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THAI MARTIAL ARTS
Training Holiday Retreats TBC ******
Wat Yarn Head Abbot Blessing Mastership Thailand Feb 2006
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Whilst a child Master Danny trained and competed in Judo at schools level and at 12 years old locally in Shotokan Karate and participated in London Youth Games - Crystal Palace & semi-contact tournaments. In that time and with a disqualification in a bout for knocking down an opponent with a body punch, an art more full contact was sought.
In 1985 and at the same time training as a fighter in London ABA's amateur boxing under the guidance of Peter Kent at Lonsdale Gym Master Danny gained Thai Boxing experience there initially as well with Bill Judd of KO Gym. The early martial arts passion and natural boxing ability seemed to fuse together perfectly in Thai Boxing, hence its attraction. From 1987 he then continued Thai Boxing training to fight at a novice and c class level. With the desire to carry on practicing and improving whilst
studying he began Instruction at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston with a few enthusiastic students. It soon turned into the most successful martial arts society at the University with many student members - it was UK's Universities first MuayThai Society. At the same time he also worked as a bouncer to pay his way through study. After completing his degree Master Danny continued teaching small groups and
individuals (especially Trevor McCook, Errol Ried, Mike Slater, Dips Dhillon, Jay Dhillon) from 1988 thereafter forming a club at West Middlesex Hospital Social Club in 1989.
Having to move because of housing development, Seconds Out Boxing Club at Ealing Northern Leisure Centre, Sudbury Hill was the next club gym. Although the club was becoming popular, Master Danny felt there was much more to learn about authentic Muaythai as trained in Thailand by the best fighters and traditional Thai Martial Arts to be therefore able in turn to pass it on to existing and future students.
Previously known as Dan's KO Gym, RukThai Camp was established by Master Danny & was blessed and given its name after personal tuition and attaining Official Kru Teacher Qualification by GrandMaster Woody in Manchester and the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Education and Dept. of Physical Education Bodies in 1994.
'RukThai' has at least three major meanings:
first is 'Ruk' pronounced 'Rook' multiple meaning of 'Attack'
'Invade' 'Forward', 'Advance' and
second pronounced 'Ruck' is a love and passion for the Thai
culture and what it embraces, which as part of their heritage, includes MuayThai - and
third 'Mak Ruk' is 'Thai Chess' & particularly the 'Check' move, thinking with strategy attacking, defending, countering in
Thai Chess which MuayThai fighting, just like chess, is exactly
that at a high level, a real mind game!
We are very proud to have a camp name associated with such relevant, traditional and
deep meanings for our Art of Muaythai and moreover honoured for it to have root from a
world renowned GrandMaster.
Master Danny has been teaching Muay Thai in and around West London for over 25 years
and is appointed by the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education
Dept. of Physical Education and as the International Director of Thailand's Institute of Thai
Arts & Culture (I.T.A.C) whose President is Grand Master Kriangsak (Krin) Grand
Master Woody's brother.
He is also registered on the Association Institute of Thai Martial Arts (AITMA) &
Kru MuayThai Association Official International Register of Trainers for Muay Thai
to be a safe and enjoyable martial art/sport for all.
From 11yrs old semi contact, full contact, amateur, pro-amateur competition
& exhibition fights, conducted many seminars & special courses and public event demonstrations inc Thai Festivals. Notable achievements include
In 1996 Won 'BEST RAM MUAY' Ireland's first International
Amateur Tournament and in 1998 presented by Thai Government a Muaythai
Special International Promotion Award Sukhothai, Thailand
He attained the coveted Official Kru Teacher Qualification by GrandMaster Woody and the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Education and Dept. of Physical Education Bodies in 1994, Kru Yai (Senior) in 1997 and promoted to Arjarn (Master) by GrandMaster Krin on DEC 4th 2005 and GrandMaster Phosowat Thailand FEB 11-17th 2006 (photo below).
Our Club's Mission Statement
is to promote & teach anyone teachable to the highest possible standards all forms of Authentic MuayThai (Silapa MuayThai, Muay Boran), Modern(Ring Sport) Thai Boxing, Western Boxing and Krabi Krabong (traditional Thai weapons) in conjunction with its code of conduct, ethics, respect and values ensuring successful continuation and growth in the true way.
Utilising all components of training in martial arts to help develop character and humility at the same time stimulating & building an individuals mind, body and spirit so as to lead a more positive, fulfilling and productive life benefiting oneself and society as a whole .'
MASTER DANNY STARRING AS THAI BOXER CHAMPION AND TRAINER TO THE LEAD ACTRESS 'ASSASSIN' IN ASIAN BOLLYWOOD MOVIE PATTAYA, THAILAND - THEIR VERSION OF 'NIKITA'
SUKHOTHAI (North Thailand) amateur 1998
First presentation in England Receiving Instructor Swords from his teachers GrandMaster Vichit Cheechurn & Master Chucheep 1998
Mastership Presentation 2005 by the famous
Grand Master Phosawat Saengsawan
DEMONSTRATIONS & ACTIVITIES
Danny with Grand Master Woody after Traditional MuayThai
Muay Boran Demonstration -Battersea Thai Food Festival 1995
So much has happened since the historical and I may add memorable 1st Official Amateur World Championships in 1995 at the National Stadium in Bangkok , which also houses our Thailand Headquarters and training Camp NIMIBUT (where GM Woody is now in charge of living in Thailand). We returned with four silver medals and three bronze, England being second only to Thailand in the medals table out of 23 countries! Our objectives and goals were very clear.
We formed a skilled RukThai Camp demonstration team in 1994 to reach out and show the public SILAPA Traditional Muay Thai , Muay Boran, Sport/Ring Muay Thai as the authentic Art, who we are and what we represent. We continually perform at events around the country and Thailand , main events including:
Thai Food Festival 1995,1998, 2000,2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Battersea Park (requests from the Thai Embassy in London )
'AAA'Classic British Open 1996
Brentford Leisure Centre Brentford, London
IAMTF National Championships 1996
Lee Valley Multicultural Summer Festival UK 1997
Pineapple Westside Fitness Gym 1997
High St. Kensington London
Sukhothai Physical Education University 1998
(for the Mayor) Jan. - Sukhothai , Thailand
Thai Cultural Programme Jan 1998
A march through Pattaya City - Pattaya , Thailand Oct 1998
the Mayor and General Tienchai
|Oriental Restaurant Show 1999|
Wembley Exhibition Centre (sponsored by Sony)
University College London 1999
|Professional Boxing Tournament Feb 2005|
Hammersmith Palais - London
|Thai Thai Food Festival and Thai Culture and Sports Festival|
Sport City, Manchester August 2005
|Loy Kratong Festivals at Bhuddhapadipa Thai Temple|
|David Lloyd Leisure Plc|
Heston, West London
THAI FOOD FESTIVAL DEMONSTRATION TEAM JULY 06 - left to right - Kru Ash, Asst. Kru Nikki, Yatti, Junior Coach Shaila, Master Danny, Kru Sav and Kru Dips
We regularly hold high profile seminars with GrandMaster Woody (first to plant the seeds of the Art in this country and Europe along with Master Toddy about thirty five years ago) GMaster Krin, MRonnie Green and leading exponents from many countries to promote and enhance the authentic traditions of Muay Thai and Krabi-Krabong.
Such a series proved very successful and one of them coincided with the visitation to England by a Thailand Government delegation including the Deputy Minister of Education, ex Deputy Prime Minister (ex Senator) and Officers of the Office of the National Culture Commission and Dept. of Physical Education.
The RukThai Camp ( South England ) Thai Martial Arts Centre of Excellence , arranged demonstrations and played host for the delegation whose purpose of the visit was to see how their Art is practiced and promoted in main camps in the West to the highest standards as laid down by the Governing Body.
Needless to say they were delighted with what they saw. After we received presentations from the Ministers, the delegation were treated to a banquet held in their honour at the Thai Embassy in London . They then travelled to the then (International) Thai Martial Arts Centre of Excellence in Manchester , which housed the International Office by appointment of the Royal Thailand Government.
First IAMTF National Demo Team with GrandMaster Woody (International Commissioner) and IAMTF/RukThai Camp members performed Sport Thai Boxing and Muay Boran July 1995
GrandMaster Vichit, Master Krin, top Masters, and myself (left). We demonstrated Live on Thailand Television Channel 9, prime time to the nations millions in Jan ‘98
it was a rare privilege for a foreigner to perform live and a first on Thai national tv!
Pattaya '99 Ceremony, Training, and Demonstrating
to theCity Mayor Blessing from General Tianchai
Special Demo Ceremony in Ancient City of Sukhothai, I am with GMaster Krin and my Fighting Teacher living legend Master Sakad 'Sagat' Petchyindee 317 fights!, 151 knockouts, 40 L - also Master Prawat right
National Stadium Headquarters Bangkok
RukThai Training (6 hours straight i remember- the same day arriving in Thailand 6am started training 12pm!) with then current Lumpinee Ratchademnoen Champions myself centre between Master Sakad and GM Krin
1998 Special Masters blessing Ceremony and Presentation from Master Danny of RukThai Camp to his Krabi Krabong Teacher GrandMaster Vichit Cheechurn with GrandMasters Woody & Krin, Master Sken, GrandMaster Channarong and Master A
Special blessing and Advanced MuayThai Krabi Krabong Training '98 Weekend
Shaila Kapoor youngest ever to complete our Annual MuayThai & Krabi Krabong Course leading our team Procession through Pattaya City in September 1998
Presentation from Grand Master Yuttana & Grand Master Woody
UCL Thai Martial Arts Society Xmas Dinner 2000
Manchester 2005 RukThai SILAPA MUAYTHAI Muay BoranTeam with Dr Sawang Head Referee of Bangkok's famous Ratchademnoen Stadium