Stress and Martial Arts
Stress happens to all of us at some point during the course of our lives. It can come from anywhere from work to strained relationships, friendships and even family problems. Stress can come in many different forms and our bodies can have very real responses to stress. The good news is, exercise is one of the best forms of stress relief! Any martial art such as muay thai kickboxing, boxing, bjj etc. will work wonders for both your mental and physical health. Here are a few positive ways a martial art will help reduce your stress:
Martial Give an Endorphin Boost
The simplest and best way to relieve stress is to get some exercise! When your heart rate gets going and you are exercising your body releases endorphins. These are your brains “I feel good” neurotransmitters and tells your body to feel amazing. This is also why after exercise many of us often do feel amazing! Endorphins also allow you to sleep better and to just be overall happier.
Martial Arts Helps Focus
Practicing a martial art allows you to truly focus on yourself. This focus is what helps clear your mind when you are stressed out. Also, martial arts require you to often focus on a specific body movement, or breathing pattern which is a very similar response you would have when meditating or practicing yoga – activities that are proven to reduce stress. Another benefit, is that martial arts allows you to forget all of your problems for the time you are training. You will often find yourself becoming completely immersed in your class and forgetting the bad day you might have had before it.
Martial Arts Helps with Discipline and Decision Making
A lot of our stress comes from our inability to make confident decisions. Think about how many times this fear has come over you in the workplace or school. You are scared to ask for a raise, therefore you stress about it. You are worried you didn’t do too well on that test, therefor you stress about it. Martial arts allow you to make decisions confidently under pressure. When fighting or landing a quick combination you don’t have time to worry about what move might be best. These decisions are often instinctual. If someone tries to throw a jab to your face, you’ll move. This instinct is gained from the discipline encouraged in training. When you train to make great “fight or flight” decisions, then you will be able to make them without a worry in the world.
Martial Arts is a Great Physical Release of Stress
What better way to relieve stress than hit some pads for an hour or so? For those of you who often suffer from anger due to their stress, this is a perfect activity for you. Martial arts allows you to really release this stress in a physical way in a very safe and controlled environment. The physical release of punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, rolling etc. works wonders for stress! This combined with all the other stress relievers will make you feel amazing after a good class.
Ultimately, martial arts can truly make an impact on the stress levels you might face. The true purpose of any martial art is to be both a physical and mental warrior. This will train all of your coping mechanics against stress such as decision making, fear, confidence, anger and will also make you feel good while doing it! If you haven’t already try out a class today and really see how martial arts can change your life.
Dave Earns his Kru Status from Ajahn Jovan Stojanovski
The Lanna Team is excited to announce that on July 22nd, 2017 Ajahn Jovan Stojanovski granted David Mirabelli his Kru status in Muay Thai. This is a huge accomplishment for David who has been a lifelong Martial Artist, training in Martial Arts for over 17 years and training with the Lanna MMA/ Lanna Muay Thai team for approximately 8 years. David is a leader at Lanna MMA and has been one of the most consistent Lanna instructors, having taught for the past 5 years without any breaks in his training/teaching.
David is an integral member of the Lanna MMA coaching staff and has built the kids program into one of Vaughan and North York’s top Kids Martial Arts and Muay Thai programs, through his leadership and mentorship as the Head Kids Instructor. David is one of the most well rounded coaches at Lanna as he not only heads the kids program but also teaches adults, trains competitor’s, corners athletes in Muay Thai competition, and is Lanna’s most popular personal trainer.
Dave has such a passion for teaching that after attaining his bachelors of arts degree he decided to study in Teachers College at University of Toronto and just earned his Bachelors of Education degree. Dave has truly dedicated his life to teaching and is quickly developing into one of the strongest Muay Thai Kickboxing and Martial Arts teachers and coaches in the North York and Vaughan area.
Lanna MMA has big plans for Kru David as he reaches a new milestone in his martial arts career. Now that Kru David has graduated Teachers College and has more free time available, we look forward to him teaching more classes and playing and even more active role at the school. Look out for his classes on the August schedule coming soon!
*We ask that all students now refer David as Kru David. We know it will that it will take some time to get in to the habit.
Muay Thai Kickboxing in Vaughan & North York
Muay Thai Clinching Seminar in the North York & Vaughan Area
On July 22nd, 2017 Lanna MMA located in the North York and Vaughan area will be hosting a Muay Thai Clinching seminar with famous Muay Thai Kickboxing athlete and teacher, Ajahn Jovan Stojanovski. Jovan has been fighting in Thailand since 1996 and is one of Canada’s most experienced fighters. Jovan also holds the world record for the male foreigner with the most fights in Thailand, having approximately 116 fights in Thailand.
Ajahn Jovan has competed on the largest stages in Muay Thai including competing on the Kings Birthday in front of the King of Thailand, in the legendary Lumpinee stadium, Rajadamnern stadium, and Omnoi stadium in Bangkok, and has had several of his fight televised on Thailand channel 7. Jovan has also squared off against some of the best Muay Thai Kickboxing fighters in history including Olympic Gold Medalist Boxer Somrak Khamsing and 2001 Fighter of the Year, Samkor Kiatmonthep.
In addition to Jovan’s competetive Muay Thai and Kickboxing experience, he teaches full time in Thailand, and travels across Canada, USA, Australia, and Europe for seminars. Jovan has trained many champions both Thai and Foreigner. Jovan has a warm hearted teaching style based on simplicity and effectiveness. Jovan has a way of explaining things in a manner which is easy to understand.
Lanna MMA is excited to be having Ajahn Jovan Stojanovski in for a 2 hour seminar on July 22nd. The seminar will be focusing on clinching and will be starting at 1pm. Admission is only $25 and will be open to all schools and students.
Jovan will also be offering 1 on 1 Muay Thai Kickboxing training at Lanna MMA throughout the months of July and August for anyone interested in training with him.
Reserve your spot today by phoning us at: 416 740-2352
Lanna Muay Thai Fighters Have Successful Performance at at Mitsubishi Cup 2
This past Saturday July 8th the Lanna MMA Team Traveled East of our home in North York / Vaughan to Ajax to participate in Pound for Pound’s Mitsubishi Cup 2: Clash of the Titans Muay Thai Kickboxing event. This card sanctioned by Muay Thai Ontario featured 2 of Lanna MMA’s youngest Muay Thai Kickboxing fighters, 19 year old Brenda ʻEl Gauchoʼ Vargas out of North York Ontario and ‘Old Man’ 17 year old Omid Youssufi out of North York Ontario. Both of the Lanna MMA fighters showed great heart, intensity, skill, and class in their Muay Thai Kickboxing fights!
Brenda ʻEl Gauchoʼ Vargas:
Brenda coming out of North York’s match up was the first fight on the card and kicked the night off with a bang! Brenda was coming off her first loss at the Thai Boxing Association Classic World Muay Thai Expo and was hungry fo redemption. Brenda Vargas was matched up with Ala Osroff from Bazooka Kickboxing out of Scarborough Ontario. Ala’s coach Joseph Valtellini is a famous professional Kickboxing fighter and 2014 Glory Middleweight Champion. Knowing his well refined kickboxing style of hands into leg kicks and countering with leg kicks, Brenda implemented a game plan of pushing forward hard, striking first, and circling to the right to land her famous southpaw cross and negate the leg kick of her orthodox opponent. Brenda implemented this for all 3 rounds, pushing the pace with her Boxing and staying in Alas face, not giving her time or space to look for the counter leg kicks. Brenda landed her patented lead hook, left cross, at will often snapping back the head of her opponent. Brenda also showed great ringmanship, often cutting off the ring and trapping her opponent on the ropes. Ala stayed competitive the entire fight keeping Brenda on her toes and reminding Brenda the importance of striking first when Brenda did relax. Brenda improves her Muay Thai record to 3-1.
‘Old Man’ Omid Youssufi:
Omid out of North York fought fourth on the card. Omid is relative new comer to the sport of Muay Thai Kickboxing having just started training in November. Since his first demo fight on February 10th, Omid has been very active in demos. Coming off of five successful demos, it was finally time for Omid’s first sanctioned Muay Thai Kickboxing fight. Due to there not being any 16-17 year olds for him to compete against, we decided to upgrade him into the Adult division of Muay Thai Ontario. In his first B Class sanctioned Muay Thai Kickboxing fight, he battled Marten Ngo from Siam No in Toronto. Knowing of Siam No. 1’s famous countering and clinching style, Omid’s game plan was to strike first with hard hands to set up his kicks and knees, pushing the pace to not give his opponent time to counter and working his long guard to not allow his opponent into the clinch. Omid put on a very technical performance, landing brutal leg kicks, hard combinations and stong counters. He used his long guard to stay out of the clinch and used hard effective hands to set up his leg kicks, body kicks, and head kicks. Martin pushed back being very busy with his hands into kicks combinations. After a close three rounds, the fight was left in the hands of the judges. Unfortunately while Omid stayed competitive, his opponent’s volume combos and output allowed Martin to take the split decision victory. In our opinion this was one of the most technical and exciting fights of the night as both Muay Thai Kickboxing athletes displayed beautiful, technique, balance, and grace in their attacks, defense, and counters. We are very proud of Omid in his first sanctioned fight and are confident he will come back even stronger in his next Muay Thai Kickboxing sanctioned fight.
Lanna MMA is a Martial Arts school located near Vaughan and North York offering instruction for Kids and Adults in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing, and Strength & Conditioning. We are open 7 days a weeks and offer 52 classes weekly. Make sure to check out our schedule or give us a call at 416 740 2352 to try out a FREE CLASS!
Lanna Muay Thai Fighters Competing July 8th in Ajax
Lanna MMA is excited to have have two Muay Thai fighters competing this weekend in Ajax at the Mitsubishi Cup 2: Clash of the Titans hosted by Pound for Pound. The event will feature Lanna Muay Thai fighters Omid and Brenda.
Omid has dominated his last 4 demos, being matched up with an array of challenging opponents, most notably his performance at the York Muay Thai Demo just over a month ago. Omid is only seventeen years old yet has the maturity and power of a man. Due to us not being able to find another 16 or 17 year old to match him up with, we have decided to upgrade Omid into the adult 18+ division. Now he is ready for his first sanctioned fight and we can not wait to see him in action!
Brenda is coming off her first loss at the 2017 Thai Boxing Association World Expo. They say you truly never know the value of winning until you have experienced the emotion and hardship of loss. We are confident that this is the case for Brenda “El Gaucho” Vargas, he is looking hungrier than ever leading up to this fight. Expect fireworks from this young 19 year old fight who will be looking to improve her Muay Thai fight record to 3-1 following this fight.
We encourage the whole Lanna team to come out to join us for a night of awesome fights and to support our muay thai fighters and team mates. The event is located at Annandale Gold Club at 221 Church St. South Ajax. The doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm and Tickets will be sold at the door for $30.
Looking to Start Running ? Here Are Some Great Tips!
Running is a very simple activity that almost anyone can do. For those of us who train in a mixed martial art, boxing, or Muay Thai it is key to our training process. In Thailand, every nak muay is required to run miles before and sometimes after their padwork/sparring sessions. This is because running builds up stamina and endurance, two things that are important in a fight. With summer around the corner (and Antoinette’s killer outdoor Saturday class), we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you get outside and start running!
Get a plan
Having a plan is important for your run (especially for beginners). Having a goal in mind for the workout will help give you the motivation to get to the end of the run! There are many plans online you can find to suit your needs. One that we like to introduce to beginners is interval running. You can start with a 2-minute run and 4-minute walk, and repeat 5 times for a great 30 minute run! As you get comfortable with this you can increase each running interval by 1-minute and decrease the amount of time you walk. For those who are intermediate runners, set goals by distance and time. For example, running a 5k under 25 minutes. The same would apply for running longer distances as well! Goal-setting is extremely important no matter what stage you’re at.
Get warmed up and cool down
It’s important to warm yourself up before you start going for that run. An easy way to do this is a light jog, a dynamic stretch or a brisk walk. Warming yourself up is so important in preventing injuries you might sustain later, so don’t skip out on this part! In addition to a warm up, don’t forget a nice little cool down of speed walking / light jogging and stretching after your run, rather than just stopping.
Just like in MMA, Muay Thai and Boxing, controlled breathing is so important! Beginners will often forget to breathe and sometimes even hold their breath. Breathing will help maintain your stamina which will allow you to keep going for longer. The best way to breathe for distance running is employing a type of rhythmic breathing. A popular method is to inhale for three steps, and exhale for two steps. This may seem very methodical and tedious at first, but you will get used to it!
Footing & Stride while running
For long distance running, a long stride or higher knee isn’t necessary and it will just result in a quicker burnout. Rather, focus on making smaller strides with a quick turnover to the next stride. Make sure your knees stay “soft” on impact, which means a slight flex in the knees. All of these considerations will result in a pace that you can maintain as well as less impact on the knees.
Thinking about anything other than running!
For those of you who don’t particularly enjoy running, but want to use it as part of your training program – distract yourself! Most people will get tired running because they are thinking about how much running they are doing. Music is a great distraction for this. Create a playlist that can help you feel pumped up and zoned out!
Get a running group together
A group or a buddy is a perfect way to foster an environment that is motivation, encouraging and inspiring. We all have experienced times where we don’t want to go for a run, or go to the gym, or get to our workout. Having a friend who is able to hold you accountable will make a huge difference!
Resting is important too
Don’t forget to listen to your body! Running can be extremely rewarding in both it’s mental and physical benefits but always listen to what your body is telling you. Rest and drink water when you need to. For those who are just setting out on a program, it is very important to be in tune to what your body is saying to avoid any serious injuries.
Thank You Lui For The Generous Donation To Our Muay Thai Athletes!
The Lanna team would like to send out a big thank you for the very generous donation from Real Estate Agent, Lui Pisano. It was due to this very generous donation that we were able to attain our goal of $3000 raised to send the fighters to Iowa to compete! This was the first international competition that the Lanna fighters have competed in, in close to a decade! Lui Pisano is not only a supporter of the Lanna community, but also used to train muay thai himself, along with his son, wife and daughter in law. Both of his daughters are also previous Lanna fighters/competitors. Lui has offered to give some free consultation and real estate advice to anyone who may have questions or inquiries about first time home buying, selling, renting, and other real estate issues. Lui has successfully helped many students in the Lanna community sell their home and buy a home.
In my (Jordans) personal experience knowing him and his family for over 9 years, I have always known him as a thoughtful and genuine caring guy who has always been there for any student, athlete, or friend who needed help. He has always supported his friends, clients, and team members whether it be making the trip out to support a fight, helping train and hold pads, and donating whatever time, resources, and energy he could. Lui has always conducted himself with integrity, professionalism and has always been a man of his word. Many of you may know him as Lanna’s official emcee: Lui Buffer, yet another example of how he is always supporting the Lanna community!
Make sure to check out Lui Pisano or you can contact Jordan to connect to Lui:
Lui Pisano, M.C.N.E
Royal LePage Your Community Realty
Follow me on Twitter: @trustluipisano
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“Service YOU deserve from a person you TRUST”
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Lanna Muay Thai Fighters Go To The TBA Classic World Muay Thai Expo 2017
By Ryan McKinnon
Des Moines, Iowa was host to 3 days of amazing amateur Muaythai this past
weekend, with Ontario fighters receiving top honours in various categories. Commonly
called the ʻTBAsʼ this tournament is in its 11th year, with talent from around the
continent coming to showcase their skills. This yearʼs event hosted 402 fights! Kevon,
Brenda, and Tyya, 3 of Lannaʼs rising stars made the 12-hour drive to Iowa with Kru
Jordan and competition team coach Tyler McKinnon to put their skills to the test against
some of North Americaʼs best nak muay. It was a weekend full of excitement and huge
learning experiences for our fighters and coaches.
The last time Lanna was part of the TBAs, the school was known as Lanna Muay
Thai. It has been almost 10 years since Lanna fighters went south of the border to
compete in the most popular amateur Muaythai tournament on the continent. Making a
return to the tournament is a gigantic accomplishment for a team that has been
relatively quiet before Kru Jordan. With a year full of accomplishments for all of Lannaʼs
fighters, the team was positioned to make a huge statement at the tournament.
Brenda ʻEl Gauchoʼ Vargas
In the ʻBʼ Class featherweight division, Brenda Vargas fought first for Lanna
against Talitha Lundgren, an opponent who was much bigger and taller. It was evident
from the opening of round 1 that Brenda had her work cut out for her as she tried to find
angles of attack to negate the reach and clinch advantage of her opponent. Throughout
the fight, Brenda found herself locked up in the clinch, or on the outside, looking for
ways to land her patented cross, left kick combination. Never out of the fight, Brenda
showed true heart and determination in her attempts to close the distance and turn the
fight in her favour. Unfortunately, her opponent was too overwhelming, and did a good
job of keeping Brenda guessing. It was a phenomenal experience for her, as Brenda
was exposed to someone she was unfamiliar with in both size and skill level. This fight
led her and the coaching staff to consider a change in weight class, where opponents
will be built more like her, and not so damn tall! Never one to make excuses, Brenda
realized that beyond her size disadvantage, sometimes things donʼt go your way, and
you have to accept that by getting back in the gym and sharpening your skills. We canʼt
wait to see her back in action with a newfound determination to take on top competition.
To check out some of Brenda’s other fights check out the breakdown of her performance at SheFights
In her Class ʻBʼ fight at bantamweight, Tyya took on Jessica Ventura from
Ayothaya Muay Thai Fitness Academy in Toronto, the team that won the trophy for most
points in the tournament. Tyya has truly evolved as a fighter, and was coming off a huge
win at the Muaythai Ontario Provincial Championship two weeks prior.
It was obvious from the start of the fight that Jessica and the coaching staff of
Ayothaya had studied Tyyaʼs forward-moving style, and her ability to create various
angles of attack. The gameplan against Tyya was to push forward and overpower her in
the clinch. Tyya showed tremendous heart as she engaged with Ventura, but
abandoned some of her most effective weapons by allowing herself to submit to her
opponentʼs game plan, leading to a decision loss. She didnʼt display the beautiful
muaythai that weʼre used to seeing from her. While this may be disappointing to some,
Tyya recognized her error immediately after the fight as an important learning
experience. With a move up to A class after this tournament, Tyya is fully aware of what
she can improve on to battle with the toughest class of competitors that muaythai has to
offer. She already has all of the intangible qualities that make for a champion nak muay.
Kevon ʻBadmonʼ Singh
After a disappointing loss at the provincials, Kevon came to Iowa determined to
prove to himself that he belongs in the ring with some of the continents top A class
In his first fight of the tournament in the ʻAʼ Class bantamweight division, Kevon
handily defeated last yearʼs champ and fighter of the tournament, Nick Robinson of The
Academy. Looking almost like he was shot out of a canon, Kevon immediately took
control of the fight, battling Robinson all over the ring. Kevon showed a lot of
improvement in his clinch game, and used his elite conditioning and pressure fighting
style to overwhelm his opponent.
On Sunday, Kevon competed for the bantamweight title against Emilio Pineda
from Florida Kickboxing Academy. Badmon had his work cut out for him against Pineda,
a former IFMA silver medallist.
Kevon utilized the same game plan as the one against Robinson, by pushing
forward with his attack, giving Pineda very little room to formulate his own attacks.
Kevon stood in front of his opponent and tried punching his way through the guard.
Early in the fight, Kevon used leg kicks and body knees to score effective points after
throwing hand combinations, but threw far less as the fight progressed. In rounds 2 and
3, Pineda, a very slick nak muay, began to figure out Kevonʼs angles of attack, and
began countering with elbows and other technique. It was an amazing display of pure
heart from Kevon, who lost by decision, but not before earning the respect of his
To read about some of Kevon’s previous fights check out his performance at Destiny.
It has been an outstanding year for Lanna fighters, and Iowa is no exception. A
loss is only a loss if you fail to learn the lessons that come from it. Our fighters and
coaches are constantly working to improve upon previous fights. There is no shortage of
hard work and willingness to learn from the team. Although our athletes didnʼt bring
home any hardware, their journey served as an important experience to remember and
share with the rest of the team. We all look forward to seeing them in future competition,
and return to Iowa next year with a brand new set of skills to employ.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported and donated resources to helping
our fighters make this trip a reality for them! Thank you for seeing the value in
supporting local amateur Muaythai, and the benefits it can have on an entire community.
Lanna MMA Represents Strongly At The Muay Thai Ontario Provincial Championships
By Ryan McKinnon
100 athletes participated in 60 fights inside 2 rings in 1 day at the Muay Thai Ontario Provincial Championships at the Woodbine Racetrack & OLG Slots on Saturday
June 10, 2017. Out of all the gyms in attendance, Lanna MMA came to the tournament style
event with something to prove. Lanna hasnʼt been this active at kickboxing and
Muay Thai events in a long time. We had made significant waves in the community
leading up to the provincials, but on Saturday, our athletes crashed inside the Woodbine
stables like a tidal wave.
Andrea, our 65 lbs ball of ferocity and smiles did an amazing job to win his fight
and the gold medal in his category. Andrea faced a serious opponent in Marshall Steele
from Kru Joe Tippingʼs gym, Fifth Round. Just like his previous fight at the York Muay
Thai demo night, Andrea listened to his coaches, and used really good clinch to keep
his opponent off balance. He received more praise from spectators, and earned a new
fan in Ajahn Suchart who said that he enjoyed watching Andrea fight. The fight was so
good that Kru Joe Tipping has requested a rematch between these two Nak /Muay on
the Fifth Round Fight Promotion show in Stratford on August 26. Way to go Andrea!!
Leon also won gold on Saturday by defeating two opponents in his category. First
was Sudesh from Diamond Muay Thai, a promotion run by Tony Manoharan and
Thomas Jensen. Sudesh was making his way back to the ring after nearly two years off
due to a knee surgery. It was bad timing for Sudesh, as Leon is coming off a huge win in
Ottawa, and showing significant improvement in his Muay Thai game. Leonʼs second
fight was against a tough opponent who gave him a serious challenge, especially in the
first round when he dropped Leon, scoring an 8-count and therefore a 10-8 round. Leon
battled from behind for two more rounds, scoring his own 8-counts, and ultimately
winning the fight, and the gold.
Kevon ʻBadmonʼ Singh was Lannaʼs lone ʻAʼ class fighter on Saturday when he
took on a tough competitor from World Championship Martial Arts (WCMA). Kevon had
lost 2 previous times to his opponent, and was hoping to make the third time a charm
with his new skill set. Unfortunately Saturday was just not Kevonʼs day. His opponent
won the first round by staying busy and outside of Kevonʼs kicks. Kevon won the second
round by pushing the pace and scoring a mix of combinations and techniques in the
clinch. The third and decisive round went to his opponent. It was a close round that saw
Kevon on the losing end. He showed an improvement in certain areas of his game, but
lacked that extra push that weʼve seen from him in his previous fights like his
performance against Zack Connolly at Destiny 3. Luckily Kevon came out of that fight
injury free and ready to take on North Americaʼs best at the TBAs.
Perhaps Lanna MMAʼs biggest performance of the night goes to Tyya Emberley
who absolutely dominated in her gold medal fight against a very game opponent from
Kawartha Combat. Coming off of a spectacular win at SheFights Tyya looked extremely focused yet relaxed leading up to the fight.
Once the bell rang, she was a whirlwind inside the ring. She had an answer for every
technique that came her way. Her clinch was superb, as she swept her opponent
somewhere close to 10 times within 3 rounds. She threw a hook that was so clean and
fast, that the referee didnʼt realize it was even a knockdown. Thereʼs wasnʼt a single
moment in the fight where Tyya looked tired or in danger. She took complete control of
the entire 9 minutes. It was like she was seeing things in slow motion. You could literally
see her ʻlevel upʼ as she was fighting. Job well done Tyya!
Lanna MMA went 4 out of 5 on Saturday, an impressive day that was missing
Brenda, Malik and Omid in the tournament. Had they been able to participate we would
have brought home the Best Team Trophy, but weʼll have to wait another year. We have
the TBAs coming up on June 22 in Des Moines, Iowa to think about, as well as the
Muaythai Canada National Championships in November. Lanna is on a serious roll right
now thanks to the commitment from both our fighters and coaching staff. 2017 is
shaping up to be the year that Lanna MMA makes a triumphant return to amateur
kickboxing and muaythai in the province. Congrats to all of our fighters for representing
the school like true professionals this weekend!
Check out https://muaythaiontario.org/2017/06/2017-provincials-results-awards/ for more results.
York Muay Thai Demos on Saturday May 27th, 2017: Andrea and Omid
By Ryan McKinnon
Last Saturday Lanna MMA headed east on Steeles Avenue to attend York Muay
Thaiʼs Night of Demonstration Fights. As always, Kru Jen and her hardworking team
welcomed us into their home warmly, and hosted another outstanding event. 16 fights
were held on the card, along with a panel of talented Muay Thai female singers to
entertain the crowd during intermission. Vendors from the GTA sold merchandise and
food, and Kru Jenʼs famous cookies were being passed around during the evening. The
only thing sweeter than her cookies was watching Andrea and Omid represent the
Lanna brand of Muay Thai with technical precision and focus.
Andrea, the 68-lbs ball of happiness and energy, fought fourth on the card.
Andrea is one of the most talented athletes in Lannaʼs growing youth program. He has
been very active recently, participating in Kru Crawleyʼs event last month, and
Southsideʼs TBA fundraiser only a few weeks prior. He played in a hockey tournament
earlier on Saturday. Most kids go home and play video games. But not Andrea. He
showed up to York ready to work hard and entertain the fans. One of the greatest
compliments Andrea received was how well he listened to his coaches, Kru Jordan and
Tyler McKinnon. He did a great job using his footwork to create dominant angles of
attack, and his clinch was excellent! Andrea made his coaches very proud, and all of the
fans said they canʼt wait to see him in the ring again. Good work Andrea!!!
Omid Youssufi fought 13th on the York Muay Thai demo fight card, but it had the energy of a main
event. Like Andrea, Omid has also been very active recently. A few weeks prior, Omid
impressed the audience at Southside with his explosive counter fighting and mix of
technique against a seasoned amateur Nak Muay from Siam No. 1.
Omid came into the demo on Saturday determined to improve upon his last
performance at Southside. Taking on a shorter, stockier southpaw from North Training
Academy, Omid had to make adjustments immediately to deal with his opponentʼs
unorthodox fighting style. His opponent was unprepared for the Muay Thai clinch, which
Omid exploited at every opportunity. When the pressure was on, Omid was able to stay
focused and implement his game plan against an opponent that consistently tried to
take him out of his comfort zone.
One of the most incredible things Omid did that night was stay calm and focused,
trust his Muay Thai, and trust his coaches advice. After round 1, Omid ran away with the
fight, scoring as many as 3 standing 8 counts. His knees were perfectly placed, his
technique was pinpoint, and his determination was unbreakable. Once again, every
single coach, fan, and fighter approached the Lanna coaching staff to share their
compliments with Omidʼs performance. What he did isnʼt easy for a young fighter. He
demonstrated that he is a leader, and can hang in situations that would break most
The eyes of the local Muay Thai community are fixed on Lanna MMA. Our
fighters have been absolutely killing it at events recently. This is all thanks to the hard
work of Kru Jordan and every instructor in the school who are committed to getting the
best out of each athlete, and to the fighters who have bought into the competition team
program, showing up each day to work their hardest. With the provincials only two
weeks away, and the TBAs in late June, Lanna MMA is positioned to bring home some
serious hardware before the halfway point of 2017.
A big thank you to Kru Jen and the York Muay Thai family for hosting an
outstanding event, and to everyone who came out to support their Lanna fighters.
Please schedule time on June 10th to attend the Provincial tournament at Woodbine,
and cheer on your fighters. 2017 is shaping up to be the most successful year in
Lannaʼs 10 year history. We are all excited for what the future holds.