2014-02-14 / Sports

CROM Sparring Event In New Home


Fighters, trainers and CROM owner’s Sarah and Chris Romulo (center) at the Rockaway Battle on the Boards this past summer. The martial arts/fitness training center celebrates their new home with an exhibition event this Sunday. Fighters, trainers and CROM owner’s Sarah and Chris Romulo (center) at the Rockaway Battle on the Boards this past summer. The martial arts/fitness training center celebrates their new home with an exhibition event this Sunday. On the move since being displaced by Hurricane Sandy, CROM Martial Arts and CrossFit Training Center is celebrating the opening of their new and permanent home by hosting a sparring exhibition event on Sunday, February 16th.

The doors will open at 92-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach and the event will run from 2 to 5 p.m.

CROM’s sparring exhibition, known in the martial arts world as a smoker, will feature 10 or more matches that consist of three 2 minute rounds.

“We are here to put on a great show for our crowd, displaying authentic and technical Muay Thai. Our event is not about knock outs or beat downs, but rather friendly competition where each fighter will test their skills in the ring before having their first sanctioned fight,” says Chris Romulo, co-owner, coach and former Muay Thai champion. “There is no winner or loser....”All it takes is heart!”

For the 4th year in a row, fighters from Rockaway’s Muay Thai outfit will be matched up against the metro area’s best young talent from Muay Thai gyms such as Manhattan’s well known Evolution Muay Thai, Square Circle, King’s Muay Thai and others.

A $5 entrance fee will raise funds for nine members of Team CROM to attend the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) National Championships in Richmond, Virginia, taking place March 21st-23rd.

With members from more than 90 countries, WKA is the oldest and largest amateur and professional martial arts association in the world. Team CROM is looking to follow in coach Romulo’s footsteps, as he racked up five Muay Thai National Titles during his amateur career.

There will also be a fundraiser raffle and 50/50 at Sunday’s event, with proceeds going to a youth scholarship fund through the Muay Thai Project, which benefits local children who show a passion for the martial arts but are financially disadvantaged. The goal is to raise enough money to offer a 6-month membership to two local children. Items to be won will include martial arts and CrossFit training sessions at Rockaway’s CROM Martial Training and CrossFit Rockaway Beach, VIP tickets to NYC’s Friday Night Fights, private sessions with Chris “Mr. Classic” Romulo, and a Supermarket Wellness Tour with a holistic health coach. The tour gives on the spot feedback on healthiest choices for participants and their families.

“Muay Thai boxing, pronounced ‘Moy Tie’,” added co-owner Sarah Romulo, “is an ancient martial art originally from Thailand (Siam).”

“Formerly known as Muay Boran, Muay Thai was developed as a form of hand-to-hand combat for Thai soldiers on the battlefield. Many of these battles were against the Burmese and their attempts of invasion. As a testament to Muay Thai’s effectiveness, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonized by a European power.” “With the rise of mixed martial arts, the practice of Muay Thai has become mainstream to the martial arts community. People of all walks of life looking to get into great shape, and to build confidence within themselves, now enjoy the sport,” she noted.

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