Team Sumalee headed back to Patong for the second time last week where Joe Le Maire (Unit 1 Gym) and Cookie Wong (Warrior Muay Thai) were set to appear on the fight card at Bangla Boxing Stadium. Joe had joined us a week earlier, just after winning a Silver medal for Team GB at the IFMA Royal World Cup in Bangkok.
Despite having 3 b-class fights in a week, the 17 year old fighter out of Bury-St-Edmunds looked fit and injury free going into his match with Beem Sor. Changlek, a local Thai. Joe was the shorter of the two but didn’t seem bothered by the height difference. Not long after the first bell he struck Beem with a big left knee to end the match in seconds. It looks like we’ll have to find tougher opponents for him in the future.
Cookie, from Hong Kong, was matched with Taptimsiam Sor. Ganchanaa. Cookie had fought 15 times prior to this match and looked confident heading into the ring. Taptimsiam had a mean kick but Cookie kept a tight defence throughout the earlier rounds. From there she advanced with punishing elbows and locked her opponent up in the clinch to dominate in rounds three, four and five, eventually being declared the winner on points. What a great way to finish off her time with Team Sumalee!
Wednesday night saw the team head to Bangla Boxing Stadium for another exciting evening of local fights. Team Sumalee had three fighters on the fight card; 12 year old Deem aka ‘Jingreed Dam Sumalee’, Payakdam, and our first Cypriot fighter, Michalis.
Jingreed Dam and Payakdam were in the first two matches of the night and were eager to show the crowd and our students what they could do. Jingreed Dam began his match with Samsai Sor. Satchai at a fast pace, and ended it in Round 1 with a swift body kick and left hook. His father had placed a large bet on him and it payed off, Deem proudly holding the winnings in his mouth at the end of the match!
Payakdam ended his fight in a similar fashion. As usual, he was the taller of the two fighters and his long limbs put him at a distinct advantage. In Round 2 he saw an opening and struck Petchudon Sor. Satchai with a thunderous head kick knocking him out cold. After a visit to the doctor no serious damage was done but he will be a bit sore for a few days, thats for sure.
Michalis was the penultimate bout of the evening. Having had a number of fights in Cyprus he was no stranger to the ring and was calm and relaxed leading up to the match. He fought five technical rounds the stockier fighter out of Sitsongpeenong Phuket, and showed a good spectrum of techniques and excellent determination to take the win on points. Michalis plans to stay at the camp for the next few months and we’re certain you’ll be seeing him in action again very soon.
SANDEE Academy fighter, Chantelle Tippet (Chaos Muay Thai), arrived at the camp earlier this month to prepare for the 2015 IFMA Royal World Cup in Bangkok. Chantelle was selected to represent Team GB for after qualifying at last year’s UKMF British Championships and is set to face her first opponent in the next couple of days.
Chantelle is originally from Devon in the UK and trains out of Chaos Muay Thai Gym. She was added to the SANDEE Academy Team at age 12, a program created to support the very best in British Junior fighters. Now at just 14 years old Chantelle is already a multiple Junior British and Regional Champion many times over and there’s no sign of her stopping there. Sumalee first noticed Chantelle at last year’s SANDEE UK Junior Open Championships where she was crowned the 45kg Champion. We were delighted when she decided to train with our team in preparation for the IFMA Royal World Cup.
The rising star has been training hard with Team Sumalee for the last two weeks. Chantelle attended group training twice a day and, though a little shy at first, settled in well. Our trainers were impressed with her technique and drive at such a young age. Here’s what her mother, Lisa, had to say about their time here.
“Training at Sumalee has been everything I had hoped it would be and more for Chantelle. The fun, family atmosphere of group training and the focused 1:1 sessions have improved her confidence and developed her individual style, while the sponsored fighters have given her tips and encouraged her every step of the way. All the trainers have pushed her to her absolute limit in a totally safe environment. We can’t wait to come back again!” Lisa Tee
Chantelle has now joined the rest of her team mates and nak muay from around the world at Rajamanghala National Stadium in Bangkok. The 10 day event sees many of our British students attending, including SANDEE Pro fighter Dakota Ditcheva (Northern Spirit) and Joe Le Maire (Unit 1 Gym). Chantelle is due to face an Australian opponent in the next couple of days to battle for a Silver medal, and if successful, will go on to face a Russian fighter for the coveted Gold medal. Good luck to all the fighters taking part!
“I still can’t believe the opportunities I have been given over the last 4 years. I have now achieved my dream of training and fighting in Thailand thanks to Mum’s fundraising and my sponsors, Follifuel. Now I would like to develop an entertaining fight style so that people know my name and love watching me fight.” Chantelle Tippett