Archive for May, 2020

The Muaythai World Begins to Open Up

May 29th, 2020

After a full lockdown for more than two months for many IFMA member federations, the tide has finally begun to turn as some governments have started to lift restrictions surrounding physical group activities. After months at home with hundreds of hours of online training and sharing fitness tips for bedroom workouts some IFMA athletes can again put on their gloves and feel the weight of the heavy bags and feel the excitement of being back in ...

Muaythai Connects through the Virtual Championships

May 27th, 2020

IFMA has been extremely busy over the last 3 months as the pandemic brought about unprecedented consequences affecting so many lives, influencing the world of sport and that of muaythai. When the pandemic began and the IFMA leadership realised its severity, an Ad-Hoc Management Committee was immediately appointed to ensure that health and safety plays centre role in the direction of the federation. Further, IFMA has worked close with the IOC recognised organisations and NGOs ...

Vladimír Moravčík: Pride of Slovakia

May 26th, 2020

Vladimir Moravcik needs no introduction in the world of muaythai as a top athlete, coach and an overall contributor to the development of the sport. Also known as Dracula, Vladimir started training at the Fire Gym in his hometown of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia after he left the army. His coach Martin Belak quickly realised that he had a natural talent and began training and preparing him to fight at the professional level. Vladimir has had a ...

IFMA Stakeholders Participate at ITA Webinar on The Doping Control Process

May 25th, 2020

Education is one of the key prevention strategies highlighted in the World Anti-Doping Code and one that we can continue strengthening and promoting even during a period when our team is not able to engage in face-to-face learning activities. Therefore, the ITA created an online learning experience in order to continue its education efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar series aims at giving athletes and their support personnel an overview of all aspects of ...

Thailand Bids for the Youth Olympics 2026

May 21st, 2020

Over the last year many important meetings took place between the International Olympic Committee, the Royal Thai Government and the National Olympic Committee of Thailand with regards to major upcoming sporting events. Thailand's Prime Minister His Excellency Prayut Chan O Cha met the IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss the possibility of Thailand bidding for the Youth Olympics 2026 and also many other points were discussed. The inclusion of muaythai in the Olympics was also one of the talking points in which the IOC President clearly ...

Brazilian Muaythai Celebrates 15th Anniversary

May 19th, 2020

The Brazilian Muaythai Federation became an official member of the WMC and IFMA in 2005 and has since then put itself on the map of the muaythai world.  Since its foundation, Brazilian athletes have been part of the official opening ceremonies of multiple IFMA events; world championships, Pan American Championships, SportAccord Combat Games, FISU Championships and so many more. Brazilian National events have become the best example of representatives building the sport from the grass roots.  Gloves ...

Jorgen Kruth- The last Viking

May 15th, 2020

Jorgen Kruth is one of the most respected all round martial artists in the world with a successful career in muaythai and as a K1 superstar. In his younger years he began cross training in Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Savate and in 1987 started muaythai under one of Sweden's original trainers Po Lindvall. Jorgen competed in the amateur world championships winning 3 gold medals in 3 consecutive years. It was then when he started his professional ...

Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett: A True Champion

May 14th, 2020

Nathan Corbett is one of the superstars of muaythai with an impressive career span across 17 years. With 59 wins, 44 by knock out and only 5 losses combined with his unique fighting style fans gave him the name Golden Elbows. Nathan was one of the most respected athletes on the WMC world circuit competing against the best in the world. He started in the lighter division in his younger years winning his first WMC ...

Next Generation of Nak Muay

May 13th, 2020

IFMA would like to send a warm congratulations to our recent mothers and fathers in Muaythai who are not only multiple world champions but have been real “Game Changers” for Muaythai. First off, we have a tri-athlete, world Muaythai champion and sports nutritionist from Costa Rica, Marcela Soto, who gave birth to twin boys, Simon and Saul, 7 months ago. Marcela has been an ambassador of muaythai, fighting 67 times in Bangkok, Thailand, and ...

Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai: Two Time WMC World Champion

May 12th, 2020

If you follow the muaythai stadium scene in Thailand then undoubtedly you will have heard the name Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai pop up in many a conversation. Hailing from the Nahkon Si Thammarat province in Thailand Chamuaktong is known for his Muay Khao style of fighting. A multiple time Lumphinee and Rajadamnuen stadium champion, Chamuaktong has over 150 fights under his belt or belts in his case as a 2 time WMC world champion. Chamuaktong won his first belt ...

Joanna Jędrzejczyk: From IFMA Champion to Global Superstar

May 11th, 2020

Joanna Jędrzejczyk is an athlete that needs no introduction in the world of combat sports and is one of the best female contenders to have ever graced the ring. Representing Poland, Joanna started training muaythai at 16 years old before entering into the IFMA world championships where she experienced great success taking 5 gold medals. Today she has gained huge popularity around the world but never stopped to support the IFMA muaythai family and especially ...

Andy Hug Never Forgotten

May 8th, 2020

Today we will remember an outstanding martial artist known as a true legend as a Karateka, Kickboxer and muaythai athlete, he had legendary status in Japan being one of the superstars in the Kyokushin competitions becoming one of the all time greatest, Andy Hug. In one of the biggest battles on Osaka as part of the K1 Grand Prix he dethroned Stan the Man winning the World Muaythai Council Heavyweight World Title which was the breakthrough of muaythai in ...

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