|Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on July 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
I finally have a moment to sit down and write about our awesome experience at the Muay Thai Classic tournament in Iowa this past weekend.
If you kept an eye on our facebook page, most of you will know that our little club did extremely well. We couldnt be more proud of our fighters!
We had 10 fighters go out this year. Ranging from the age of 9 to 47! Let me break this down for you, because the diversity in our team was amazing! We had 2 nine year olds, 3 junior fighters, 5 male fighters and 5 female fighters, 8 novice fighters, an A class fighter, A novice fighter who stepped up to B class, and two seniors, one male and one female. Whom all were in a different weight brackets!
The weekend went by so fast! We arrived in Des Moines on wednesday night between 9:30 - 10:00 pm after driving for 12 hours! Thursday was the weigh ins.. we all made weight with no poroblems.. Friday the elimination fights were to start. After all 480 registered fighters checked in, we had 5 of our fighters automatically advance to the championships.
Cory and Brianne fought the first day.. they both fought very tough opponents and unfortunetly they did not get the win. But that didnt put a damper on our spirits because we still had 8 more fighters left to fight. Friday we had 3 fighters go to battle. Justyn, Kru wayne and our littlest guy Jearan. Justyn brought us the first W for the team! Unfortunately that was the only win for the day. Little Jearan fought a taller opponent who had won the tournament the last two years in a row and he came out quite aggressive which startled Jearan in the first round. Wayne got to do battle with his first pick. Wayne's opponent was a guy he had previously fought a few years ago in calgary, the fight didnt go to well for Wayne back then, so he was excited to have the re-match. But his opponent was much bigger and stronger. He read Kru Wayne like a book and dominated the whole fight! But is was an exciting fight to say the least.
Championship day - Sunday.
Already promised to be a busy day with having 6 fighters, so we were expecting to be crazy.. But it happened to work out very nice for us. I dont know if the tournament directors were thinking about us or not, but the fights seemed to be scheduled perfectly. We started the day with Justyn.
Justyns championship fight was a battle to the bitter end. Wow, was it exciting. He fought a very talented young man from southside muay thai in toronto. Unfortunately after three fast paced rounds, the decision went to Justyns opponent.
Up next - Ashley and Dave
Ashley was our novice who stepped up to B class so she could fight. She was matched up against a girl who had fought 9 times already.. we really didnt have the cards in our favor. But we knew this going in and worked on a game plan.. Ashley stuck to the game plan and completely dominated the fight. Our first win for the day and our first Title for the team!
Daves fight was immediatley after Ashley. Even though we were all on a high after Ashley's win, we had another job to do. Win another fight! And David did just that! Although Dave had some background in boxing, it was the clinch that sealed the deal for him. Both Dave and his opponent were extremely exhausted after this first round, But David knew he had to finish up and take the belt! Our second win of the day and our second Title for the team!
After a short break it was Hudson and Drea's turn in the ring!
Hudson was our other little nine year old. He was fighting another young boy who had experience in the ring.. He had already won two boxing matches. So we had to come up with a game plan. Once the fight started, Hudson stuck to it.. lots of kicks. The first round was so close... at lease we all thought so. The second round, Hudson dominated in the clinch, we moved his opponent all over the ring. I think he may have won the second round. The third round was a little like the first, hudson kicked and his opponenet boxed. But Hudson's opponent was a little more aggressive in that last round, so I am sure the judges gave it to him. The final decision went to Hudson's opponenet. It was so close in our eyes. I wasnt really impressed with the sportsmanship of Hudsons opponent during the fight... His behavor was more for a street fighter, I dont believe in antagonizing the other fighter. But after the fight and decision was made, he did lift hudsons hand in respect.
Onward to Drea's fight. We were fortunate enought to watch Drea's opponent fight the day before, so we got a little idea of what to expect. Drea's is extremely strong in the clinch and she quite a height advantage on her oppoenent. Drea's moved her around the ring all three rounds. It went back and forth between the two, punching and kicking, and clinch. It was an awesome fight! And even more awesome when Drea's name was announced for the win. Another W and another title for the team!
Last but not least - Coach Char
Since its me writing this... its hard to talk about myself. I was exhausted and I wanted to puke... I need to work on my cardio.. lol. I WON! I got the title for my team! Cant say more than that!
So out of 10 fighters, we are taking home 4 belts, 4 titles! Thats pretty good for a small club. We could'nt be more happier or prouder for our team and our club! We are so proud of each and every member of the team. We all went out there and fought with heart and passion. We couldnt ask for more.
|Posted by Kru Wayne on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
It was a tough weekend for us. All 3 of us had very tough fights.
I'll start with Derricks fight.
He fought David Rowland. David came out with a ton of force. The very first strike that he landed was a leg kick, he hit Derrick hard and it swept his leg right out from under him. As Derrick went down I got a little worried, I thought that I hope Derricks up for this, this wasn't the game plan we had planned for, I hope it didn't hurt Derrick's leg too bad. Derrick got up no problem he looked strong and ready for war. The rest of the round was a war back and forth. I yelled a combo and boom Derrick did it, he landed a very strong and flush right over hand that put David down. He went down hard. I started thinking wow this is it, there's no way David is getting back up and into this fight. David did get up, a little wobbly but he was able to finish off the round. Second round Derrick and David began hitting hard. It was a big hitting round but David pulled ahead that round. Third round we told Derrick to go out and get it. And Derrick did just that. He brought it to David. They were both tired but dug deep and still swung for the fences. That round was very very close but went to David. So because Derrick knocked David down in round one he got an 10-8 score and then David got rounds 2&3 scoring 10-9 each. It came to the announcement of the winner, the crowd was very loud and lively, but once the judges announcement was read that it was a draw I thought they were going to hang us. The crowd got extremely loud booing. They definitely were cheering on David and wanted a winner announced. I was extremely proud of Derricks performance he showed a great amount of skill and heart. He got a ton of congratulations from everyone. Even tho it was a draw it was a win in my book.
Then we had to rush back there was only one fight in between Derrick's and Shahin's. We rushed to the back to work on some last minute stuff with Shahin. Then before we knew it, we heard Shahins music being played and name announced. Turns out the fight before her was finished in the first round. So we quickly scrambled up and out the stage. I could sense Shahins nervousness. The fight started and Bebe Laced came out pretty aggressive. Shahin held her own and walked thru most of Bebe's punches and hit her back harder. Shahin was able to get the better exchanges in the clinch. It was a tough first round, back and forth. Second round Bebe came out aggressive again but this time came out with a lot of kicks, teeps and push kicks. Bebe hit Shahin with a pretty good push kick right to Shahins face which split the inside of her lip. But it didn't faze Shahin, she just kept going. Again Shahins clinch was looking good and she was able to out work Bebe in the clinch. Third round was high action packed round with both girls swinging for the fences. The decision went to Bebe but it was still a victory for Shahin. She got into the ring in front of a lot of people fought a very tough and didn't give up. Its an accomplishment in itself to go all three rounds. As we left Shahin was a little sad at the decision but the crowd kept congratulating her for such a great performance. Everyone in the locker room agreed that it was a great fight. There were even a few people who thought that Shahin won.
We had 10 fights in between Derrick and Shahins fights and my fight. We weren't rushed to get ready. Now it was my fight. I was looking forward to this and couldn't wait. I absolutely love the thrill and the challenge of a great fight. Bell went, Billy and I came out and started our fight. It was very apparent to me that he liked to be a counter striker and really liked his teeps. I tried to be aggressive but not to fall into a trap. I wanted to keep the center of the ring and keep his back to the ropes. When we clinched he drove his hips in right trying to nullify my knees but I reached over his arms and pushed his head back, arching his back deeply. I was able to take advantage if this and use my swing knees and knees to his legs greatly. Due to the clinch and my aggression I felt I won the first round solidly. Second round seemed to go like the first. I felt more and more comfortable in the clinch and used it to my advantage. This round Billy really liked using the brazillian kick where he tries to come up and over top of my guard with it. Just after the bell rung Billy thru a kick, it clipped me right in the ear. I thought geez that sucked. Walked to my corner and char says "how'd that feel?" I felt I won the second round but it was closer than the first so it definitely could have went to Billy. Third round I decided I wanted to clinch more I realized that was my best weapon for Billy. Again round 3 was similar to the first 2. Billy was tough but I felt because of my clinch, ring control and aggression that I won it. Fourth round I felt that Billy began to tire. I poured on the clinch I got the double collar and started driving knee after knee but Billy was tough he pulled thru it escaped and kept fighting. Fifth round I was thinking ok I've won this fight so far. But there was no way I was just going to sit back and relax I was looking for an explosive finish and exciting fight. The round started out as the others did. We got split up a bit, I came in looking for a strong leg kick, but Billy anticipated it. He step in as I kicked and thru a cross right down the middle and into my face. I went down. I remember the whole thing. I thought "crap! That sucks. Ok just get up finish this fight and you can still win." I went to get up but my legs were too wobbly. So I took a second and then tried again but nope still too wobbly and fell back. Ref then called it off. I was so disappointed in my self. I couldn't believe I lost. But Billy was a great opponent, very tough. He had strong kicks and strong punches. I hope that I can someday fight him again. Maybe for the belt again. He's definitely a good challenge and that's what I like the best. All in all the weekend was great. All 3 of us had tough opponents and forced us to challenge ourselves and learn. I am so very proud of both Shahin and Derrick they showed a great effort and did so extremely well.
A huge thanks to Charleen for all her effort and help. Without her, I couldn't do it. I would also like to thank Nethaneel and Veronica Mongonia for their support and their friendship. They made a great weekend even better.
|Posted by Derrick on April 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Well, If you asked me last year at this time where I would be. I woudn't say Muskogee, Oklahoma representing PRIDE Muay Thai in the ring. I am so pumped to part of such a professionally run event. The promoter Ty Pilgram has done and is doing an outstanding job.
I feel so lucky to part of the PRIDE family. Both Kru Wayne and Kru Charleen spent a lot of time preparing me for this event and for that I am super appreciative. Without their hard work and the help of others from PRIDE family I wouldn't be ready.
It's two days prior to the fight, tomorrow is the wiegh ins with a press conference. Then on Saturday it's down to business for Shahin, Myself, and Wayne. We all worked very hard to get hear so I know we will put on a great show!!!
|Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on September 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
are pumped! This is the first event we're attending to represent our new club!
Today are the weigh ins! Well... we made it! We're here in Saskatoon! Derrick and Wayne
We had an early start to the day... left the peg city at 6am and arrived in Saskatoon 2pm (Saskatechewan time). Had a few hours to rest and monitor weight. Weigh ins are at 6pm.. so will make an update after that and after my boys get fed. Their hungry!!
Weigh ins are done! Guys are fed! .... and happy!
Derrick - 199lbs Derrick vs Osama Rageh
Wayne - 159lbs Wayne vs. Chris Sturge
Just a good nights sleep and a few hours away from fight night!
Its Saturday and it's FIGHT NIGHT!
We're all done the medicals and now were just chillin.. still an hour before fights start and we're not up for at least a couple. There are lots of fights on the card tonight.. check it out ! ... and check out our guys there too!
I asked the guys "how you feeling?"
Derrick: "I'm feeling good. Ready to kick ass!"
Wayne: "I'm alright" Just another day on the job. Go in there, SMASH! and get me my trophy."
Sounds like its gonna be a good night folks. Stay tuned!