There, Siplyak will be competing for the Gold Medal in the IFMA World Youth Muay Thai Championships Tournament. Held from September 28 to October 6th, this year’s event will bring the IFMA back to Antalya, the gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters.
According to an IFMA press release, Turkey once again will set the stage for what is sure to be another great tournament and event that will see not only the youth muay thai tournament in all junior divisions, but also the championships of Wai Kru, Muay Boran and Muay Talay.
Two yeas ago, Joey Siplyak (who just 14 years old at the time) retained 2 championship titles in 2 different weight divisions. He is now 16 and an IFMA bronze medalist with 34 fights under his belt.
When previously asked what his advice is to new fighters in the sport, he said it is to work hard and train hard. “If you set your mind to it, you can do it,” he says.
Turkey once again set the stage for what was another great tournament and event. The event concluded with an award night which revealed new names in the youth elite. The personal awards went to Ukraine, Australia, Moldova, Malaysia, Netherlands and many other countries.
Under the guidance of Rami Ibrahim and other coaches of the USMF—including Carlsbad Kickboxing Club’s own Rolando Montano—the USA team brought home three gold medals, four silver medals, and nine bronze medals.
USA’s Neil Zelinsky won Muay Talay Champion. The Muay Talay tournament has really become an integral part of each Youth World Muaythai Championships and medals for the muay thai On Water are treated with the importance of the main competition. IFMA director Charissa Tynan said that compared to last year this event, it was at least two times bigger.
Tierra Brandt was awarded 3rd place for the Best 16-17-year-old Athlete. She leaves the youth events in a status of the two times world champion with flawless record in IFMA events of 7 victories and 0 losses.
Outstanding Female Athlete (over 14) went to USA’s Nicole Fernandez.
The Lebanese female athletes also made an outstanding contribution towards the team result as Maya Kalash and Sirene Hadara became the world champions.
Carlsbad Kickboxing Club’s own Joey Siplyak was there representing the United States and beat Uzbekistans Shakhriyor Askaraliev, however, he lost a close match to Ravan Aghazada of Azerbijuan. Siplyak certainly held his own against an opponent with over 140 recorded wins we expect big things still come.
In the end, Mykyta Goncharenko (UKR – 16 -17 Male Youth -60kg) entered his first and last Youth World Muaythai Championships with a bang as he celebrated winning the gold medal in Antalya. Next year he will turn 18.
Athletes from more than 30 countries will travel to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi to participate in the 2019 Asian Championships coming up from December 16-22, which is also a qualification event on the road to the 2021 World Games.
The UAE Muay Thai Federation and the government is in full preparation to make the event an everlasting experience for the athletes and in muay thai community, according to a prepared release. The release also states that this is not just a muay thai event, as there will be conferences, forums and cultural activities.
Abu Dhabi will host Elite Men’s and Women’s divisions which will give 100% top muay thai show for all spectators at the stadium and viewers on TV, the release notes.
With UAE successful performance in recent years the organizers promise full house every day as local athletes became famous for their victories at the international competitions. The FAMA President Karim Massimov recently congratulated the chairman of the UAE Muaythai H.E. Abdullah Saeed Amer Al Neyadi on hosting Asian Muaythai Championships 2019 and said that the level of Muaythai in Asia has truly grown making equal competition for any team in the world and continental tournaments.
It was also recently a historical moment in Bangkok at the IFMA Executive Board Meeting when IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan and Executive Director if the UAE Muaythai Mr. Tareq Mohamed Al Mehairi signed the agreement marking the countdown to the event.
We look forward to seeing who comes out on top in the upcoming event.
Back home, here in the United States, Carlsbad Kickboxing Club will be hosting its IKF-PKB Muay Thai Kickboxing semi-contact event for both adult and junior levels Saturday, December 7th. Click here to register.
A few years ago, a then four-year-old tried a free trial class at Carlsbad Kickboxing Club with her older sister. While there wasn’t an age limit on the youth muay thai boxing class, (it was based on each individual) mentally she just wasn’t there yet.
But there was a fire and passion in that four-year-old, and it was quickly apparent that this wasn’t just a place to run around and play. She had a passion for the sport—even at such a young age.
It took nearly a year of coming back to try every five or so months, and before she was six, she got the go ahead and joined the Carlsbad Kickboxing Club and since then, she hasn’t looked back.
That fire and determination is something not every kid might have for the sport, but the lessons boxing taught and continues to teach such young kids are invaluable.
See below to see some of the many benefits of boxing for kids.
Builds Confidence and Provides Self Defense—Believing in abilities is key for any child. Boxing builds a kid’s self-esteem and gives them a sense of empowerment in case they ever would need to defend themselves. Boxing teaches safety and teaches proper techniques should a kid be forced to use it outside of the ring.
Social Development—This is often more overlooked than physical benefits of boxing, but it is important as it gives kids something healthy and safe to do and it is productive. It also can give kids a place to put their aggression or energy.
Physical health—Boxing helps the heart. The high intense exercises combined with improved hand-eye coordination, balance and more, will overall, help improve a kid’s physical health.
Set Goals—Kids learn how to set goals for themselves when they box whether a trainer pushes them to overcome a particular challenge or win a tournament, achieving any goal (big or small) will make a kid feel empowered.
Discipline and Focus—You cannot have bad behavior when learning the sport of boxing. With sparring, for example, the goal isn’t to hurt your opponent. Following rules in boxing is a healthy way for kids to improve their discipline. Boxing requires concentration and definitely tests a child’s mental strength, which could be useful outside of the gym in school and at home.
While some might think boxing might be a dangerous sport for kids, that isn’t the case. There are many benefits for young boxers with adult and trainer supervision. To learn more about Carlsbad Kickboxing Club’s kid’s programs, click here.
Are you new to the sport of muay thai? Are you an MMA fighter interested in incorporating muay thai techniques into your training? Or have you never had any kind of training before and are interested in learning more about a great way to work out? To properly understand the following, you need to learn them from an instructor who can provide you with an in-depth explanation of the technique, help correct your mistakes, answer your questions and detail how the technique should be utilized. Enter Carlsbad Kickboxing Coach Xavier Barker. The tutorial will briefly outline the sport to get you on your way and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Carlsbad Kickboxing Club to schedule your free trial class.
Question 1: we get asked a lot about what actually is muay thai? Muay Thai is a kickboxing style of martial arts from Thailand. It involves powerful striking techniques such as elbow strikes and knee strikes. In fact, many MMA fighters utilize muay thai training in order to maximize their striking expertise.
Question 2: What does muay thai mean? It is a term based on words from Thailand. “Thai” stands for the country of Thailand. “Muay” is the Thai word for boxing. So, in English, “muay thai” roughly stands for “Thai boxing.” Muay thai is also known as the “Art of Eight Limbs.” The reason for this is because it uses 8 potential points of contact in its strikes including two fists, two feet, two knees and two elbows. Many other traditional martial arts mainly use either two points of contact such as fists only or four points of contact such as two fists and two feet.
Below as some basic terms and techniques you will learn if you train in muay thai, but again, to learn more on the sport, please reach out to Carlsbad Kickboxing Club to schedule your free trial class.
Muay Thai Blocks
Muay Thai Buok – Muay Thai Shin Block
Muay Thai Clinching Techniques
Muay Thai Djab Ko – Muay Thai Clinch
Muay Thai Kicks
Kradot Te – Jump Kick
Kradot Thip – Jumping Push Kick or Foot Thrust
Te Chiang – Diagonal Kick
Te Khao – Axe Kick
Te Klap Lang – Reverse Roundhouse Kick
Te Kot – Downward Roundhouse Kick
Te Tat – Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick
Te Trong – Front Kick or Straight Kick
Thip Khang – Side Foot Thrust