Skill, strength and courage at the Fight for Peace Muay Thai Show
27/06/2018 – Fight for Peace hosted a Muay Thai Interclub event last weekend at our London Academy in Newham, matching fighters from martial arts clubs across the capital in a thrilling afternoon of action.
The nature of muay thai interclub events mean that a wide range of competitors from different ages and abilities enter the ring over the course of the day, matched up on their experience and ability, and making up both decision and non-decision bouts. Throughout, there is a strong emphasis on competitors learning, testing their ability in a different environment and improving on what they have been practising in their training sessions.
“Combat sports are a key part of what Fight for Peace does and the benefits in terms of building discipline, self-respect, resilience and determination are well known and clear to see for all of us who work here. Our muay thai competitors show incredible dedication and strength to get to the position of being able to enter the ring and these are the same skills that we all need in life to succeed”, commented Fight for Peace London Academy Head of Programmes Jacob Whittingham Vigor. “At Fight for Peace we are supporting young people to develop a range of skills, through martial arts but crucially through our education, employability, mentoring and leadership programmes also.”
Across a total of twenty-two bouts, three fighters represented Fight for Peace at the show. Dylan Oke continued an impressive start to his combat sports career gaining a dominant win over Junior Facey from Muay Thai Masters Academy while fellow home fighter Irmantis Klimas won a stoppage victory in the second round of his match up against The MMA Clinic’s Tom McDonald. In a non-decision fight, meanwhile, Fight for Peace’s Jabaer Ahmed gained plaudits from the crowd and officials alike following his entertaining bout against Cyril Alcazar from Fightzone.
“We take great pride and inspiration in seeing our fighters in action at our shows and they are a great credit to our organisation. What was equally pleasing was seeing the commitment of their fellow Fight for Peace members at the event who were key to the planning and running of the show. Through our Youth Leadership programme, we put young people at the centre of the decision making and running of our organisation, both here in London and in our other bases around the world. It was very pleasing to see that in action this weekend”, added Jacob.