Thursday, February 7, 2008
1ST BACOLOD MILO MUAY CLINIC CONCLUDED By: James U. Sy Jr.
The graduates of the 1st Bacolod Milo Muay Summer Clinic with PIMAA-FTSDA Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and his son Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer "Don-Don" P. Montoyo Jr.
The 1st Bacolod Milo Muay Summer Clinic was concluded by PIMAA-FTSDA Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. last May 31, 2006 at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.
12 students graduated from the summer course. They were Remil Gimay, Steven Mark Y. Gumban, Michael “Mic-Mic” E. Gurrea, Kim Rodence Jamilarin, John Amadeo “Joma” G. Libo-on, Theresa Jane “Princess” G. Libo-on, Eva Rose Luto, Ben Marian “BM” D. Malayang, Chellie Mae “Chippy” D. Malayang, Paul Gerry H. Peña, Russel H. Peña, and James Rian I. Sabanate.
The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic is one of the courses offered in the Milo Summer Sports Clinics (MSSC), a nationwide summer sports program founded in 1984 and sponsored by energy drink Milo that teaches children the basics of various sports in a fun, unique and scientific way. The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic is a collaboration between Milo and the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) to introduce and make easily available the sport of Muay Boran (Traditional Thai Boxing) to the public, especially the youth.
The Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) is the sole National Sport Association (NSA) for Amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines as recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Muay is a Thai word which means “to pull together to form a single group” and refers to Thailand’s national martial art, sport, and “Science of the 8 limbs” (fists, elbows, legs, and knees). Muay Thai has a colorful history stretching back thousands of years. It has enjoyed support from the Thai Royal Family since the 12th Century A.D.
Muay Thai, in simple terms, is kickboxing with elbows and knees added in. Clinching (controlling the neck) is allowed as well as throwing from that position. Judo throws, however, such as shoulder, hip, reaping, and sacrifice throws are not allowed. Amateur Muay Thai is fought with full protective armor.
Montoyo Kyosanim, aside from attending 2 intensive seminars in Muay Thai last June 2005 and February 2006, traveled to the Dumaguete Muay Association Headquarters, 90-A Dr. E. Miciano Rd., Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros last Holy Week to intensively train in Muay Thai under the supervision of M.A.P. Visayas and Region 7 Head Ike Xavier Villaflores.
Montoyo Kyosanim is the Assistant Chief Instructor of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, the Negros Occidental Coordinator for the Philippine Pencak Silat Association (Philsilat), and a Board Director of the Muay Association of the Philippines-Neg. Occ., Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental and Original Filipino Tapado Long stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA).
He holds a 3rd dan black belt in Filipino Tang Soo Do and is graded Junior Instructor with the OFTLSFA. He is a former Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do full contact and hyung champion in the early 1990s and a VisMin taekwondo champion in the featherweight champion in 1996.
He once coached the Bacolod Taekwondo Team represented by Sum-ag National High School to a championship in the provincial level and brought them to the regionals. He, together with his brother Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo Kyosanim, also coached Butuan City’s Sunrise Christian College (SCC) in their first bid in the Butuan City Tertiary Athletic Association (BCTAA) Taekwondo Championships in 2004.