2014-02-21 / Community

Martial Arts Kick Off A Hit

By Dan Guarino


Student Jeanette Esposito demonstrates the art of Muay Thai with instructor Chris Romulo at CROM’s new gym. Photos by Bauzen. Student Jeanette Esposito demonstrates the art of Muay Thai with instructor Chris Romulo at CROM’s new gym. Photos by Bauzen. More than 200 excited spectators crowded into the CROM Martial Training center for an afternoon of Muay Thai fighting skills exhibition matches on Sunday, February 16th.

The event was designed to launch the school’s new location at 92-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, raise scholarship funds and give new fighters a chance to show their talents in the ring.

The packed crowd, covering a wide age range, enthusiastically watched and cheered as CROM fighters Dylan Grosseto, Ky-Mani Harrison, Craig Young, Suleyca Coppin, Pat Murphy and Marco Silva squared off against talented students from other martial arts schools. These included Mayo Academy, King’s Muay Thai, VisionQuest Muay Thai, Evolution Muay Thai, Square Circle Muay Thai, BladeFist Muay Thai and BGMT.

Muay Thai is a centuries old martial art that involves arms, hands, legs, feet and almost all parts of the body.

As a finale to the afternoon, student Jeanette Esposito put on an impressive display with CROM instructor and co-owner Chris Romulo. Romulo is himself an internationally known former Muay Thai champion.

About the successful event, co-owner Sarah Romulo said, “We raised enough for a six month scholarship for one student at CROM. We also raised money to help send our team to the WKA (World Kickboxing Association) tournament.”

As far as future plans, she said, “Our next event will be a sanctioned Muay Thai show in early May in a venue in Rockaway Beach.”

“We are really excited to showcase up and coming amateur fighters out of Rockaway Beach as well competitors from all over the East Coast. The purpose of this show will be to help rising talent take the next step in their amateur careers towards their journey in the sport. Stay tuned for more info!” she concluded.

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