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.