July 8th we held our first MTA padded Muaythai day and was set to be bigger than any other development we have ever done previously. Menai Indoor Sports Center was the venue, with plenty of parking and quality facilities it was the perfect place to have 25 fights set to go under Modified Thai (no elbows) and Full Thai (elbows allowed) boxing rules. Also, Great Southern Smokers set up their rig in the wee hours of the morning to have brisket/pulled pork burgers ready to serve by the time the matches started.
There was a total of 20 different gyms with 45 fighters all together matched for the day, most of them from Sydney and Wollongong but we also had gyms from as far as Canberra and even Lavington driving in. Double Dragon was represented by Karina “K2” Cardenas Salazar, Kate “KO” O’neil, John Devine, Jack Moses, James Arrowsmith and the return Ali “Big Al” Atoui. We had a great day in the office with 5 wins and 1 decision loss, but no matter what that the outcome something new was learnt and the motivation for everyone to train harder and get better grew after this day!
Special thanks to A-tech Australia for help sponsoring the event making the day was a great success, MTA will be hosting other development days this year at SRG, PTJ and VT-1. We’ll do our one again Feburary 2018.
Our next big event is Hugh “the Tornado” O’Donnell Fighting for the IWKBF South Pacific K1 rules Title at Lions Fight night II on 22nd July, St Mary’s Band Club. Fresh after a little break from his last win (MASA Australian Full Thai rules title), this should be a great fight as he is rematching Ben Regan who Hugh already holds a win over from early in his career, but both have accumulated a lot more experience since then and we expect to see a close contest of savvy technique and indomitable wills over the set 5 rounds.