Our last day with our friends at Ponsuriya. This has truly been an amazing experience for us from Ross. The students have really picked up a lot of new skills and some have even expressed interest in continuing with the sport when we get home.
We started the session off with drills again and then got right into the sparing. It was really impressive to watch how much the students had picked up over the course of only three days.
The first to be paired up in the ring, were Sarah and Shirley. They were both a bit shy to engage at first, but they did get a few shots in.
Then, it was Zach’s turn to take on the gym’s owner and head instructor. After a few instructional rounds, Jason stepped in the ring to oppose Zach. That was a great sparing match! Both of the guys have really taken to the sport and picked up many new skills while here.
Next, was Katie and Shirley. Shirley got over her initial shyness and was a real wild card! She and Katie did really well! They both threw a few solid combinations and, while intense while in the ring, definitely enjoyed themselves.
Next up in the sparing ring were Abby and Rachel. This match had a lot of potential, but it turned into a bit of a giggle-fest. The blows they did land were really good! I would love to watch these two spar when they are serious about it. I think it would be a really good match.
Anil and Karsten were up next. They put up a solid showing. There is definitely a lot of potential in both of them.
Michael has been showing his boxing skills as well. It might not be Muay Thai, but he has been doing some solid drills.
The next team in the ring was Jason and Ray Jack. We have all been very impressed with how well Ray Jack has picked up the Muay Thai. He quietly watches, and then puts what he has learned into practice beautifully.
After Ray Jack, Jason thought it was a good idea to challenge the gym’s top student. While he held his own and was very impressive, Jason is going to be very sore tomorrow!
We ended the afternoon with Anil and Zach.
After the sparing, we were taught Ponsuriya’s Wai Khru Ram Muay. This is a type of dance Muay Thai fighters do before fights to honor their ancestors, trainers, and stadium. It was beautiful and hopefully I can get these videos uploaded. Also, please forgive the 20-30 second clips. I’m still getting used to this camera and am not sure what happened here.
We ended the day with a plethora of group photos. The students were especially keen to get their picture taken with the Stadium’s top fighter. He didn’t seem to mind at all.
Also, in addition to the planned donation to Ponsuriya the students raised additional funds among themselves. Ponsuriya is now able to purchase all brand new equipment and will be able to train more safely! I am extremely proud of our students and what they did for our new friends.