MNSW Development Day, Neutral Corner promotions Boxing night, upcoming fight in VIC and Xmas party date is set

MNSW Development day

Nov 10th we took a small team consisting of Luke Taylor and Kai  Weate-jones out to PTJ gym in Gladesville for another exciting Muaythai development day, if you don’t know what these events are they provide people that are just getting into the sport of Muaythai an opportunity to put on the pads and headgear and get matched up to fight someone of same weight like a proper amateur show but at a far less stressful location and shorter rounds to help them gain experience to see if eventually fighting on the big shows is for them. In the corner we had Coach shane and Hugh, also Karina helped in the corner as she is keen to do more corner work in the future. First up we had Luke Taylor, this would be his first ever Development day fight and he performed quite nicely using a well timed kick game and a offence based clinch he secure a win from all three judges. Next up was one of our Juniors Kai who has already 4 racked up 4 development day bouts in the past 12 months, he unfortunately was not able to use his favourite technique the elbow as he’s opponent decided to opt out of elbow use, in the end it did not matter as Kai pushed a hard pace on the other guy and also used a dominant clinch game to seal a unanimous win. It was a great day out not only because we went 2 for 2, but the event was well run and it’s always great to see some potential up and comers getting their start on these event. Next one will be held at our gym Feb 23rd 2019!

Luke’s boxing fight at Club Punchbowl

Last Saturday neutral corner promotions matched up Luke “T-Bone” Thompson against one for his most experienced competitior’s to date, Deepak from Get smart boxing. Luke was coming in at a 20kg disadvantage but he is always game to fight to challenge and better himself as a Boxer. The match itself was competitive with Luke let go blitzing combinations and technical footwork and Deepak picking heavy potshots from a Double arm guard position. after 3 rounds of action the judges cameback with a unanimous verdict in favour of the T-Bone. Now Luke is going to take the rest of the year off competing and focus on rebuilding in this offseason.

Roots 9 Melbourne

Hugh will make his debut on Roots Muaythai in Melbourne on Dec 2nd, Roots acts as a pathway/talent feeder to one of Southern Hemisphere’s most prestigious muaythai shows: Rebellion. Hugh, who recently turned pro and got a outstanding win on Fire in the Shire 2 will be matched up in Melbourne with a solid opponent in Mitch Impelman’s from Man Ho Academy of Martial arts in NT. Hopefully there will be a livestream that we can post on our facebook page so all our members can watch.

Gym Xmas party and End of year presentation

just a reminder that our end of year xmas party will be on Saturday December 15th at 3pm, coach Rowan will be be cooking up his famous BBQ and we’ll have other dishes provided for everyone to eat, if you have special eating requirements please bring your own food and also BYO drinks. The whole family is welcome to come and enjoy this day with us.

 

Recap of Fire in the Shire 2 and Luke’s two boxing fights in one weekend

Fire in the Shire 2

Oct 13th marked the second show for our local based Muaythai fight show, Fire in the Shire. It was a bigger attended event compared to the first show and the action for superb, we had 7 fighters of out own representing the gym on this night. First up with John Devine he was up against Joshua from Ace Muaythai in Port Macquarie, the fight was fast and furious seeing both men emptying their gas tanks before the third round, but in the end Joshua took the points win with a few big scores. Next in the ring was Kate “KO” O’neil, she was up against Holli from Warpath martial arts, both girls went at it but Kate’s low kicks and right hand found their mark consistently and his secure the points win for her. Laura Cave had a big task ahead with taking on NZ rising talent Roezala from Auckland MMA, most of this fight was fought in the clinch and Laura scored well with knees, elbows and breaking Roezala’s posture and it gave her the Points win. Jordan Khalil was the next fella going over the top ropes against Rhys from Nova martial arts, Jordan was scoring well in the first round and the second was going the same until a well timed head kick floored Jordan and like a true warrior he got up and  recovered to finished the rest of the fight but losing on the judges scorecards. Ben “the executive” Branch was matched with tough QLD’r Luke from Snake pit Muaythai, this was an extremely close fight with Luke blitzing Ben in the early parts of the round and Ben finishing strong each round, the judges ultimately saw the fight for Luke from QLD and we hope to do this match again in the future. The first of our two pro matches we had Jonothon towers take on short notice replacement Matthew from ALL sorts Wong, but boys went to war with Jono slamming in low kicks and Matt throw heavy leather, but after two rounds Jono have taking too much damage and we waved off the fight making sure he can fight another day. Last up and the main event for the show was Hugh “The Fire from the Shire” O’Donnell taking on Andy “The Spinning Dragon”Robertson of Bull Muaythai in Thailand, Hugh got to work early with the low kick and it made it’s impact known as Andy succumbed to a 8 counts in the second round from them until eventually the ref waved off the match as he could not stand without getting knock down again. We are super proud of all out fighters performance on this show as no one on our team gets easy matches up, this ensures we get the best out of them in training leading up to the fight night.

 

 

 

Luke Thompson takes matches in NSW & VIC in one weekend

Luke Thompson is finding some nice form in his amateur boxing career, having only 1 loss in 10 bouts. a couple weekends ago he fought at Parramatta RSL on the friday in a rematch against Christian from team Savva, Luke again got the decision win but this time took way less damage using footwork and head movement. On Sunday, Hugh and himself flew down to Victoria to the Werribee Italian sports club to take on the experienced John Figota at the Golden Gloves tournament. John was a tough southpaw, but Luke adjusted quickly and took the decision making him the 91+kg Golden Gloves champion.

 

If you want to hear a full recount of fire in the shire and both of Luke’s fights listen to the coaches podcast Enter the Double Dragon *HERE* on Episode 33 is the iTunes link or listen them on Spotify and all other podcast platforms.

Boxing, Podcasting and Fire in the Shire

Luke Thompson at Sydney Fight League

Our resident heavy fella Luke “T-Bone” Thompson who only this year made the switch to amateur boxing, stepped into the ring for the 6th time since the start of the year (not including his muaythai fights) at Norths leagues club a week ago Friday. He was matched up with Christian Balzar of Boxing Works who used to do Muaythai himself, funnily enough Christian (like Luke) injured his knee and made the switch to boxing as well. The fight itself was contested mainly up close, where you saw Christian trying to use his size advantage and bussle T-Bone around, while Luke was shifting his angles and capitalising on small openings with short hooks. At the end of the 3 round affair Luke had his hand raised and on Oct 19th these two are set to match up again, we’ll see who did their homework and if this rematch will be a repeat or an entirely different fight.

Get to know our coaches through the Podcast

If you don’t know already we have a podcast that is run by Head coach Shane, BJJ coach Trent and juniors coach/pro fighter Hugh. It’s called “Enter The Double Dragon Podcast”, they have been getting a lot of guest on lately, but in particular they recent had Coach Steve Austen on where they talked about coaching the younger students and how doing something like martial arts promotes better not only better physicality but self esteem that will transfer into life by having the mental fortitude to achieve goals and be more out going. Then only this past weekend they had the OG Mick Spinks in with one of his most talented fighters from back in the day, former K1/MMA star Ian Schaffa. They shared stories from their many travels to Japan to fight Mega stars like Kid Yamato, Masato and Genki Sudo, and also how Ian transitioned from being a Pro fighter to now running his help feed the homeless drive “Street Buffet” and owning his own cleaning business while being a family man. Click the iTunes links below for each episode and be should to subscribe, rate and review them, but also check them out on Spotify and all other podcast platforms that suit you.

Coach Steve Austen Interview click here

Mick Spinks and Ian Schaffa Interview click here

 

Less than two weeks left until return of Fire in The Shire

We are in count down mode for our great local show “Fire in The Shire”, officiated by Muaythai NSW this event is guaranteed to be a night of action pack Muaythai with our team consisting for John Devine, Kate O’neil, Jordy Khalil, Laura Cave, Ben Branch in the amateurs and making their pro debuts we got Jonothon Towers and Hugh O’Donnell set to make waves on Saturday Oct 13th. We have tickets at the front desk so please support the show and get you and your friends a few and be prepared to have a cracker of a night!

 

Fights nights at Hurstville and Albury

JNI fight night at Hurstville

last weekend we had two fighters fight in two different codes. First we had Dion “The Detonator” Beattie matched up in a Muaythai fight against SRG’s Edimar Teixeira with coaches Rowan, Hugh and Steve out there to get him ready. Both fellas had came into the fight with great records and also both know to bring the heat each time they hit the ring. The fight itself was thrilling right down to the wire, with Edimar using a strong switch kick game and Dion falling back on his handskills and power, at the end of the bout it was a split decision win to Edimar. We’ll more than likely see this boys get matched up again down the line and be treated to another fun fight.

 

ABA tournament at Albury

Luke ” The Tomohawk/T-money/T-Bone” Thompson and Coach Shane travelled down to Albury for an ABA boxing match against Owen for Riverina Boxing club. This would be Luke’s 7th boxing match and now he is fully dedicated to the sweet science putting Muaythai on the back burner. He went in with the game plan to be more composed in the ring, even though he has lots of Muaythai ring experience (which helps), but boxing is a completely different game with a lot less tools at your disposal compared to the art of 8 limbs. When the bell rang Luke came out and measured the distance well with his jab and his opponent answering back by coming over the top of it with the overhand right, Luke caught wind of this tactic after a couple times and started to change the game into finding the body rip to the Liver which started taking devastating affect, as Owen started to get away from that liver shot it opened up the chance for Luke to land the right hand taking Owen off his feet and his coach to smartly throwing in the towel. Luke wins by 2nd round TKO.

 

Fire in the Shire Oct 13th

Be sure to grab your tickets soon for our home town muaythai show “Fire in the Shire” at Sharks Leagues club, last time was a hit and we are expecting a much bigger event second time around with about 13-15 fights and 8 of those fights having Double Dragon fighters in matched in them. It’s an family friendly event and the bar will be open too. We will be stocking tickets at the gym soon to buy, so save the date and support the team!

MNSW development day at the Gym

MNSW Development Day

We held another MNSW development day in the gym on Saturday. For those of you  doesn’t know what that is, it’s a day of entry level fights to get valuable ring experience in the sport of Muaythai. Each competitor wears shin pads, 16oz gloves, head gear, elbow pads and a light chest protector that is quite similar the gear used in the IFMA world games (check back on our blog post of Luke’s IFMA silver medal run HERE). These development days have been paramount to the ever building NSW scene of Muaythai and from these padded fight events they have help create solid up and coming fighters, like our Pros fighters Luke Thompson and Hugh O’Donnell have gotten their start here.

On this day we had Kate O’neil, Kai Weate Jones and Chris Meyers jump over the ropes for Team Double Dragon. Kate had a solid fight with a girl from SRG with a size advantage, it was a back and forth affair with a lot of the fight done in the clinch trading knees, in the end the judges saw it in favour of Kate and it was a good win to have after a bit of a lay off from her last bout.

Next we had Kai who is now competing pretty regularly, this marked his 4th bout this year. He was pitted against another experienced junior from Nova martial arts, the fight was a very technical as Kai was managing the battle while on the back foot and used a stifling clinch game and his opponent used good boxing and forward pressure, this fight was super close but the judges saw it in favour of the Nova representative and Kai takes away valuable experience on keeping the score up on his side in this close one.

Up last for our team was Chris, this also was another junior bout with his opponent hailing from Shirudo Martial arts. Chris was in the same position as Kate as his opponent had a bit of a size advantage but on these padded events it tends to be not too steep of an advantage compared to not padded fights. Both fellas went at it landing big shots throughout the fight, Chris was working a solid right hand and Rib kick game, while his opponent put together great combinations and had handy trips in the clinch. At the end of the bout the boy from Shirudo had his hand raised, but the fight itself was very competitive and Chris did himself proud  having his 3rd bout of the year taking his 1st loss on this day.

Overall the whole event ran well, with 17 total fights. We may have even beat the fastest event run, held previous set by PTJ! But we’ll wait for the offical call later on. This couldn’t of happened without the volunteer work of  the Karinas (Laurance and Cardenas Salazar) who worked the front door ticketing and time keeping, Steve Austen for being the backstage Marshal making sure all fighters had their gear on ready before their fights and the kept them to schedule without delay, Hugh O’Donnell for warming up our fighters and cornering the juniors as well. Please keep support these events, the next one is going to be held at VT1 gym in chatswood August 25th.

If you want to hear a more detailed breakdown of the MNSW event listen to Enter the Double Dragon podcast’s latest episode either HERE on desktop or subscribe to them on iTunes, Spotify or any mainstream podcast platforms

Updates since June

It’s been a while since the last blog post, but we did have a few things go on since then

Knees of Fury recap

We had Dion and Hugh go down to Adelaide to one of Australia’s most established fight shows, Knees of Fury. Dion took on SA big player Trent Spacie over 5 rounds of Muaythai action in the co-main event, in the end Dion Beattie took a dominant points decision which included two knockouts from our boy. In the main event Hugh O’Donnell was up against  Matthew Stevens for an Australian title, unfortunately Hugh didn’t come away with the win this time, congrats to Matthew for a bringing his A-game. We hope to back on this show August 25th.

MNSW Development Day at PTJ

in June our Junior team of Kai and Chris signed up for another Development day, which is a great way for novice Muaythai fighters to gain great ring experience in full pads to limit serious damage in the infant stage of their career. Both boys had matches with over 18 year old opponents and both showed great skill and kraft in their fights. Chris won a decision with a solid kick and right hand game, Kai took on an experienced competitor and showed great composure but barley loss on points. Both boys look to have great potential in this sport and learn it all from our teens kickboxing & self defence classes.

WAKO national titles

On the same day as the MNSW development day we had Ben “the Executive” Branch step back into the ring after a little layoff in QLD for WAKo nationals, this is a Kickboxing style event. Ben took on the Melbourne WAKO state champ Kim Luk, the fight itself was entertaining with Ben taking a bit of damage in the first round, but in the 2nd round Ben found his boxing range and took back some control, the last round would be the decider and it was a tooth and nail affair. The judges saw Kim taking the fight by the narrowest of margins, but it was great to have Ben back in the ring and look forward to him getting a few in this year.

Ribeiro In House comp

In July we have some of our BJJ team go to Ribeiro Sydney’s In house comp, which gives us a great opportunity to roll with new people under competition scenario. We had Eddie, Steve and Flinn jump in, Eddie ended up winning a gold after a few matches and Steve got the Bronze in the white belt division awesome effort from the boys who only started a few months ago and Flinn got the gold in the Blue belts, Our main coach Trent has done some fantastic work for our Jiujitsu program which is going stronger than ever.

NSW Boxing Novice Titles

Last weekend we had Alex frame go into Boxing NSW Novice title in the masters division, Alex has been training with the gym a long time and at the age of 50 years old he decided to train with a goal to fight, his would be his first venture into boxing. His first fight was on Saturday, Alex found success early with his right hand and used it smartly, this earned him the points win. On Sunday was the finals, he put up a very respectable performance but lost the decision. This is a great example that age is just a number and you can achieve what you want with the right team behind you.

Fight Fitness Team

Every 6 months we hold our Fight team fitness test, where people who wish to compete under the Double Dragon show us that they are capable of being fit enough to endure the training camps, it’s also a great test for people who don’t aspire to fight to see how they stack up and use the end results to guide them in to better athletes. We test explosive capabilities, Strength, general Endurance and Sports specific work capacity. Anyone can look to join in and benefit from it. We also are the end of the test recognised a few people that had been training hard consistently such as Chris, Kai and Rick, all have taken on the challenge of competing in Development days and doing the fitness test but also importantly have training non stop so they received their Muaythai Level 1 shirts, also we handed out our first Level 3 Muaythai shirts to Hugh and Karina who have been in the gym consistent for 6+ years.

 

Next events the Fight team are going to be at: Muaythai July 21st MNSW development day/Double Dragon gym, Boxing July 28th King of the Ring/Blacktown, Muaythai 25th Aug Knees of Fury/Adelaide.

Luke’s IFMA run & Upcoming Fights shows in Adelaide and QLD

Luke’s IFMA Games Campaign

Luke “the Tomahawk” Thompson recently went over to Cancun, Mexico to represent Australia at the IFMA games, also our own head coach Rowan was also able to accompany as an assistant coach for the Australian team. For those who doesn’t know what the IFMA games are it’s held in a different country every year and is Muaythai’s version of the Olympics where experienced professional and amateur competitors are selected through regional and national competitions to represent their homeland on the world stage. There is B-grade and A-grade levels at IFMA, B-grade is use headgear, cotton shin pads, elbow guards and chest protector, while A-grade just don’t use the chest protector, both levels are done under Full Thai rules. Even though they are padded events, you get some of the world’s best professionals fight here, like this year’s 71kg A-grade final was Andrei Kubelin of Belarus  who is listed on Wikipedia has having 95 pro fights and 115 amateur fights versed Yodwicha Por Boonsit of Thailand who is listed as 225 pro fights on wikipedia also, Yodwicha walked away with a classy win.

This will mark Luke’s second time at IFMA, his first time was was 2017 in Belarus where he walked away with the bronze medal, he won against India by TKO in the quarter finals and lost against turkey (and the eventual Gold medalist) in close points decision. This year was a smaller bracket as Luke was set to go straight into the Semi-finals, his first match was Lucas Allsina from Argentina who holds a respectable pro record that spans globally. Luke won the match by dominant points decision, but in doing so sustained a bad injury to his knee from a not quite by the rule book throw from Allsina, Luke still wishing to continue in the tournament and was confident he could still be competitive for the Gold medal match decided to battle through. In the finals, it was Oscar from USA who beat Mexico in the semis to get the opportunity to contend. The match was close with Luke showing better hand skills and active clinching, a Oscar countered by using teeps and pot shots, in the end Oscar got his hand raised and Luke’s knee held up the whole fight only for it to give away once he thanked his opponent for the match. Luke is now back home with a Silver medal and his leg seems to be ok but needs further looking at. Also, our friends at Phoenix gym we there too with Zoe, Daniel and Jared making the team selection. Zoe also Silver Medaled beating Finalnd, USA and then losing on points against Russia in the finals. Thank you to Anthony Manning, Corey Impelmans and Peter Boyd for looking after the Australian team and also thank you to A-tech Australia for sponsoring Luke and Rowan to go to Mexico.

If you want to hear about the breakdown of Luke’s fights by the Enter the Double Dragon Podcast crew click on this link: Episode 18

 

Adelaide: Knees of Fury

This Saturday we got Hugh O’Donnell and Dion Beattie fighting at one of Australia’s most established shows, Knees of Fury run by Ethan Shepp. The boys are the main event, with Dion taking on Trent Spacie in a Full thai rules affair over 5 rounds and Hugh face off Mathew Stevens for the IKBF Australian Mod Thai title. The lads have both been in good form and are more than ready to represent NSW Muaythai in the City of Churches. it’s going to be a 70’s theme to celebrate their 70th show to date, look out for the our coaching staff to be dressed up in the corner.

Queensland: WAKO nationals

We are racking up these frequent flyer miles as we are heading to the Goldcoast for WAKO nationals June 2nd, Ben Branch with be looking to get back in action after having a bit of a break. WAKO is similar to IFMA where Professionals and Amateurs compete together in padded event, but they use K1 style of rules, Which is kickboxing with knees allowed, no kick catching or elbows permitted and limited use of clinching. They also hold a World games each year in a different country, you find a lot of the competitors that fight in IFMA also fight at the WAKO world games and this is how many of the European countries especially have gigantic records and are super formidable opponents just through sheer volume of competition. With the inclusions for MTA States and Nationals for IFMA selection, hopefully WAKO can get a NSW states event in conjunction with their Nationals event happening soon and all fighters can benefit from getting more fight experience.

New Classes added to our Kids/Teens programs & Luke in Mexico at IFMA games

New Little Dragons Kung fu class and Parents express boxing

We are few weeks into the 2nd term on this year, The kids and teens classes are constantly growing and producing very competent martial artists. Our Little Dragons KungFu class (5-8 year olds) we have added a Friday 4.15pm class to help accommodate for the growing numbers in the classes and also for some of the keen students more days to come in and train. So with Little Dragons now on Mon/Wed/Fri we have also added a Parents express boxing at the same times as Little Dragons this gives the Parents an opportunity to train while the kids are in class! It’s only 30 mins long and you get to learn the basics of boxing while getting fitter, no fitness level or previous boxing experience required and we supply the gear if you need.

 

New After School Kung FU Class

Afterschool Kung fu (8 year olds and up) has also got a new class added too, we are starting a Saturday class at 11am. The beauty of Martial arts compared to other sports your children may play on the weekend is training is on rain, hail or shine, it also holds a far lower injury rate than other contact and ball sports with all the benefits of learning coordination, building confidence, getting fitter and interacting positively with people. Below is statistics from the Australian institute of Health and Welfare study in to Australian sports Injury hospitalisations in 2011-2012, we fall into the Combative sports category lumped in with boxing, MMA and other martial arts. As you can see we only make up 1.8% of the total injury rate compared to the top five sports injuries that result in hospitalisation AFL, Soccer, cycling, motor sports and football sports is a whopping 40.4%. We pride ourselves in our thorough kids/teens martial arts curriculum which progresses students systemically into more contact work (always done with padded personal protection) when they show the skills necessary to be able to do it with control and no excepts before that. Please ask our coaches for a run down of the curriculum if you have any queries.

 

The Tomahawk goes to Mexico

Our Cruiserweight fighter Luke “The Tomahawk” Thompson and Coach Rowan have landed safely in Cancun, Mexico with the rest of the AUS team for the IFMA games. These world games in the Olympics of Muaythai where the best amateurs and pro thaiboxers around the world are invited to compete against one another to see who ends up on the winner’s podium after 10 days of fighting competition. Luke got to represent AUS last year and got the Bronze, plus he was the only Australian to medal that year. This year after getting gold at the MTA nationals he gets to represent again and looks even better this time around with a solid year of top level fights under his belt, we would like to take this opportunity to thank A-Tech Australia for sponsoring Luke and Rowan to go to this prestigious event, even though Luke earned the right to participate each athlete has to fund the trip/accommodation on his own money. So having a great sponsor like A-tech is the only way we can live this opportunities. Luke’s first fight is on May 16th and hopefully we will have a link to post on our facebook of the bout.

 

Upcoming coming events for Team Double Dragon: May 26th Knees of Fury/Adelaide, June 9th Jez fight night/Bonnyrigg