok.

This seminar is open to all camps, clubs and styles – Including: Muay Thai, MMA, Kickboxing and K1 etc …who have a thirst for knowledge & experience!!



PRICE: £20


LOCATION BELOW: Fight Specifix Unit 3A – Exchange Road, Doddington Road, Lincoln LN6 3JY


SAENCHAI v PAKORN: ParnPetch Rirom was Saenchai’s chosen corner man and coach for the SuperShowdown 10, in Glasgow on the 10th November 2012.


Combat Banchamek 2014 – Results

Buakaw Wins & Saenchai Fights A Giant At Combat Banchamek 14th April 2014

Muay Thai – Stop fighting in the last round?!

“Why do they stop fighting and just walk around in the last round?”

Those of you who have been to see a fight in Thailand or have watched one on the internet will notice they often fight a little different to how we do in the west.

Muay Thai last round

To a lot of people this could seem very pointless and in the west could potentially put people off coming to the shows. They have after all paid to see a fight and want to see both parties giving it their all.

However, this isn’t a western sport remember and over the years gambling has played a huge part in how the game is played in Thailand.

More often than not the first two rounds are a feeling out process, so not much really happens. Also on some occasions the boxers are told to take it steady as they are trying to get the betting in the favour of their opponent, making the odds better for themselves.

Round three is generally where the fight will really begin and both boxers are really trying to take the advantage.

The fourth as I’ve always been told is the unofficial money round. If you can win this big then the fight is yours.

Now we come to the round in question.

If the fight has been very close in the third and fourth then the fifth will be fought at the same intensity as the last two rounds.

However, if one boxer is clearly in the lead then he will be told to stay back from his opponent so as to not let the victory slip out of his hands.

This advice will come from his corner and from the gamblers who have money on him to win. This can become very annoying when you’re trying to listen to your corner and you have random people coming up and shouting at you in a language that you barely understand.

His opponent will possibly try and go for him for about the first minute of the round; if he has no success then he will back off.

Often at this point the boxer in the lead will offer his glove to his opponent, asking him to acknowledge defeat.

Here you will usually get the losing boxer accepting defeat and not going for broke to try and change the fight around. While the winning boxer knowing he has won agrees not to beat up on his opponent anymore.

This is a very different mind set to fighters in the west; over here the losing boxer will still fight until the bitter end as a knockout could change everything. Likewise, the winning boxer will still be trying to KO his opponent even though he is already sure of his victory.

To be honest the gambling is slowly killing Muay Thai in Thailand as the gamblers have so much power now in the big stadiums.

If you have watched many of the videos that I have posted up from what is classed as the golden era of Muay Thai (90’s) you will have noticed how packed the stadiums were back then.

Nowadays it is rare that you will see the likes of Lumpinee or Rajadamnern filled to that capacity because of how the game is so heavily influenced.

Out in the provinces though, Muay Thai is still popular with big crowds coming to watch and enjoying the fights. Muay Thai is also growing around the rest of the world with the standard getting better all of the time and so many fighters spending long stints in Thailand.

Source: www.damientrainor.com

Banchamek Promotions (April 2014)

Banchamek Promotions

Fight Videos

Buakaw & Victor Face off at weigh in. Pic from Warriors of the Mongkong

Buakaw & Victor Face off at weigh in…

There seems to be a new kid on the Muaythai block in Thailand and he is doing things a bit different to what we have become accustomed to with Thai Fight. Combat Banchamek is a new promotion by Buakaw Banchamek; he also fights on the card.What is different in these fights to Thai Fight, is the they are afr more evenly matched bouts, instead of the usual Thai being far superior in ability and experience to his western opponent. There were many awesome match ups in their first promotion and I am excited to see what else they have have in store for us in the coming months. Apparently Buakaw did all the match making himself, which is interesting as he chose to take on Muay Guy friend Victor Ngabe who is coming of  a recent KO victory of Kem Sitsongpeenong. Enjoy the fights and results below.

Fight Results:

Andre Kulebin def. Yang Zhou via Unanimous Decision (Points)
Chao Chao def. Flo Singpatong via Unanimous Decision
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs Mathius Sitsongpeenong Draw
Saencahi def. Kamen Picken via Unanimous Decision
Buakaw Banchamek def. Victor Nagbe via Unanimous Decision

Andre Kulebin VS Yang Zhou

Chao Chao VS Flo Singpatong

Rungravee Sasiprapa VS Mathius Sitsongpeenong

Saencahi VS Kamen Picken

Buakaw Banchamek VS Victor Nagbe

Source: LiveMuaythaiGuy

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

MSA Logo

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.

Chao Phraya Academy Fighters


How to get there

Master Sken Academy Interclub

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?

Source: www.muay-thai-guy.com

Club Clothing SALE!!

Grab these bargains… while we have a few left!!

Speak to Kru and make your orders quick!!!


£25 Members or £30 Non-Members
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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.

Source: breakingmuscle.com

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

new-lumpinee-stadium-outside new-lumpinee-stadium-inside

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.

Sources: www.realfeatures.com and www.muaythailumpinee.net and www.wikipedia.org


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 AirfieldAnarchy.com 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 james@wanderlustfilms.co.uk



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

Wanderlust Logo (Colour)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo’s on the day, will be taken by www.wanderlustfilms.co.uk

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 www.trevorgibbs.co.uk

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 www.mastersken.com

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!!

Parnpetch & Saenchai

Our very own training co-ordinator Ajarn Parnpetch Sithpaphom corning for one of the very best modern day Muay Thai Legend – Saenchai PK Saenchaimuaythaigym

Keep an eye out for him looking after Saenchai between Rounds…

Saenchai (born July 30, 1980), formerly known as Saenchai Sor. Kingstar (Thai: แสนชัย ส.คิงสตาร์) He won the Lumpinee Championship title in four different weight divisions, along with the WMC and WBC World titles, while mostly fighting above his natural weight; therefore he is considered one of the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighters in the world. Saenchai often gives up 5 lbs. + in weight to find worthy opponents in Thailand. Against foreigners the gulf in skill is so great he will go up as high as 147 pounds, which is 15+ pounds above his best weight. He is known for having excellent ring vision and speed.

Melton Woman Thai boxer lands world title

Melton Thai boxer Iman lands world title

IMAN Barlow announced her arrival among the Thai boxing elite on Saturday by controlling the biggest fight of her life.

The 19-year-old comfortably defeated multiple world champion Alexis Rufus at the O2 Arena to bring the Enfusion 54kg world title back to Melton.

Roared on by thousands of fans with a world title up for grabs and with her dad and coach Mark in her corner, Saturday night in London was dreamtime for Iman. Suddenly, the 15 years of fights, endless training, and sacrifices all made sense.

Recalling the events two days later, Iman still seemed stunned by the scale of the occasion.

IMAN Barlow

She said: “It was the most amazing night of my life, it was crazy. Everyone was chanting my name and clapping for me, it was like my home crowd.

“There were people on Facebook and Twitter telling me I was an inspiration, and people waited around after the end to have their photo taken with me. It was unbelievable.

“It makes all that training and not going out drinking totally worthwhile.”

In the biggest night of her long Thai boxing career, Iman showed remarkable composure to take control early on and maintain it through all five rounds. Her dominance was reflected in the judges’ scorecards which gave her a unanimous points decision.


The assured performance also earned Iman the added prestige of the Fighter of the Night award and a handy 250 Euro bonus.

She added: “I knew it was going to be a tough fight because she is such a strong puncher, and in the first round she came at me, but she didn’t rush in as we expected her to which gave me time to find my range.

“In the second round she just came running at me and from then until the fifth round, that’s all she did.

“She only tried kicking about four times in the entire fight. I don’t know how she thought she was going to win just by steaming in and boxing. I didn’t batter her, but I was in control.”

The fight was the penultimate bout of a star-studded show which was streamed to 92 countries across the globe and attracted thousands of UK Thai boxing fans to the London venue’s Indigo Rooms.

The Melton fighter was inundated with good luck messages before the bout and the wave of support continued all the way to the final bell.

But despite a dominant display, Iman refused to believe she had won until it was officially confirmed.

She said: “Every time I came back to my corner my dad said the round was mine. Sometimes he says that just to keep my confidence up, but I knew I was winning because she wasn’t doing enough to win.


“At the end I knew I had won, but I kept asking my dad to make sure.

“When I was training I pictured myself winning the belt, but when the referee put my hand up, I just started crying with happiness.”

A well-earned week off precedes her next big occasion, her 20th birthday, but it won’t be long before she returns to serious training for her next big fight in Guernsey in June.

And the fights will get even bigger after September when she begins a six-fight contract with Enfusion, the promoters of Saturday’s show.

Source: www.meltontimes.co.uk

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.

Source: georgehariri.hubpages.com

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.”

Source: www.japantimes.co.jp

Muay Thai legend passes away

Muay Thai legend Apidet passes away at age 72.

Apidet Sithiram, one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time, passed away yesterday of lung cancer. He was 72.


His daughter Saivarun Swatpoklang said her father died at Phramongkutklao hospital following a long battle with cancer.

Mrs Saivarun said Apidet, whose real name was Narong Songmanee, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and had since been hospitalised.

Nightly prayers are being held at Wat Bang Phli Yai in Samut Prakan until Tuesday and the royally sponsored cremation rites are scheduled on Wednesday.

Apidet was born in tambon Bang Nokkwaek in Samut Songkhram. He specialised in kicking and was dubbed the ‘Kicker of Bang Nokkawek’.

He was so dominant in the country’s traditional martial art that it was difficult for him to find an opponent.

He then switched to international boxing and became welterweight champion of both Lumpinee and Rajadamnoen stadiums.

He was a trainer at Fairtex boxing camp before his death.

Source: www.bangkokpost.com

Learn to be broken

Learn to be broken…

Breaking a fighter.
It’s a phrase you hear often in Muay Thai Boxing but what does it really mean?

Recently in sparring, I had a chance to think about this. I’d like to be all tough and say it was on my mind because my incredible dominating style broke my opponent’s will. But nope, it was me.
I broke…

I’ve only been at it for nearly a year now, and while I’m certainly not any sort of dangerous talent, I feel like I know my way around a little at this point.

After the end of training, we started our usual sparring session. By my third partner, one of which I hasten to add was our Kru Leigh Edlin. I was absolutely cream-crackered (knackered). There are reasons for this – I had been sick and been away on holiday so missed a few weeks of training – but the main reason is I’m still not at my best possible shape YET!. This has happened to me before – and I’m afraid, it’s the side effect of being a part time trainer. The thing is, in Muay Thai, when I’m tired I have enough strength that I can mostly still survive. I sort of know what I’m doing, and can deal with a more fit opponent while minimizing damage.

As I was trapped in a corner of the ring, when it came to me… this person is too good, too strong, too talented. And the the big one: I can’t stop him/her. That moment? That’s breaking – the realisation that you can not win!!

Of course, it’s not actually a “realisation” because that implies that it’s a verifiable fact. It’s not. You may not be winning now, and it may be quite difficult to win, but you can. And yet in the heat of the moment, it becomes a fact, and that’s what makes it so insidious and so dangerous.

From there, I bottled out from some sparring rounds but slogged through the last few minutes, and went home. And here’s where I was faced with a tough question – what now? Where do I go from here? I’ll admit, there was a large part of me that wanted to quit and be done. I’m in my very late 30s, never going to really fight (well maybe 😉 – how much further do I want to go with this?

But the next week, I dragged myself to the club. And you know what? It was excellent. I was back in my comfort zone, I felt good, I felt like I could do it. The moment of breaking will pass!!

But has it? Because it’s easy to feel confident when you are in your comfort zone. The real question about braking is what you do when someone pushes you out of that zone. And so far, that has not happened to me since… but it will?! And how will I respond the next time?

That’s a question I can’t answer. I can only hope that my experience will make me stronger for the next time. Maybe it will. Or maybe being broken is like being knocked out – the more it happens, the easier it is to happen again. I hope it’s the former, but fear it’s the latter. Time will tell. And either way, I will continually learn from my Kru & Club Members…

Many Thanks again to Leigh for helping me settle into the club and many thanks to all the club members, who have made me feel so welcome and have got me addicted to Muay Thai.!


Paul Stafford @Paul_Stafford
Chao Phraya Academy Member

I’d also like this opportunity to wish our Kru Leigh Edlin
in his forthcoming ISKA European Title Fight on Saturday 13th April More Info & Tickets HERE

Chok Dee Kru!!!

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.

Source: www.bleacherreport.com