2012-03-02 / Sports

CROM Martial Training Holds Crush Cancer Fundraiser

Muay Thai instructors and owners of CROM Martial Training held a Mid-Winter Sparring Exhibition and Fundraiser for the Crush Cancer Fund For Clare Droesch on Sunday, February 26.

The event included a Muay Thai boxing exhibition with the children from their youth program aged 8-14. Chris Romulo, a recently retired Muay Thai champion displayed the art of Muay Thai through the Martial Art’s distinctive pad work training.

The students also demonstrated fundamental techniques in a sparring scenario and showed great skill and heart, which are synonymous with Muay Thai Boxing; the most distinguished Martial Art in the world! Sarah Romulo followed up the show with a pad work demonstration with Ladies’ Boxing student and Belle Harbor resident Amanda Boggiano.

Sarah and Amanda displayed grace, beauty and teamwork with their demo of this unique fighting art. The expo took a step to the next level halfway through the show when eight adult Muay Thai sparring matches took place with students from CROM Martial Training (Rockaway Beach), Evolution Muay Thai (NYC), Church Street Boxing Gym (NYC), Coban’s Fight Camp (NYC), Lion’s Roar Muay Thai Camp (The Bronx), and The Mayo Academy (Ozone Park).

Legendary Muay Thai kickboxer and World Champion Coban Lookchaomaesaitong were in attendance with fighters from his camp. Coban, being the Muhammad Ali of Muay Thai was a treat for all the students to meet being such a great ambassador for their sport.

All the students who stepped in the ring tested their skill for a good cause! CROM Martial Training raised a generous amount for The Crush Cancer Fund for Clare Droesch through a raffle and cupcake bake sale. Clare Droesch is a lifelong Rockaway resident, and at only 29 years old is suffering from Stage 4 Breast Cancer which has unfortunately metastasized to her spine, and hip.

Droesch is an amazing person, highly respected basketball player (Christ the King, Boston College, etc.) and known for always helping others, and our community.

Four lucky winners were awarded with one of the following prizes: A onemonth all inclusive membership to CROM Martial Training; A private training session with Chris Romulo; A tshirt and $50 gift card from East Coast MMA in Rockville Center; Two tickets to Friday Night Fights NYC Pro Muay Thai matches on March 9.

Donations for Clare Droesch can continue to be dropped off at CROM Martial Training Monday-Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Checks should be made out the Graybeards with Clare Droesch’s name in memo section of check. No amount is too small!

CROM Martial Training is located at 92-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.crom-mt.com

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