27th July our Jiu Jitsu squad was invited to participate to Taren Point’s Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Sydney gym to their In house comp. It’s alway great experience to roll with people you haven’t trained with before to see how well you adapt to new situations and it helps improve your own game in the long run. Turned out to be a great day, as we walked away with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
Thriller in Miller Recap
A few days after the in house BJJ comp on the Saturday Luke “the Tomohawk” thompson had his first amateur boxing match at the Thriller in Miller event run by our friends as Final Round Gym. Luke’s original opponent dropped out a week before the match, but there was an opportunity to fill in for the cruiserweight Metropolitan title and we took it with little to no qualms (even though it was short notice) as we are about gaining experience while Muaythai seems to be quiet in Luke’s division, plus his boxing was looking red hot coming up to this. The match went the whole 4 rounds and the Tomohawk seemed to be in control with his jab/right cross combo and not getting hit clean at all, but the judges saw it to be a split decision to the other guy which left us with a lot of questions, we plan to review the fight video and see if it looks different. Other than the decision Luke looked great and plan to get some more boxing in the near future.
Next Generation Fight night
Over the past weekend we travelled to the Beachcomber hotel in Toukley, Next Generation fights lined up Karina “K2″ Cardenas Salazar and Ben”the Executive” Branch with Mod thai rules fights with credible from UTC and Fight Factory (respective). Karina’s fight was her best performance yet with her getting the better of the boxing exchanges and dominant position in the clinch to score with knees, she took the Unanimous decision win. Ben’s Fight was a bit closer with an awkward style opponent, but “The Executive” went about his business of adapting his game on the fly and took home another unanimous decision win.
Muay Thai Australia Junior Development Day
On the Sunday of the same weekend we drove down 5 of our teenage students to our sister gym in Canberra, Phoenix combat sports. This was a day dedicated to learning and safe practise of the art of Muay Thai, sensible nutrition lecture by a registered Dietitian and an opportunity for all the gyms involved to mix and train together, it was a great day helping coach along side NSW and ACT’s best trainers. Muay Thai Australia which is an non profit federation is taking our sport to the next level by developing the grassroots and aiming to create future olympians by 2024 Paris games, as we are under Olympic recognition and this is the earliest we can be included into the games, so now is the best time more that ever to get everyone involved in the sport and maybe watch someone you know get into the olympic games. Next junior day will mostly be in Sydney we will keep you updated on when.
Upcoming events for the team:
Aug 19th ABA boxing Dapto, Aug 19th League Boxing Bondi, Sept 9th Girls in a Gi BJJ comp, Sept 9th WAKO k1 nationals QLD, Sept 23rd Siam2Sydney Ryde, Oct 14th Bash at the Beach Towradgi
Last weekend we had Hugh “The Tornado” O’Donnell verse Ben “The Rage” Regan for the vacant Amateur South Pacific K1 69kg title. Having previous fought under Mod thai rules before with Hugh taking the decision win, this second encounter would be interesting as there would be no clinching or catching kicks (k1 rules) and both have racked up a decent amount of fights and experience since last time. The first 3 rounds saw the Tornado pull ahead with nice level changing kicks and boxing combos, but the momentum took a serious swing in the 4th round as Regan uncorked a precise right straight which saw Hugh take an 8 count, in the same round though while Regan got overzealous to find the finish he got 1 point deducted for excessive kick catching. The last rounds was close with regan volleying a few big shots, but ended up tiring himself out and Hugh finishing strong and scoring points, at the decision announcement it was The Tornado who took the judges scorecards, but both guys walked away with having one of the best battles at Lion fight night II.
This Saturday Luke “the Tomohawk” Thompson will be having his first boxing fight at The Thriller in Miller IV, After his original opponent pulled out, Luke has stepped in late notice for a shot at the Metropolitan Cruiserweight title. Luke has been looking real sharp with his hands and has for a long time been interested to give boxing a crack, so with the recent string of Muaythai bouts not coming to fruition this seems like a great time to still get fight experience and try something different.
We are in full fight prep at the moment as on August 5th we are travelling to Tourkley at the Beachcomber for Next Generation fight night. We have Karina “K2” Cardenas Salazar and Benjamin Branch going out for Mod Thai matches, both have been making great strides in the gym and we cannot wait to see them show their skills in the ring soon.
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.
This time of the year is usually in a Lull in terms of comps and fight shows, but July 8th we are holding our MTAPadded muay thai event at Menai indoor sports centre, giving first timers and rookies in this sport valuable ring experience to hone their craft
We’ll be hosting some of the best teams in Sydney, but also gyms from far reaching places like Canberra, Port Macquarie and Lavington. On our team we’ll be having Karina, Kate, Jack, John, James representing us and also the comeback of Big Al to the ring for some fun! It will be a great day of action and the boys from Great southern smokers will be serving brisket and pulled pork burgers, also chicken wings to feed the masses.
Last weekend end Muay Thai/Boxing coach Shane went in his first BJJ comp held by Aus Sub only, competing in the 77kg blue belt division. He had two 5 min matches under the submission only ruleset, this means no points are awarded and making your opponent submit is the goal, if no one gets submitted in the allotted time it goes to a referees decision. The first match was going well, until Shane was trying to use a standing escape from a triangle and lost his balance accidentally slamming his opponent and got DQ’d, thankfully no one was hurt, the second match went a lot better with Shane attaining an Arm bar in the last minute, to get the win. He could not go to the semi finals as he needed a win in the first match, but it was a great day of practising the craft and look forward to the BJJ team’s next event at Grappling Industries august 6th!
Last week was a big one in the gym and out, we had Hugh and Karina tapering off their fight prep for Saturday night’s Total Impact show in Towradgi, also Dion and Luke were ready step in the ring at The IFMA world cup in Minsk, Belarus.
First off, the boys in Belarus were accompanied by Andrew (PTJ/NSW), Billy (SCTBC/QLD) and Bec (Man Ho/NT), also the Australian team coach Corey Impelmans (Man Ho/NT), a quick Thank you for them supporting the boys and also for Muay Thai Australia for giving them this opportunity. Dion “The Barbarian” was matched in the first round with the home country Belarus in the 81kg division, he fought probably the toughest match of his career, in a jarring battle he dislocated his shoulder in the 2nd round but went into the 3rd looking for a comeback but the ref (thankfully) waved it off. The Belarusian ended up going through to the gold medal match stopping all his opponents (after Dion) in the 1st round. Luke “the Tomohawk” was in the 91kg division, he got a bye in the first round, then was matched with India in the 2nd round which he won by TKO and in the third round he was matched with the previous year’s champion from turkey (with 80+ fights), Luke lost by the closest of margins and received the Bronze medal for his stellar performance. It’s great to see that our boys who are vastly less experienced than the rest of the competition can mix it up to a respectable standard internationally.
Last Saturday night we were at Waves night club for one of Total Impact’s stacked fight cards, this is one of the few amateur promotions who bring over interstate and international opponents for NSW Nak muays to test their skills. Both of our Thai boxers were matched against Perth’s Diesel Gym, a very reputable Muay thai establishment. Karina “K2” Cardenas Salazar was our first fighter of the night, her Low kick and Push kick were on point that night and the Perth girl’s singular punches and kicks were hitting their mark, in the end it was down to the clinch which was close but the Perth girl had more definitive moments in there which the judges saw her getting the win. Hugh “the Tornado” O’Donnell was the co-main event, going for the MASA 71kg Australian title. It was a brilliant performance which has been building ever since he came back from Holland, with rattling hand combos to low kicks and matching it in the clinch with hard scoring knees he won the title with everything he did in training for this fight, which is the best thing a coach can see.
(Right side: Karina Cardenas Salazar)
Next shows we have on the radar are PTJ development day May 20th, Aftermath at St Mary’s June 9th, Double Dragon Development day July 9th and War on the North shore July 21st.
Last Sunday we had a BJJ team head out to Grappling Industries Sydney event. The team consisted of Kayle, John, Flinn, Nathan and Anna, all of them got to have 3-4 Gi Matches (A Gi is Martial arts uniform for BJJ made out of heavy cotton). Each match was one 5 minute round, which you can win by points from takedowns and getting to advantageous positions that control your opponent’s movement or win outright by submission via joints locks or chokeholds. At the End of the day Kayle captured Bronze in his division and John just missing out on the medal podium in his, the rest of the team gained a tremendous amount of experience to help craft their game in the future
This upcoming Saturday We have Karina and Hugh fighting at Waves nightclub at Towradgi, Both of them are taking on solid opponents from Perth’s Diesel gym with Hugh have a shot at the MASA Australian Full Thai rules title. We Still got tickets at the gym, come and support the fight team!
Quick update on the boys at the IFMA world cup in Belarus, Dion lost his match against a Belarusian in a huge show of heart which saw him dislocating his shoulder in the 2nd round, but soldiered on through to the 3rd but eventually the ref waved it off, we wish him a speedy recovery and enjoy a bit of time off. Luke got a bye the first match round up, won his fight 2nd round match by TKO against India last night and will be in medal contention match this Wednesday against Turkey.
This past Saturday Team Double Dragon went down to Alexandria at SRG thaiboxing gym to take part in their MTA development day. We had James, Jamal and Laura matched up and they were ready for the fights ahead. James was up first, he used a sharp mix of jabs and low kicks that scored consistently for him and came away with the decision win. Jamal had a tough task taking on a much taller opponent who was also a southpaw, a combination of awkward that is hard to replicate in the gym, but Jamal came with the right game plan for such a fighter which is trying to pressure his foe to the ropes and work in close quarters, in the end the decision didn’t go his way and received a lesson to learn from that will grow his craft. Laura was the last of our team to get in the ring, also this was to be her last fight before she jet sets to Thailand to fully embrace her nak muay ying (female thai boxer) journey. She was up against a much more experienced opponent and Laura did very well not to let that get to her, she bought the fight to them which ended up being a very close points loss that could of gone either way, this definitely was her breakout performance. Overall this development day was run very well as we are accustomed to by MTA and all the other stellar gyms involved.
Our next upcoming event for the Muay Thai team is May 13th at Towradgi hotel for Total Impact promotions were we have Hugh “the Tornado” O’Donnell fighting an opponent from Perth’s Diesel Gym for the MASA 71kg Australian full thai title, this is going to be an exciting affair against two of the best up & coming amateurs in the nation. Also matched on this card is Karina Cardenas Salazar who going to have her first fight for our gym against a girl also from Diesel Gym. Tickets are on sale now HEREand also at the gym.
We have an extension to the fight team now! As some of you know, we have being teaching BJJ for a while under Black belt Mick Spinks gained a solid group of guys and girls learning the gentle art. May 7th we will be taking a team down to Grappling Industries Sydney event at Redfern. Should be some good fun and use it as a day to see how well we can apply our martial arts to an resisting opponent and learn from the experience to drive their training in the right direction, which is the main goal to any comp or fight.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Mortdale’s Taipan gym with our first time fighters Laura, Jamal and James to get them valuable ring experience at one of MASA’s development days, which is a fully padded sparring match to test your skills and fitness to see how close to ready you are for an commercial event. All three of our charges came away with victories and are looking to get repeated success at the next Development run by MTA at SRG gym Alexandria 22nd of April.
Last Friday was an big night of fights at War on the north shore at Norths Leagues club. Luke was entered into an 88kg 4 man tournament, he was drawn to face Chris from Khrop Khua this will be their 3rd match together with Luke winning the first two, Luke in the end took a close decision win and was next set to face Billy from Boxing Works who beat Pat from Bulldog gym Manly to get his ticket to the finals later that night. Jordy was the next one up he and was set to fight Nicholas from PTJ, it was a back and forth battle with Jordy landing his solid right hand and Nicholas with a dominate clinch game, the judges saw Nicholas as the victor and Jordy came way with great experience from it and will continue to develop his craft for the next one. Hugh couldn’t jump into the ring fast enough ready to take on Brad from The Pit, “The Tornado” looked the most comfortable in the ring as ever, using stinging combos and hard rib kicks to claim his decision win in the end. The 88kg finals saw Luke and Billy go all in, Billy was dominating the 1st half of the fight and Luke rallied back once he started using his elbows and clinching, but in the end Billy got the nod from the judges and Luke got some valuable ring time coming up to his IFMA worlds campaign at Belarus in May.
On the Saturday we had a seminar with Wech who is the owner of Wech Pinyo gym in Koh Samui, he was accompanied by Lee Fook one of Phoenix gym’s (Canberra) Pro fighters and one of Australia’s most exciting fighter with his aggressive come forward style. it was a 2 hour seminar starting with an intensive warm ups and kick balance drills, then Wech broke down his way on how he approaches the clinch and made sure he came around to help everyone individually, it was a fantastic seminar which left all the students wanting more and eager to try out these new concepts.