Mourning the Death of Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand

It is with profound sorrow that we report the passing of Thailand’s beloved monarch.

Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand

Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand

December 5, 1927 – October 13, 2016

End Story MarkOur deepest condolences to the people and nation of Thailand.

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Man City Prodigy in Thailand Upset

Congratulations to SitSiam’s Shan-Tyler (Bovvy Noi) on his amazing win in Thailand.  Bovvy age 13 fought an opponent age 22.  The age differential didn’t discourage the Man City prodigy Bovvy, who went on to win the fight by a KO with a knee in the third round.  Seeing is believing:  https://youtu.be/ZvT3aPGzuvA.

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End Story MarkDuring his one month trip to Thailand, Bovvy was very fortunate to train as a professional fighter living at the camp for five days before the competition, which took place at Muay Thai Gardens in Hua-Hin.

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Lion Fight 29 Results

Lion Fight XXIX Full Results
Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino
Ledyard, Connecticut
Friday, May 27, 2016

Eersel vs. NattawutMAIN EVENTS:

Regian Eersel (The Netherlands)
def. Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA)
by TKO (Head Kick) @2:02 of Round 5
Middleweight Men │ 160 lbs. │ 5×3.

Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA)
def. Dechsakda Sitsongpeenong (Kingdom of Thailand)
by Majority Decision:  49-45, 48-46, 47-47
Lightweight Men │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

Topic vs. SitsongpeenongFEATURED FIGHTS:

Travis Clay (Arizona) def.
Julio Pena (Boston)
by TKO (Head Kick) @2:45 of Round 2
Lightweight Men │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

John Nofer (Philadelphia)
def. Jared Tipton (Maryland)
by KO (Liver Kick) at 1:57 of Round 4
Super Bantamweight Men │ 123 lbs. │ 5×2.

Asa Ten Pow (Florida)
def. Bryce Lawrence (Florida)
by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:34 of Round 4
Lightweight Men │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

Ten Pow vs. LawrenceDiego Llamas (New Jersey)
def. P.J. Sweda (Philadelphia)
by KO (Punch) at 2:42 of Round 2
Middleweight Men │ 155 lbs. │ 5×2.

AMATEUR MUAY THAI:  MODIFIED RULES:

Ahmad Ibrahim def. Emilio Pineda
by Unanimous Decision:  All three judges scored it 30-27
Super Bantamweight Men │ 123 lbs. │ 3×2.

Julian Nguyen def. Mike Santos
by Unanimous Decision:  All three judges scored it 30-26
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brian Bogue def. Mike Jenkins
by Split Decision:  29-28, 28-29, 30-26
Super Middleweight Men │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.

Kris Silck def.Lucky Henry
by Split Decision:  29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Cruiserweight Men │ 184 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkMalcolm Hill def. Chris Lena
by Unanimous Decision:  All three judges scored it 30-27
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2.

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Muhammad Ali: January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

Ali vs. Liston

End Story Mark“He was bigger than boxing, bigger than sports.  The man was a great man beyond anything as far as color.  I’ve traveled the world and people have whispered in my ear from every corner of the earth Ali, Ali.  There’ll never be another.”  – George Foreman

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NJACB COMBAT/CONTACT SPORTS MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM

Dr. Sherry Wulkan

Richard Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street, 6th Floor Library Point Conference Room
Trenton, NJ Tuesday, June 16, 2016

AGENDA

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CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS & CLINICAL PEARLS IN RINGSIDE MEDICINE

OPENING REMARKS    9:00 am – 9:05 am
LARRY HAZZARD SR., COMMISSIONER
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

TO STOP A FIGHT – OR NOT    9:10 am – 9:40 am
HOWARD TAYLOR & KEN REMSEN, M.D., RINGSIDE PHYSICIANS,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS IN FIGHTERS        9:45 am – 10:05 am
STEVEN OXLER, M.D., RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

SICKLE CELL TRAIT AND COMBAT SPORTS     10:10 am – 10:30 am
SHERYL WULKAN, M.D. RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board
ADJUNC T PROFESSOR, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

RAPID FIGHTER ASSESSMENT 10:35 am – 10:50 am
MICHAEL KELLY, D.O., AUTHOR,
“Fight Medicine”, Paladin Press, Boulder CO, January 2008 RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

EVALUATION OF THE NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING COMBAT ATHLETE 10:55 am – 11:15 am
ED AMORES, M.D., RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

STINGERS IN THE RING            11:20 am – 11:40 am
/AN WENDEL, M.D., RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

PUTIING IT ALL TOGETHER – FIGHT CLIPS 11:45 am – 12:05 pm
MICHAEL KELLY & SHERYL WULKAN, RINGSIDE PHYSICIANS,
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

OPEN DISCUSSION – QUESTIONS, CONCERNS            12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

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Apple App IconGoogleplay App IconEnd Story MarkCLOSING REMARKS 12:35 pm – 12:45 pm
LARRY HAZZARD, SR., COMMISSIONER
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board

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Challenger 17 “ONSLAUGHT” in Calgary on June 4, 2016

International Muay Thai Gala
DEERFOOT INN & CASINO
1000 11500 – 35th St. SE
Calgary, Canada
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Doors Open at 6:30 pm │ Fights Begin at 7:30 pm

Challenger 17 Poster

MAIN EVENT:
Scott MacKenzie (Canada) vs.
Mario Ramirez (Mexico)
FRMT │ 5×2

FEATURED FIGHTS:
Mohammad Shah
Oscar Dakiti
Eddy Chang
Sarah Zientek
Bree Howling
Steven Williamson
Meaghan Cameron

For TICKETS:  403●244 ●8424

End Story MarkMike Miles Muay Thai & Kickboxing:
https://www.facebook.com/MikeMilesMuayThaiandKickboxing

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Lion Fight XXIX at Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino on February 26, 2016

Lion Fight XXIX
Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino
Ledyard, Connecticut
Friday, May 27, 2016

LF 29 Poster

MAIN EVENTS:

Lion Fight Super Welterweight Title
Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA) vs.
Armin Pumpanmuang (Kingdom of Thailand)
FRMT │ 154 lbs. │ 5×3.

CO-MAIN EVENT:
Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA) vs.
Dechsakda Sitsongpeenong (Kingdom of Thailand)
FRMT │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

FEATURED FIGHTS:
John Nofer (Philadelphia) vs. Jared Tipton (Maryland)
P.J. Sweda (Philadelphia) vs. Brian Del Rosario (California)
Julio Pena (Boston) vs. Travis Clay (Arizona)
Bryce Lawrence (Florida) vs. Asa Tenpow (Florida)

Tickets for Lion Fight 29, which will be held inside Foxwoods’ Fox Theater, are on sale now and can be purchased through Foxwoods.com or by calling the Foxwoods Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  Tickets are also available at the Foxwoods Box Office.

End Story MarkAXS TV will broadcast LION Fight XXIX live starting at 9 p.m.  ET/6 p.m. PT.  Visit LionFight.com for news, information and event updates.  Follow on Twitter @LIONFIGHT and @LionFightOfficial on Instagram.

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AMF Judge and Referee Certification

The American Muaythai Federation certification course covers the mechanics and protocols to adjudicate amateur Muay Thai competition.  Using standards of the Sports Authority of Thailand and the World Muaythai Federation (WMF).  These skills are easily adapted to various State regulatory rules and will teach you to be a proficient official, allowing for safe and fair events.

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If you are interested in becoming certified as a judge or referee, or as a coach wish to understand the criteria that should be used to judge your fighters, then this will be time well spent.

The day is broken down into theory, rules, and mechanics work in the morning, and then the afternoon is practical work with a practical and written exam to end the day.

Sitsuphan Muay Thai Boran
89 Pearl St #2, Braintree, MA 02184
Phone:  (800) 279-2650
Sunday, April the 24, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact:  Kru Jake Burke at [email protected]

End Story MarkCost is $150 for the day which includes the examination and certification.  Candidates must score 80% on the written exam and pass the practical part of the course to become certified.

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NJACB Sponsors Muay Thai Officiating Seminar

Before the ink is dry on New York’s combative sports legalization, New Jersey Athletic Control Board shows why it is the undisputed national regulatory leader.  Commissioner Larry Hazzard, Sr. of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board thus announces that an intensive seminar for Muay Thai officials will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi.

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Stephen Strodtmeyer and Mark DeLuca will be the primary instructors at the seminar.

End Story MarkContact Nick Lembo to register at [email protected], as space will be limited.  There ought to be plenty of job opportunities across the river, now that FRMT has gotten a thumbs up from the New York State Legislature.

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New York State’s MMA Legalization: The Good, The Bad, and The Be Careful What You Wish For

Time now for a reality check about how the New York State Legislature does business.  Legalization does for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) what the carried interest tax loophole does for income inequality.  It institutionalizes economies of scale through mandates that push breakeven into budget busting territory for all but the biggest operators.  This bill was sold on the promise that it would make the state a lot of money.  The bill has now come due.

Economies of ScaleQuid pro quo is a suite of best practices from someone savvy enough to know that kick boxing is a different species altogether from single discipline martial arts.  Look no further than literary critic James Wood’s observation that “grounded journalistic comprehension of a foreign [culture] is rare”, because we tend “to proceed on the not obviously misguided premise that, since American reality is preoccupyingly interesting, [pronouncements on these subjects] should function as a kind of brilliant cultural selfie.” (“Floating Island” by James Wood in The New Yorker on March 21, 2016)  From S05949, Article 41, §1001:  “Authorized combative sports include, amateur and professional boxing, wrestling, sparring, kick boxing, single discipline martial arts and mixed martial arts, pursuant to the provisions of this article.”

Keyword character and competence for everyone has to get licensed.  From §1007:  “with respect to all authorized professional combative sports in this state, all corporations, entities, persons, referees, judges, match-makers, timekeepers, professionals, and their managers, trainers, and seconds shall be licensed by the commission.”  §1004 makes it clear that “The commission shall have and is hereby vested with the sole direction, management, control and jurisdiction over:  (4) all gyms, clubs, training camps and other organizations that maintain training facilities to prepare persons for participation in authorized professional combative sports.”  Checking the equal protection box of the Interstate Commerce Clause, temporary work permits under §1011 pro-rate best practices for non-residents.

Character and CompetenceGoing RogueThe penalties for going rogue now are Draconian.  At the very least, non-compliance will result in a rap sheet.  Civil penalties under §1019 range from “ten thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain derived therefrom whichever is greater, or for a subsequent violation twenty-five thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain derived therefrom whichever is greater.  The attorney general is hereby empowered to commence judicial proceedings to recover such penalties and to obtain injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of this section.”

“A Moon for the Misbegotten” also casts its shadow over authorized sanctioning entities.  We all know who that is.  (“What Shall It Profit a Man If He Gains the Whole World but Forfeits His Soul?” by Miguel Rivera in Muay Thaimes®, Volume IV, No. 3, Winter of 2010)  It is now in the crossfire of policing the fleecing in all of those conflict of interest purse parsing practices that work their way up the chain of command to an 8½% gross receipts tax.  Remember what happened to Al Capone, when he didn’t pay his taxes?

Moon for the Misbegotten

Well truth or dare means business with new commission subpoena powers riding shotgun where §1016 requires “the organization that promotes, sanctions or otherwise participates in the proposition, selection, or arrangement of one or more professionals for a contest must file with the commission a written statement executed under penalty of perjury” to basically give up the encryption on its iPhone.

Then there are these §1018 specific prohibitions:

“Any person, including any corporation and the officers thereof, any physician, referee, judge, timekeeper, professional, manager, trainer or second, who shall promote, conduct, give or participate in any sham or collusive authorized professional combative sports, shall be deprived of his or her license by the commission and any other appropriate legal remedies.”

“No licensed promoter or matchmaker shall knowingly engage in a course of conduct in which fights are arranged where one professional has skills or experience significantly in excess of the other professional so that a mismatch results with the potential of physical harm to the professional.”

Sketchy OfficiatingTo give you some idea how much costs matter in this business, I’ve been told that Glory 12 in NYC lost somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars, despite filling the house without comps.  While Glory World Series isn’t the UFC, neither is anyone else.  Economies of scale have a way of crushing irrational exuberance.  How much opportunity actually knocks, there’s no such thing as a free lunch nor any commercial amnesty from costing out such best practice benefits as:

§1010(2) “Any professional applying for a license or renewal of a license to participate in combative sports under this article shall undergo a comprehensive physical examination…If, at the time of such examination, there is any indication of brain injury,…the professional shall be required to undergo further neurological examinations by a neurologist including magnetic resonance imaging or other medically equivalent procedures…The costs of all such examinations for professional boxers shall be assumed by the state…the costs of all such examinations for professional mixed martial arts participants shall be assumed by the applicant or promoter with which the professional mixed martial arts participant is affiliated, regardless of provider.”  Gottcha!

Dr. Sherry Wulkan§1015(11) “All persons, parties or corporations having licenses as promoters…shall continuously provide accident insurance for:  medical, surgical and hospital care, with a minimum limit of fifty thousand dollars for injuries…and for a payment of fifty thousand dollars to the estate of any deceased athlete…and, medical, surgical and hospital care with a minimum limit of one million dollars for the treatment of a life-threatening brain injury sustained in a program operated under the control of such licensed promoter, where an identifiable, causal link exists between the professional licensee’s participation in such program and the life-threatening brain injury.”

Brain DamageNYS Seal§1015(9) “Before a license shall be granted to a person or corporation to conduct an authorized professional combative sport, the applicant shall execute and file with the secretary of state a bond…conditioned for the faithful performance by said corporation of the provisions of this article and the rules and regulations of the commission…In case of default in such performance, the commission may impose upon the delinquent a penalty in the sum of not more than one thousand dollars for each offense, which may be recovered by the attorney-general in the name of the people of the state of New York in the same manner as other penalties are recovered by law; any amount so recovered shall be paid into the treasury.

§1015(10) In addition to the bond required by subdivision nine of this section, each applicant for a license to conduct an authorized professional combative sport shall execute and file with the secretary of state a bond…conditioned for and guaranteeing the payment of professionals’ and professional wrestlers’ purses, salaries of club employees licensed by the commission, and the legitimate expenses of printing tickets and all advertising material.

Bum’s Rush

 

Irrational ExuberanceNew York differs from the rest of the country only in the institutional power of Wall Street and an epidemic of homelessness, both of which are flip sides of the same income inequality coin.  In a business with economies of scale, those with low end margins are the ones most likely to be squeezed by a near tripling of the gross receipts tax.  In the words of a U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, who wasn’t so out of touch with reality as some now on the bench, “the power to tax is the power to destroy”. (Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819)

End Story MarkSince boutique shows are the portals for entry level jobs, be careful what you wish for.  The bill takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.  Except for putting ammies on the regulatory radar, they’re not going to get any of the best practice benefits that are newly mandated in this bill.  Who’s exempt from brain damage, because they’re not getting paid?

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