Late last month I’ve reminisced the participation at IFMA 2001 European Cup in Odessa. Today, when we are only a few weeks away from the historic happening with Muay Thai making its debut at The World Games in Wroclaw, we return to Thailand, the birth place of the Art of Eight Limbs.
The happening reflects the time when, the man credited with helping developing the sport of Muay Thai in Western Australia, Darren Curovic has included me in the team to assist in coaching as well as participate as a fighter. The five-member squad took part at the 6th WMF World Championships in Bangkok. The event held from 18th to 26th March 2009 followed the 5th World Thai Martial Arts Festival organized a week earlier.
Among all activities the journey included a celebration of the Nai Khanom Tom Day, Wai Khru Ceremony, and the actual battles inside the ring. Although facing a defeat against the representative of France, it was really nice to experience the appreciation from the Thais for actively using such techniques as kicks, elbows and knees. It is certainly a great memory, furthermore honor, to fight in front of those whose national sport you practice.
Also at the tournament, my long-time friend Alex James, who is one of the most known representatives of Kao Sok Muay Thai Gym in Perth, has earned Bronze. He made it to the semi-final via defeating an opponent of Italy. In addition, the happening led to the debut release in FIGHTMAG dedicated to Australia.