The day couldn’t have been better. A beautiful spring day, a well organized event in a huge field with a demograph that totally suited martial arts. Here we were at the “Boys Day Out”, an annual event which gathers together all manner of pursuits, toys and interests that fellas get in to; from Harley’s and Tanks, to drinking beer, rock music and Bikini Babes.
This gave us an awesome opportunity to demonstrate the martial arts systems that we train at the Academy. Throughout the day we worked out, talked to people and demonstrated swordsmanship, stick fighting, knife fighting, reality based self defence, Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial arts.
Although all demos drew great crowds the most popular were the knife fighting, Muay Thai and Mixed martial arts Demonstrations, with continuous sparring throughout the day keeping interest.
Some of the highlights of the day were the winner of the Bikini Babes competition doing a bit of Muay Thai sparring with me and knocking me out for the camera, Dan from the Erin Simpson Show dropping by for a self defence lesson on how to fight with the “Slam Man” (me in the Bullet man suit), smashing and kneeing me in the groin and head to put me into the ground, and a kung fu practitioner challenging us.
The challenge was very predictable and did not end well for the kung fu, shaolin kenpo “expert”. His first fight against one of my BJJ blue belts ended in less than a minute after being quickly taken to the ground, pounded in the mount and finished with an armbar.
He insisted on another, so he fought one of the young Thai boxers (17 years old) who gave him a lesson in how to fight. I had to stop the match after about 2 minutes as he could barely stand – from the leg kick damage – and was being repeatedly hit with right hands to the head.
When are these classical martial artists going to learn! In Muay Thai, MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we train for fighting. We did not wish to do this but when we are repeatedly hassled we must respond.
There was huge interest in mixed martial arts with a great audience that were clearly educated on what MMA was about as they really appreciated the total game that we demonstrated and were keen observers of the sparring matches that we held throughout the day.
I real appreciated the well organized event that the “Boys Day Out” people ran and thank them for giving us this opportunity to demonstrate our martial arts of Muay Thai, Stick fighting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.