Recap of MTA nationals and MTA Development day, Fire in the shire recap coming soon!

It’s been a couple big weeks for us here for Team Double Dragon and still got a few more big ones ahead. Bit a long post ahead, but it’s an interesting recap and look ahead on the year so far.

 

MTA Nationals at Goldcoast

On the Australia day long weekend we took a team up to sunny Goldcoast for Muaythai Australia’s National championships, which the gold medal winners can place on the AUS team to compete at the IFMA world games held in Cancun Mexico in May this year. First up we had Hugh O’Donnell matched up with Daniel Marshall from our sister gym Phoenix in ACT, in what would have been a cracker medal match instead it was the first bracket of the tournament because matches are randomly computer generated. Daniel took a super close split decision. We look forward to these two matching up again March 11th on Siam2Sydney for Hugh’s MTA state title defense. Next we had Karina Cardenas Salazar fight Jennie from PTJ, Karina ended up taking the decision and had to fight the next day in the gold medal match against seasoned QLD Competitor Brooke Cooper from Kaos Martial arts. Karina had carried a neck injury into this competition and avoided upsetting it in the 1st round, but not the case in the 2nd match as Brooke from the start rushed her in the early going an and dominated in the clinch and after the 1st round the neck injury was too great and the smart thing to do was to call it off, but a silver medal is a great accomplishment. Laura Cave who was in the ring next, was matched with Julia from Boonchu gym this went all 3 rounds and was a good battle which Julia took home the decision in the end, giving Laura a Silver medal. Last up was Luke Thompson, who previously represented AUS in Belarus in the IFMA 2017 games and was the only Australian to medal (Bronze). “The Tomahawk” got straight to work chopped up his opponent’s legs from South Australia to the point that they waved off the fight after the 1st round., earning him the Gold medal. Luke now has a chance to go to Mexico in May. MTA nationals is a fantastic event which we’ll try to make each year, as it’s a padded tournament enabling people to get a few fights in without little people pulling out because of injury and the level of competition is of a high standard.

 

MTA Development day

Feb 3rd marked the first MTA Padded fights Development day which was held here at our Gym. It was an action packed day with 20 fights in total with gyms coming from as far as Newcastle and Port Macquarie. Representing team Double Dragon was our youngsters Kai and Chris, then our adults Laura, Nath and Lachlan. They performed to the standard we set for our team and they all got the gold in the end. We’ll like to thank all the gyms that got involved and help us make this a smooth running event and hopefully see you at the next MTA development day March 24th at Vt-1 gym chatswood.

 

Fire in the Shire at Sharks leagues club recap will be later this week!

 

Upcoming events for Team Double Dragon: March 2nd Fenech fight at Five dock/Boxing, March 10th Siam2Sydney at Ryde/Muay thai.

Hugh wins first MTA states championship, Kung fu grading for 2017 and end of year recap

Hugh wins Gold in MTA inaugural NSW state championship

A week ago our very own “Fire from the Shire” Hugh O’Donnell competed in Muaythai Australia’s (MTA) first NSW state championship, this hopes to grow in the future to be a feeder to the MTA nationals to send only NSW’s best Nak Muays (male fighters) and Nak Muay Yings (female) and from there if you medal at nationals you get a chance to represent Australia at the World IFMA games (2018 is been held in Mexico), though this first NSW states was small in turn out we believe this will grow into a firm event each year. Hugh got 2 fights in this day to get to the gold medal finish, this format is great for multiple fights as you wear light shinpads, elbow pads, head gear and a light chest shield, to allow a lot of fight exp without massive amount of damage to the shin/ribs and minimise cuts. We look forward to sending a team to QLD in January for MTA nationals!

End of year Kung Fu Grading

On Saturday was our annual end of year Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu grading, we were lucky enough to have the master himself Sifu Cheuk fai Chan to help oversee it with Sifu Mick Spinks. Everyone had a great performance especially Katarina, Paul, Pete and young  Tamara, Sifu Chan commented on the high standard of our Kung Fu program and Sifu Mick had this to say about the students grading “It is a proud moment to see the students giving their best even on a stifling hot day like this”.

   

End of Year recap for Team Double Dragon

We want to take this time to thank everyone that trained with us in 2017 and look forward to an even stronger 2018! This year in for the Muaythai team we amassed a 50 total fights; 39 wins/11 losses, 2 MTA NSW titles, 1 MTA state championship, 1 MTA Nationals gold & silver, 1 IFMA bronze medal (fought 2 matches in Belarus), 1 MASA Australian title, 2 WAKO Australian titles, 1 MASA south pacific, 1 IWKBF south pacific title and 1 loss for the IWKBF commonwealth title in a bout that could be a contender for fight of the year. We also had a BJJ team that competed and had podium finishes, plus a boxing team with some classy wins and some closely contested losses. We have not had a team for either of these disciplines in years, which shows the extra time and hard work our coaches have put in these groups for it to grow into having students competent enough to compete on a respectable level. So thank you again for making this gym a special place for everyone to come have fun and learn.

Just a reminder our last classes for 2017 is Saturday Dec 23rd and we re-open to train in 2018 Wednesday Jan 3rd.

 

Last weekend’s Dual state Fight shows & Upcoming Presentation day

Total Kaos Fight show &  Battle of the Gloves

Last Saturday we had two fights show to attend, One at Brisbane on Total Kaos promotions Muay thai show with Luke “the Tomohawk” Thompson & Karina “K2” Cardneas Salazar and also had another show; Battle of the Gloves at Glebe PCYC for some amateur boxing with Dion Beattie &  Anthony Keato. Coach Rowan got the plane trip and Coach Shane got the local road trip, both Luke and Karina put on very dominate performances in QLD with strong use of their boxing with low kicks against very experienced locals, hopefully we get asked back as it was a great show to be apart of. On the Boxing side of things Dion put in good use of a stiff jab and counter shots in the pocket, but in the end a close decision went to his opponent  which was a fair call. Keato’s proper match fell through only a week out, but a replacement was found for a exhibition match which means the outcome will be a draw no matter what, Keato’s boxing with use of angles and movement was greatly improved for his last outing and we were happy about his overall performance.

Photos of Luke & Karina above done by Sharon Richards Photographics, who always does a beautiful job. check out the rest of her fight photographic here

 

Coach Steve, Anthony Keato, Dion Beattie and Coach Shane at Battle of the gloves (pictured above)

25th Nov is Double Dragon’s annual Presentation day/end of year party

This upcoming Saturday we are doing the end of year presentations were we announce who’s names are on going onto the perpetual shields at the gym, acknowledging the hard work they have put in for 2017, also it’s a day to have fun with the whole crew with families and partners welcome to come too. We will provide most of the food, just bring your own drinks if you have any special food requirements please bring in something to suit your needs. This year we will be having our own “Race the stops the nation” Prudence v Karina in a 50m dash, cost $10 to spectate and all proceeds go to help funding the fight team get to nationals in QLD at the end of January 2018.

 

Upcoming shows for Team Double Dragon: Dec 8th-10th MTA States/SRG gym Alexandria, January 26-28th MTA Nationals/QLD

Thriller In Miller Boxing team results, IWKBF Commonwealth title recap & MTA state championships

IWKBF Muay Thai Commonwealth title – Battle for the ages

The Fire from the Shire Hugh O’Donnell when to war a couple of weekends ago against unbeaten talent Cruz Briggs from Bondi’s 8 Limbs gym. The fight itself was an absolute cracker, with Hugh’s blistering combination work and Cruz’s well timed pot shots being the narrative of the night, in the end Cruz got the nod from the judges in a close fight and Hugh gained great experience for duelling with a solid opponent, definitely a rematch in 2018 is a must see!

Boxing on Thriller In Miller Show

Last Saturday we had the boxing team on The Thriller in Miller show, this is always one we enjoy going too as Final Round Promotions provide a well run backstage area and challenging match ups. We had Karina “k2” Cardenas Salazar, Ben “the executive” Branch and Jordy Khalil represent Double Dragon, Luke Thompson was also meant to be boxing as well, but his opponent pulled the pin morning of the fight. First up for the team was Ben, he had a great 1st round using his long jab to set up  the right cross and keeping his range, the 2nd & 3rd round saw his opponent pick up the pressure and was first to pull the trigger, in the end Ben lost a points decision but learnt a good lesson on needing to keep the fight at your tempo and distance. Jordy was next to up, this turned out to be good old fashion punch up with both boys trading stiff shots and counters in the pocket, Jordy gas tank was a little better equipped for this style of bout and he claimed a split points win. Last to fight was K2, she was matched against a solid opponent from ACT and this turned out to be a match of who ever stepped back first was going home with the loss, Karina worked her combinations nicely and had your fair share of working over her foe on the ropes and with this the judges awarded her with the decision win. It was also great to see the team come out in numbers to support the fighters and we cannot appreciate this enough.

 

If you want to hear more detailed breakdown for these fights we have started a Podcast called “Enter The Double Dragon” you can subscribe to us on iTunes or Podcast Addict, we are also available here on Buzzsprout

 

Muay Thai Australia NSW state Championships

This is an event we are very excited about, MTA is running a state championships this December 8th-10th. We will be sending a decent sized team, hopefully there will be a lot of the other NSW gyms there to compete as the more fights our team gets the better experience they will gather from it. This event will help Australian team selections for the 2018 IFMA world games which will be at Mexico this time around, the last IFMA games were are Belarus where we had two of our own represent Australia and one of them got the bronze medal!

 

 

upcoming events for the team: Nov 18th Total Kaos Brisbane, Nov 24th JNI Hurstville, Dec 3rd Grappling Industries Redfern, Dec 8th-10th MTA states Alexandria.

The Tomohawk becomes South Pacific Champ, Commonwealth on the line at Dee Why and The Thriller In Miller is drawing closer

The Tomohawk and K2 are victorious

Both Luke “The Tomohawk” Thompson and Karina “K2” Cardenas Salazar were in fine form Saturday night at Total Impact’s Beach Bash 6. Karina was up first against Hilary from Perth’s Diesel Gym, this was her first Full Thai rules bout (elbows are allowed) a good amount of this fight was in the clinch, were the girls traded knees and tie up positions but “K2” keep racking up the dominant scores and took home the decision win. Luke was the main event of the night, he was ready to take the MASA South pacific full thai rules title but had to go through NZ’s unbeaten Haamiora Grace Parsons from Strikeforce gym, the bout was all about Luke’s beautiful display of Muaythai techniques and Haamiora’s heart and sheer determination to win, “The Tomohawk” won by unanimous decision in the end.

If you wish to hear more about this fight we also started a podcast that breaks down all our fighters performances, also upcoming local and international shows in all combat sports, It’s Called “Enter The Double Dragon Podcast” you can listen here on Buzz sprout or Subscribe to us on Itunes.

Commonwealth Title on Showdown 4

Tomorrow we have “The Fire from The Shire” Hugh O’Donnell against Cruz Briggs from 8 Limbs fighting for WKBF’s Commonwealth full thai rules title, Cruz got flown in from his training camp in Thailand to face our man Hugh who is on a hot streak of wins against the amateur division’s best. This match is Showdown’s main event at Dee Why hotel and we guarantee the fight will be one of 2017’s best!

Thriller In Miller Oct 28th

Next week we have a big team going in Final Round promotions Thriller in Miller boxing show at the Michael Wenden Aquatic center. Luke, Karina, Ben, Jordy and Jono will be representing Team Double Dragon, it’s nice to be able to stay fight active for these young amateurs, as sometimes the Muaythai circuit can have it’s lulls in shows going on and gives the team an opportunity to improve their boxing which in turn will improve their Muaythai. These show are always exciting, so come down and support us on Oct 28th.

 

New MTA Champ, Chadd Collins Seminar & Beach Bash fight night

MTA title at Siam 2 Sydney

We had “the Fire from the Shire” Hugh O’Donnell on sept 23rd contest for the vacant 69kg MTA (MuayThai Australia)  NSW title under Full Thai rule (includes elbow strikes) against the proven veteran Chris Chapman from Central Coast’s CKO gym. It was a technical back and forth battle which is a different pace from what Hugh usually does, but he adapted well and got the more definitive work done over the 5 rounds making he now the MTA NSW champ! MTA is one of Australia’s most recognized federations as there is one in every state and is linked with WMC (pro federation) and IFMA (Muaythai’s version of the Olympics).

Chadd Collins Seminar Oct 14th

One of Australia’s fastest rising talents Chadd “Shark” Collins is coming to our gym on Oct 14th to do a 2 hour seminar, he fights at 65-67.5kg and has versed elite competitors like Saenchai, Seksan, Pakorn and recently Knockout Raja stadium champ Sanmongkol. We are excited to learn from a Nak muay with such a wealth of experience to freshen up our own repertoire and keep the passion for the art of Muay Thai Strong! Enquire at front desk to save a spot or email us.

Total Impact’s Bash Beach at Waves Nightclub

On the same day as the Chadd Collins Seminar, we head off that night to Towradgi to corner “the Tomohawk” Luke and Karina “K2”. Luke is set to contest for the South pacific full Thai MASA title against a unbeaten NZ prospect and Karina is in a Full Thai bout with a Perth girl hailing from Diesel gym known for producing solid talent. The both of them are fresh after their fights from QLD not too long ago and are riding that momentum in, we are selling tickets at the gym so come along and support the team. Total Impact is know for bringing in exciting fighters from all over Australia/NZ we are always excited to fight on these shows as we can be guaranteed banger match ups!

 

Upcoming Events – Oct 14th/Chadd Collins Seminar & Beach Bash, Oct 21st/Showdown at Dee Why RSL, Oct 28th/Thriller in Miller at Liverpool, Nov 17th/Brisbane

 

 

Success at QLD, Upcoming shows and Girls in Gis comp

Back a couple weeks ago we had Anna from our BJJ program go in the Girls in Gis ladies only comp, it was hosted by King’s Academy in Moorebank run by Elvis Sinosic. Anna did excellent overall and an had made a vast improvement for her first time competing and she even picked up her first win by submission (via Americana), This type of ladies only comp was a great event to encourage more girls to compete in a low pressure environment, gain experience and have fun.

Sept 9th we travelled up to QLD to compete on WAKO’s K1 (kickboxing with knees) nationals championship. Luke, Hugh and Karina got selected to represent NSW. Karina had a the tallest order to serve being in 4 woman bracket, meaning she had to fight twice to win the title, matched in a division two times higher than her usual weight class she was not perturbed at all and won her first bout in a split decision against Erin from Elite QLD and lost the title bout by a close margin in cracker with Lorna from Urban fight Gym QLD. Luke was up next against Wes from Elite in QLD, after established he range he setup a whipping head kick that floored Wes, but being a tough irishman he beat the count got up and fought on until the 2nd round where Luke finally sealed the deal with another head kick to right cross. Hugh was the Co-main event  and put on classy display against the experienced pro fighter Brendan from LHPC in Sydney, he ended up cutting his opponent with a teep to the face, the ref & doctor let it continue but eventually stopped it when “The Fire From The Shire” landed a picture perfect flying knee not to soon after. WAKO ran an excellent event and we look forward to work with them again, also credit to Sharon Richards Photographics for these stellar action shots

 

Look out for more action as the these three will be jumping in the ring again soon. We got Hugh on this Saturday at Siam 2 Sydney fighting for the prestigious MTA NSW title, then Oct 14th sees Karina jumping in for her first full thai rules fight and Luke looking to be crowned South Pacific MASA champion against a young gun from NZ.  We got tickets for both at the gym, come out support the team and enjoy some high quality action!

Next events coming up: Siam2Sydney sept 23rd, Beach bash Oct 14th, Showdown Oct 21st, Thriller in Miller Oct 28th.

 

Boxing & upcoming QLD WAKO title trip

Split Duties at BANSW & League Boxing shows

This past Saturday we had the rare opportunity to have fighters on two shows on the same night, something that would be otherwise impossible if we didn’t have an experienced coaching team that we could split up and send to Dapto and Bondi. Luke went out to Dapto’s Ribbonwood centre to have his 2nd amateur boxing with Mick, Steve and Hugh, while Jono also having his 2nd amateur boxing match was paired up with Shane and Rowan out at Bondi Junction RSL. Both boys put in great efforts and showed solid skill sets with Luke taking the a decision win over an experience opponent from Bondi Boxing Club and Jono receiving a close split points loss to a good boxer from SnakeBite boxing. Amateur Boxing is something we are going to be more involved with in the future as we can competitive with some NSW best gyms and it’s always good to develop a good punching game that we can transfer to Muay Thai.

Upcoming WAKO K1 National Titles in Goldcoast

Sept 9th we will be sending a team that consist of Hugh, Luke, Karina, Jono and Ben to Goldcoast for WAKO’s K1 nationals, K1 is a ruleset that emphasis’s the kickboxing and that doesn’t allow elbows, has limited clinching and scores spectacular techniques (that land) like wheel kicks/spinning back fist/flying knees very high. This trip presents a great opportunity for our team to get experience against high level amateurs and even pros from NSW/ACT/QLD/VIC, most of the single matches are going to be title fights but a couple of our fighters are also going to be part of 4 man tournaments to determine the champion in that division. We are looking forward to the great weather in Goldcoast and the exciting matches that await.

Upcoming fight events: Sept 1st AM boxing at Club Punchbowl, Sept 9th K1 at Canungra Hotel, Sept 9th Girls in a Gi BJJ ladies only comp, Sept 16th MTA development day at VT-1 Chatswood, Sept 23rd Siam2Sydney at Mardsen High, Sept 23rd AM boxing at Ramsgate, Oct 14th Beach Bash at Waves Nightclub.