Archive for April, 2020

Philippines Muaythai Cares

April 30th, 2020

The Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP) under the leadership of General Lucas Managuelod, IFMA Executive Board Member, cares about their members and the community. The Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP), fully recognised by the NOC and Philippine Sports Commission, ensured that all members got government support during this crisis but also that their members went out to fully support the community. In response to the government’s effort in extending financial support to daily wage ...

The Best of British

April 29th, 2020

The muaythai scene in the UK has been very healthy over the last 15 years with many champions been made and some of them going on to become some of Britain's best exports. We will take a look at some of the best champions the UK has had to offer during that period and where they are at now. Damien Trainor has had some of the most memorable fights on the UK muaythai scene. One of ...

Condolences to the Bell Family

April 28th, 2020

It is with greatest sadness that we heard of the passing of Alan Bell, beloved husband and father, whom has been so instrumental in the lives of so many and in the development of muaythai. Big Al has guided so many. He was an outstanding official and his spirit of fair play and his Aussie way of life will be dearly remembered as his legacy will live on. We will surely honour his legacy and his ...

Thai Stadiums Likely to Remain Closed Until at Least June

April 27th, 2020

The Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the whole world and life as we know it with the sporting world been no exception. Countries across the world have banned all major sporting events to deter the spread of the disease with Thailand being no different which saw the close of its muaythai stadiums in March. Originally shut down for a period of 14 days the ban was extended as cases unfolded and the extent of the pandemic ...

Celebrities That Do Muaythai

April 24th, 2020

Nowadays muaythai has become a global phenomenon with many people turning to the sport for its multitude of health benefits and weight loss capabilities. It's not just your average Joe Bloggs however as many big name celebrities have also put on the gloves with some even competing professionally. Jonny Lee Miller is no stranger to Hollywood having been previously married to Angelina Jolie and starring in many productions including Trainspotting, Dexter and Sherlock Holmes to name ...

IFMA Youth Connects

April 23rd, 2020

IFMA is proud of their Youth Development Program with the Youth World Championship held every year around the globe and last year in Antalya with over 1000 participants. It is more than a sporting event. It is about cultural understanding, it’s about Unity in Diversity and it’s about smiles and building our future and the next generation of Nak Muay. The IFMA Youth is just exceptional. They have a voice and in many ways, we ...

John Wayne Parr: The Life of a Gunslinger

April 22nd, 2020

John Wayne Parr known to his many fans simply by the acronym JWP is one of the most famous fighters outside of Thailand. Parr a 2-time WMC world champion has had over 130 fights in muaythai as well as 14 pro western boxing matches. Parr began training martial arts at the age of 11 beginning with Taekwondo before moving over to muaythai, having his first fight at 14 years and continuing to fight nationally until at ...

Jackie Chan a Big Fan of Muaythai

April 20th, 2020

Jackie Chan is no doubt one of the most recognisable and influential martial art cinematic personalities in the world, he has his star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Jackie Chan is also not only an outstanding personality on the silver screen but he is also a true philanthropist and one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities in the world. Jackie Chan is also an admirer of muaythai and has been at many muaythai events especially charitable ones. It was ...

Buakaw: He for She Ambassador

April 19th, 2020

Muaythai has a responsibility as an IOC recognised sport in contributing to social development and implementing social change. The WMC and IFMA have long had a strong relationship with UNESCO, UN Women and Peace and Sport and have been very active with regards to the He for She Campaign. The He for She campaign which is run by UN Women came up with the “Active bystander” campaign produced with the objective to encourage young people especially ...

Bobo Sacko: Inside Look at a Champion

April 17th, 2020

Bobo Sacko AKA the Panther is the current WMC World Welterweight Champion and an inspiration to many up and coming athletes. Coming from a modest background in a rough suburb of Paris of which many describe as a ghetto, Bobo was frequently on the wrong side of the law as a youth until his older brother introduced him to muaythai where he quickly found redemption. Training under the tutelage of coach Nicolas Subileau at the Team Biloas Muaythai ...

Buakaw: WMC Ambassador

April 14th, 2020

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 years then it is likely you will have heard the name Buakaw, the most famous muaythai fighter to date. A national hero in Thailand Buakaw is known across the world not only in the muaythai world but as an advocate for sports and for his acting roles. Sombat Banchamek (real name) hails from the Surin province and began fighting under the name Buakaw Por ...

IFMA and WMC join the World to Celebrate Play True Day

April 10th, 2020

Play True Day is dedicated to clean sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping. The IFMA and WMC Family have come together today virtually to pledge their support for Clean Sport. IFMA continually encourages its stakeholders to uphold the values of fair play both on and off the field of play. April 9th 2020 marks this year’s commemoration of Play True Day which was inspired ...

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