Muay Thai Kingdom 2 Aug 23 at Bayou City Event Center

Sorry I’ve been away for a bit.

I wanted to drop some big news!
Muay Thai Kingdom 2 will be held Aug 23rd, at the Bayou City Event Center. This will be my first event in Houston, after four long years of traveling and fighting. the following is a tentative card posted by Michael Corley.
stay tune for further details.

Aug 23 Bayou City Event Center – Card Subject to change
1) 147 lbs Oliver Jimenez (Muay Thai Corner) Robert Bailey (Team Tooke C)
2) 140 lbs Carlos Garza (SitSiam) Uriel Figuero (Revolution)
3) 155 lbs Daniel Ortega (McCall) TBA
4) 160 lbs Chris Jackson (SBA/Izzy) TBA
5) 165lbs Jeremy Milbourn (Team Tooke) Elliot Bush (Paradigm)
6) 165lbs Joel Haesecke (TBD) Gregory Sanzo (Revolution)
7) 140lbs Jennifer Guerrero(Revolution) Caressa Kibler (Team SudYod)
8) 160lbs Nethaneel Mongonia(Revolution) Kebba Marenah (TeamSudYod)
9) 110lbs Bebe Laced (4oz) Gabbi Maxwell (TBD)
10) 140lbs Chuy Salianekham (Garland) Alex Chang (4oz)

Constructive criticism of the Houston Muay Thai scene.

Constructive criticism of the Houston Muay Thai scene.

First off I’d like to take a moment to thank Michael Corley for his hard work and efforts to kick start Muay Thai in Houston again.

Secondly, I’m the type of person that likes to trouble shoot and fix problems. I’m not the complaining type, because time spent complaining is time that could have been spent identifying, analyzing and implementing a corrective action. anything I am writing here is solely from a constructive business stand point as a Quality auditor, to help my team grow and do better. Perhaps these are some good tools to help us all of us in the Houston Muay Thai community build and grow the sport of Muay Thai.

Often my fighters/teammates and myself fight out of town. this puts us as the antagonist in the story of the night. promoters often bring us in to fight their local town/state hero’s, and this is how they sell tickets. we’re the bad guys, and our opponent is the good guy. So it’s easy to forgot and get spoiled by not having to sell tickets. so I wrote the following, as a corrective action document that I am implementing with my team; anyone else is welcome and free to use it to communicate clear guidelines and expectations to0 their boxers.

I believe the two biggest things that MMA has gifted to the sport of Muay Thai, one is the addition of science methods such as strength and conditioning. second, how to brand and market yourself. So as Muay Thai fighters we need to take a page from the MMA community’s play book and learn how to grow our audiences and fan bases.

The following is a living document, that we all need to continue to improve.

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Goal: The continuing success of Muay Thai and kickboxing.

Objective: To help Muay Thai Kingdom continue to be a success by facilitating revenue and fiscal growth through building team work and fighter-promoter communication.

This is a set of clear guideline as to what is expected of every participant in Muay Thai Kingdom or any combat sport. As you may or may not know, hosting combat sporting events are financially a high risk and very costly for promoters. Our goal is to continue to provide fighters with an opportunity to compete Muay Thai and Kickboxing in our own home town of Houston Texas by meeting the promoter half way, and producing a return on their investment. In order to continue to make this happen, Muay Thai Kingdom must continue to be a financial success by insuring audience pre-fight commitment, and we need your help and commitment to make that happen.

Outlined are some key hurdles, and strategy to addressing them.

Hurdles:

  1. Fighter turn over

1.2   Medicals not in on time

1.3   Social media Fighters (Booking fights because it’s cool with no intent of following through)

  1. Ticket sales and audience turn out.

2.2   Low audience pre-fight commitment

2.3    Participant’s not understanding the need to push that commitment

Our goal is to understand these problems and overcome them through working with you as a team.

Expectations (per each participant):

  1. You must secure audience pre-fight commitment by selling a minimum of 30+ tickets.

1.2   If there are two members of your gym participating, then your team’s obligation is 60+ tickets; three members participating, then 90+ and so on.

  1. Medicals submitted in a quick and timely fashion.
  2. Show up to weigh-ins at weight.
  3. Keep your promise and follow through with the fight.

Guidelines:

  1. Proof of 30+ tickets sold must be shown prior to 15 days before the event.
  2. Medicals must be submitted to the state or promoter before participants are placed on the card line up.
  3. Pulling out from the fight must be done prior to 30 days before event.
  4. Before you make any decisions, please consult your trainer first.

Tool sets:

  1. MTK has provided you with Tickets to help secure audience pre-fight commitment.
  2. Your gym and family are full of people that would love to come see you compete.
  3. Your work place and neighborhood is full of combat sports fans
  4. Put up flyers at local stores and shops.
  5. Utilize social media and hashtags #MuayThaiKingdom to spread the word and market the event
  6. Easy script: Would you like to go see some fights?

6.2   Yes. Tickets are $35.00, how many would you like?

6.3    No. No problem; let me know if you change your mind.

  1. Family script: Would you support me by coming to MTK?

7.2   Yes. Tickets are $35.00, how many would you like?

7.3   No. No problem; let me know if you change your mind.

Rewards:

  1. Participant’s that insure audience pre-fight commitment via tickets are rewarded with insured placement and higher rankings in most combat sports organizations system. This means that the more you can sale, the more likely you are to have a shot at a Championship Title.
  2. Teams/Gyms that insure large audience pre-fight commitment get preference in booking status.

Failures:

  1. Participant’s that refuse to or fail to meet basic expectations risk losing Title and rank, or worse… black-listing from future events.

It sound rather silly, and is considered a given for most fighters that have been in the scene for a long time. however, there is no marketing training manual for starting fighters. any and all ideas to help make this a success are welcome.

-Nete

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Muay Thai Kingdom 2

Sorry Guys, but I have bad news for March 22nd. due to last minute drops and low ticket sales, MTK2 has been postponed until a later date.

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Chris Jackson

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(TFL) Chris Jackson new up and comer, that has made a name for himself here in the Houston scene with a couple of great performances in the ring. Starting with boxing, Chris is an exciting and aggressive combination style fighter with massive power in his hands,

Chris, how long have you been training and tell us a bit about your history?

(Chris Jackson) I’ve been training going on 4yrs now. I did lots of boxing and a little MMA, but recently became addicted to Muay Thai (Laughs)

(TFL) yeah, Muay Thai will do that (laughs) is a beautiful sport, but it’s also an adrenaline rush because the sport can be so fast paced.

Fill us in on Submission Boxing Academy and Kru Izzy?

(Chris Jackson) SBA has been operating going on 7yrs; Kru Izzy branched out to start “Izzy Camp” which has been open for a little over a year now.

(TFL) I fought Brannon a long time ago; Brannon is a tough and talented kid, so you all have some killers over there. We interview Izzy a while back, when he first opened. I like Izzy a lot; he’s a good guy and a great teacher who’s been fighting and training for a long time. Congratulations to him for his success with Izzy Camp.

(Chris Jackson) When comes to Muay Thai Kru Izzy is an awesome instructor. He very traditional and passionate about Muay Thai, which makes me feel good to be training under him and representing Izzy Camp Muay Thai.

(TFL) Definitely, I love how he’s always training next to you guys.  How long have you been focusing on Muay Thai?

(Chris Jackson) I’ve been doing Muay Thai for the pass 3yrs, but this last year it’s become my main focus.

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(TFL) what is it about Muay Thai that you enjoy so much?

(Chris Jackson) The culture itself and the respect that’s shared and encouraged amongst teammates, instructors and opponents. On top of that it’s beautiful yet brutal. We test ourselves daily, mentally, emotionally and physically.

(TFL) Chris, tell us a bit about your fight history and how your last showing went?

(Chris Jackson) I’ve only had one Muay Thai fight, against Jeremy Melbourne from Team Tooke. He was really good, came out with some technical combos. He sort of overwhelmed me, but I kept my composer, which is a gift of mine (Laughs). I realize I had to close the distance and hit him hard, which got me the KO of the night.

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(TFL) Wow, yeah Jeremy is no slob, he’s really good. I’m sure there is a potential rematch in the future, but what are you really focusing on right now and what’s your career game plan?

(Chris Jackson) Keep training and learning anywhere and from anyone I can. I’m looking to gain all the experience possible and fight as long as my body allows me.

(TFL) That is definitely a great game plan. That would be my advice to anyone seeking to have a successful career and possibly go pro in Muay Thai one day.

Is there anyone on your team that we should be on the lookout for?

(Chris Jackson) Oliver Jimenez, dude is improving daily. Angel Benavides, very hard nose guy and kicks like a mule. Benito Moreno, he’s hungry and should be a force in the future. Just to name a few.

(TFL) Yes sir, well keep our eyes peeled. Oliver did great in his last fight, what impressed me was his ability to say calm and composed after that first round. I will be on the lookout for those names on future fight cards.

Are you pretty excited about Muay Thai kingdom 2?

(Chris Jackson) Oh yea I’m hyped, even if I wasn’t on the card I would still be excited to see the match ups on this card.

(TFL) I know right, definitely a great card with a lot of talent. Anyone you would like to thank or send a shout out to?

(Chris Jackson) I would like to thank all my coaches and teammates for being behind me during this journey I’m on. Also, I would like to thank Michael Corley for bringing Muay Thai back to Houston.

(TFL) You and me both brother! Thanks for the interview Chris.

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Revolution Dojo: Muay Thai Kingdom II

Promo highlighting the muay thai fighters from Revolution Dojo, leading up to Muay Thai Kingdom II
Shot and Directed By: Cm Black Pixels
http://www.cmblackpixels.com
Highlighted Fighters:
Jennifer Guerrero
Uriel Figueroa
TJ Johnson
Ray Aninzo

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Jeremy Milbourn, The Terminator.

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(TFL) As always, we here at TFL have a commitment to cover Houston Muay Thai and highlight Texas talent. Muay Thai is a very blue collar sport. Thai boxers put in a lot of road work and fights, to gain experience. Today, I’ve got a talented young man who has been hitting the pavement hard the past couple of years. I personally have had the pleasure of hanging out with Jeremy at the TBA-SA tournament and various smokers, so I know how much this young man loves the sport.

Jeremy, tell me about yourself, your home gym and how long you’ve been training?

(Jeremy Milbourn) I’ve been training at Team Tooke for over 2 years now. We have been around for about 5-6 years at 249 and grant rd.

(TFL) That’s awesome. They’ve been doing an awesome job building up fighters in such a short time. Tell us about your coach and facilities?

(Jeremy Milbourn) I train with Michael Corley, he started training there a little over a year ago.

(TFL) Nice, Corley is a good guy to learn under. He has a lot of wonderful hands on experience. How long have you been doing Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

(Jeremy Milbourn) off and on for about 3 years now.

(TFL) Wow, so you just jumped head first into fighting… that’s great, because a lot of people second guess themselves, and never put themselves out there like that. That shows a lot of heart.

What is it about Muay Thai that attracts you to this sport so much?

(Jeremy Milbourn) I’ve attracted to muay thai since the movie blood sport. I just fell in love with contact sports since my tae kwan do days.

(TFL) (Haha) Who could forget blood-sport with Jean-Claude van Dam. Tell us about your fight history, your last fight and how they all went?

(Jeremy Milbourn) I’ve been in two tournaments, three smokers, and one bout. I fought Chris Jackson, in my last fight. Unfortunately, I was knocked out in the second round.

(TFL) So you’ve been hitting the pavement pretty hard, trying to get as much experience as possible. That’s definitely a good career plan for you. Sorry for your loss brother, I know how that feels. I think every experienced fighter has been there. But it’s better to fight and lost, then to have never fought at all.

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Everyone gets knocked down sometime in their career. What makes you a champion is refusing to give up, and to utilize your experience as a corrective tool. I know what kind of guy you are, and I’ve got a good feeling about your next fight.

What are your plains for the future?

(Jeremy Milbourn) My plan is to stay in the Muay Thai community; I don’t see myself going anywhere for a long time.

(TFL) That’s it brother, keep fighting. You’ve got a huge heart, and win, lose or draw you always leave it all in the ring; you’re going to go far.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your school?

(Jeremy Milbourn) Joseph Espinoza is someone you should definitely look out for in 2014.

(TFL) duly noted, we’ll keep an eye open for him. Are you excited about the upcoming Muay Thai Kingdom card?

(Jeremy Milbourn) of course I am! I just hope they find me someone for me. I feel like I need to redeem myself. Just expect me to destroy the competition in 2014.

(TFL) (Laughs) oh I believe you Jeremy, 2014 is going to be a good year. I love your altitude, moving forward and not looking back.

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Muay Thai Kingdom 2 is coming!

 

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