Archive | May, 2005

Jongsanan Defends IKKC World Title

27 May

by FTX (2005-05-27)

Jongsanan “The Woodenman�? Fairtex is inspired to continue his 7 yearlong Muaythai win streak.On May 28th, 2005 he will meet Imro “Murder�? Main a well known Dutch fighter who some say will give the Woodenman his most serious competition since arriving in the United States.

This highly anticipated match is the second defense of his IKKC World Title after two vicious and early knockouts over worthy opponents from Japan and Holland.Certain to please all spectators even the odds makers in Vegas predict a close battle with a very slight edge for Jongsanan.Having been able to observe the training camp and preparation for this fight, this writer can assure you the Fairtex fighter is in prime physical condition.

Tough fights are nothing new for the man with humble roots from the Northeastern region of Thailand.He began fighting in his early teens before making the move to Bangkok where he became a Lumpinee Champion 2x over.

Fairtex helped hone the skill of a fighter who is likely best known for his “elbow war�? with Sackmongol “the deadly kisser�? a battle that is still talked about to this day.There is more to the Woodenman than just ring acumen.He is a loving father, a phenomenal cook and well-respected friend in our community.

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Abu Dhabi Is Just Days Away

25 May

by FTX (2005-05-25)

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club Invitational is just days away in Long Beach CA. Is the ADCC Invitational exclusive? You bet. Is the ADCC Invitational prestigious? Without a doubt. Will the ADCC Invitational feature the greatest mixed martial artist and Jiu-Jitsu players in the world? Once again the answer is yes.

The only way to get into the ADCC is by personal invite; that invite coming from Sheik Tahnoon of the United Arab Emirates. Invites are very hard to come by and given by virtue of the skill and reputation of that candidate. Skill level? World Class. Try and wrap your mind around that…World Class.

Amongst the US contingent this year is Fairtex very own Jake Shields. Jake has been preparing for the last two months with some of the best Jiu-Jitsu players in Northern CA including Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belts from team Gracie Fighter, Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance and as far away as Claudio Franca BJJ in Santa Cruz.

The ADCC will be held at the Long Beach State Pyramid on May 28th and 29th with weight class tournament on Saturday the 28th and the weight class finals, absolute division and Super Fight featuring Dean Lister versus Jean Jacques Machado on Sunday the 29th.

Join the Fairtex family in wishing Jake the best of luck this coming weekend.

Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness, USA Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary

19 May

by FTX (2005-05-19)

On Wednesday May 11, 2005 Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness celebrated the first anniversary at it’s current location of 132 Hawthorne Street in downtown San Francisco. The day-long event offered food and refreshments for the honored guests and was highlighted by a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony by the monks from Wat Buddhanusorn located in Fremont, California.

Our honored guest list included Mr. Phillip Wong, Founder and Chairman of Fairtex Group, and most of his family who made the long trip from Thailand to attend the ceremony. Other notables included Patrick Cusick, WBC Muaythai Secretary General; Scott Coker, K-1 USA promoter; and various local branches of the Thai press including the columnist who writes the “USA Today�? column for Daily News Thailand. Several gym members and their family also took time out of their busy schedules to attend the ceremony.

All those present enjoyed an amazing lunch of home-cooked Thai food prepared and served by Soonton Arunleung, wife of Head Trainer Ganyao Fairtex, and Jan Roy, wife of Fairtex pro fighter Ryan Roy.

The intimate festivities ended with the monks offering another round of prayers and a Buddhist blessing of the actual Fairtex facility.

Fairtex new centre at Pattaya

19 May

by FTX (2005-05-19)

It’s going to the biggest and most complete Muaythai training and fitness sports club in world.

The 400 million Thai Baht Fairtex club facilities at the beach resort of Pattaya – a two hour drive from Bangkok – will have everything that a Muaythai and sports enthusiast could ever want.

The current Mr Universe, Bart Van Der Molen. Will be the general manager of the Fairtex Club, Sports, Fitness and Resort complex. Bart holds a degree in nutritional science and has had 16 years in health and sports club as a manager and trainer in Europe, Australia and Asia.

“When you look at what health and fitness clubs are offering you’d have to say that Fairtex will be right on top. This is such a wonderful project. I am privileged to be given this important job. We have the opportunity of setting new standards in health club and fitness facilities. The club will be both inclusive and prestigious. There will be facilities for elite training and for those who want to get healthier and enjoy the good things in life.

The Fairtex club, fitness and resort centre will have the latest equipment in a superbly quipped Muaythai training section with rings, gymnasium and accommodation.

As well as accommodation rooms and a VIP section for live-in training there will also be a luxury Sports Hotel with 60 rooms. Guests staying in the resort will have complimentary use of all facilities at the sports complex.

This super sports club development is fast taking shape on nine rai of prime real estate which is short stroll away from Pattaya Beach. The facility will become the new icon for Thailand’s popular beach.

The Fairtex club, resort and Muaythai training complex will offer a full variety of sports training as well as other attractions including tennis and badminton, health spa, herbal steam and sauna, restaurants and a big fresh water swimming pool.

The main sections will be for Muaythai training, fitness, Rasayana natural health centre and a resort. The project delivers new standards for sports facilities to Pattaya and will be the first complete sports club for the premier seaside resort.

The Fairtex owned and operated complex is being built within a short distance of the Pattaya Beach front. The design is crafted to blend together fitness and health with a muaythai training core.

The complex is the vision of Fairtex founder Mr. Philip Wong who believes the development will set high standards in excellence for muaythai training, fitness and health.

“Pattaya is moving upmarket and we want to take the sport of muaythai, fitness and health to a new level. The complex will offer a lot more than what is currently available anywhere in Thailand. It will be a dream come true for Muaythai enthusiasts as the location and facilities will be just fantastic. It will be the one stop location for those who want to be healthy and fighting fit.�?

The live-in facilities will have 50 standard twin-share rooms as well as luxury VIP accommodation. Sports facilities include four outside tennis courts, four indoor badminton courts, a basketball court, four muaythai ring, two squash courts, stretch room and aerobic floor, recreation and leisure centre with Internet and cable TV, a 25 meter by 12.5 meter swimming pool and a nursery for children.

The complex will house two restaurants – Chinese and Italian – as well as a coffee shop.

The Rasayana health centre will provide high standard detox programs and natural health remedies as well as a raw food restaurant.

Already on the site is a small forest of 50-100 year old trees that have been transplanted to give the complex cool and shady areas.

An underground car park is being built to provide space for 100 vehicles.

Aileen Miller Wins

16 May

by FTX (2005-05-16)

Aileen Miller fresh from her victory in Atlanta, GA.Fairtex Fighter Aileen Miller traveled with her trainer Enn “The Quiet Storm�? Fairtex all the way to Atlanta. She won a unanimous decision over Willow Chanthavong from Megaladon Gym.

Aileen was able to clearly use her height and reach advantage to control all three rounds of tough action.Effectively landing all eight of her Muaythai weapons.

Each round as Aileen grew stronger and more confident landing at will leg kicks and a beautiful roundhouse kick to the neck.Hats off to Willow for standing toe to toe with rising star Aileen.The result was a unanimous win right in Willow’s backyard.

Another Bulldog/Fairtex Champ

13 May

by FTX (2005-05-13)

Another Bulldog/Fairtex Champ
by Bulldog Headquarter, Sydney, Australia

Tracy Polglace from Bulldog Headquarter in sydney recently became the latest in a long line of Bulldog Gym champions by winning the WMTA East Coast Ladies Thai Boxing bantamweight title at Coogee , RSL, Australia on Saturday.She won by knock out round 2.She beat Jenny Cavanagh from Queenslands for the title in which her trainer Nick Stone said will be the first of many considering Tracy took this fight on 12 hours notice.

Bulldog Fighters are powered by Fairtex.

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Muay Thai is an Option

12 May

by Mark England (2005-05-12)

Muay Thai is one of the greatest sports ever.It’s intense, demanding, exciting, and beautiful; the list can keep on going. But something else Muay Thai can be is an option. It can be an option for less positive/productive behavior like abusing drugs and alcohol.The intense practices and thrill of competition can be more than enough for people (and kids for that matter) to be inspired to make better life choices. I remember back in college when I started to stay in on weekend nights because I wanted to have a good practice the next morning.Muay Thai gave me an option other than happy hour and I can easily say that I didn’t miss a thing.

I am a PE teacher in Bangkok and the more time I get to spend around kids the more they simply amaze me.They are sponges to the 4th power that don’t miss a beat.Kids tend to idolize whoever they are around which puts those people in a very important position.We cuss they cuss.We act violently and so do they.It’s a lot like programming a computer which fortunately works just as well for teaching love and respect as for the less desirable attributes.Without question we lead our kids by our own example.

There in lies a problem and a solution for keeping our kids off drugs. It is the same reason why simply telling our kids to “just say no” doesn’t work.A solid formula for keeping our kid’s drug free has to be holistic.We have to tell them why they need to “say no”, show them that we ourselves “say no”, and give them ways to explore themselves in a positive fashion.A great way to do this is by taking them to the boxing gym (if you have already tried it than you know).Kids thrive on doing new things with people they look up to.They love just being around us while enjoying that safe comfortable feeling that every child needs.It’s got a lot to do with the association of feelings to the action they were doing when they felt that way.If a kid feels safe and supported when Dad or Uncle Steve takes them Thai boxing than he will subconsciously remember those feelings every time he or she goes in the gym.And if they have a natural affinity for the sport than they could be a lifelong practitioner and have one more reason to stay away from substance abuse (if a homegrown P.E. teacher from Virginia can grasp the concept anyone can).Here is one way it could work out: After a large stack of Saturday morning pancakes and OJ you walk up to a banana bag and fire of some kicks.Now that you have the little guys’ attention you turn and ask the future champ if they want to try.Eyes as big as saucers they will nod enthusiastically.They will be overwhelmed with the fact that you believe enough in them to let them try it out they almost burst with excitement.That has the makings of a special day that both of you won’t forget. I think everyone remembers their first practice and especially so if a super cool grown up was the one to take you.Basically it’s a great way to relate to kids and if you don’t watch out they just might teach you something as well.

Here in Bangkok some friends and I have been given a special opportunity to do just that.On Mondays and Wednesdays we teach Thai boxing to a group of beautiful boys and girls in Bangkok’s biggest slum (The Klong Toey slum).We have kids from 4 to 14 coming in to practice for a variety of reasons.Some kids come in for a little socializing, some come in for the after practice ice cream, and as fate and geography would have it we also have some up and coming fighters (one kid is 14 with 35 pro fights).Our organizations name is The Klong Toey Sports Program for Kids and we are into our second year of operation.What we have seen so far is impressive.With just two days a week practice and an occasional weekend trip to the swimming pool we have seen smiles get bigger, grades come up, and confidence soar.One 13 year old wasn’t in school when he first started coming into practice and to no surprise he wasn’t too happy either.After a year of two days a week practice he is starting to train at a full time gym down the street and is noticeably livelier and more out going.He has also taken on a leadership role in the classes and holds pads when need be. That is positive effect.

In conclusion Muay Thai has a lot to offer us and our children.It can be whatever someone needs it to be.Whether it’s for fitness purposes, hardcore competition, or making stronger connections with our kids Muay Thai is a winner.Thanks for your time and good luck to all Muay Thai stylists everywhere.

“Let us teach the children”

Peace from the East,

Mark England

I would like to make a quick note about one of our sponsors.As you might have guest Fairtex has been a major supporter of this program and the sole provider for all of our equipment needs.When I contacted them a year and a half ago asking for help it took them less than twenty four hours to get back to me with a resounding yes.Since then they have outfitted our gym with everything I have asked for.If you are part of the Fairtex family than you already know what a quality civic minded organization they are.After seeing how well there equipment has held up under the most demanding of circumstances I couldn’t recommend it more.Thanks a lot Fairtex.

Win Puts Melendez Close to Title Shot

11 May

by Stephen Martinez ( (2005-05-11)

TOKYO, May 4 — SHOOTO main promoter Sustain delivered another action packed night of fights for all SHOOTO fans throughout the world. Two TKOs, two submissions, one knockout and one decision along with a grappling match between two SHOOTO legends and a very special surprise from the new Japanese bantamweight bad boy, who “called out�? a current SHOOTO champion, highlighted the event at Korakuen Hall.

The evening’s main event placed American Gilbert Melendez, in his second SHOOTO fight, against SHOOTO legend Naoya Uematsu. Melendez came out aggressive, blazing a trail with lefts and rights from the outset. Caught with a right straight punch, Uematsu was put down on the canvas. After the usual 8-count Melendez shot for a takedown, but the dizzy Uematsu pull a magic roll over to omo plata.

While the submission looked tight, Melendez didn’t give up and started to muscle his way out. In the process Melendez stood with Uematsu, still working the omo plata, hanging on his back. From there Melendez pull a WWE-style move with something I remember from my wrestling childhood, the “Death Valley driver,�? to nail Uematsu’s head on the canvas.

The beginning of the second round brought us the end of the fight after Melendez scored a takedown and went wild with ground-and-pound to open cuts in Uematsu’s mouth, ear and left eye before the referee jumped in to save the Japanese fighter from more punishment.

With this victory Melendez earned the right to challenge current SHOOTO lightweight champion Alexandre “Pequeno�? Nogueira for the title in a future event.

The co-main event of the night saw current SHOOTO bantamweight champion Mamoru overwhelm Stonnie Dennis with a high kick knockout. While Dennis landed a few solid shots to Mamoru’s face, the champion keep pushing forward and caught Dennis with the high kick next to the ropes.

After a couple of minutes of being unconscious in the ring a very dizzy Dennis stood to shake hands with Mamoru, asking, “Are you the one who hit me?�?

For Mamoru the celebration was short since earlier in the night the new bantamweight bad boy from Japan, Setsu Iguchi, call the champion out defend his title against him. While Iguchi’s bad-mouth antics are not common among SHOOTO competitors the official commission and Sustain gave him the chance to get an interview in the ring and call Mamoru out to fight at the same time.

Right after the fight Mamoru had his opportunity to respond and basically made fun of Iguchi. From out of nowhere Iguchi showed up ringside and climbed one of the corners to exchange words with Mamoru. Looks like the bad blood is strong between this two and they will face soon inside SHOOTO to settle their differences.

Hawaiian Ray “Bradda�? Cooper returned to the ring for the first time since probably the most important victory of his career, a knockout in SHOOTO Hawaii over ranked lightweight Hermes Franca. While tonight’s fight versus Jutaro Nakao protégée Takashi Nakakura looked easy on paper, the Japanese fighter pulled an upset.

Coming from behind after Cooper dominated the first round with solid punches and ground control, Nakakura nearly caught Cooper with an armlock, but the Hawaiian survived the submission while punching Nakakura’s face.

As the first round came to a finish both fighters exchanged a flurry of punches and Cooper was caught above his right eye with a cut-opening punch. After time with the doctors Cooper was clear out to continue. But during the first minute of the round two Nakakura clinched and landed inside knees and punches which re-opened the cut, forcing the doctor to stop the fight.

Cooper looked disappointed while Nakakura was left crying after pull such a big victory on his career.

SHOOTO legends Yuki Nakai and Rumina Sato battled under special grappling rules to a full draw limit after five minutes. While Nakai was no match for Sato’s speed he used all his years of training and fight experience to place Sato at bay inside the butterfly guard.

Sato did manage to catch Nakai with an inverted triangle choke, but the hold was close to the ropes and the referee broke to restart. With only a couple of seconds to go Sato, inside Nakai’s guard, jumped for heel hook but time ran out, giving both a draw and standing ovation from the crowd.

The rest of the card showed SHOOTO Class B fighter Kenji Osawa taking out veteran Jin Akimoto with good sprawls and face punches while surviving Akimoto’s countless attempt to bring the fight to the ground.

Cobra Kai fighter and Dokonjonosuke Mishima student Toshimichi Akagi pulled a wicked heel hook over rookie Maasaki Sugawara 36 seconds into the first round. Akagi pulled guard from the opening bell and Sugawara punched his foe’s face. But he quickly fell under the guard/stand-up game and Akagi grabbed him for the fast submission.

The opening match of the night placed new female MMA fighter Pamela Vitz against the more experienced Satoko Shinashi, who quickly took her down to set an ankle lock. While in transition Shinashi went for full mount to score the armbar and the quick win.

It’s all in the Game

11 May

by the Nation (2005-05-11)

Fairtex drawing the big names

The traditional local martial art of muay Thai is one of the fastest growing sports around the world and the Fairtex Gym in Samut Prakan just outside Bangkok is becoming the headquarters for foreigners wanting to take up the challenging sport.

The gym, with branches all over the world, recently tried to lure Mike Tyson to Thailand to take up the sport and a number of other famous names have been spotted working out there. Tyson knocked back their offer and instead signed up for another heavyweight bout in the US, but if he loses his next fight there is a strong chance Tyson will take up the offer from Fairtex to learn muay Thai and then fight on the new WBC-backed international circuit.

Rumour has it that some other big names will soon be making headlines for their efforts in the ring at the Fairtex Gym. Stay tuned.

Gilbert Melendez wins at Shooto

10 May

by Salvatore Russo (2005-05-10)

Fairtex very own Gilbert Melendez shocks a capacity crowd watching Shooto at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo by dominating the all too game- yet not game enough Nayoa Uematsu in a stunning TKO victory in the waning moments of the 2nd round. Gilbert punished Uematsu with his much stronger stand up game and only added insult to injury by dominating the submission specialist on the ground as well.

This victory brings Melendez record to a perfect undefeated 9 and 0 with only one of those victories going to decision and solidifying his ranking as Shooto’s #1 contender.

Ray Cooper lost to Takashi Nakakura. Cooper was coming off of an impressive win over Hermes Franca only to suffer a disappointing TKO defeat (doctor stoppage) by Nakakura.

Here are the full results:

Satoko Shinashi (Japan, Freelance) vs. Pamela Vitz (Holland, Ling-Ho Gym)
Shinashi by arm bar at 2:13, r1.

– Bantamweight Class B *2005 Rookie Tournament First Round
Toshimichi Akagi (Japan, Cobra Kai) vs. Masaaki Sugawara (Japan, Keisyu Kai)
Akagi by heel hook at 0:36, r1.

– Featherweight Class B
Jin Akimoto (Japan, Akimoto Dojo Jungle Junction) vs. Kenji Osawa (Japan, WKSS)
Osawa by decision. (2-0)
*19-19, 20-19, 20-18

– Welterweight Class A
Ray Cooper (USA, Jesus Is Lord) vs. Takashi Nakakura (Japan, STG Osaka)
Nakakura by TKO at 1:14, r2.
*Doctor stoppage by cut.

-58.0Kg Class A
Mamoru (Japan, STG Yokohama) vs. Stonnie Dennis (USA, Four Seasons MMA)
Mamoru by KO at 1:36, r1.
*left high-kick.

– Lightweight Class A
Gilbert Melendez (USA, Cesar Gracie Academy) vs. Naoya Uematsu (Japan, K’z FACTORY)
Melendez by TKO at 4:30, r2.
*Doctor stoppage by cut.

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