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.

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.

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.


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.

Check out our previous Lanna MMA Fighter Of The Week Anuwat Kaewsamrit

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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 

A Sport Psychology Seminar at Lanna MMA: Pre-Performance Routines
By Ryan McKinnon

Sport Psychology Seminar at Lanna MMA
Robert Beer’s Sport Psychology Seminar at Lanna MMA


  • Learn to develop pre-performance routines that will lead you to success
  • Develop mental coaching techniques during training and competition preparation
  • Sharpen skills to deal with pre-competition jitters

Regardless of the sport in question, every amateur and professional athlete has a special pre-performance routine that they employ before and on competition day. This scientific approach to developing an athlete’s mind is much more than pre-game ‘rituals’ or ‘superstitions’. There are proven methods that work for every level of athlete in a wide range of sports, which are being made available to you through this very special event.

Lanna MMA is hosting an important seminar for athletes and coaches on Saturday November 17th, 2018, at 1:30pm. The seminar will be led by sport psychology specialist Robert Beer. To attend, a $20 donation is required. All of the proceeds will go directly to an upcoming at-risk-youth initiative led by Muaythai Ontario.

Sport Psychologist Robert Beer, of
Sport Psychologist Robert Beer, of

Robert Beer is a mental performance consultant. He is the CEO & Founder of Mindset First: Sport Psychology. You can find him online at Robert holds a Masters Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and draws upon his real world experience as a former semi-pro tennis athlete to deliver a one-of-a-kind seminar to the muaythai athletes and coaches of Ontario.

“The seminar will look at putting in place pre-performance routines. We will talk about their importance, their use, how we use them, why we use them, when to use them, and how to effectively create and develop an effective pre-performance routine.”

“I am extremely excited to put this seminar together for the community. I hope everyone will enjoy what I have to share,” says Beer, who already works with athletes in the kickboxing and Muaythai community, within a wide range of ages. Beer wants to share a 7 step process with attendees that he’s developed, to help improve their mental game, thereby giving themselves an extra edge in their athletic careers.

Not only is this seminar valuable to athletes, but it has a lot to teach coaches as well. As coaches, sometimes a lot of the psychological & emotional health of their athletes can be placed on them. When an athlete is struggling, sometimes a coach will accept an undue amount of responsibility for their athlete’s lack of success, and go in search of alternate solutions. This seminar will prove useful by teaching both the athlete and coach that part of a winning formula involves the creation of an individualized pre-performance routine, that, once established by the athlete, can then be monitored by the coaching staff, while making small adjustments throughout the athlete’s career.

Robert Beer’s seminar offers everyone the chance to ask informed questions, and contribute to the conversation about the science of the mind as it pertains to competition through sport. We highly recommend Robert Beer, and encourage all those who can make the time to attend, to do so. This unique seminar is unlike anything you may have experienced to date.

See you on November 17th!

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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 

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Lanna Athletes Represent at the Canadian Muaythai Championships
By Ryan McKinnon

Victoria wins gold at the Canadian Muaythai Championships
Victoria wins gold at the Canadian Muaythai Championships

     From October 19th to the 21st, Muaythai Canada hosted its third annual national championships at the Markham Pan Am Center. Athletes from across Canada made the trip to battle on Ontario soil against the best competition our great country has to offer.

Lanna had 3 fighters enrolled in this year’s tournament. Khai Chhean-Liwag took on a tough competitor in Ryan Jackson from Fifth Round in the male junior 14-15 ‘C’ class division at 112 lbs. This bout was a great test of Khai’s skills, and he demonstrated not only his continued progress in the Lanna system of striking, but he showed real heart as well. Going into the third round, Khai had won the first round, Jackson taking the second. The third round was a test of wills; who wanted the win more than the other.
Throughout the fight, Khai showed that he wanted to use his quick kicks to score points, along with some boxing combinations. Whenever it overwhelmed Jackson, he would immediately engage in the clinch with Khai, who did quite well in that realm, outscoring Khai in many of the clinch exchanges.
When it was all said and done, Khai came out of the fight victorious, handing Ryan Jackson his first loss in amateur Muaythai competition, and winning gold in his division.
Kevon Singh, Lanna’s most experienced athlete met Josimar Tulloch from Krudar in the elite male qualifier class at 119lbs. The winner would be considered for the Canadian National Team which competes at international events. The fight against Josimar marked Kevon’s 24th fight in amateur Muaythai. Regarded as one of the best athletes at 119lbs, Josimar represented the biggest challenge in Kevon’s career.

Kru Dave giving instruction to Khai at the Canadian Muaythai Championships
Kru Dave giving instruction to Khai at the Canadian Muaythai Championships

Kevon and Josimar went to war for 3 rounds, representing the highest skill level this sport has to offer. Although Kevon didn’t come out victorious, he earned the respect of his opponent and the Muaythai community through his demonstration of skill and heart. It was a great learning experience for Kevon in many aspects, and he looks forward to a future rematch with the new 118 lbs national champion.
Victoria Diaz represented Lanna’s third athlete in the tournament. She competed against Taylor Gerow from Kawartha Combat in the elite B class division at 147lbs. Round 1 saw Victoria overwhelm Taylor with pure intensity and forward movement. Round 2 was more of the same. In round 3 Taylor began to mount a comeback, but it was too little, too late for the Kawartha Combat fighter. When the bout concluded, Victoria was crowned Canadian champion of her division.
All of the coaches and Lanna MMA staff want to congratulate our athletes for representing themselves and the school with integrity and a high standard of sportsmanship that you would expect from an event of this caliber.
And a big thanks to all of the Lanna family that came to the Markham Pan Am Center to support their teammates. Lanna Strong!!

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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 

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Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

Put Your Money on Mac

Tale Of The Tape

Conor McGregor

UFC fighter, Conor McGregor flexing his biceps while screaming in excitement. He is standing on a scale at a weigh in prior to his UFC fight
Conor McGregor beasting it out on the scale







Height 5’9”

Weight 155 lbs

Reach 74”

6 Performance Of The Night

2 Fight Of The Night

1 KO Of The Night

21 Wins

18 by KO

1 by Submission

2 by Decision

3 Losses

3 by Submission

Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov boasting his Lightweight Title







Height 5’10”

Weight 155 lbs

Reach 70”

26 Wins

8 by KO

8 by Submission

10 by Decision

Conor vs Khabib

The hype surrounding the main event of UFC 229 between Conor and Khabib is strikingly similar to the narrative we were used to seeing with GSP and every single opponent who would challenge him for the 170 pound title; the latest challenger to the crown represents the greatest threat to the champ, and will probably beat him. We all know how things went for GSP’s opponents. Every single one always fell short. Georges was incredible at ignoring the media and sticking to the game plan, which included an uncanny ability to use his opponent’s best weapons against them. Things aren’t that different when we parallel this storyline with Conor McGregor’s.

Conor is like GSP in that he is a relentless workhorse inside the gym who can stick to a game plan. He differs from GSP in one very apparent aspect. Conor has 100% pure, natural knockout power. This characteristic sets him apart from many of the UFC’s best champions, yet the media continues to back Khabib, so much so, that the current line against Conor places him as a +150 underdog. If I were a betting man, I’d sprinkle a little disposable income all over this fight in favour of Mystic Mac. And here’s why.

Striking vs Wrestling

Every fight begins standing up. Duh! This is worth looking at closely. We can assume that Khabib will be looking for a takedown right off the hop. He will want to take Conor into deep water early, and drain power from his most powerful weapons, mainly, his arms.

Everyone knows this, including Conor and his team. We also know that Khabib absorbs significant damage from striking when he looks for takedowns. In his fight against Michael Johnson, who is a southpaw like Conor, Khabib got rattled within the first 90 seconds. Khabib kept his lead hand dangerously low, and took damage from lead hooks and straight left punches. Johnson didn’t walk away with the win, but provided a very valuable lesson in how to attack Khabib: pressure him with strikes early, and he is beatable.

Plain and simple, Khabib lacks the striking prowess of Conor. He is not accurate, and his defense is sloppy. His AKA style of striking has more to do with cardio and conditioning than it does with pinpoint accuracy. Remember, last August Conor went toe-to-toe with the greatest boxer in history, and won two rounds. We’ve never met a striker like Conor in the history of the UFC, except maybe Anderson Silva.

When it comes to grappling, Khabib clearly has the edge, but this won’t become a threat until later in the fight when Conor’s power will naturally fade. However, Conor has only gone to decision twice in his career, and won both times against Holloway and Diaz.

His fights against Chad Mendes and Diaz part II are a testament to the heart and grappling ability of McGregor. He weathered the storm against Mendes while attacking from the bottom, and he fought Diaz at 170 pounds, less than 6 months after being embarrassed by him inside the Octagon. The Diaz fight is a testament to Conor’s heart and work ethic. He fought a natural fighter, went the distance, and beat him.

Who Have You Fought?

If you can find any tangible information on Khabib’s first 16 opponents, I will buy you lunch. A simple browse on Wikipedia will demonstrate that Khabib fought ‘nobodys’ until he entered the UFC. In my opinion, Khabib is actually 10-0, and that’s a stretch. His first UFC fight was against Kamal Shalorus. I heard he’s making a real comeback these days. Then Khabib went on to beat Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, and Abel Trujillo, all of whom aren’t top 10 fighters. Khabib missed weight against Trujillo.

The only notable fights on Khabib’s resume are against Michael Johnson, Rafael dos Anjos, Pat Healy, Barbosa, Johnson, and Iaquinta. All of these fights went the distance, except for the kimura submission against Johnson in the third round. So basically, one could argue that Khabib is actually 6-0.

Khabib’s resume is poor in contrast to Conor’s. Even though the media likes to talk endlessly about his 26-0 record, is is meaningless when you take a closer look. In all honesty, Khabib hasn’t fought the best athletes in the lightweight division.

Conor on the other hand has fought anyone and everyone. Not only has Conor fought the best fighters in 3 weight divisions and two sports, he’s knocked them out cold.

Conor knocked out Brimage, Brandao, Poirier, Siver, Mendes, Aldo (ooooof!), and Eddie Alvarez, who is damn near impossible to knock out. He beat Diaz at 170 and stepped in the ring against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. Conor has a unique ability to find openings and exploit them with various strikes from unorthodox angles. His striking is frightening while wearing 4 ounce gloves.

When you compare resumes side-by-side it becomes glaringly obvious that Conor is most certainly not the underdog. He has the striking advantage, mental toughness, heart and awareness of range to knock Khabib out with a lead right hook in under three rounds.

For more information about UFC 229 and how to watch this fight make sure to check out The UFC Official Website 

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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 

May 28th Fighter of the Week: Anuwat Kaewsamrit: Muay Thai/ Thai Boxing

Muay Thai boxer standing in front of gym labelled kaewsamrit holding his championship belts
Legendary Thai Boxer, Anuwat Kaewsamrit posing with many of his championship belts

For those people who believe that punching is not a dominant weapon in Muay Thai competition, look no further than Anuwat “The Irons Hands of Siam” Kaewsmrit. Anuwat was born November 7th, 1981 in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, a province in Southern Thailand. Anuwat started competing in Muay Thai 1995 at the age of 14 and retired fighting in 2010. Anuwat fought out of the famous Kaewsamrit gym in Bangkok Thailand, joining the Thai Boxing gym while they were still new before they had their famous reputation.

Anuwat was known for his hard hitting style of standing toe to toe and throwing heavy hands and heavy low kicks, always looking for a knockout with his punches. The opposite of a point fighter, Anuwat always looked for the big KO. Known as one of the best pound for pound Thai Boxers of all time, Anuwat racked up quite an impressive resume throughout his years of Muay Thai competition including 5 Rajadamnern Championships at 4 different weight classes, 2 Lumpinee Championships, 1 Omnoi Stadium Championship, 1 WMC World Championship, 1 WBC World Championship, 1 WPMF World Championship, 2004 and 2005 Sports Authority of Thailand Fighter of the Year, 2003 and 2004 Sports writers of Thailand Fighter of the Year, Plus so much more…Don’t wanna list a full page of accomplishments lol.

Anuwat has fought the best of the best in Muay Thai including Lerdsila, Liam Harrison, Attachai Fairtex, and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, and Jomthong Chuwattana.

Click Here To Check Out an Awesome Highlight Video of Anuwat Doing What He Does Best…Knocking People Out With Punches!

When watching Anuwat notice how he throws his punches with a different rhythem/ technique than a traditional boxer. This is due to several differences in Thai Boxing and Boxing such as elbows, knees, clinch, rhythem, and scoring. I wont go in detail about this….you’ll just have to wait for the blog about some of the differences between punching in Muay Thai and punching in Boxing lol.

May 28th Fighter of the Week: Dutch Kickboxer, Ernesto “Mr. Perfect” Hoost

Kickboxing fighter standing with 4 world championship K-1 belts
4 Time K-1 World Champion, Ernesto Hoost


We recently published a blog titled 10 Differences between Muay Thai and Kickboxing, which looked at 10 key differences between the two sports. Today’s fighter of the week looks at one of the most famous Dutch kickboxer’s of all time, Ernesto Hoost. Hoost is one Kru Jordan’s favorite fighters and one of his biggest inspirations that he used to create his “system” of striking.
Known by many as the best kickboxer of all time, Hoost is a Dutch kickboxing fighter who fought from 1993 – 2006. Throughout these years he was a 4 time K-1 world champion and has beaten several famous kickboxers including Mirko Cro-Cop, Peter Aerts, Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Jerome LeBanner, Andy Hug and Ray Sefo.
Ernesto Hoost became famous for his powerful, quick and “perfectly timed” leg kicks. Hoost was able to land a leg kick from anywhere whether it be off a clinch break, setup by hands, after dodging a punch, or countering other weapons. Hoost became famous for a particular leg kick setup: jab, cross, hook to the body followed by rear leg kick. Several fighters and trainers often call this combo “Hoost” named after the legend himself. Hoost’s leg kick were devastating coming in with an axe like motion straight into the outside and front of the thigh.
Ernesto Hoost retired with a professional kickboxing record of 99 Wins (62 (T)KO’s, 37 decisions), 21 Losses, 1 Draw, several of these (T)KO’s coming via leg kicks.
After his fighting career Hoost transitioned into a coaching role and has worked with famous MMA and kickboxing fighters such as Paul Slowinski, Fedor Emelienenko, Tyrone Spong, Antony Hardonk, Pat Barry, and Joanna jedrzejczyk.

Notable Hoost fights include: Hoost vs Sapp, Hoost vs Kaman II, Hoost vs Le Banner, Hoost vs Sapp, Hoost vs Aerts


Check out this highlight of Ernesto Hoost’s thunderous leg kicks in action. CLICK HERE!


CLICK HERE to see a full 2 hour and 20 minute seminar from the legend himself, who knows what you can learn?!?

10 Differences Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing

1) Muay Thai allows elbows, clinch (upper body grappling) and leg trapping while kickboxing does not.

2) Kickboxing often refers to any full contact form of fighting with punching and kicking. Practitioners may come from boxing, karate, taekwondo, kung fu, hybrid of styles etc. backgrounds while Muay Thai is a specific Martial Arts style.

3) Muay Thai is very rhythmic art. The “Ram Muay” or “Round Music” is played during a Muay Thai fight and fighter’s rhythm is often in sync to this song. Fighters often look to establish their rhythm before throwing heavy.

4) Kickboxing is often 3 rounds while Muay Thai is often 5 rounds. In kickboxing because of the short number of rounds fighters are often very active right from the beginning while in Muay Thai the first and sometimes second round is often considered to be “feel out” or “warm up” rounds.

5) Kickboxing tends to be very boxing based using active hands, angles/movement and volume combos while Muay Thai tends to be more timing based relying on quick and powerful counters and timing. Kickboxer’s will often throw volume combos while Muay Thai fighters will often look to time single weapons.

6) Muay Thai has a heavy cultural component attached to it. Being the national sport of Thailand, a country with deep Buddhist and spiritual roots, it incorporates a lot of traditions and practices of the culture. Fighters often wear a head piece called a mongkon which is meant to bring the fighters luck and protects them from possible dangers. So the mongkon is a highly spiritual object in Muay Thai. Fighters often do a ceremonial dance before their fight.


Female Muay Thai fighter bowing in a boxing ring with traditional muay thai garments and boxing gloves
Muay Thai fighter performing Wai Kru Dance before fight
2 Muay Thai male fighters fighting in a boxing ring with boxing gloves and traditional Muay Thai Shorts on. One fighter is kicking the other while the other is blocking
2 Fighters Competing in a Muay Thai Match
two kickboxing fighters competing in a boxing ring. The fighter wearing red is executing a kick to the head while the fighter in blue is trying to block it
2 Fighters competing in a Kickboxing Match
Muay Thai fighter in blue elbowing Muay Thai fighter in red in a Muay Thai Boxing Match
A fighter executing an elbow in a Muay Thai fight
Red corner executing an axe kick on the blue corner opponent in a professional kickboxing fight
Fighter executing an axe kick in a kickboxing bout







7) The Muay Thai scoring system is different from the kickboxing scoring system. Kickboxing often works on a point system while Muay Thai is scored by things such as ringmanship, difficulty of technique, power/ amount the strike affected its opponent, balance/technique.

8) Techniques in Muay Thai are often executed differently from kickboxing e.g. a Muay Thai kick comes from turning the hip and connecting with the shin bone while various forms of kickboxing often “snap” the knee to throw their kick and often connect on the foot. The predominant kicks in Muay Thai are a “Thai Swing Kick” and a “Teep Push Kick”, however various forms of kickboxing often incorporate spinning kicks. Axe kicks, etc.

9) Muay Thai was developed from Muay Boran which is a traditional unarmed combat that was used in war. Muay Thai was developed in approximately 1930’s as a ring sport which is when modern style equipment was introduced and rules were changed to promote safety of athletes.

10) Muay Thai fighters wear traditional “Muay Thai shorts” while competing whereas kickboxers will often wear long pants, tights, Kimono (gi) pants, “Muay Thai shorts”, or “MMA Shorts”.

While Muay Thai is similar to kickboxing to the naked eye, as you can see by the points listed above the 2 sports are quite different. At Lanna MMA we have a hybrid style of striking which incorporates which is based in Muay Thai but incorporate elements of boxing and kickboxing. K1 or Dutch kickboxing has become very popular lately which is a hybrid between kickboxing and Muay Thai. While the full Muay Thai arsenal is not allowed to be used (no elbows, no trapping kicks and striking back, no sweeps in the clinch, only 1 strike from the clinch, 3 rounds) they have modified the rules to allow knees, low kicks, and one strike from the clinch. Several famous Muay Thai fighters such as Saenchai, Buakaw, Georgio Petrosyan, John Wayne Parr and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong have began crossing over to K-1 rules due to its popularity and similarities between K-1 and Muay Thai often allow for a smooth transition.

If you interested in seeing an example of the difference between the 2 styles of striking, make sure to check out the legendary fight between Rick Roufus, consisdered by many to be the great American Kickboxer vs Cahngpuek Kiatsongrit, one of the first Muay Thai fighters to go abroad and show the effectiveness of Muay Thai in an international setting: CLICK HERE TO WATCH

March break is almost here! While school helps enforce new lessons and learning along with new teachers and concepts; after-school activities can be extremely beneficial in reinforcing the tools that children and youth will use throughout their school year. Consider enrolling your child/children in our March Break as a perfect extra-curricular activity while school is out. Here’s why:

Improves listening skills

Just like a school classroom, a martial arts classroom is no different. Your trainer, Kru, or instructor is just like your school teacher – showing you new concepts, techniques and applications. The first part in learning something new in any category is listening. Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai, and BJJ require a good set of listening skills in order to execute techniques and combinations properly. By working on these listening skills, your child will inevitably become more focused and attentive in school. This is something that always transfers over very well in the classroom.

Practice working with a team

Many people think that various martial arts are a solo sport. When in fact, the teamwork involved in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA and BJJ is extremely prevalent. All of these martial arts require at least one other person to work with, like a pad-holder or your trainer. Often times, classes will incorporate group and partner activities to help improve a technique or movement. Learning to adapt with a new partner or group is key in martial arts and in a school setting. You won’t always be paired up with someone you like, or someone who is at the same level as you (in any way). However, this adapting process is crucial is a child’s development across all boards.

Discipline and perseverance

All martial arts require an adequate amount of self-discipline. It starts from being able to focus on what the instructor is teaching and using those directions to work through the class. This along with coming to class with a uniform, and respecting the school’s rules and traditions will translate into other areas of life, especially school. In terms of perseverance, not everything will come easy all the time in martial arts (or in school). In any martial art, we are expected to fail before succeeding. This will actually help your child in times where a concept in school might be difficult to understand, or if they do bad on a test. Martial arts teaches your kids to keep going despite a failure, big or small.

Respect for authority figures

A martial arts gym mimics a school so similarly. There are senior and junior students, Krus (like principals), and instructors (like teachers). Almost all martial arts schools operate within this hierarchy. In a martial arts school, all students learn to not only trust their superiors, but respect them. An example of this in Muay Thai is the “wai.” This is a bow to our superiors out of respect before and after classes and as a general greeting. Respect for authority is engrained in the culture and this translates extremely well in a classroom and school setting where there are many authority figures.

As you can see there are many benefits in enrolling your children in a martial arts program with many skills being transferable into a school setting. Extra-curricular activities are extremely important to a child’s growth and socialization. Choosing an activity that complements what your child is already doing in school is extremely beneficial!

Feel free to come in and try it out! Enroll your child in a free trial by clicking here or contact us to enrol your child/children in our March Break Camp!

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- 12:00Games/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- 4:00Games/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

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