Cold Warz III

Avani Event Center, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

March 2nd, 2019

Sanctioned by Muaythai Ontario

Cold Warz III: Lanna MMA’s New Stars Were on Fire

Cold Warz III Bout List
Cold Warz III Bout List

A Trilogy That Doesn’t Suck

Once again Cold Warz continued to live up to its reputation as one of the premier promotions in the province of Ontario when it hosted its third installment at the Avani Event Center in Vaughan, Ontario last Saturday, March 2nd. Known for its great matchmaking and exciting bouts, Cold Warz III was no exception. Every fight brought its own unique level of action and excitement to the show, prompting cheers and screams from fans throughout the entire event. Athletes, coaches, and fighters from local Muay Thai clubs who attended to support their fighters added an extra degree of energy to the event that seemed to elevate the performances of the athletes. While the event as a whole was a huge success, the real story that evening was the success a few Lanna athletes had competing for their first time in front of a sold out crowd, amongst family, friends, teammates and supporters.

Patrick Canuto

Cold Warz III Patrick Canuto

Patrick Canuto is the perfect example of a Lanna athlete who made a significant impression on the Muay Thai community, performing beautifully during his ‘C’ class debut at 132 lbs against a very game opponent in Leor Gerber of York Muay Thai. Patrick’s very first experience in the ring was a jarring rear teep to the face from Gerber immediately after they touched gloves. The teep was a total shock to everyone, especially Patrick. Instead of getting rattled by the unexpected strike, Patrick handled himself like an experienced fighter. He didn’t get emotional or let it affect him. He shook it off, and began enacting his game plan.

There wasn’t a moment in the fight where Patrick wasn’t in control. He trusted in his fundamentals and listened to his cornermen, Kru Dave and coach Christian. According to coach Jordan, Patrick was just the right amount of aggressive, and threw good combinations that finished with leg kicks. All in all, Patrick showed tons of promise and potential. We are really looking forward to seeing a more developed and polished version of Patrick in his next bout.

Mike Mora

Cold Warz III Mike Mora

At 42 years of age, Mike Mora was the oldest competitor on the Cold Warz bout list, however he is no stranger to Lanna’s brand of Muay Thai. Mike has been training at Lanna for over 4 years, spending countless hours doing his part in sparring and drills class to help his teammates before fights. Mike has always been a positive example in the gym. He works hard and gives his time generously to help wherever he can. He made his much anticipated debut against a young and aggressive Paolo Deluca from TKMT at 178lbs. Mike’s performance was exceptional as he outwitted the younger, more intense fighter.

When the opening bell rang, Deluca attempted to engage with powerful strikes. Recognizing that his opponent intended on landing a big knockout punch, Mike used his Muay Thai IQ and started clinching. Mike dominated in the clinch for two rounds, throwing and sweeping Deluca to the mat multiple times. There was a moment near the end of the fight when it appeared that Mike had demoralized his opponent by totally shutting down his offense. It was a phenomenal performance from a true Lanna veteran. Good job Mike!!

Billy Sawyer

Another exciting standout from the Lanna squad is Billy Sawyer, who debuted at 160lbs against Tiernan Lennox from TKO Fighting Arts, a school known to produce quality athletes at every level of the amateur system. Those at Lanna that train with Billy know that he has freakish strength in his teeps and knees, and continues to improve at a rapid pace. He showed a lot of confidence and potential in his ‘C’ class debut.

Billy demonstrated that he was well prepared for his bout against Lennox. He came into the fight in great condition, and exhibited a level of confidence in his striking that you don’t always see in ‘C’ class athletes. The one thing Billy did really well, was continue punching through his combinations. Even if his first two strikes were blocked by his opponent, Billy kept putting together various combos. A couple of his teeps even backed his opponent up to the other side of the ring.

Unfortunately Sawyer didn’t get the bout he was hoping for. As the pair clinched close to the ropes of the blue corner, they fell awkwardly, with Lennox on top. The fall dislocated the shoulder of the TKO fighter, causing the referee to stop the bout. After the fight, Billy said that he was ambivalent about competing in more amateur Muay Thai matches in the future, but because of the way his fight ended, he’s decided to take at least one more fight. We couldn’t be more excited to receive that news.

While Lanna’s debut stars shined at Cold Warz III, our veterans had a much more challenging evening. Both Brenda Vargas and Kevon Singh lost their ‘A’ class bouts by unanimous decisions to opponents that came to the event determined to win their bouts on enemy territory, and potentially earn the respect of the home team’s fans for their efforts.

Brenda Vargas

Cold Warz Brenda vs Caroline

Brenda Vargas took on a seasoned veteran in Caroline Jankowski of Lotus Thai Boxing at 129lbs, a weight class that is slightly heavier than Vargas is used to competing at. Caroline has fought the best athletes in her division throughout her amateur career. There isn’t any opponent she hasn’t seen. She came into the fight with a solid game plan that took away some of Brenda’s best weapons, leaving her with only a few tools to work with. The bout had ‘Fight of The Night’ written all over it, as these two outstanding athletes went to war for 3 rounds.

Caroline fought relentlessly for every single point in her unanimous decision win over a rising star in amateur Muay Thai. At 20 years old, Brenda still has a lot of miles to travel in her career. Taking on a challenge such as Caroline was something that will surely ignite the internal flame that motivates Brenda to be the very best fighter in the game. We at Lanna are so proud of how far Brenda has come, and know that she is on her way to achieving greatness in this sport.

Kevon Singh

Cold Warz III Kevon vs Brennan

Lanna’s most experienced fighter, Kevon Singh took on Brennan Picard of Kalsamrit, a gym known for producing high quality fighters. Brennan is a grinder who doesn’t shy away from an opportunity to exchange weapons with his opponents. Last year, the two met in a demo that was so exciting, it was a no-brainer for Jordan to include this ‘A’ class bout at 125lbs in the already stacked Cold Warz III card.
The rematch had the crowd fully invested in the action, especially the Lanna fans, who all share in a collective admiration for Kevon because of how much time and energy he dedicates to the school, and the sport of Muay Thai. Kevon came out slower than usual in the first round. He is typically a pressure fighter who will walk through a barrage of strikes to impose his will on his opponents. This time Kevon was a little more selective in his striking, which may have cost him the first round.

Rounds 2 and 3 were much better for Kevon, but Brennan was able to land those extra techniques to earn favour with the Muaythai Ontario judges. Both athletes gave it their all, literally sacrificing their shins in the process (Brennan would leave after the fight to get x-rays). After 3 rounds of Main Event-quality Muay Thai, the young Kalsamrit fighter would walk away with the unanimous decision victory.

There is no honour lost with Kevon. He accepted his defeat graciously, recognizing where he could have done things differently. After the loss, he has his sights set on defeating all-comers at the Muaythai Ontario Provincial Championships this May. There is nothing but love and respect for Kevon who continues to serve as role model at Lanna for the younger generation of athlete, who wouldn’t have enjoyed such success at Cold Warz III without the example he has set.

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Rob Kaman

 

Rob Kaman elbow
Rob Kaman elbow

Known as ‘The Dutchman’ and ‘Mr. Low Kick’, Rob Kaman is one of many famous Dutch fighters to make their mark in the history of kickboxing and Muay Thai. After enjoying some time playing competitive soccer, Kaman fell in love with striking because he saw it as an extremely challenging individual sport. Training under famous coach and father of kickboxing in Holland, Jan Plas at his world renowned Mejiro Gym, Kaman would go on to have an extremely decorated career in kickboxing and Muay Thai.

Kaman was known primarily for his devastating leg kicks which he perfected in Holland at the Mejiro Gym. He embodied the classic ‘Dutch Style’ that people refer to when they talk about the use of boxing and low kicks used in combination with one another. He used them to defeat John Moncayo for the WKA Middleweight title in 1983, becoming the first European to hold the belt. When leg kicks weren’t a factor, The Dutchman defeated famous full contact fighters like Jean-Yves Theriault and Jean Marc Tonus, winning the PKA Middleweight World title.

He fought several times in Thailand under full Thai rules, training at the Sityodtong Camp with Samart Payakaroon. In old intervews, Kaman has said that he was blown away by the toughness and intensity of the Thais. He marveled at fighting in the stadiums, where he felt a real pressure to perform well in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans. It was unlike anything he said he had experienced previously.

Kaman had some success against the Thais, but didn’t achieve the same status in Thailand as fellow countryman Ramon Dekkers. However Kaman would defeat Changpuek Kiatsongrit for the IMTF Light Heavyweight in February 1990. He became one of the few fighters to hold the WKA, PKA and IMTF titles at the same time. He would go on to capture the ISKA Light Heavyweight World title later in 1990, but lost his IMTF title a month earlier in a rematch with Kiatsongrit.

Rob Kaman ended his illustrious career with a record of 97-12, 77 wins by knockout (some due to low kicks), and 1 draw. He is remembered as one of the pioneers of kickboxing, Muay Thai and full contact fighting in Holland. His style has been emulated by many kickboxers due to his success with boxing combinations that would lead into powerful low kicks.

Here is a short highlight video of Kaman doing his best work.

Here is Rob Kaman capturing the IMTF (Now IMF) world title versus Changpuek in Paris on February 8th 1990.

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

Real people are better reflections than any mirror ever can be. Drawings and paintings and digital renditions are far better expressions for how you appear. And f***, I have some of the most amazing artists in this ride with me. I usually hate looking at myself; I have tainted eyes. But this is beautiful and when I see this image, I feel proud of myself. That's a gift. Thank you @virangaw Early response has been so strong to this image we put it up as a Sylvie Symbolic shirt made by Bleeding Edge Gear with 50% of the net profits going to the Kru Fund and 50% going to the artist. So you can support Thai legends and krus & an aspiring artist in one shirt: The Shirt: bleedingedgegear.com/collections/sylvie/products/sylvie-art if you'd like it in a tank top: https://bleedingedgegear.com/collections/sylvie/ You can see more of the artist's work: viranga.net Reposted from @virangaw - Here you go @sylviemuay !! I re did this so many times the original file is labeled Sylvie22 on my laptop🤤 Photo reference @kevinvonduuglasittu(This is Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu, she is a pro fighter living in Thailand. She has fought over 200 fights, the most fights in Thailand by any westerner, man or woman. She is also an amazing human being and one that I have enjoyed following and look up to, thanks for your contribution to the muay thai community👧) .
Artwork of Sylvie von Duuglas by one of her many adoring fans, viranga.net Buy the shirt at bleedingedgegear.com/collections/sylvie/products/sylvie-art

She is one of the most documented fighters on the planet and has documented the sport of Muay Thai more than any other person. Since day 1, Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu has recorded every aspect of her relationship with Muay Thai. She travels throughout the country of Thailand, documenting, preserving and sharing the sport with the world. Her love of Muay Thai is undeniable and demonstrated through her tireless work. She lives and breaths it each day of her life. When choosing the first female fighter for the Fighter of The Week blog, Sylvie was the obvious choice.

Sylvie was first exposed to Muay Thai in her early 20’s. Immediately, the sport caught her full attention. She said it was the beautiful movements that captivated her. She began training in the sport, and knew right away that it was something she wanted to keep pursuing. Her passion for the sport was nurtured further in 2008 when she began training with ‘Master K’ Kumron Vaitayanon aka ‘I Sawk Kwan’ (Mr. Axe Elbow) in the basement of his New Jersey home.

After one year of training, Sylvie competed for the first time at an amateur tournament in Virginia. A year after that she moved to Thailand to train and fight, and basically to get a feel for the country. She and her husband returned to the United States, saved cash, returned to Thailand in 2012, and they haven’t looked back.

Fast forward to the present. Sylvie has more fights in Thailand than any foreigner in history (231 and counting). The sport and its culture has completely engulfed her entire life. Her most recent goal is to break the legendary Len Wickwar record of 470 fights. You can support Sylvie and her endeavor by visiting her Patreon account. It is totally worth the investment, as she produces amazing videos and content for her fans.

Here is a phenomenal film where Sylvie articulates the beauty of Muay Thai and women’s role in the sport. No one has done more for female representation in the sport than her.

 

Besides being a fighter, Sylvie is a teacher. People have learned more about Muay Thai and Thai culture through Sylvie’s videos and blog than any other medium.Because all of her content is basically occuring in real time, Sylvie is one of the most relevant sources of information from Thailand anywhere on the internet. When her time to hang up the gloves has come, she won’t just be remembered for her fight career, but for the life she’s lived, devoting every waking minute of it to share the beauty of Thailand and Muay Thai with the world for generations to come.
Sylvie is all over social media, and very accessible to fans. You can start by following Sylvie on her website, which is updated regularly at 8 Limbs

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

 

 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week

John Wayne Parr

John Wayne Parr, one of the greatest muay farang
John Wayne Parr, one of the greatest muay farang

Born Wayne Gregory Parr on May 25th 1976, it would take some time for the future multiple times world middleweight champion to receive his monikers ‘John Wayne’, ‘The Gunslinger’, or ‘JWP’. He is one of the greatest foreign fighters to ever compete in Thailand. Known for his authentic Thai style of fighting, strong hand combinations, and a lion heart in battle, he is one of the most respected non-Thai fighters in Thailand and worldwide. He has major likability, a famous Wai Kru, and lives with a sense of humility you don’t typically find in athletes of his caliber. He is without a doubt one of the most excited fighters you’ll ever watch inside the ring.

He has fought legends and superstars like Songchai, Paeng-Rit, Yodsanklai, Jean-Charles Skarbowsky, Lamsongkan, and Orono, to name a few. He was the first Australian to compete in the famed Lumpinee Stadium, fighting under Songchai Rattanasuban’s promotion. Under Songchai, Wayne only fought the best Thais in the sport at that time, and won many important bouts.

Like most young boys, Wayne took an immediate liking to martial arts in his teens. Two of his biggest heroes growing up were Jean Claude Van Damme, and Bruce Lee. He began training in Tae Kwon Do at a young age, and his first fight came at 14. After his TKD school closed, he transitioned to kickboxing. A fateful encounter would change his life forever.

He met his mentor Richard Vell, owner of Boonchu restaurant when he was 16, ordering some food. It was before his first fight against a Thai. A friend recommended that he seek out the instruction of someone who could teach him real Muaythai. Richard became his first sponsor, and a strong bond was created. He’d literally spend his whole day in the restaurant listening to him. Richard encouraged Wayne to go to Thailand, because he believed he had what it took to become a great fighter in the sport.

He lived like a Thai, training at Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya at 19 years old. He spent 3 months at the camp, but felt like he wasn’t growing as a fighter. He wanted to be a star in the sport. He moved to Bangkok to train Mornut Borbud’s Loomingkwan Camp in Nonthabiru, with fighter’s like Sangtiennoi. At first the camp didn’t want to take on a foreign fighter. Richard Vell begged on Wayne’s behalf for the gym to take Wayne on. Eventually Mornut gave in. He was given his fight name ‘John Wayne’ by Mornut, and the ‘Gunslinger’ was born.

All of his fights are full of high level excitement. His battles with Orono are legendary, especially their rematch at the King’s birthday on December 5th 2000, which Wayne won by decision (a difficult feat for a foreigner), for the IMF World Title, by fighting the southpaw in a southpaw stance. The idea to change his stance was made by legendary Sangtiennoi, who cornered him for that fight, as a counter to Orono’s elbows, because in their first bout, Orono cut Wayne with an elbow over his right eye, forcing the doctor to stop the fight.

He is still widely respected by fans, fighters and promoters worldwide, and especially in Thailand, as one of the greatest muay farang (foreign fighters), because he honours the sport by fighting like a Thai.

He is a true ambassador of the sport to the world, especially in Australia. He shows his support for Thailand’s sport and culture by making an effort to speak the language and live the Thai culture. He embodies the Thai spirit of the sport because he shows humility in both success and defeat, and he fights with all his heart. In Thailand, more respect is given to a fighter who loses with excitement over one who wins in boring fashion.

Wayne lives in Queensland Gold Coast Australia with his wife, World Champion and 8x United States Champion, Angie Parr, and their daughter Jazzy, a junior champion, where he runs Boonchu Gym and his promotion, Caged Muay Thai.

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier
One of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Joe Frazier

From 1970 to 1973, ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier ruled the boxing world as the undisputed heavyweight champion, making him the baddest man on the planet at that time. Typically the ‘Fighter of The Week’ series has featured nak muay, so we decided to change things up a little and honour a man who is remembered as one of the greatest boxers in history.

Best known for his classic rivalry and trilogy with Muhammad Ali, at 5’11” Frazier was shorter than his contemporaries but was able to counter the lack in height and reach with an unparalleled athleticism and an otherworldly punching power. He was electric to watch inside the ring, and broke the sweet science of boxing down to its crudest elements. He was not afraid to get hit 5 times in order to hit his opponent once. Sometimes one punch was all Frazier needed.

That Left Hook!

One of Fraziers’ weapons was his signature lead hook. He put every ounce of weight and strength behind it, throwing it with impunity. When Frazier threw the hook, it would often leave him off balance if he missed, exposing his back to his opponent. But when it landed, it typically knocked opponents off their feet, and they would rarely get back up.

Fraziers ability to land the heavy hook with precision came from his forward pressure and his dependence on beautiful head movement; bobbing and weaving his way inside. He was comfortable in the pocket, and would ram his head into his opponent’s sternum, or shoulder bump them off balance to set up his most prized punch. His upper body movement also helped set up the punch because unlike traditional boxers who bent at the knees to dip under punches, Frazier bent at the waist, and then he would roll his body into position to land a KO punch.

Frazier’s most famous left hook may have been the one that dropped Ali in the 15th round during their first encounter, billed ‘The Fight of The Century’ on March 8th 1971 inside Madison Square Garden. Frazier would hand the undefeated Ali his first loss.

Frazier retired in 1976 with a professional record of 32-4-1 (27 wins by KO). He won a gold medal at the 1964 games in Tokyo. His 4 losses came from Ali (2x) and Foreman (2x). Sadly Frazier passed away on November 7th, 2011, a few months after being diagnosed with cancer. He embodied the hard-nosed spirit of the Philadelphia boxing scene. He was the original Rocky, working in a slaughterhouse and running in the streets of Philly. There are few boxers today who embrace the fighting spirit that Frazier had, and few ever will. He was a rare breed.

Born in South Carolina on January 12, 1944, he would have celebrated his 74th birthday this year.

Frazier vs Ali I – The Fight of The Century

Frazier vs Ali III – The Thrilla in Manilla. October 1st 1975

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Dany Bill

Dany Bill with his hardware
Dany Bill with his hardware

Who is Dany Bill?

Dany Bill is widely regarded as the smartest and most accomplished non-Thai fighter in the history of Muaythai. For many casual fans of the sport, that title has been largely reserved for Ramon Dekkers. However, the older and perhaps more experienced fans of Muaythai will argue that Dany Bill is the better foreigner, citing his style of fighting and his wins over Dekkers to further their claim. For the most part, Dekkers has generally received more attention due to his exciting style of fighting and the timing of some of his most important wins in Thailand, like his first win over Coban.

Born in Douala, Cameroon in 1973, Bill’s actual hometown is Stains in Paris. He grew up playing soccer like most kids in France, but was drawn to Muaythai immediately after his first exposure to it on French television. With respect to the beginning of his career, his timeline looks like this:

1986: Begins his training at Nemrod Boxing Gym.
1987: First Muaythai fight at 57kg
1991: Champion of France

At 19, Bill moved to Thailand, and began his training at the world famous Jocky Gym with another French champion, Stephan Nikiema. Bill would also spend time training at Sityodtong in Pattaya.

The Dany Bill Style

Dany Bill, Muay Femur
Dany Bill, Muay Femur

Bill is a pure Muay Femur (pronounced ‘fee-meuu’). He was very slick in his movement, well-rounded at using all of the Muaythai weapons, and demonstrated an extremely high fight IQ in the ring. Bill was very good at figuring out where his opponent was lacking in skill and technique, then would exploit that weakness in later rounds. He was one of the best ‘sweep’ artists in Muaythai (see video below).

Some of Dany Bill’s most notable wins were against Nokweed Davy, Orono Por Muang Ubon, Panomrunglek Chor Sawad, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Joel Cesar and Joe Prestia.

With respect to the argument over who was the better foreigner, Bill or Dekkers, there are some important things to consider. Dekkers fought in Lumpinee more than Bill. Also, Bill never fought at Raja. However, Bill had much more success in his fights against the Thais, and used fight IQ to outsmart them at their own game. Dekkers largely had a losing record to Thai fighters. Many people are fans of Dekkers because of his aggressive, forward moving style. Many Western fans love to see knockouts, but fail to really observe the smaller, more technical nuances of a fighter like Danny Bill, and this may have contributed to him being overlooked as the more complete foreign fighters.

Regardless of who was best, Bill has left an indelible legacy on the sport of Muaythai. He is a fighter worth studying closely and with persistence, because mastering the techniques he employed are not easy. It takes time to become a Muay Femur.

Below is a great video demonstrating the Muay Femur skill, which includes Dany Bill.

Here is an exclusive video of Bill and his masterful sweeps (probably want to turn your sound off for this).

Lastly, here is a video of Bill beating Dekkers by decision.

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Coban Lookchaomaesaitong

Coban Lookchaomaesaitong Champion
Coban Lookchaomaesaitong

Banlu Anwiset was born on August 4th 1966 in Buriram, Thailand. Western fans of Muaythai dubbed him ‘The Cruncher’, but is more commonly known as ‘Coban’ to the Thais and the rest of the world. In his prime, he was a feared southpaw KO king, with devastating power, especially in his left hand. His rivalry with Ramon Dekkers (featured in a previous installation) is legendary. Coban (which means ‘Cowboy’) Lookchaomaesaitong is one of the more well known Thai fighters in Europe and North America because he fought outside of Thailand more than most Thai champions.

Coban fell in love with Muay Thai after he watched his cousin compete as an amateur during Buddhist Temple fairs. Coban created his own heavy bag and other training equipment by hand, and began training at home by determinately mimicking the moves of the fighters he enjoyed watching. His first fight was at the age of 11 for his first camp, Soh Samrung. He earned $1 for his efforts. Afterwards, he moved to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong, where he was discovered by a ringside doctor who would become his sponsor and mentor.

After roughly 7 years of training in Buriram, Coban moved to the big city of Bangkok, where he trained at Ghiet Ban Chong Camp and Muan Surin and Camp. At 19, Coban was Lumpinee Champion at 135lbs.

Coban fought during the 80’s and 90’s against both Thai champions and champions abroad. While his most formidable foe was Tantawan (Coban lost to him 4 times), Coban earned the attention of the international Muaythai and kickboxing community from his legendary rivalry with Ramon Dekkers. Coban was a big believer that in order to be world champion, you had to travel the world and prove yourself, and he did just that. Here is a list of some of the foreign champions he defeated:

Ramon Dekkers, Danny Bill, Dida Diafat, Joao Vieira, Tommy Van Der Berg, Guillaume Kerner, Hector Pena, Christian Garros, Oliver Harrison, and Danny Steele.

Labelled as a Muay Mat fighter, Coban relied on his powerful hands and kicks to end fights. His left cross, right hook, left kick combination may have been the most frightening thing for his opponents.

Coban Lookchaomaesaitong
Coban Lookchaomaesaitong

Here are a few of Coban’s career highlights:

1985: Lumpinee Champion, Bangkok
1990: Lumpinee Champion, Bangkok
1990: World Champion, Holland
1990: World Champion, France
1991: World Champion, Bangkok
1991: World Champion, UK
1991: World Champion, Australia

He is very outspoken about the mistreatment of fighters in Muaythai. In his career, Coban was the victim of fixed fights, being drugged by trainers, and mismatches from promoters. His fourth fight against Dekkers wasn’t planned. Coban was told that he would fight a specific opponent, then entered the ring, only to discover Ramon Dekkers standing across the ring from him. In his mind, the fourth fight against Dekkers doesn’t count for him.

Coban retired in 2000 after a decision win against former student Danny Steele as a 5x World Champion, with a professional record of 250 wins (90 KOs) and 20 losses. Now 52 years of age, Coban splits his time between Camp Lookchaomaesaitong in Buriram, and Coban’s Muay Thai Camp in NYC.

Here is a video of Coban defeating Hector Pena, a cocky opponent who mocked his Wai Kru

And here is the first fight against Ramon Dekkers where Coban knocked him out

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Written by Ryan McKinnon, Lanna MMA Team Member and host of The Bloody Ballet podcast, a weekly Muay Thai show that can be found at The Bloody Ballet 

Lanna MMA Fighter Of The Week Burklerk Pinsinchai

Burklerk Pinsinchai at his school in Lampang
Burklerk Pinsinchai at his school in Lampang

Born on June 30, 1966 in northeast Thailand, Surchai Yindichani began boxing under the tutelage of his father at the age of 9. By the time he was 12 he was fighting for the legendary Asawindum/Pinsinchai Camp in Bangkok, led by Police General Sawake Pinsinchai. The gym has long held a reputation of being hardcore, even by Thai standards, and didn’t open its doors to foreigners until 2010. It was here, amongst a stable of world champions with the task master Pincsinchai at the helm where Burklerk would adopt his beautiful style of boxing that has earned him a place amongst the top 10 greatest Muay Thai boxers of all time.

Known as a Muay Femur, Burklerk belongs to the category of boxer who exemplifies the beauty of Muay Thai. He had tremendous footwork, balance, and timing; all of the characteristics that define a Muay Femur. This style contrasts with some of Lanna MMA’s previous Fighter of The Week boxers like Anuwat and Dekkers, who are known as ‘Muay Mat’ fighters, meaning they rely on aggression and power to win fights.

Observing the way Burklerk moves is like watching a cat dance on hot coals. Even today at the age of 52, he still moves with a gracefulness that you’re more likely to find in a dance studio. It was this particular footwork and balance that led him to enjoying an extremely successful career while staying relatively injury free. If you look at his face, you would have a hard time believing that he was a multiple time world champion during the Golden Era of Muay Thai, because his face bears no scars. However he will admit that during one of his 4 legendary fights against Veeraphol Sahaprom, he had his nose broken by the WBC Bantamweight World Champion.

Burklerk retired in 1997 with a record of 162 wins and 8 losses, all of which he avenged. Here is a short list of some of his accomplishments:

1983: Rajadamnern Stadium, defeats Warunee Sor Pleonchit to become Thailand champion

1984: Lumpinee Stadium, defeats Chuthong Silapakon to become champion

1986: Lumpinee Stadium, defeats Otnoi Lookprabat at 112lbs

1987: Lumpinee Stadium, defeats Kwayrong Sit Samtahan, at 112lbs

He was also awarded ‘Fight of The Year’ honours in Lumpinee Stadium, and ‘Yod Muay’ (Fighter of The Year)

Muay Thai Professor

Burklerk Pinsinchai Seminar at Milton Muaythai 2017
Burklerk Pinsinchai Seminar at Milton Muaythai 2017

Not only is Burklerk considered to be a highly skilled technician, he is known worldwide as a brilliant and natural teacher. In 2010 Burklerk was awarded ‘Best Ambassador of Muaythai’ for his promotion of the art internationally. He continues to travel the world, teaching seminars in Canada, USA, France, Holland, Germany, Australia and more. He also loves teaching international students at his school in Lampang, about 50km outside of Chiang Mai.

Here is a video of a seminar hosted by Lanna Muay Thai in 2010 with Burklerk Pinsinchai

 

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Sticking To It: How to Make The Road ‘Work’ This Winter

What is Road Work?

Road work is the term typically used by a boxer to describe the activity of running long distances outdoors to condition their cardiovascular system. However, road work can also include interval running or sprints, side shuffling, back pedaling, shuffling in your stance, and shadowboxing while in motion. The frequency, intensity, time, and type of run will all vary depending on a fighter’s needs. One thing is for certain, if a fighter isn’t running, they’re setting themselves up for disaster. If a combat sports athlete wants to truly challenge themselves, they will make time for road work.

Hitting The Road

Rain or shine, a fighter must hit the road each day and accumulate the necessary kilometers to ensure that they will outlast their opponent on fight night. Nothing is more frightening than knowing that you have nothing left to give while your opponent continues to march forward. It is like drowning in air.

Road work might be a fighter’s least favorite component in their competition training cycle. It lacks the luster and excitement of hitting pads, practicing drills, and sparring. It is typically a solitary endeavor. It can be very mundane and routine at times. For the novice fighter who is always asking their coach, “What do I need to do?” this article is definitely for you. The answer is: You need to run. A lot. And a good majority of that running should be done outdoors. There is no cutting corners. No bargaining. Just hard work.

As an added degree of difficulty, cold weather is on its way. You will need the right equipment, clothing, and attitude to stick with a road work program this winter.

This article will offer a few tips and tricks to ensure that you stay ahead of your excuses, and follow through on a road work program that will give you an edge over the competition in the cold months ahead.

Prepare for Success

Winter is pretty much here, and it’s not getting any better until next summer. Make sure you have the right gear for road work. Rain, snow, sleet or hail. You should be ready for anything. No excuses. You especially need to keep your feet, hands and head warm. It’s also helpful to invest in a mouth covering that will help recirculate warm air into your lungs on extremely cold days.

Remember the 5 P’s :  Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Run in the bad weather now so that you can appreciate running in the sunshine next year. Do it with a smile, knowing that you have a mental and physical advantage over your opponent, who is taking the easy road by using a treadmill, which is vastly different than running outdoors. More on this later.

Attitude is Everything

There is a Navy Seal quote that says, “The only easy day was yesterday.” Let that be your mantra throughout the rest of the year, and into the dark months of late January and February. You will need every ounce of mental strength and commitment to defeat the little voice inside you that will find reasons not to do it.

All of your inner battles are won or lost based on your attitude. If you think you can do it, and have the resolve, anything you set out to accomplish will be seen to completion.

Aim Low

This may not be the advice you were expecting to hear, but it comes with a logical argument.  If you have never done road work before, you can expect your lungs to experience bronchoconstriction once the cold, dry air gets to it, moreso if you’re less aerobically fit. Eventually your body will adapt. The last thing you need to do is suffer an enormous setback within the first week.

Don’t set out to run 5km on your first day if you can’t even run 5km on a treadmill. You’ll find that 5km of road work is very different than indoor running, Set daily goals that are realistic. You may even have to split up your running; Half on the treadmill, and half outdoors until your body acclimatizes to the cold air. The tightness in your chest and shortness of breath will go away after a few outdoor sessions.

Lastly, use some measure of common sense when running. You need to be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Know your limitations, then make it a goal to surpass them.

Conclusion

Road work (running outdoors) has many positive benefits that can’t be achieved from running on a treadmill.

  1. Connect with nature.
  2. Build mental strength.
  3. Burn slightly more calories in the cold because your body will naturally heat itself.
  4. Engage more muscles because you must focus on traversing uneven terrain.
  5. Arguably build a stronger immune system.

If you think running outdoors is hard, just have a look at Wim Hof. He has slowly conditioned his body and mind over time to withstand temperatures that could nearly kill an average person. He is an exceptional example of what a slow, methodical increase of your limitations can look like over a long enough timeline.

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Lanna MMA Fighter of The Week Ramon Dekkers

By Ryan McKinnon

Lanna MMA Fighter Of The Week Ramon Dekkers
Lanna MMA Fighter Of The Week Ramon Dekkers

Ramon Dekkers

Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Diamond’ and ‘The Turbine From Hell’ by the people of Thailand, Ramon Dekkers is arguably the greatest foreign fighter to compete in the country where Muay Thai was born. With over 200 fights spread out over 2 decades, Dekkers finished his career with 186 wins (95 knockouts) and 35 losses, some of which were in Thailand under a scoring system that did not favour foreign fighters.

An 8-time Muay Thai World Champion. Dekkers was known to never back down from a challenge. His relentless, forward moving style earned him matchups with the very best boxers Thailand had to offer during the Golden Era of Muaythai. His 4-fight feud with Coban Lookchaomaesaitong really encapsulates the spirit of the Golden Era of Muaythai, when fighters gave their blood and sweat to bring honour to the art.

Dekkers’ heart, determination and intensity in the ring earned him the love and admiration of the Thais. When his career came to an end, Dekkers was presented with a royal award by the princess of Thailand and daughter of King Bhumibol (King Rama iX) from the Thai Royal Family for his services to the sport. He was also appointed ambassador of all foreign fighters to Thailand.

First World Title

In 1989 Dekkers won his first World Championship Title (IMTA) at 59kg (130lbs) against Mungkordum Sitchang. He beat the tough top 10 fighter on points in a very tough decision victory. After Dekkers’ win, critics in Thailand were quick to point out that he didn’t win a ‘real title’ that was recognized in Thailand. In order for Dekkers to earn the respect of fans and critics, he had to capture a title under the International Muay Thai Federation (IMTF) to establish his legitimacy.

IMTF Title

On February 2nd, 1990, Ramon fought Nampol (Namphon) Nongkipahuut, the reigning Lumpinee Champion for the IMTF belt in Amsterdam at 64kg (141lbs). He scored two 8-counts against the champion (1 by a violent lead hook) leaving no doubt in the minds of the judges that he deserved to be crowned as the new king.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgnv9

In their rematch two months later on April 20th, Dekkers would not only be fighting Nampol, he would have to battle against a new temperature, climate, and a foreign scoring system that made many fights difficult for Dekkers and other great nak muay who would come to compete on Thai soil. It was Dekkers’ first fight in Thailand, marking the beginning of an illustrious career full of fights in the Kingdom of Muaythai. Below is the link to the rematch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=G8hnfkseGGk

The ‘Cruncher’

On August 6th, 1991 Dekkers would rematch his famous rival, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong at Lumpinee Stadium. Up to that point, Coban had never been knocked out and definitely never lost to a foreigner. In Paris 4 months earlier, Coban starched Ramon with a left hook in the first round. This time, it was Dekkers who would get the KO, against a hero to the Thai people, in their backyard. It would catapult Dekkers into super stardom in Thailand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba91LI0QP5w

Legacy

It wasn’t unusual to have 10’s of millions of viewers whenever Dekkers would take on a Thai. The entire country would almost shut down to watch this small, fair-skinned, blonde-haired Dutchman go to war with the finest boxer in Thailand, during an era that was characterized by having exciting fights.

At the age of 43, Dekkers passed away suddenly in his hometown of Breda, Amsterdam on February 27 2013. He will be remembered as one of the greatest foreign fighters to compete on Thai soil, and would pave the way for many future foreign champions.

Here is a link containing a very comprehensive biography of Dekkers’ career.

http://embracingthegrind.com/p/the-legend-of-ramon-dekkers.html

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