Mississauga Kombat Muay Thai Athletes Excel at the Nationals

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Athletes from Kombat Arts Training Academy (http://www.kombatarts.com) took a number of awards at the 2009 Canadian National Championships held by the Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK) this past weekend (January 24th and 25th, 2009).

Athletes from Kombat Arts Training Academy (http://www.kombatarts.com) took a number of awards at the 2009 Canadian National Championships held by the Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK) this past weekend (January 24th and 25th, 2009). The Championships were held in Burlington, Ontario at the Burlington Senior Center and featured many different areas of competition. Members of Kombat Arts received unanimous votes from the panel of judges for championship and gold awards in several categories.

In a unanimous decision, Kevin Nabbie took the Gold Medal in the championships. Mr. Nabbie also received the Thai Boxing Junior Athlete of the Year award.

Sylwester Organka, recently returning after a year and a half out of the ring, received the National Low Kick Championship belt, also awarded unanimously. Mr. Organka fought on the first day, then spent the second day as a coach, providing much needed support for the competition.

Julian della Vedova received a Thai Boxing National Championship belt, impressing the entire team of judges with his skill.

Max Grech also received a Thai Boxing National Championship belt, scoring a TKO in the third round with impressive kicks.

A Gold Medal was awarded to Joel Holland, a student of Eddie De Nobrega and representing the Kombat Arts for this tournament. Mr. De Nobrega is recognized as an expert of Muay Thai, and has been practicing the art for more than fourteen years. At one time, he lived in Thailand, fighting in the professional circuit, as well as for the World Muay Thai Council. Mr. Holland received his Gold Medal as the result of a third round TKO, awarded due to a right hand blow to the body.

By unanimous decision from the judges, Kareem Hackett also received a Gold Medal against a very difficult unorthodox opponent.

Not all of the entrants from Kombat Arts received awards or won their matches. Nenad Cvejic was paired against a much more seasoned fighter and lost his match. However, this opponent speaks well of Mr. Cvejic and was surprised to be fighting against an opponent who was entering his first low kick match. Headley Hinds also lost his match, due to majority decision on the part of the judges. Paolo Dultra participated only in a demo match as his opponent failed to show due to an injury from the previous day, and Kyran Cameron was matched against a fighter of different weight, so the bout was cancelled.

Kombat Arts was awarded second place for Most Supportive Club in the event, with many coaches supporting their athletes and helping with warm ups, gear, and corner work. These included Roberto Herrera, David Edwards, Sylwester Organka, Marc Mendoza, and "Master" Lee, all of them led by Head Coach, Joey de Los Reyes.

Kombat Arts Training Academy is Canada's premier Mixed Martial Arts Facility, located in Mississauga, twenty minutes west of Toronto. Programs offered by the academy include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, and Combat Submission Wrestling. They aim to provide instruction to meet a variety of goals, and have been operating since before 2000, training some of the top athletes in these sports.

The Kombat Arts Training Academy is located in a new, extremely modern, fifteen thousand square foot facility featuring high quality, up to date equipment for all martial arts taught there. Kombat Arts moved to this facility from a smaller one, due to increased demand for the services offered by the academy. Kombat Arts has also now opened a second location in Milton, Ontario.

More information about the Kombat Arts Training Academy, the Canadian National Championships, and the martial arts training offered can be found on the academy's web page at http://www.kombatarts.com. In addition, Joey de Los Reyes, owner and acting Program Director of the facility, can be reached at 905-804-8158 or info (at) kombatarts.com

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