Diagnostic Imaging of a Fool’s Errand

Head Kick

As though to corroborate why health and safety standards have to be policed in “Combative Sports” comes news from FIGHTSTATE that “Muay Thai fighter Bandasak Chaiyasan was suspended by the World Muay Thai Council [on May the 22nd] when X-Ray images surfaced showing that he had fought with a titanium shin implant without disclosing it…during a bout on May 16th in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These x-rays emerged just days after his recent victory via headkick KO.”

Noppadon Chalor

The World Muay Thai Council (WMC) operates in Thailand under the same kind of protocol that exempts similar “sanctioning organizations” in New York from the prohibition that otherwise would apply to the martial arts genre of “combative sports”. This “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” episode reveals how WMC differs from New York’s statutory loophole “sanctioning organizations” in taking ownership of its Ministry of Sports mandate to regulate industry practices.

End Story MarkThe natural inclination is to wonder what Bandasak Chaiyasan was thinking. Better to wonder: What makes New York officialdom think that the honor system wouldn’t turn out to be a fool’s errand?

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Lethal Stakes in New York’s Statutory Shell Game

Maybe five or so years ago, NYPD shut down an amateur Muay Thai show at Peggy Chau’s Fighthouse in midtown Manhattan. SPOILER ALERT. The New York State statute banning “Combative Sports” applies only to professionals. It also exempts “martial arts” from the prohibition of “Combative Sports”. Since Muay Thai is a “martial art”, we had double indemnity to put on the show. So how come NYPD shut it down?

Safety FirstFor starters, the cops wanted to see a permit. Although this seemed to be a problem for Peggy, from where I sat, I’m not sure it was the deal breaker. State and/or municipal code apparently require the kind of business that Peggy operated to maintain a shower on the premises, along with handicap accessible toilets. The cops can shut down any business for non-compliance with such regulatory standards as are applicable. In the era of broken windows policing, that’s what seemed to have gone down.

Double StandardsEspecially where they apply to public health and safety, regulatory standards don’t somehow become optional, when they’re assigned to the private domain for administration. On the contrary, sanctioning fees in “Combative Sports” are specifically intended to fund such administration. So exempting “Combative Sports” from New York’s statutory prohibition through a transfer of regulatory authority to an approved sanctioning organization in no way repeals the public health and safety standards applicable to this business.

Whatever practices the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) defines as applicable within its legislative mandate, thus, set the standards. Go through the whole check list in N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2): drug testing, medicals, injury suspensions, cooperative data exchange, and transparent weigh-ins with strict enforcement of tolerable weight differentials. Administration of these practices transfer with any exemption from a prohibition that NYSAC itself would otherwise apply. The cops could shut down any show for non-compliance, just like NYPD did at the Fighthouse. NYSAC could and should DQ any pinch hitter who can’t or won’t pass muster.

Broken WindowsWe’ve been dodging the bullet in New York State, probably because the statute’s scope is so nonsensical. Professionals are prohibited from doing what amateurs can. NYSAC can transfer regulatory authority the statute prohibits it from exercising. A “martial art” is whatever WKA sanctions but not if it doesn’t. This isn’t a law per sé, so much as a bunch of legislative loopholes on auto rewind. Only in New York does a statutory shell game define prohibition as an exemption from regulation or does a U.S. District Court think this kind of parsing our language isn’t “unconstitutionally vague”.

Whatever happens in reality takes place within the statute’s empty spaces. Holy rollers can claim they got a prohibition of “Combative Sports”, while we’ve got a dead amateur mixed martial artist in Albany. (See “The Biggest Problem with No Amateur Regulation in New York: Dead Fighters” by Jim Genia on The MMA Journalist) The next time a U.S. District Court takes up the matter, it should consider how the Commerce Clause factors into fighters from all over the world are putting themselves at risk in this state believing that we’re on top of our game. (See “Court Dismisses All But One Of Zuffa et al.’s Claims Challenging the Ban on Mixed Martial Arts in New York” by Justin Klein on The Fight Lawyer)

New York State Governor Mario Cuomo

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

Right now yet another bill is pending before the New York State Legislature with less than two weeks before we’re back to kicking the can down the road. The same public health and safety standards will apply to this business, irrespective of whether the Legislature mandates public administration by NYSAC or continues to exempt the prohibition of “Combative Sports” through loopholes.

From “Albany Dysfunction” on January 22, 2015.

From “Albany Dysfunction” on January 22, 2015.

End Story MarkWhat difference would it make, whatever law is on the books, without enforcement? Let’s all hope that local District Attorneys, cops and especially NYSAC aren’t waiting on three men in a room for permission to do their jobs. (See “After Silver Arrest, U.S. Attorney Bharara Mocks Three Men in a Room” by Colby Hamilton in http://www.capitalnewyork.com/ on January 23, 2015)

New York State Capitol

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Por Kru Day 2015 in England

“East is East and West is West” and “the twain” do actually meet in a recognition that there but for the grace of certain people in our lives go we. Thus do we dedicate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and even a Memorial Day to our war veterans. If we’re still on the same twain, someone also taught you how to read.

Kru Tony MooreWai Kru Day is an occasion for Thai students to show their respect for teachers (Krus) through participation in a formal ceremony. Under Muay Thai rules, all boxers must perform the Wai Kru before the bout begins.

Kru refers to any teacher who imparts knowledge and skills be it academic, artistic, musical, dancing or sport such as Muay Thai. So the Wai Kru is a gesture of respect to teachers and parents, extending also to people who have helped the boxer in his life. CLICK this pic:

Por Kru Samai Mesamarn

The next time you hear rap music during a Wai Kru, thus, think of it as a gesture of disrespect not just to the entire teaching profession but also to yourself. Someone with all the cultural depth of a toilet bowl has decided that Western audiences are brain dead.

End Story Mark“Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!”

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World Premiere of Born Warriors Redux

Born Warriors Redux Logo“Born Warriors Redux” will make its World Premiere in Los Angeles on May the 23rd at the L.A. Movie Awards Festival.


The long-anticipated cinematic milestone has now been completed after two return trips to Burma, an extensive restructuring of the three-disk DVD set and despite major delays due to a lack of funds.


“Born Warriors Redux” was awarded the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Los Angeles Spring of 2015 Movie Festival.

Tickets for the May 23rd screening (Block 2) can be ordered via this LINK on the website.

A New York screening will likely be scheduled in June or early July.

In the next update, there will be a more detailed description of the new material that is being assembled for the Born Warriors three-disk special-edition set. Check the Facebook page for updates and information, while the website is under construction.





For more information, contact Vincent Giordano at [email protected].

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Full Results for Battle of the Millennium


1029 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, May 15, 2015


Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann) by TKO at 1:20 of Round 1 │ 152 lbs. │ 4×3.


Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jamie Driver (Renzo Gracie in Pennsylvania) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-25 │ 148 lbs. │ 3×3.

Zaravkh Abashev vs. Dom BiondoZaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Robert Walker (Walker Muay Thai in Dayton, Ohio) by TKO at 2:56 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×3.


Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) by KO at 1:53 of Round 2 │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.


Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) def. Dominick Dunning (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 0:30 of Round 1 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Andrew Ball vs. Ariel AbreuAngel Rodriguez (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Alberto Ramos (Golden MMA Warriors in NYC) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Chris Edmund (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Danila Sherstobitov (Tiger International in Brooklyn) by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27 │ 170 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brian Mayer (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Mike Sollecito (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by TKO at 0:17 of Round 1 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.

John Giordano (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jarad Williams (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by KO at 0:29 of Round 3 │ 215 lbs. │ 3×2.

Nazim Sadikhov (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Brandon Cuttino (Team Tiger Schulmann) by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brad Schleir (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Aaron Lee (Mercer Bucks Muay Thai in New Jersey) by TKO at 1:04 of Round 3 │ 230 lbs. │ 3×2.

Damien Bailey (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Art Daley (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 1:55 of Round 1 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

Juan Vides (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Nick Ascolese (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) by TKO (DQ) at 1:27 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jennifer Ventriglia (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Allison Dichetear (Team Inner “G” in New York City) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Justin Muslija (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Robert Wallin (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jonathan DiBella (Angelo’s Kickboxing in Montreal, Canada) def. Daniel Nelson (Team Combat in Richmond, Virginia) by KO at 1:31 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Rashard Mason (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Hovhannes Ghukosyan (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.End Story Mark

Bridgitte Hilton (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Anastasia Malyarenko (Wolfson’s Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 │ 125 lbs. │ 3×2.

Zaravkh Abashev

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Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California
March 27, 2015

In the much anticipated rematch of their Super Lightweight (140 lbs.) fight on September 20, 2013 – which took place outdoors on Fremont Street in front of The “D” Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – Tetsuya Iwashita “Yamato” came hunting for Kevin Ross in LION FIGHT 21 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on Friday night, March 27, 2015.  If their first fight was one of the bloodiest battles in Las Vegas Muay Thai history, the rematch promised to be monumental with Lion Fight’s Super Lightweight title in contention.

Controversy had erupted like a volcano out of the first fight’s split decision.  Dissenting from the other two Nevada State Athletic Commission judges – G. Trowbridge and R. Hoyle, who’d both awarded Yamato the victory by a 48-47 margin on their score cards │ which is the same as a 3-2 win/loss differential in the round tally – Judge M. Smith saw Ross winning via a contrarian 48-47 parsing of the point spread.

Ross Was OutspokenRoss later admitted that he’d expected a K-1 style (no clinch, no elbows) fight from the Japanese slugger.  Kevin’s practice of focusing primarily on offense, his aggressive nature and his essential lack of interest in defense – coupled with Yamato’s numerous, clean, penetrating, elbow strikes – resulted in at least seven deep lacerations to the self-styled Soul Assassin’s face and head.  The lacerations were inflicted primarily in rounds 1 and 3.  Tetsuya said afterwards that he’d spared Kevin’s having to cross the line from injury to insult, with what ought to have been enough for WBC’s since crowned Super Lightweight World Champion to win that non-title Lion Fight.

In rounds 2 and 4, though, Ross had been busier than Yamato.  Kevin scored repeatedly in those rounds, with technically excellent round kicks.  The outcome of round 5 was open to debate.  Both fighters scored with punches, elbows and round kicks.  Hence, the Split Decision.  After the fight, both sides were loudly outspoken about whom they thought had won the fight.

Tetsuya and his entourage were seen two hours later, cashing bets at The” D” Casino cashiers cage.  They were fanning stacks of newly won money and posing jubilantly for a crowd of fans, who’d gone photo op with their cell phone cameras.  Yamato had been observed in the casino with only two small bandages:  one on each of his skinned elbows.

Epic First FightAt the same time, Kevin Ross reportedly received more than 37 stitches to close his head lacerations.  Kevin’s partisans posted photos on anti-social media of his lacerated face and head, declaring HIM to have been the winner.  The Ross photos were captioned with profane condemnations of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s judging.  They were soon removed.

Both fighters were put on medical suspensions after the fight.  Yamato got a 15 day suspension for a right cheek laceration.  Ross was given a 30 day suspension for his multiple head lacerations.

Forcing Facts to Fit a Theory

There’s no hiding in plain sight how the 10-Point Must System shaped the first fight’s numerical outcome, which then informed the controversy on anti-social media.  The Nevada State Athletic Commission requires ringside judges to utilize the 10-point Must System in the scoring of individual rounds.  The winner of a round MUST be awarded 10 points, while the loser of a round MUST get 9 or less points on the score cards.

With knockdowns or penalties, say for fouls, 10-6 is the maximum differential you’re likely to see in scoring a round – making use of only five out of ten possible integers – where almost never do more than four numbers (10, 9, 8, and 7) come into play.  In actual practice, the numbers 10 and 9 are used exclusively in the preponderance of round scoring.  Virtually always awarding 10 points to the round’s winner and 9 points to the loser, thus, effectively reduces scoring to a win-loss tally of rounds.

Say for argument’s sake that Yamato won rounds 1 and 3 while Ross took rounds 2 and 4 on all of the score cards in their first fight.  Then they’d have been tied at 38-38 going into the 5th round.  Even a minor judgement call either way then would have produced a margin switch in the overall tally, as evidenced in the contrarian parsing of the 48-47 point spread for a Split Decision.

Public OutcryMarginal differences in performance thus get quantified – like the functional equivalent of false positives – into 10-9’s on the basis of palpably subjective judgements.  Such false positives make and cause mathematical imbalances and imperfections in the scores, giving rise inevitably to much of the public outcry, when the judges’ scores themselves are judged at the end of a fight.

The requirement for hair breadth winners and the lack of EVEN rounds is one of the two root causes for many scoring problems and controversies in recent years.  Scoring the very close rounds 10-10 EVEN would eliminate much of the mathematical inconsistency, error, and variance between the rounds that is engineered into the circuitry of a 10-Point-Must System with Must-Have-A-Winner methodology.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark”

On an HBO fight telecast, analyst Max Kellerman once commented:  “In the old days, it used to be 6 rounds RED, 3 rounds BLUE, and 3 Rounds EVEN.  Not anymore”.  That’s correct.  The times they are a changing.

Boxing Judge Julie Lederman thus confessed in a round table discussion on Tommy Kaczmarek’s WBC “You be the Judge” training DVD for ringside judges:  “We don’t have any 10-10 rounds.  We’re paid to make a decision”.  Virtually all ringside judges now toe that line, whether they think it is right or wrong.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Adelaide Byrd concurred, when she said:  “We can always find something to separate the fighters”.  Never mind that splitting hairs in round scoring just increases the probability that the final tally of points will NOT quantify what just happened in the ring.  How many times have you seen that happen?

It happened, for example, when Chike Lindsay fought Yodsænklai Fairtex.  As always, Yodsenklai gave away the first round.  Yodsenklai was tap-tapping, as if he were in Thailand, taking time to get the bets down.  But in second round, he began to carve up Chike.  From then on, the fight was totally one-sided.  By the fifth round, there was so much of Chike’s blood in the ring that it looked like a massacre.

Yodsænklai Fairtex vs. Chike LindsayJudges Glenn Trowbridge and John Baker scored the fight 49-46.  Patrica Morse Jarman somehow scored it 48-47.  Irrespective of whether Chike won more than one round, margin suppression in 10-Point Must System made THE FINAL SCORE look very close on that card, when in fact, it wasn’t close at all to anyone who saw the fight.  AXS-TV broadcaster Michael Schiavello criticized the judging, calling Patricia Morse Jarman a “crazy imbecile” for having such a close score.

Let the Buyer Beware

Notwithstanding Julie Lederman’s opinion on conflict resolution in judging, the 10-9 Must-Have-A-Winner obsession introduces a risk of false positive errors into the mathematical calculus.  The cattle prodding of judges to pick a 10-9 winner in every round – no matter how hair-breadth close the round was – generates mathematical inconsistency when tallied at the end, based upon sometimes opaque margins within rounds.  This coin toss factor is magnified even more in Muay Thai fights that only go 5 rounds.

Quantifying a fighter’s superiority in performance on a scale of numerical grading practices prevailing in the 10-Point Must System effectively obscures the computational proxy of mathematical validity that we attribute to final tallied scores.  A contrarian case can be made for how they typically score the first two rounds 10-10 EVEN in Thailand, where the fighters are often just pacing each other, while bets are being laid, until the fight begins in earnest.  This typically occurs in the third and fourth rounds.  Thai fighters also tend to coast in the fifth round – when they’re confident of the outcome – which defaults to a 10-10 EVEN round in the scoring.  After the RED or BLUE winner’s hand is held up, bets are paid off, and the next fight process starts again.  The rounds that really matter, thus, are weighted accordingly.  This Only-One-Result System has worked reliably for centuries.

In summary, there are two root causes for the fatal flaws inherent in the current 10-Point Must System.  They are:

  1. The practice of COMPRESSING five different integers that are supposed to be used in scoring with the 10-Point Must System (10, 9, 8, 7, and 6). Most of the time, only the 10 and the 9 integers are used.
  2. The effective elimination of the 10-10 EVEN round in favor of subjective border line decisions that, coupled with 10-9’s in all rounds – regardless of the performance difference between fighters – are then tallied with all other 10-9’s at the end, as though they were all equal on a scale of forcing facts to fit a theory.

Fatally Flawed

As a measuring instrument for live fight performance, the 10-Point Must Scoring System is fatally flawed with built-in mathematical inaccuracies. More than ever, now, it behooves us to correct the scoring system to make the numerical scores and scoring criteria indicative of what actually transpires in the ring.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Despite the fact that Kevin Ross was seriously lacerated in the first fight, requiring a substantial amount of medical treatment, and that Yamato was comparatively uninjured, having been seen grinning from ear to ear a few hours later, it remains the case that Ross was more active in rounds 2 and 4.  Most of the damage to Kevin was inflicted in rounds 1 and 3.  Given the artificially compressed margins in scoring each of those rounds, controversy probably would have been averted with a more meaningful point spread where Tetsuya drew so much blood from Ross.  So 10-8’s for the Japanese slugger in rounds 1 and 3 with an EVEN 10-10 in the 5th would’ve tallied an uncontroversial 48-46 Yamato victory, despite three 10’s for the self-styled Soul Assassin, where he’d earned them.  If we’ve got to teach to the test, a stitch in time saves nine.

On Friday night, March 27, 2015, both fighters arrived at the Pechanga Hotel & Casino ready to settle any debate about who should’ve won Yamato vs. Ross I.  The arena was reportedly sold out.  Tetsuya was heard beforehand by Master Bob Chaney to state that this time he would show “no mercy to Ross”…and “will not feel sorry for Ross’s damage” and…”will not carry him” as he did in the first fight…thereby “allowing all of the controversy to happen”.  He also said that he “would cut him [Kevin] up”.

Ross admitted that, given Tetsuya’s K-1 experience, he’d been caught off guard by Yamato’s elbow strikes in the first fight.  Kevin insisted, though, that he’d done enough to win that first fight.  He believed the Nevada State Athletic Commission had no choice but to award him the rounds in which he’d inflicted more damage than Yamato.  Ross said that he would be very wary of Yamato’s elbows in the rematch and would prove himself worthy of victory in the ring.

Kevin’s Low Kick CounterBoth fighters weighed in just under 140 pounds.  Tetsuya Iwashita “Yamato” (33-11) is 27 years old, while Kevin Ross (30-8) is 34 years old.  Kevin paraded into the arena with a motorcycle rider’s skeleton mask covering his face.  He was accompanied by his trainers:  Kirian Fitzgibbons, Mark Beecher, and Chaz Mulkey.  Yamato entered the ring with his own trainers from the Yamato Gym in Nagoya, Japan.

Tetsuya Iwashita “Yamato” (Yamato Gym Aichi in Nagoya, Japan)
vs. Kevin Ross (Combat Sports Academy Dublin, CA)
Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship │ 140 lbs. │ 5×3

When referee Coban summoned them, both fighters met in the center of the ring with a mutual two glove tap.  Off first bell, Tetsuya launched into five consecutive, quick, snapping, left and right, inside and outside low kicks that Kevin absorbed without checking, essentially ignoring them.  After Ross threw a couple of his own round kicks, Yamato fired off two more quick, low, round kicks to Kevin’s legs that scored.

At this point, only 35 seconds into the fight, Kevin’s left leg was already showing blood red patches above the knee and on his large exposed posterior left quadriceps.  Yamato continued with more low kicks and attempted a high kick that missed.  Ross countered with technically sound, sit-down low kicks.  Yamato did not react to the strikes.  Kevin then scored a singular Teep kick to the right side of Tetsuya’s abdomen and seemed to be developing a rhythm to his offense.  Yamato volleyed off more left and right low leg kicks, while Ross maintained the pace with his own low leg kicks.

Rhythm to His OffenseExcept for several pawed and pushed left jabs by both fighters, at this point, virtually no punches had been thrown by either of them.  Except for Kevin’s Teep kick, all hard contact was by the legs and to the legs.  Ross then threw an effective left round kick.  His shin made contact with the right side of Tetsuya’s abdomen.  Yamato again did not react.  He continued to whip more low kicks into Kevin’s legs.  Both fighters exchanged more essentially unchecked low leg kicks, while moving around the ring.  Tetsuya struck Ross right of center in the abdomen with a solid left hook punch.  Kevin attempted to clinch, but Yamato pulled loose and moved back into firing range.

Solid Left HookThen, at 2:21 in the first round, Tetsuya struck Ross with a left diagonal kick to the liver area.  He followed immediately with a solid straight left hand punch to that same liver area.  These strikes prompted Kevin to coil and drop his right elbow while backing up.  Despite maintaining his poker face and only dropping his right elbow to guard his liver area, Ross now seemed to be injured.

The Skull CrusherKevin attempted a left jab.  Up until the two liver strikes, virtually all of Yamato’s solid hard strikes had been directed at the abdomen level or below.  But simultaneously with Kevin’s defensive left jab and lowered right elbow guard, Tetsuya followed with a high, swinging, horizontal, flat left elbow.  It crashed onto the front side of Kevin’s right temple, visibly stunning and injuring him.  Ross then staggered back to the nearby neutral corner with his back to the center of the ring.

Referee Coban immediately came over to check on Ross.  He signaled a standing 8-count.  Ross indicated that he was alright and wanted to continue.  Yamato charged in.  He whipped a high, thudding, left round kick into Kevin’s upper body.  All of Tetsuya’s offense was now aimed high.  He swarmed in, throwing a barrage of left and right elbows with punches to Kevin’s head.  Ross tried to defend himself with both hands and arms up.

After several elbows connected, a laceration was visible on Kevin’s upper left forehead.  Blood gushed from the wound.  Tetsuya’s swarming onslaught of explosive strikes to Kevin’s head continued.  Referee Coban correctly blocked Yamato away and waved both hands to stop the fight.  Lacerated and bleeding but apparently lucid, Ross acknowledged the stoppage.  The stunned audience watched Yamato celebrate jubilantly.  It was officially over at 2:43 in the first round.  Yamato had decisively won Lion Fight’s 140 lbs. Super Lightweight title without recourse to the judges.

Winner:  Tetsuya Iwashita “Yamato” by TKO at 2:43 of Round 1.

No Mercy“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out.”

AXS-TV credits its biggest ratings success in Lion Fight Muay Thai broadcast history to the efforts of Paulo Tocha, who brought together USMTA and WMC to organize this epic event.  Paulo promoted in Thailand at Pattaya Threpasit Stadium and Pattaya Fairtex Stadium.  He also worked inside Thailand’s prison system and was the first American to promote Friday night fights at Lumpinee Stadium.  (For more on Paulo Tocha, see “From Desperation to Inspiration:  Paulo Tocha” in Muay Thaimes®, Summer of 2010, Vol. IV, No. 2, pp. 69-79)

Dream TeamAXS-TV broadcasts the Lion Fight Muay Thai events LIVE on selected Friday evenings with announcers Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletech.  Unlike difficult Friday evenings in Las Vegas — drawing limited numbers of locals, while tourists and visitors from California and around the country are still arriving at various times throughout the evening – north San Diego County apparently has abundant volumes of fans willing and able to fill the Muay Thai fight arena.

For in-depth coverage of Tiffany Van Soest vs. Chajmaa Bellekhal, Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. Ben Yelle, Victor Saravia vs. Sam Poulton, Josh Shepard vs. Jose Lopez and Nick Chasteen vs. Tony Fausto at Lion Fight XXI download the Club Muay Thaimes app:

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CLICK HERE for Bennie E. Palmore II’s entire Lion Fight Photo Gallery.  Steve Ferdman’s Bauzen Photo Gallery is also a CLICK AWAY.  See Ray Kasprowicz’s Photo Gallery HERE.

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Trinity Kickboxing Championships 3 – Legacy

Trinity Kickboxing Championship
Professional and Amateur Muay Thai and Kickboxing

Game Changer World
798 U.S. Route 9 South
Howell, New Jersey
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Joe Logan on the left.  Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

Joe Logan on the left. Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

Pros │ 132 lbs. Title │ 5×3
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Joseph Logan (Stay Fly Muay Thai)
def. Jared Tipton (Level Up Gym)
by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 0:43 of Round 4.
Tipton suspended indefinitely, pending orthopedic clearance of right hand.

A Class Amateurs │ 154 lbs. Title │ 5×2
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Rich Brattole (Spyda Muay Thai) def.
Michael Trizano (TSMMA)
by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:16 of Round 3.
Trizano suspended 30 days for TKO. 14 days no contact

Rich Brattole on the left.  Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

Rich Brattole on the left. Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

B Class Amateurs │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Christian O’Hannon (Stay Fly Muay Thai)
def. Shayne Glasgow (Killer B MMA)
by Unanimous Decision: all three judges score it 30-27.

B Class Amateurs │ 161 lbs. │ 3×2
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Mike Diaz (Strategic Academy) def.
Hossam Hayaty (TSMMA)
by TKO (Physician Stoppage) at 3:00 of round 2.
Hayaty suspended 30 days no contact for TKO.

B Class Amateurs │ 154 lbs. │ 3×2
Modified Muay Thai Rules
Frank Wells (The Institute Muay Thai) def.
Keith Smith (Cool Hearts Muay Thai)
by Unanimous Decision: all three judges score it 29-28.

B Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. │ 3×2
Modified Muay Thai Rules
Andrew McCarthy (Weapons 9) def.
Isaac Glendening (Cool Hearts Muay Thai)
by Split Decision: 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28.
Glendening suspended 14 days no contact.

B Class Amateurs │ 161 lbs. │ 3×2
Modified Muay Thai Rules
Tim Solitro (Stay Fly Muay Thai) def.
Matt Perez (Camp Undefeated)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

B Class Amateurs │ 170 lbs. │ 3×2
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Nicholas Kracsun (Lion Heart) def.
Kevin Kuddar (UFC Gym)
by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 0:27 of Round 2.
Kuddar suspended 30 days for TKO. Kuddar suspended indefinitely, pending left ribs x-rays.

B Class Amateurs │ 150 lbs. │ 3×2
Modified Muay Thai Rules
Kathleen Paiva (NJMMAA) def.
Jane Choe (Cool Hearts Muay Thai)
by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:25 of Round 2.
Choe suspended 60 days for TKO. 30 days no contact.

B Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
K-1 │ Glory Rules
Carlos Anton (TSMMA) def.
Efrain Escareno (Lion Heart)
by Unanimous Decision: all three judges score it 29-28.
Anton suspended 14 days no contact

Purple People Eaters.  Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

Purple People Eaters. Photo by Friday Night Pics (Chastity Cortijo) for Muay Thaimes®.

Referees: Coban and James Smith
Judges: Willie Rivera, Michelle Agustin, Donnie Carolei and Henry Krawiec
End Story MarkRingside Physicians: Dr. Sherry Wulkan and Dr. Vinay Chopra
Scorekeeper: Ellen Rubin
Timekeeper: Julius Proenza
Medical Inspectors: Steve Cirone and Anthony Lynn
Inspectors: Kevin Jones, Mike Morrison and Rob Suchocki

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England’s Amazing Thailand Festival to Honor “The Father of Muay Thai” Nai Khanom Tom

Nai Khanom Tom Monument in Ayutthaya

Nai Khanom Tom Monument in Ayutthaya

The Father of Muay ThaiKhun Mudita Karnasuta, originally from Chieng Mai (Chang Mai) in Thailand, established the Mudita Trust, which is a Thailand-based charity to help underprivileged children in Thailand.

Khun Mudita has always been an avid supporter of the Thai Martial Arts and sees them as an important part of Thai life. She recently visited the home village of “The Father of Muay Thai” Nai Khanom Tom and was given an original manuscript that tells his story:

Nai Khanom Tom StoryKhun Mudita is also the founder of The Amazing Thailand Festival, which is the biggest Thai Festival outside of Thailand. The Festival takes place every 2 years to promote the arts and crafts of Thailand. This year’s Amazing Thailand Festival, which is held in August will be dedicated to Nai Khanom Tom: “The Father of Muay Thai”.

There will be a shrine dedicated to Nai Khanom Tom, so students can come to show their respect. There will also be a Wai Kru │ Ram Muay competition in honor of Nai Khanom Tom.

Nai Khanom Tom Oath

End Story MarkFor more information on this year’s Amazing Thailand Festival from August the 29th through August the 31st at Secretts Hurst Farm in Milford, Surrey, England, contact Kru Tony Moore.

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Image #1Warriors Cup XXII │ Full Results
Pure Event Center │ 1970 NJ-35 │ South Amboy, New Jersey
Saturday, April 11, 2015

WBC U.S. National Welterweight Championship
Professionals │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3
Justin Greskiewicz
(Stay Fly Muaythai in Philadelphia)
def. Eddie Martinez (Sitan Gym in Connecticut)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 48-47.
[Martinez assessed 25% purse penalty for 2 lbs. weight infraction, payable to Greskiewicz]

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Warriors Cup Super Middleweight Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. │ 5×2
Gaius Ebratt
(Five Points Academy in NYC)
def. Sean Woodham (The Institute in New Jersey)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 50-45.

Warriors Cup Lightweight Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 5×2
Vivek Nakarmi
(Pentagon MMA in Arlington, Virginia)
def. Neil Mustafa (Rami’s Elite in Philadelphia)
by Split Decision: 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47.

Warriors Cup Super Lightweight (Women) Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 140 lbs. │ 5×2
Brandice Peltier
(Five Points Academy in NYC)
def. Chantal Perry (Kings Combat Fitness in NYC)
by Split Decision: 49-46, 48-49 and 49-47.

A Class Amateurs │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2
Chanon Kuldraree
(C3 Athletics in Connecticut)
def. Rob Gonzales (The WAT in NYC)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28.

A Class Amateurs │ 177 lbs. │ 3×2
Brian Hansen
(Five Points Academy in NYC) def.
Kevin Koljack (Beta Academy in Washington, D.C.)
by TKO (Referee stoppage due to forehead laceration) at 0:49 of Round 3.
[Koljack suspended 45 days no contact for laceration healing]

A Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. │ K-1 ↔ Glory Rules │ 3×2
Eric Jung
(The Institute in New Jersey) def.
Vinny Melillo (Serra Longo Fight Team on Long Island)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

A Class Amateurs │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2
Saidi Mohamed
(Camp Undefeated in NYC)
def. Kenneth Jones
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

B Class Amateurs │ 125 lbs. │ 3×2
Adel Hussain
(Evolutionary in NYC) def.
Justin Troy (Chok Saboi in NYC)
by TKO (Referee stoppage due to leg injury) at 0:41 of Round 2.
[Troy suspended indefinitely, pending orthopedic clearance of right MCL]

B Class Amateurs │ 140 lbs. │ 3×2
Mike Gallagher
(Weapons 9 in New Jersey) def.
Jack Apibunyopas (Kings Combat Fitness in NYC)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

B Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
Gemma Fleming
(The WAT in NYC) def.
Dina Lazebnik (Serra Longo Fight Team on Long Island)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

B Class Amateurs │ 108 lbs. │ 3×2
Stephanie Cruz (Chok Saboi in NYC) def.
Ariana Siegel (Squared Circle in N.Y.)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

Ringside Physicians: Dr. Vinay Chopra and Dr. Dave King
Referees: Coban and Jose Tabora
Judges: Michelle Agustin, Munah Holland, Willie Rivera, and Prairie Rugilo
Timekeeper: Julius Proenza
End Story MarkDrug Testing Supervisor: Bryan Russell
Medical Inspectors: Steve Cirone and Darryl Porter
Inspectors: Scott Colon, Jay Esperon, Kevin Jones, Mike Morrison, Jaime Phillips, Rob Suchocki and Chris Wing

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Amazing Thailand Festival, England, 2015

The date has now been set for this year’s Amazing Thailand Festival, which is the biggest Thai festival outside of Thailand.

The Festival will take place on August the 29th, 30th and 31st at Secretts Hurst Farm in Milford, Surrey, England.

Amazing Thailand Festival 2015The Festival offers everything: Thai, food, crafts, cultural arts, dancing, Wai Kru │ Ram Muay competition, MuayThai, Krabi Krabong. The Festival also celebrates many of Thailand’s festivals, like the Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights).

For practitioners of the Thai martial arts, this year’s festival is very special.

This year’s Festival will be dedicated to the father of Muay Thai, Nai Khanom Tom.

The Thai Masters who will be teaching at this year’s festival will be Arjarn Palang (Kru Lang) from the old city and home of Nai Khanom Tom, Ayutthaya. Arjarn Palang will be teaching the art of Muay Thai and the Wai Kru │ Ram Muay.

Arjarn Sila also from the old city of Ayutthaya, who is a teacher of the Royal Thai army, will be teaching the art of Krabi Krabong (sword fighting) as taught to the soldiers of Thailand.

Training will be held 2 times per day from 10am until 1pm and again from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Students will have the opportunity to train in any or both of the Thai martial arts Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong.

End Story MarkDon’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of such a very special event. Go to http://sitsiam-camp.com/ for more information.

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