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Lumpini Fight Team at Muay Thai Mayhem: 19th November 2016

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Club coach, Reece ready for action in his fight on Muay Thai Mayhem

Club coach, Reece ready for action in his fight on Muay Thai Mayhem

Saturday 19th November was our last Muay Thai Mayhem show of the year and our biggest and most expensive show ever with 7 WBC Titles on the line and fighters from Spain, Portugal, Italy and France traveling to take on some of the UK’s best talent.

From our own Lumpini Fight Team, sports therapist Dani Peters started the action, beating Marie McManamon in a well matched battle over 5 rounds.

Boxer Jake Williams was up next, didn’t quite get going and having taken a count in the early rounds lost on points. Up and coming, George Jarvis, fighting in his 2nd adult bout faced Daniel Iodice from Italy winning all 5 rounds convincingly. Personal  Trainer, Holly Spence, had a tough fight against Brighton’s Alexandra Vogt losing on points. While BJJ instructor, Keith McKenzie, fought the more experienced Davide Lupi from Italy. In his second outing for the club (his last bout over 3 years ago) Keith never quite got going, perhaps paced himself too well and lost on a points decision.

Perry Dee, who had recently been training at the famous Vos Gym in Amsterdam fought the seriously sharp, Sandro Martin from Spain in a 57kg contest. The slick Spaniard fought a well thought out game plan to beat Perry on points in what was a nice, technical battle of styles.

Ash Cooke was matched to face Sonny Dormer from Bromley. Ash who’d lost to Dormer in his first fight over a year ago had been training hard but couldn’t stop Dormer from getting the judges decision.

Next up was club coach, Luke Hill, fighting Italy’s Ivano Siviero at 60kg under Full Thai Rules with knees and elbows to the head. Luke fought a clever fight, listened well to his coaches in the corner and managed to hit and move, hit and move to frustrate the aggressive Italian. My favourite part of the fight… Luke ducking under a big right elbow from Siviero! Impressive stuff from the young 20 year old.

Scott McGovern, who had previously fought Thaiboxing, was fighting under boxing rules. Unfortunately for Scott, his opponent dislocated his shoulder in the first round leaving a disappointed Scott (who’d hoped to get a few rounds experience out of the fight) to win the “Prize Fighter” Southern Area title.

WBC World Champion at 55.3kg Ruth Ashdown fighting out of Lumpini Muay Thai Crawley

WBC World Champion at 55.3kg Ruth Ashdown fighting out of Lumpini Muay Thai Crawley

3 time World Champion, Ruth Ashdown faced Italy’s Sveva Melillo for the WBC World Title at 55.3kg. Ruth had previously held the 52kg WBC World Title and fighting at this new weight, looked strong, fought aggressively and won the title with a unanimous decision. Hastings Amy Campbell took on Jillian Corbett from the well respected Wicker Camp in Sheffield. From the first bell, Amy came out with all-guns blazing and in what was an action packed 5 rounds of relentless action, Amy won the 66.6kg WBC National Title.

Club coach Reece Thomson faced the tough and experienced Karl Hodges from Louth Thai in Ireland. An awesome technical battle, with tit-for-tat action it was a fight that was close right up to the final bell with Reece just nicking the fight probably thanks his work in the 4th and 5th round to win the WBC European Title.

Last up for Lumpini was Ben “Mr Cool” Hodge. Off the back of a big win against Saiyok on Thaifight and then a loss against Leed’s Jordan Watson, Ben faced WBC ranked Lotfi Talbi from France. The tricky Frenchman was on the back foot from the bell and a big kick to the ribs of Talbi dropped him to the canvas and finished the fight. All 0:24 seconds of it.

Arguably the fight of the night, and definitely the one that swung one way and then the other was the WBC International Fight between Lyndon Knowles and Portugal’s Carlos Degraco. The monstrous Degraco is a sparring partner for the UFC’s Mike Bisping and with a reputation as a “banger” he caught Lyndon with some huge punches in the first round. Having taken two counts already, it was looking like the end for Lyndon, but with some serous heart he came back into the second round, pushed forward and started to worry the dangerous Portugese fighter. Lyndon got caught with an elbow in the 3rd round which dropped him to the canvas and the referee waved the contest off.

A good show, that run smoothly and something for everyone.

Muay Thai, Boxing and K1 Kickboxing. With some wars, some technical battles and Lyndon’s fight which showed what being a fighter is all about.

With the end of the year only a month away, the boxers are out for their last show in Brighton on December 10th and the Lumpini Thaiboxer’s off to Thailand on the club’s Annual Trip to train and (maybe) fight.

Surrey Open 2015 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Results

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A big well done to all the McKenzie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu boys and girls (based here at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy) for their performances at the weekend.

Paul taking home the gold medal for the Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teamIt was a big team out (Graham, Paul, Dan, “Keys”, Jim, George, Wayne, Mike, Przemyslaw and Joanna) that took home three golds and plenty of silvers – several of whom are still relatively new blue belts in a division with plenty of people ready to make the next step up to Purple.

The Checkmat guys (our lineage is via the Viera brothers in Brazil so we’re the McKenzie BJJ team, part of Checkmat and based at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy) did fantastic with 18 year old George Kolorov fighting in the Adult Blue Belt, Heavy Weight division – winning his first two fights convincingly before making a tired error in the final to take a silver medal.

Super-slim, super-strong Graham Day pulled guard twice to fight from his favourite position on the bottom winning with two triangle chokes, while Paul Brimelow won his first fight with an armlock and his second submitting his opponent AFTER he’d already gone 16 points up. An impressive victory for Paul.

Przemyslaw and Joanna both won Silver Medals, while Dan and Steve took home Bronze medals for the team.

All in all, it was a fantastic performance from a team that’s just getting stronger and stronger and with the Oxford Open only around the corner – next month should  be even better (and hopefully we’ll bring an even bigger team).

See you in the gym!

Ben Hodge Prepares for ‘King of Muay Thai 2014’

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Sparing at Lumpini CrawleyCrawley Thaiboxer – Ben Hodge – prepares for the biggest fight of his career on 25th October 2014 in Thailand.

Fighting as part of an 8-man tournament Ben will face Antoine Pinto (France), Saiyok (Thailand), Alka Matewa (Belgium), Sen Bunthen (Cambodia), Michael Corley (USA), Hiroki Nakashima (Japan) and Millad Farzad (Austrailia) the 26 year old plumber from Crawley has been training daily at the Lumpini Thaiboxing club in Manor Royal.

Late last year Ben travelled to France where he beat the WMF World Champion Yohan Lidon with a cut at super-middle weight (a weight division above his normal fighting weight).

With only two weeks until the Kings of Muay Thai show — Ben has been training six days a week and up to twice a day (in addition to working a full-time job) in preparation.

The 8-man tournament is carried out over three stages with the winners going through to the semi-final and the winners of that meeting in the final.

Then in December Ben fights Priya Sumalee from Thailand in Southampton.

To find out more about training in Crawley you can call the gym on 01293 552 511.

Muay Thai Mayhem – Crawley

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Muay Thai Mayhem, Fight Night Crawley

Muay Thai Mayhem, Fight Night Crawley

Sunday 4th May 2014 is the date of our next (Lumpini Crawley) Muay Thai Mayhem Fight Night.

Our home show, the Fight Night will features local Muay Thai Boxers, White Collar Boxers and MMA fighters putting their skills to the test and battling it our in front of a home crowd.

On the card will be local fighters Paulo Da Silva, Ruth Ashdown, Ben Hodge, Oscar Cutter, George Beech, Jane Iske and Karl Langley – to name but a few.

The fight night will be held at the Moka Night club, will feature a main card and full supporting card of up and coming local fighters.

World Champions Paulo Da Silva (ICO World Title and WBC International holder), Ruth Ashdown (WBC World Title, ISKA World Title and ICO World Title) plus Ben Hodge (WMC World Title) will be taking on Belarussion opponents while K1 expert Karl Langley has Italian opposition.

Always an action pack show with dancers, ring girls and food the next Muay Thai Mayhem event is on the Bank Holiday Sunday so the Moka nightclub is open for an after party.

To buy tickets for the next Lumpini Fight Night call the gym on 01293 552 511, get in touch with any of the fighters on the card or message the gym through Facebook (

For anyone interested in learning Muay Thai and interesting in fighting competitively get in touch, the Lumpini Crawley Fight Team train 7 days a week at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy in Manor Royal.

Kids Fight Club – Sunday 23rd March

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Our kids fight club is a chance for our youngest members to show case their martial art skills and put them to the test in a friendly in-house sparring session.

Sparring – loved by our kids – is one of the most enjoyable parts of a lesson and in the kids fight club they spar safely and without head contact and get to show case their skills.

With a fully fledged adults and kids competition team – our fight clubs are the first step our members make before stepping into the competitive arena for the first time.  They are an excellent stepping stone for anyone who’d like to compete and good fun for those who don’t.

The next fight club is this Sunday the 23rd March and for our members only.

You can read more about our kids classes here (we have classes 6 days per week) call the gym on 01293 552 511.

Kid fight club and sparring competition

Last August Kids Fight Club, the perfect opportunity for our youngest members to show case their skill!

During a fight club each child has their own corner man and there is a referee in place to keep the action flowing.  The kids spar for 3 rounds back to back (as they would in competition) and have to demonstrate proper technique and the ability to listen to their corner man.  

It’s all about perfect practise and preparation for the next generation of Lumpini Superstars!

Hewitt Wins BJJ Gold

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Crawley BJJ – Sam Hewitt took gold at the Grapplers Showdown in Southampton at the weekend.  The purple belt who’s trains at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy in Manor Royal had been training up to twice per day in the run up to the competition and entered both the Gi and No-Gi competition.

Sam Hewitt winning BJJ Gold at Grapplers Showdown

In the No-Gi absolute competition Hewitt won his first fight by submission (via Gogoplata).  The Absolute division is open to all weight classes so when faced with a bigger opponent in the next round Sam went on after getting caught in a guillotine-like choke by an experienced wrestler.

Sam started here the UK before moving to the States to study.  While there he spent time training under Pedro Sauer while in Utah before moving to Florida where he trained at the infamous Top Team America Team – eventually fighting under MMA rules.

On his return to England Sam started to hone his Thaiboxing skills fighting as part of the Lumpini Thaiboxing Team here in Crawley and working on his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Black Belt Keith McKenzie.

An Osteopath at the Body Health Clinic and sports masseuse by trade – Hewitt is looking to get back on the mat this month in preparation for the British Open held in May.  One of the UK’s most prestigious tournaments Sam’s setting his expectations high and will be looking for another placement.

For anyone interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling or MMA you can get in touch with the gym on 01293 552 511 or enter your name on the inquiry box on this page.


Crawley’s Cutter Wins European Title

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The Crawley Gym's Oscar Cutter with a Fight FanPart of the Crawley Martial Arts Academy, our Oscar Cutter won the WRSA Junior European Title in Bedford. The classy 18 year old who trains at the Academy in Manor Royal stopped his opponent in the second round after a barrage of well time leg kicks.

Cutter who’d been preparing hard in the gym was in a confident mood after winning in Southampton last month where he won on points.

18 year old Luke Hill and 21 year old boxer Paul Clarke were also on the fight card, both winning on points. Luke who’s been training for over 3 years now was on his 5th outing for the club with the well rounded fighter out clinching his opponent, scoring well with knees and beating his opponent.

Luke Hill, Oscar Cutter and Paul Clarke winning!

Luke Hill, Oscar Cutter and Paul Clarke winning!

While Paul Clarke from Horsham was representing the Crawley gym’s boxers for his fourth fight out classing his opponent for all three rounds of the fight to take home the winners medal.

Our next batch of fighters are competing on the 2nd November at the the next Muay Thai Mayhem Show at the Millenium Suite, Copthorne Hotel.

On the fight card are Ruth Ashdown and Paulo Da Silva who’ll be fighting for WBC Titles as well as local fighters Ben Hodge, Alan Sawyer and Jane Iskey.

To find out more about training at our Crawley gym call us on 01293 552 511

Iske Crowned Ladies Southern Area Muay Thai Champion

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The Lumpini Fight Team based at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy

Jane Iske with her new Southern Area Title Belt

Lumpini Fight Team’s — Jane Iske was crowned the new Southern Area Champion after winning her 5 round title battle in Southampton at the weekend. 

The mixed fight night featured 8 fighters from the Crawley Martial Arts Academy with six Muay Thai fighters, two Grapplers and a White Collar Boxer competing.

Lumpini Crawley's Jane Iske

Lumpini Crawley’s Jane Iske Wins

Jane, 22, from West Green was fighting Lauren Huxley from Swansea for the 62.5kg title. Both technical fighters, Jane looked strong throughout as she mixed up her punches, kicks and clinched well to fire off knees to the body of the Huxley. The young Welsh fighter was clearly looking to land head kicks but Iske’s tight guard and movement meant she was always ready to counter-attack and land her own shots. Jane grew in strength round by round and started to take control with good movement around the ring. Going to the judges score card Jane was unanimously crowned the new Southern Area Title winner.

White Collar Boxer Paul Clark was matched against Mathew Daniel at 80kg. The 21 year old on his third outing for the club has been improving week on week and picked his shots well throughout the contest. Mixing it up with uppercuts and body punches, Paul fought well and listened to his corner winning with another unanimous decision from the judges.

18 year old Oscar Cutter was back in the ring for the first time since April’s Muay Thai Mayhem and beat Swansea’s, Andrew Hill. The classy teenager from Horley put on a well rounded performance as he scored well landing heavy kicks and knees to the body of his opponent. Local girl Falen Burt beat Danielle Whitfield from the Warriors Gym in Kent. The three round fight went the distance with Falen wining the well matched contest on points while Matt White fought George Smith from the same gym, losing on points.

Pound Hill’s George Beach fought Bournemouth’s Tommy Barlow for the 72kg Southern Area title. The 18 year who studies at Crawley Collage had been training hard in preparation for the title bout and fought well against the strong Barlow losing on points after five rounds.
Sam Hewitt, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Northgate and wrestler Ali Carter who grapple at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy were both fighting 2 x 4 minute contests. Matched against a black belt from London, Sam lost on a referee’s decision in what was a very close fight while Ali squared up to Nik Jones from Southampton losing on another close decision.

All the fighters will be back in action for the Ringmasters Tournament in Kent this month competing under Thaiboxing and MMA rules and on the gym’s own “WBC Muay Thai Mayhem” event at the Effingham Park Hotel on the 2nd November.

If you’d like to find out more about training at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy or fighting for their Lumpini Fight Team then call the gym on 01293 552 511.

Swanley Super League Martial Arts Show Results

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Crawley's Thaiboxing Kids Jamie and Brad with Coach John Jarvis

Brad and Jamie with Coach John Jarvis at the Super League in Kent

Last weekend saw the Lumpini Fight travel to Swanley in Kent for the final round of this years’ Thaiboxing Super League, Martial Arts Show.

The competition sees kids and teens travel from around the country to fight it out and see who will qualify to represent the UK at next years International Games.

Fighting for the Crawley Martial Arts Academy were brothers Bradley and Ethan Linstead, Jack and George Jarvis, Jamie Brown, Jack West, Harvey White and Liam Lambourne.

At each stage of the qualifying stages the kids and teens are awarded points for their performance.

11 year old Bradley and 12 year old Jamie performed well throughout the qualifiers and won their categories at the weekend to put them top of the leaderboard and were awarded the winners belts for their efforts.

Hard working Jack West fought well but gave his opponent too much space, backing off and losing out while Harvey White lost out due a bitterly disappointing refereeing decision.

George Jarvis fought well, pulling off some well time flying knees but took a knock on his knee in during his fight to take a standing count before having to retire due to injury.

Liam Lambourne and Jack Jarvis, our 15 year old martial artists had fought well winning (or coming second) in earlier rounds but unfortunately had no opponents in their category this time around.

Overall the performance for the Super League was brilliant.  Last year we had Liam travel to Turkey to represent the UK at the International Games and this year we could also see three or four other of our fighters in the tournament.



Super League: Jarvis and Lambourne Win in Birmingham

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Crawley’s George Jarvis helps Bradley behind the Scenes at the Thaiboxing Super League

Muay Thai: Teenage Thaiboxers Jack Jarvis and Liam Lambourne returned victorious after their Gold medal winning performances in Birmingham last weekend.

The boys from Northgate and Crawley Down travelled as part of a 8 strong team to Birmingham for the second round of the super league fights where the winners will travel to the International games in Italy next year.

Performing well in the first round last month the Crawley Martial Arts Academy’s fight team were feeling confident and had been training hard all April in preparation for the May event.

It was a tough day for the team as the second round of the Super League picked up pace.  Jack West, Ethan and Bradley Linstead all gave stellar performances but were all matched with strong opponents who nicked the decision.

10 year old Harvey White fought hard back in April and pulled out some of the day’s best performances.  Moving around, making his opponents miss and countering with superior skill, young Harvey cruised through his first two fights.  In the final Harvey was matched with less than technical opponent whose unorthodox style meant he outscored the stylish Crawley fighter leaving Harvey to take second place.

Jack and Liam Super League May 2013

Crawley Martial Arts Academy’s, Jack Jarvis and Liam Lambourne with their Super League winners belts

Only 15 years, Crawley’s Liam Lambourne is already a veteran of the Super League having qualified last year and travelling to Turkey for the International Games back in April.

Last month Liam was bumped up a weight division and lost out on a close fight to take home a Silver medal.  One of the hardest workers in the gym Liam was out to win this time around and didn’t disappoint as he showed speed and aggression to win a Gold medal and take home the Super League title belt.

Hazelwick student Jack Jarvis was last fight of the day.  The tall 14 year old from Northgate had a busy day ahead of himself, competing in one of the busier weight categories.  Winning his first two fights Jack only had 4 minutes to rest and recover before stepping into the ring for the final.

Digging deep Jack pushed and pressured his opponent as they exchanged punches and kicks over the three rounds doing enough to take the decision and take home the Crawley Academy’s second Gold medal and belt of the day.

If you’d like to find out more about training at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy or would like to sponsor a member of our team get in touch with the Academy on 01293 552 511 or visit:


Jack West is lifted by his opponent

Jack West is lifted by his opponent after a closely fought contest

The Crawley Team at Super League in Birmingham

The Crawley Team at Super League in Birmingham