Looking For something To Do With The Kids Over March Break???

Lanna MMA’s Got You Covered with our Super Heroes Themed March Break Camp!

Phone Us At 416 740 2352 For More Information

poster for lanna mma march break camp superheroes theme. Poster has collage of of superhero images with all of the information

Lanna MMA Is Excited To Announce Our 2018 Kids March Break Camp! This years camp theme will be SUPERHEROES! We have a full itinerary of different Superhero Theme games and activities, including 2 Special Field Trips! Drop will be 8:30-9am and the Camp will formally finish at 4pm however kids may stay attend Kids Martial Arts Classes following their day.





Below is an example of a typical day Itinerary

March Break Camp: Sample Day Plan


Day 1

Heroic Trait of the Day: Respect

Technique of the day: Stance/Punches

Period 1


Drop off and free play
Note: 8:50- 9:00 will be used for a mat chat where the instructor will go over the school rules
Period 2

9:00- 10:00

Note: 9:00-9:05 Talk to students about the Heroic Trait of the Day: What is “respect”? How can we show it? Etc.
Muay Thai Class- working on the basic Muay Thai Stance followed by jab and cross.

10:00- 10:20

Nutrition break
10:20- 12:00 Games/activities;

  • Secret Identity Relay: Students will race (either 1 on 1 or in small groups) to a pile of oversized clothing. They must put on their disguise to hide their secret identity.

Materials Needed: Two pairs of shoes, fake glasses or sunglasses, hat, large pants, shirt and hat.

Period 4


Lunch and ‘free play’
Period 5

1:00- 2:30


  • Kryptonite Disposal: Race with other teams to remove crumpled paper using only pool noodles.  

         Materials Needed: Pool noodles, green construction paper, water buckets.

  • Capture the Villain: students attempt to ‘lasso’ the instructor (or older student using a hula hoop). The ‘villain’ will need to post ‘bail’ in order to escape. The team with the most points or ‘money’ wins.
Period 6

2:30- 2:45

Nutrition break
2:45- 4:00 Games/activities

  • Spidey Sense challenge: split into pairs or small groups, teams must help blindfolded teammates navigate the mat area to collect markers (can be blocks, candies etc.). Cones will be scattered throughout the space and will be penalized and told to freeze in the event that they knock over a cone.
  • Award student who best embodied the Heroic Trait of the Day.
  • Pick up


Self Defense Classes Now offer at Lanna MMA

Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:15pm

RAID Logo which says Rapid Aggressive Intelling DefenseLanna MMA is excited to be introducing its brand new self defense system R.A.I.D. (Rapid Aggressive Intelligent Defense), taught by the systems founder, Ilan Srulovicz.

R.A.I.D. Self Defense System teaches a hybrid system of Filipino and indonesian martial arts combined with heavy elements of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu jitsu. The intention of the training is to develop real, functional combat skills relevant to today’s society. The revolutionary method of Self Defense get’s rid of cookie cutter elements often found in traditional martial arts and works specifically on developing each persons reflexes and natural reactions in a way that is specific to them. Training involves a heavy elements of reaction based, “alive” training to develop real world skills that are applicable with each lesson. The training is formatted to be able to show measurable results and application after each session. Relying heavily on “instinctive response” training through a revolutionary approach of inducing students to a responsive (adreno stress) state, RAID training will not only give you the ability to protect yourself but transfer over in to all aspects of ones life. The confidence developed through being able to control oneself in a stress state is a skill that can not be untaught.

R.A.I.D. was founded by Ilan Srulovicz as a result of two decades dedicated to studying the martial arts as well as the psychology behind violent attacks. A 3rd degree black belt and a recognized guro in the ancient Filipino art of Eskrima, Pangamot and Eskrido, Ilan has developed a unique method of tailoring traditional Filipino martial arts to the realities of modern self-defense. Famously showcased in the Bourne Identity films, the Filipino martial arts are considered some of the most sophisticated and street-savvy martial arts ever devised. They encompass a comprehensive range of deadly armed and unarmed fighting skills that have been passed down from generation to generation in the Philippines.

About Ilan:

head shot of RAID fighting system head instructor Ilan
Ilan Srulovicz, Found of R.A.I.D. Self Defense System.

Ilan Srulovicz is the founder and head instructor of R.A.I.D Survival Systems. He is a 3rd degree black belt and a recognized guro in the Filipino art of Doce Pares Eskrima under Master Chris Bautista, grandson of the legendary Cacoy Cañete. He also holds a 3rd Degree black belt in the empty hand Filipino system of Pangamot and the Grappling stick system of Eskrido. Ilan is also a black Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Alex Noaves.

Always seeking to expand his knowledge and further his growth in the Filipino martial arts, Guro Ilan also trained extensively under Guro Tommy Dy Tang in the unique fighting system of Kali Ilustrisimo. Unlike many Filipino martial arts that emphasize stick work, the Kali Ilustrisimo art is based on the use of bladed weapons such as swords, machetes, daggers, and knives.

In addition to all his training in the Filipino martial arts, Guro Ilan also has two decades of experience in muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Indonesian silat, as well as Russian sambo.

Classes will be taught by Ilan on Mondays and Wednesdays 7:15-8:45pm

Stress and Martial Arts

Stress word bubble with stress in the middle and different words relating to stress like pressure, strain, feeling, etc.

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

David posing with his coaches Jordan and Jovan as he gets his Kru certificate in Muay Thai at Lanna MMA in Vaughan and North York

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 with Ajahn Jovan Saturday July 22nd, 2017 at 1pm at Lanna MMA in the North York and Vaughan Area. Admission prices are $25 per person.
Jovan is famous for being the male foreigner with the most fights in Thailand

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:

19 year old Female muay thai kickboxing fighter Brenda standing with her trophy and 3 coaches in the ring after winning her fight at the Mitsubishi Cup 2
Brenda with her coaching team after winning her Muay Thai Kickboxing fight

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:

17 year old Omid with his 2 coaches and a team mate, all in Lanna gear, posing after Omids Muay Thai Kickboxing fight
Omid with his 2 coaches and team mate after losing a split decision in his first Muay Thai Kickboxing fight

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.

Poster for amateur muay thai even Mitsubishi Cup. The Poster features two muay thai fighters one is getting kicked in the head and the information for the events
Mitsubishi Cup Clash of the Titans Amateur Muay Thai Event


Omid from Lanna MMA Muay Thai Demo Fight
16 Year Old Omid of Lanna MMA after his 4th Muay Thai Demo Fight

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 standing proud with her hands on her hips and boxing gloves and elbow pads on , after winning her first sanctioned Muay Thai fight at SheFights.
Brenda after winning her Muay Thai Fight at She Fights Female Muay Thai Fight Card in Toronto

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!

lady sitting down on the pavement tying up her running shoes
Running is an important part of Muay Thai conditioning

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.

5 week running plan with a schedule of what to do each day in order to accomplish running goals
Its important to make sure to create a plan or your running


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.

Three muay thai fighters in thai shorts and sweat tops running in beautiful scenery to warm up for their muay thai session
Muay Thai fighters on their daily warm up run




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!

person trying to catch their breath and develop breathing pattern on their run. The person grabbing the side as if they have a cramp from improper breathing
Effective breathing is one of the key aspects of being a successful runner


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!

a close up at a runners feet showing the propper stride to make while running
Propper stepping and strides is imperative to a successful run


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!

Several muay thai students running together in a tropical setting
A muay thai class going for a group run to warmup


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:

Real estate agent Lui Pisano putting out his hand. Lui is a supporter of amateur muay thai in Ontario and made a very generous donation to help the Lanna MMA fighters go to Iowa for the Thai Boxing Association Championships
Lui Pisano donor of Generouscontribution to our Muay Thai Fighters for the Thai Boxing Association Annual Tournament

Lui Pisano, M.C.N.E
Sales Representative
Royal LePage Your Community Realty
Dir: 416.723.8313
Bus: 905.832.6656
Email: trustluip@gmail.com
Website: www.trustluipisano.com
Follow me on Twitter: @trustluipisano
Follow my page on Facebook: Trust Lui Pisano

“Service YOU deserve from a person you TRUST”


To find out more about Lanna’s Muay Thai program and news on the Lanna fighters click here

Lanna Muay Thai Fighters Go To The TBA Classic World Muay Thai Expo 2017

By Ryan McKinnon

The Lanna MMA Team at The Thai Boxing Association 2017 Muay Thai Classic
The Lanna MMA Team at The Thai Boxing Association 2017 Muay Thai Classic

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

Tyya Emberley

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 © 2016. All rights reserved.