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.