Exciting start to 2020 and then….
From the day we opened our doors after the Christmas break, unprecedented numbers of trainees were embarking on their journeys with Kao Loi! It was a very exciting time with both our Participation base increasing and our Performers making significant improvements to their skill levels.
We also had a growing number of volunteers helping to develop our juniors. Many thanks go to Gareth, Damian, Oliver, Ciaran, Craig, Sarah, Fraser, Mike, Paul, and Jack who have all been a great help in this regard. It was plain to see that with this extra help the juniors were all improving quickly.
Ciaran was our only athlete to compete in the first quarter of the year taking a terrific stoppage win in a K1 bout in London against a very strong opponent from the Knowlesy Academy. The local fighter started very strongly but Ciaran began to break him down using front kicks and sharp boxing. By the middle of the second round the writing was on the wall when Ciaran landed a heavy roundhouse to the head followed by jump knee and heavy body shot. This set up the finish which came via a front kick to the face dropping his opponent for the count.
In April 3 of our fighters, Ciaran, Craig, and Nathaniel were due to compete but…Lockdown!
So now it seems that both Participation level and Performers will not be able to train until further notice.
We are hoping that the situation will improve sooner rather than later and we are already working on ways that we can make access to the gym as safe as possible when the government give the go ahead.
In the early days of the lockdown I put lots of posts on the Kao Loi Facebook page with stars of Muay Thai in action, exercises to do at home, amazing sports stories, and videos of Blue training at home! If you haven’t seen them already please like the page and scroll back through them.
Making the most of the lockdown, all of our volunteers have completed an online Safeguarding and Protecting children course, and we are looking for more opportunities for continuing professional developmental learning.
Also I have been making a teaching video series that can be used at home by people interested in Muay Thai Grading. The picture at the top shows the Grade levels and working from level 1 upwards has been a very rewarding process for me which I would recommend to anyone interested in Muay Thai or Boran. For more information please see our websites page on Grading
To get going on this most rewarding path, please contact me here.
Hopefully we will all be able to meet up soon and in the meantime stay safe and do what you can to keep fit.