PRIDE MUAY THAI 

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2015 Hi Neighbor Parade

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on June 3, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Its that time of year again... The Hi Neighbor Festival.  We just love this transcona tradition and feel so blessed that this will be our third year participating in the parade.


Again this year we will have a boxing ring float.. But this time i am going to decorate it a little more. LOL.   This year we are adding another awesome element!  Sticking to a "pride" theme, we have rented a lion mascot costume!! I am so stoked to dress up and play with all the kids as we walk down Regent ave!


As usual, we have invited you all to walk the parade with us.. so if you would like to participate, meet us on regent ave between Plessis and the dollar store around 10:45am.   Its a long walk from plessis to wayoata,.. so if you can, i recommend pairing up with someone to carpool from one end to the other..


The weather is supposed be perfect parade weather, so i hope to see everyone there... and dont forget to where your PRIDE shirt!

2015 - 2016 Youth Registrations

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on May 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We now have our next years schedule and tuition prices complete. Registraton forms are printed! So let the registrations begin! 

We are entering our third year of youth classes, so we are able to offer some better options for both new students and returning!


To view information on our classes, times and prices, click Programs, and choose the youth program option. I will try and get an online registration form up soon as well.

Watch for our Open house / grand re-opening coming this August or Septmber!

Ummm.... Is anyone out there?

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on May 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I think its time I put this page to good use! What do you think?  We barely use it as I forget that its here. I really dont like "blogs", so I am going to start using it in a more productive way.

I know we use facebook alot to post all our news, events, fundraissers, etc, etc, etc.  But It can really get lost in the shuffle.. so from this point on, I will be updating this new "NEWS & EVENTS" page on a regular basis to keep you informed with what going on.


So lets get caught up.

Well maybe i should start slow.. I may be here a few hours if i tell you everything.. lol


 First order of business... 


Our summer schedule comes into effect June 1st, 2015... Please head over to the calendar to see the changes.

2014 TBA-SA Muay Thai Classic Tournament

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on July 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments 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.




Gym Hoppers and the Importance of Loyality

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on March 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We read a really good article yesterday regarding gym hopping and the importance of loyalty.


Loyalty in the Muay Thai community is what makes Muay Thai unique. And anyone that trains at our club knows the importance of what loyalty means to us. We are family. And we strive for that atmosphere at the gym. That is what "PRIDE" means. Especially to us.


Ever wonder why we called our gym "Pride"? I will tell you.


The word PRIDE and every letter of the word means something to us. When we decided to open our own gym, we thought alot about how we wanted to be perceived. We knew we didn't want our students or members to feel like a number. We wanted them to feel like they were a part of a group, a family, a PRIDE. I (Charleen), have an obsession with tigers and lions. I always have, since I was little girl. Having this love for the felines, I also knew that a group of lions were a family called a pride. This was the starting point. We also felt we were strong. Confident. Fighters. When we started looking up the definition of pride, it escalated to the acronym and what we strive for our club and what we believe.


Here is the definition of the word "pride" that we believe in.

 

PRIDE 

noun

1. a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.

2. the state or feeling of being proud.

3. a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.

4. pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself: civic pride.

5. something that causes a person or persons to be proud: His art collection was the pride of the family.

6. the best of a group, class, society, etc.: This bull is the pride of the herd.

7. the most flourishing state or period: in the pride of adulthood.

14.  pride and joy, someone or something cherished, valued, or enjoyed above all others

Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pride?s=t


Like I said above, looking into why we wanted to name us "pride" escalated into the acronym you see and know. So here are the definitions of each the letters of the word PRIDE.


PASSION

noun

1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. 

6. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything 

7. the object of such a fondness or desire

8. an outburst of strong emotion or feeling

 

RESPECT

3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability

4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.

5. the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.

6. respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship

7. favor or partiality.

verb

9. to hold in esteem or honor

10. to show regard or consideration for

Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/respect?s=t


INTEGRITY

noun

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.

Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/integrity?s=t

 

DEDICATION

noun

1. the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated 

3. complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc

4. a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated

Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/DEDICATION?s=t


 

EXCELLENCE

noun 

1. the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority

2. an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels

Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/excellence?s=t


Now that you know the definitions, you can clearly see why the loyalty of staying with your original gym is so important to us. That is what pride is about. That is who we are. I hope you enjoy the article as much as we do. And we hope you feel the same way. We take pride in us, who we are, who are club is and how we teach you. With out you, there is no us. And that is what family is about. So, thank you for being a part of us.

 

Here is the link to that article.

http://undertheropes.com/2013/09/08/gym-hoppers-and-the-importance-of-loyalty-in-muay-thai/

 

Our first newsletter!

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on August 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Go check out our very first newsletter... We are pretty excited about it!

 

Every issue will be posted under the links tab. All you do is choose the newsletter you want to read.

 

 

 

 

Click here to read our first issue now!

Kids Muay Thai Program

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on July 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Now Registering

Kids Muay Thai Program

Please visit the kids program page for all the information.

Kids Summer Camp

Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on June 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Our Kids Muay Thai Summer Camp dates have been set!

 

Monday - Friday day camps from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Snacks and juice provided.

Each child will recieve a club shirt, boxing gloves and handwraps.

Everyday we will be learning the art of Muay Thai. (Technique class in the morning and fitness class in the afternoon)

We will also be doing some other fun stuff like; games, crafts, movies, and if the weather is great, we'll spend an afternoon at Transcona's new water park. (if the new water park is not ready, we'll go to the waterslides) (Field trips will require 1 or 2 parent volunteers)

 

Ages 6 - 9: July 15 - 19

Ages 10 - 12: July 29 - Aug 2

Ages 12 - 15: Aug 19 - 23

 

Only $175.00 plus Gst for the week!

Come in to register early as we only accepting 12 registrants. We must have 6 registrants in order to have camp!

 

 

 

Fight Night, Muskogee, Ok

Posted by Derrick on April 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I would like to start off by sending a big THANK YOU to Ty Pilgrim and his partner at Striking fights for letting me partake in one of the most professionally run amateur Muay Thai events that I have ever been a part of. Secondly I would like to thank my opponent David Roland for rising up to the challenge and being a great opponent. He is a very talented fighter where I had to use all the skills I know to compete with him.

The fight started out very shaky for me as he came out with a very powerful leg kick. Unfortunately the ring was very slippery so when that kick came it was on the calf and sent my feet flying from under me. I didn't get discouraged though; I popped right back up and made a mental note of the ring so it wouldn't catch me off guard again. We battled back and forth and at one point I heard my KRU Wayne yell a combo. In my mind I though why not. I let it out like a class 9 hurricane and boom David was on the mat getting a standing 8 count. I was such a rush especially when I saw that I had drawn blood…my bloodlust was growing and I wanted more.

The second and third rounds were tough we battled back and forth and David was very effective in offsetting my timing for my combos. I don't know if he heard my corner or was just reacting to me but it was a good strategy on his part. When I came out in the third round I knew I had to dominate it but so did David. He told me later that his corner told him to win he had to knock me out and he tried repeatedly. We both fought hard pushing each other back and forth. We both were starting to tire so as the round came to a close we both had to dig deeper and deeper. I felt that the harder he fought I had to fight that much harder. I didn't give up; I have taught myself never to give up until that final bell goes.

One of the most exciting part of the fight was the fact that at the end of each round we both were fighting so hard that the ref had to jump in between us because I am sure we would both have kept going till we couldn't go anymore.

So the third round ended and I wasn't too sure how the decision was going to go. I congratulated David on a great fight and returned to my corner. I was still feeling the effects of adrenalin and everything was a bit blurred…I didn't even realize any of the crowd's reaction to the fight. So the ref called us back to the center of the ring for the decision. In my mind, win or lose, I still won. I was in complete shock when the announcer said the match ended in a draw. It took me a minute to realize what that meant even as the ref raised both our hands.

My fight was the first of the three fights for our club PRIDE Muay Thai. The next fight was Shahin and it was her first fight at that. She fought very hard and very well. As I was recording it from the back, the people around me said "WOW, she has heart and is tough". That she does. She had a few hurdles to overcome during training and she did that. She didn't let anything interfere with her dream of fighting. She challenged her opponent and didn't stop. I am proud that I was able to train with her and I am also proud to call her "Sister". It takes a very strong person to enter the ring and stronger person to walk out with their head held high after going to battle and she did that. The third fight was KRU Wayne. He fought hard and well. There is a reason I call him KRU and if you saw him fight you know why. Unfortunately, after dominating the first four rounds his opponent landed a cross at the right time and the right place which knocked him to the mat and he was unable to continue. It could have just as easily gone the other way. As a fighter there is nothing you can do to prevent good timing and placement of a knockout punch. Wayne fought with all his heart and soul and that is all that counts in my book. I am honored to call him KRU and Brother!!!

As a club we made many connections and let people know that Canucks are tough SOB's. We were told repeatedly that we were welcome back to fight on the Striking promotion. I look forward to the next time…and yes there will be a next time…as long as my heart is a beating!!!!

In closing I would like to thank both KRU Wayne and KRU Charleen for the time and effort. Since I have started training a PRIDE Muay Thai, I have grown as a fighter and a person more than any other place I have trained. That is because PRIDE isn't a club with numbers; it's a family that cares about you inside the club and outside as well. I would also like to thank the members of PRIDE as well as my friends who showed support for me in this endeavor.

Muay Thai isn't fighting it’s a way of living life and challenging yourself to be better!!

 

StriKing Fights in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Posted by Kru Wayne on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments 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.


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