Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Bag Gloves in at YMT!

Gear up... Just in at York Muay Thai! Fresh leather bag gloves from Thailand for your smashing purposes. Meant for the pads and bag, these gloves have thinner padding than sparring gloves. 

They are the absolute best for feeling and developing precision in your technique. The elastic band also means no Velcro scratches should you need to use them for drills or clinch work.

PhetJee Jaa: The Prodigious Girl Who Fought Boys

Hard to top our previous post in terms of inspiration but here's that we can all (male or female) appreciate!

"In combat sports, it takes an extremely rare individual to defy limitations and become a catalyst inspiring meaningful change. PhetJee Jaa, at 13, is notorious in Thailand for being the girl who fought boys. 

Already a hero for many, she's destined for greatness. Her incredibly story and journey was largely untold in the west. Luckily for us, big thanks to female fighter and Awakening's female Journalist of the Year - Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu, for documenting it @"

Here are some of our ladies who also provide us with daily inspiration:

I am a Warrior Episode 1: Yoddecha Sityodtong

A true tale of triumph and human kindness. One of the century's most decorated champions takes us through how his Kru and team saved him and helped him become the icon that he is. The beauty of this story's ending is rivaled only by the suffering that begins it.
It's been posted before, but if you haven't seen it, now's your chance. If you have already seen it, re-watch it and be inspired. It's been a gloomy winter, but this will hopefully warm you up on the inside :')

Video link here:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Therdkiat vs Oley: Golden Era Battles (video)

The timing and fluidity of these exchanges are beautiful! The speed at which these fighters appear to deliver and defend their kicks is testament to their strong base. With solid footwork and technique, they are able to use the necessary strike or maneuver at the right time. Beautiful.

My favourite fights are the older grainy ones...Take some time and look further. You will see a mixture of high pace action, with subtle layers of strategy and timing that will keep you entertained and learning for years.

Last week of swing kick month!

More focus on defense and reversing the momentum of the aggressor. Muay Thai requires the warrior to be skilled with both the shield and the sword!  There are always aspects of both can be sharpened...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tis the Season!

Updated schedule

We are proud to present our current schedule :)  Click image to enlarge


Bootcamps on Thursdays: A great way for anyone to up their conditioning. You will find PC David with a clipboard organizing the layout of this class in his spare time...testament to his dedication in making it functional, intense and fun.  The casual trainee can come and blast an hour that will push their heart rate with partner exercises, circuit cardio, TRX trainer, basic strength and high intensity bag work. Fighters and hardcore trainees will use this our as an extra work out before the regular Muay Thai mix class in order to take their endurance to the next level.

Strength:  Coach Grant teaches the fundamentals of proper movement, and builds you from the ground up to be lifting the heaviest and the safest. Even more importantly, he will help you develop the best possible habits for your everyday living by promoting good posture and stability in all areas of the body. You'll be building your core and learning the answers to questions you may not even know you had. He gets you using the diverse amount of equipment is used to the max: free weights, bosu ball, TRX trainer, tires, barbell, rubber bands and more.

Learn to Run with Terry: New runners may come at 645pm on Mon and Wed to warm up and learn some helpful techniques/mechanics for running. 7pm the run starts. Terry will lead beginners through a friendly paced run around the area and provide experienced campaigners a longer route option. You'll be back in time for the mixed class at 730. If there is enough, Terry may even lead you through some skip knee sets on the bag

Clinch fundamentals: Aimed at those with limited clinch experience that are looking for a base and to develop "feel" for this close range of fighting. Position, posture and feel are the 3 components that are developed in these blocks.

Open clinch: Jump in the ring at 9 and grab a partner to clinch. We switch partners every 3 minutes with no break until 9:30 latest sharp. Unless you have knee pads or a certain level of experience, straight knees to the body are discouraged. Wear either bag gloves or bare hand. Sessions ends with a neck stretch by PC David.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Swing kicks and reunions

Guess who's back?! Its a great thing to do what you love but even better with people you love! 

Kids working defense, squats and teeps! Saturday buffet!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday Grind

Snowy weather and still a lively session... 

Warm up, grind it out, push hard

Body and mind ready to focus on the finer details...technique first!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Focusing on technique first... Swing kicks

#basicswinfights  ...You can never sharpen enough

Husband and Wife killing it!

Student of the Month (January '15): Melissa

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some of York Muay Thai's youngest members in the kids class (5 and 4 years old respectively) technical sparring!

For the unfamiliar, technical sparring is a way to "play" and learn. It is light contact sparring that allows you to develop a sense of timing, rhythm, and strategy.

The First Step

  • One of our students moved to another city and has found it hard to make it to the gym as it's not very accessible from where he is living. We received this message from them: "So, I watched two Muay Thai documentaries last night. Got me super motivated and made me feel guilty. I sucked it up and took the sh*tty bus. Sh*tty transport system is no excuse. I'm ashamed of myself that I even said that.

  • Came to the gym this morning and saw this in the dressing room. Feeling validated ""

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blessed with Venom: JWP

A documentary following John Wayne Parr: one of the legends of the Muay Thai world. Parr's fighting career is one of the most recognized...having been around since the 90's and fought all over the world against a who's who list of champions.