Kings Combat Fitness opened its doors on July 20th, 2014.

Our Muay Thai program is led by WKA Muay Thai Champion, Dave Wai Moy. Our Strongman and Strength & Conditioning program is led by multiple Strongman Champion, Andrew Rivera. And our Little Knights Program (Kid’s Muay Thai) is led by Kit Yeung.

OUR STAFF
MUAY THAI HISTORY

MEET OUR STAFF

Dave Wai Moy
Dave Wai MoyHead Muy Thai Instructor
Dave Wai Moy started martial arts at a very young age, and has over 15 years of Muay Thai experience.

-2004 3rd Place in Pan American San Shou
-2009 New York State Muay Thai Champion
-2010 North Eastern Muay Thai Champion

Trained under Kam Chan, Enn Fairtex, Master Toddy, Greg Ardon and Aziz Nahib.

Andrew Rivera
Andrew RiveraHead Strongman, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Little Knight's Asst. Instructor
Andrew Rivera began training and competing in Martial Arts (Karate, Aiki-Jiu-Jitsu, Judo) in Elementary School. This continued through high school, when he also began lifting weights as a teenager to get bigger and stronger. While in college, he decided to become a certified personal trainer through ISSA and then NASM.
Andrew found Muay Thai in 2005, first studying and fighting under Phil Nurse and later Aaron Fisher. During this time, he continued to strength train and train others at gyms like Gold’s Gym and NYSC.

Eventually, he would transition to coaching/teaching Muay Thai and also running a strength and conditioning program both for fighters and members at NYJJ, and now Kings Combat Fitness.

Around 2012, after meeting Hans Pirman – owner of Global Strongman Gym, his personal focus competitively transitioned to Strongman Sport and Powerlifting. Since then, Andrew has competed both locally and at the National level.

Co-owning a gym has been a dream come true. Coaching and teaching the members at Kings Combat Fitness and passing on his knowledge is his passion.

Kit Yeung
Kit YeungHead Instructor of the Little Knights (Kid's Muay Thai)
Kit has been practicing martial arts since 2008. He has a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in amateur Muay Thai and MMA competitions.

His passion is to share his love of martial arts to the Little Knights.

Luciano Olmeo
Luciano OlmeoLittle Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) and Muay Thai Asst. Instructor
Luciano has been training Muay Thai for over 6 years. He is the resident Pad Holder extraordinaire!
Jill Liao
Jill LiaoOffice Manager, Little Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) Asst. Instructor
Jill has been training Muay Thai and Strongman for over 2 years and is still actively competing in Strongman competitions.
Bryan Burgoss
Bryan BurgossLittle Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) and Strongman Asst. Instructor
Bryan has been training Muay Thai for 5 years. He is still actively competing, training and teaching. Bryan is also a 2x Amateur Muay Thai Champion.
Joey Contrada
Joey ContradaLittle Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) Asst. Instructor
Joey has been training Muay Thai for over 5 years. He is still actively competing, training and teaching. Joey is also a 2x Amateur Muay Thai Champion.
Fredric Cheung
Fredric CheungLittle Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) Asst. Instructor
Fred began martial arts at the age of 9, practicing and competing in Wing Chun for 4 Years. He began doing MMA at age 16: learning how to wrestle, BJJ (Blue Belt) and Muay Thai. Fred began fighting Muay Thai full time at the age of 17, competing in Madison Square Garden and winning the TakeOn Rising Stars Tournament, as well as numerous tournaments across the US.
Peeloshmee Deonarain
Peeloshmee DeonarainLittle Knights (Kid's Muay Thai) Asst. Instructor
Peelo has over 9 years of Muay Thai experience.

– 2008 North Eastern WKA Novice Champion
– 2009 North Eastern WKA Champion
– 2009 WKA World Champion

MUAY THAI HISTORY

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and a way of life for many people. Although there is little in the way of written history, the origins of Muay Thai date back over 2000 years. In the 14th century, much of the history of Muay Thai was lost when the ancient city of Ayutthaya was attacked and looted by the Burmese.

Muay Thai is a martial art form which uses the whole body to mimic the weapons of war. The hands act like a sword and dagger, elbows can cut and crush like a hammer. Legs smash into opponents like a heavy staff, and knees spear into your enemy. The shins and forearms are made hard to act as shields. In addition to all that, the Thai fighter is always looking for an opening or a chance to grapple and spin his opponent and throw him to the ground.

In the early 1200’s the capital of Siam (Thailand) was the city of Sukhothai. At the time the Thai people were fighting many wars with neighboring countries and needed some type of defense for the capital city. An army was formed and so was Muay Thai. Eventually Muay Thai was taught to people outside the military. It was at this time that the first Muay Thai camps were formed. Around 1600, Thailand freed itself from Burmese occupation to become its own country.

Not too long after this Muay Thai began to develop its traditions, many of which are still practiced today. The mongkon, the pa pra jhid (armbands), the wai kru, and a designated combat area were all formed. In the early days there were no weight classes or governing bodies; time limits and rounds had not yet been invented. Fighters fought each other regardless of weight, height or fight experience. Hands would be wrapped with hemp rope and sometimes dipped in a thick resin and sprinkled with crushed glass or seashells. Slowly the rules for Muay Thai started to be formed. During Rama 1 time limits for rounds were made, although there were no limits on how many rounds were to be fought. Originally a coconut with a hole in it was placed in a tub of water, when the coconut sank fully, the round was over. The rounds and the fight would continue until one boxer gave up or there was only one man left standing.

During WWI, other parts of the world got their first taste of Muay Thai. Thai troops were stationed in France, and they would sometimes put on Muay Thai fights. Often times French boxers would enter and fight. This is when Muay Thai was first introduced to Europe. In the 1920s, rules and regulations were imposed and Muay Thai started to become more of the sport we know today. A set number of rounds were formed (5 rounds), and a time limit on rounds was solidified (3 minutes). Fights were to take place inside a raised boxing ring, and most importantly boxing gloves were put on the hands of the fighters. In cities throughout the country, stadiums were built specifically for Muay Thai. The two most famous ones are in the modern capital of Bangkok, Lumpinee and Rajamundom. Now there are clear rules, weight classes, and fighters are ranked and compete for championship belts.

A standard Muay Thai fighter begins training between ages 6-8 and will have his first fight at 8-10 years old. By the time he is 25, he is usually retired from fighting. At this age, it is not uncommon to have 200 plus professional fights. Fighters train 6-8 hours a day, 6 days a week, and earn 5000-10,000 Baht (125-300 USD) per fight. They will fight every 3-4 weeks. This is their job and this is how they support their family. Today, Muay Thai is growing rapidly in popularity all across the world. Every month thousands of people come to Thailand to learn Muay Thai in its home country. Fighters in all forms of full contact fighting from MMA to K-1 style of fighting all agree that to be a complete fighter, you must train and learn Muay Thai.

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