Muay Thai and Kali in Thunder Bay

A few months ago, I was asked by my friend and student Mark Strasser to come to his club in Thunder Bay to teach a 2 day seminar on Kali and Muay Thai. I have not seen Mark in approximately 10 years, so I was pretty excited and honored to be asked to teach the seminar.

Mark was a great host and I had a great time sharing my knowledge. On day 1 we covered some double stick patter drills, basic entries, stick grappling and Krabi krabrong from the Dog Brothers Martial Arts System, dealing with edged weapons in the clinch and on the ground and some application of judo and wrestling against the knife. On day 2 we worked on some basic Muay Thai skills, entries into elbows and knees, some of the 4 counts and the 18 count form the Thai Boxing Association and some conditioning drills.

I was really impressed with Mark’s students, and was really happy to hear that his guys competed in MMA, Muay Thai and grappling. If you look at some of the pictures, they train in a high school and are quite limited with their space and their equipment.

But they are not limited with regards to their focus, intensity, discipline, constant repetition of basics and a desire to accomplish their goals.

Thanks Mark for the experience and the lessons I learned, and I look forward to seeing you again! Kru / Sifu Joey de Los Reyes

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