Cumberland Martial Arts Academy - Muay Thai

This is my first blog post of 2018. I haven't written in a while; I've been busy being a husband, a father and a teacher. It felt good to practice Muay Thai again. I reached out to Nicholas S├ęguin from New Era Martial Arts and he invited me to Cumberland Martial Arts Academy.

Training started at 8 pm. I like later sessions because it allows me to put my daughter to bed and not miss anything at home. Having been previously trained by Nicholas, I knew that I was in for a good workout and learning experience. Nicholas has over 16 years of martial arts experience. Here are Nicholas' responsibilities at CMAA: 

- Nicholas is responsible for leading and co-ordinating the Kickboxing program at CMAA.
- He also assists in coaching of Competitive Kickboxing athletes in the areas tournament strategies and fight preparation.
- Nicholas is also responsible for mentoring the apprentice Kickboxing coach program.
- As well as assist the lead coach Chuck Kempt in the BJJ program.

If you are not familiar with Muay Thai, the website has a very nice description of what it is:
''Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport that originates from Thailand, it uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of following strikes punches, elbows, knees, and kicks, Muay Thai is associated with a good physical conditioning that makes for very efficient combative sports athletes.''

In the picture above is Nicholas competing in a Muay Thai match. It's always good to know that your coach has real experience.  In the video below, you can see Nicholas teaching me some clinching techniques. This was my first experience at clinching. Nicholas was really patient with me and I did get better later on in the session. You'll also notice that he's bilingual which is a big plus for me.

Right off the start, I enjoyed my time at CMAA. I had a nice chat before the session started with Sifu Robert Teske, the manager, about Bruce Lee and IP Man. During the session, we started with a warm-up and then worked on a variety of combinations. We followed that up with some clinching and core work. Sifu Robert Teske created a nice community. As you can see below in the picture, everybody is smiling and enjoying themselves.

Hopefully I'll be back because I truly did enjoy myself. I always like to learn new skills and improve my physical literacy and movement repertoire.

My 3 reasons to visit CMAA:

1) Coach Nicholas and Sifu Robert are bilingual and knowledgeable. 
2) You can learn something new, have fun and get your workout.
3) They offer a variety of programs and movement opportunities. They also offer Wing Chun Kung-Fu training, Martial Arts for kids, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Women only Wing Chun, Muay Thai, MMA, Personal Training and Strong Body System Bootcamp.