Episode 90 – Pete & Pam Peterson

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, we speak with Muay Thai power couple, Pete & Pam Peterson. Since 2007, they have been the minds behind the largest, and one of the most respected and organized Muay Thai only tournaments in the U.S., The TBA Classic Muay Thai World Expo, known in the Muay Thai community as simply, “The T.B.A.’s

We discuss what it takes to put together a tournament of this size, their favorite and least favorite moments of organizing the event, and how it all began. We also, of course, discuss the growth of Muay Thai in the U.S. and much more!

United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) – 2nd OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

As previously announced in our recent press release, the United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) will be partnering with the country’s major Muaythai tournaments as sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association (WKA), the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) and the Thai Boxing Association Sanctioning Authority (TBA-SA). As partners, we will delegate the strongest team for competition at the 2017 International Federation Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) tournament which will be held beginning on May 1, 2017 (Location to be announced).

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Working in conjunction with the major self-governing sanctioning bodies (note: the USMF is NOT a sanctioning body) to build a battle-tested team establishes an excellent precedent as has been the goal of any true federation. The respected groups have an excellent history in running their annual campaigns, all of them continuously crown high-caliber champions – capable of performing well for the US in the IFMA tournament.

• WKA-USA: US National Championships and Team Trials. May 19-22, (New York, NY)
• TBA-SA: 10th annual Muay Thai Classic. June 17-19th (Des Moines Iowa)
• IKF: World Classic Muay Thai Championships. July 22-24 (Orlando, FL)

By hosting the unifying tournament, the USMF would extend exclusive invitations to the tournament champions for the opportunity to compete for a spot on the IFMA roster. This yields a process to give everyone, regardless of region within the US, an equal opportunity to earn a prestigious spot on the team by participating and winning in any of those tournaments.

For all athletes reading this, the USMF in partnership with the IKF, TBA and WKA will be the platform that enables your career to advance internationally!

Building the American Youth Muay Thai Fight Program

By Galen Okazaki

American Muay Thai has experienced a huge growth in popularity over the past few years. As this has been happening, our stature on the world stage continues to grow as well. American fighters have fought top international talent and held their own. What we continue to see though, especially with the Thai fighters, is the huge disparity in levels of experience. It is not uncommon for an American fighter to take on a Thai fighter who has been fighting since childhood and has ten times the fight experience. The physical talent levels may be equal, but it’s hard for American fighters to compensate for the experience. How do we solve for this? Well in California, Bryan Dobler and others are leading a grass roots movement to develop a program for young Muay Thai practitioners to safely get experience in the ring. It is their hope that this program can be grown and eventually adopted on a national level.

In the case of California, amateur level Muay Thai fights are currently governed by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Many would argue that these amateur level Muay Thai fights actually resemble kick-boxing versus real Muay Thai. No elbows, prajioud or mong kol are allowed. However the CSAC’s reach does not go beyond athletes 15 years of age or younger. This leaves an opening for holding fully sanctioned amateur bouts for youths 15 and younger to be done without the involvement of the CSAC. Bryan Dobler believes that if this is done in a highly organized manner, a universally recognized sanctioning organization, and most importantly with the safety of the participants in mind, young American nak muays can have their chance to safely gain experience in the ring. Read More