2012-09-28 / Sports

CROM Martial Training Hosts Battle On The Boards

The Rockaway Beach boardwalk is one of the fastest-expanding cultural hotspots in New York, with top taste-makers from all five boroughs bringing their respective cuisines, sports, arts, and lifestyles into the growing community. On September 22, from 3-7 p.m., Rockaway staple CROM Martial Training hosted a free Muay Thai exhibition right in the heart of the boardwalk, located at the Beach 98 Street concession area, home to famed food joints Rockaway Taco, La Fruterria, and the Low Tide Bar with more than 500 guests in attendance.

Fighters from the local Muay Thai outfit were matched up against the metro area’s best young talent in Muay Thai from gyms such as Manhattan’s famous Church Street boxing gym, Coban’s Muay Thai Camp, Chok Sabai, and others.

The event was entirely free for spectators of all ages, and included a fundraiser raffle and 50/50, with proceeds going to local youth football team the Rockaway Ravens. The exhibition also featured a Wai Kru exhibition from former World Champion and Muay Thai legend Coban Lookchaomaesaitong alongside CROM Martial Training’s (and New York Muay Thai star) Chris Romulo.

Romulo, CROM’s owner and head coach, says of his inspiration for the Battle on the Boards, “Our main goal is to create more exposure for the art of Muay Thai here in the Rockaways, which is already known as a surf and skate town, but I see the Rockaways as fitness and martial arts town as well! The Rockaways are my stomping grounds, and I hope to lead the community in different ways of growing, as Muay Thai has helped me stay on the straight and narrow for many years.”

CROM Martial Training is continuing to take donations for the Rockaway Ravens at their gym at 92-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. CROM Martial Training has plans for their next show in December 2012.

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