THE BEGINNINGS

In 2010, YOKKAO Boxing Ltd. began producing Muay Thai Shorts and Muay Thai equipment handmade with premium quality leather in Bangkok.

By January 2011, Muay Thai Combat CEO and model, Stefania Picelli signs an exclusive contract for distribution joining up with the branding team to develop marketing strategies.
On February 2011, YOKKAO BOXING launched the YOKKAO Fight Team sponsoring and signing the best and greatest of Muay Thai Fighters from around the world such as Buakaw Por Pramuk (today Buakaw Banchamek), Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Saenchai PK SaenchaiMuayThaiGym, Yoddecha Sityodtong, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Tham Sityodtong, Dzhabar Askerov, Cedric Muller, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison.
Together with the new existing Fight Team, YOKKAO BOXING began partnering with the best Muay Thai Camps in Thailand. YOKKAO partnered up with Por Pramuk Muay Thai Camp in Chaoechanegsao, Sityodtong Muay Thai Camp in Pattaya and 13 Coins in Bangkok recognizing them as the first official YOKKAO Training Centers in order to promote and set a new standard to fans and the where to go for the best Muay Thai Gyms in Thailand.

Together with the best Muay Thai Fighters in one side and the best Muay Thai Camps in the other, YOKKAO developed the first Muay Thai Equipment collection completely made together with Fighters and Trainers suggestions.
The staff behind the brand, made up of a professional team of ex-fighters produced the best gear in quality and aesthetic style.

 

THE YOKKAO THAI FLAG GLOVES

Moved by the passion for mother country Thailand, YOKKAO launched the first pair ever of Muay Thai Gloves representing the Thailand Flag.

An easy idea that nobody and no other brands thought before. The YOKKAO Thai Flag Gloves became the gloves worn by the best Muay Thai Fighters from Thailand: Buakaw Por Pramuk (today Buakaw Banchamek), Saenchai, Yoddecha Sityodtong, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Kem and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, Diesellek and Wanchalerm Auddonmuang, Singdam Kiatmoo9, and many others.

 

MUAY THAI COMBAT FAN EXPO 2011

In February, 2011, YOKKAO and Stefania Picelli (CEO of Muay Thai Combat) announced the ”MUAY THAI COMBAT FAN EXPO”, the first Muay Thai Expo in Europe featuring the YOKKAO Fight Team composed of the best Muay Thai Fighters in the world who presented the first YOKKAO GEAR Collection, met with fans, signed autographs, exhibited training techniques and showcased skill in sparring sessions.

From 12th to 15th of May the YOKKAO Fight Team broke the records of attendance in the martial arts arena in Italy with Buakaw Banchamek, Saenchai PKMuayThaiGym, Dzhabar Askerov, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Tham Sityodtong, Antoine Pinto and Jordan Watson. The video of Buakaw sparring with Saenchai, uploaded to Youtube by a fan of YOKKAO, broke records overnight by generating more than 2,000,000 views.

 

THE FIRST YOKKAO TRAINING CENTER OUTSIDE THAILAND

Following the return of success through all the YOKKAO Training Centers in Thailand, YOKKAO extended the Training Center project to all over the world in order to suggest his fans professional gyms where to learn the real Muay Thai with high quality and comfortable equipment.
On the 16th of May, 2011, Muay Thai Combat s.r.l. partnering up with Mr. Valerio Cecchetti inaugurated Muay Thai Combat Gym in the Republic of San Marino becoming the first YOKKAO Training Center in the World outside Thailand fully equipped with YOKKAO Gear handmade in Thailand. For the occasion, the YOKKAO Fighters Buakaw Banchamek Saenchai PKMuayThaiGym, Dzhabar Askerov, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Tham Sityodtong, Antoine Pinto and Jordan Watson were present at the opening training with gym’s members and signing the wall of the Gym with their autographs.

 

THE FIRST YOKKAO SEMINAR

Together with his Fight Team YOKKAO built up the YOKKAO SEMINAR concept: a Muay Thai Seminar to be held by Famous fighters teaching not only the standard techniques but also skills who made them champions.

On September 27th, 2011 YOKKAO and Stefania Picelli announced that Buakaw Por Pramuk (today Buakaw Banchamek)and Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee would have hold the firs tow YOKKAO SEMINARS on December 2011: one in Republic of San Marino and another in Milan. The events, promoted by Ms. Stefania Picelli broke the world record attendance for a Muay Thai Seminar with 983 people.
In June 2011, YOKKAO Boxing announced on Facebook to their global fans that the brand would begin promoting the biggest Muay Thai and K-1 rules event ever seen before named, YOKKAO EXTREME.

 

YOKKAO EXTREME SELECTIONS ITALY

In November and December of 2011, YOKKAO partnered up with local Italian promoters to host the YOKKAO Extreme Selection, an 8 man tournament in 3 different weight categories: 65, 70 and 81.6kg. The winner was granted access to YOKKAO Extreme on Saturday the 21st of January, 2012.

MARKING THE MUAY THAI HISTORY

21st of January, 2012, YOKKAO made its mark in Muay Thai history when it held YOKKAO EXTREME in a sold out event with 12,000 attendees at the Forum di Assago in Milan (Italy). YOKKAO EXTREME was and is still considered by fans as the biggest Muay Thai and K-1 rules event ever.

YOKKAO EXTREME was graced by the presence of the best fighters during that period: Buakaw Banchamek, Dzhabar Askerov, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Fabio Pinca, Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym, Cedric Muller, Pajonsuk Por Pramuk, Giorgio Petrosyan, Armen Petrosyan and the Italian fighters who won the YOKKAO Extreme selections promotion held throughout 2011.

At the tender age of 26 years old, Stefania Picelli established YOKKAO and herself as the premiere promoters of Muay Thai and kickboxing events in the world with the success of YOKKAO EXTREME 2012

 

THE ORIGINATOR OF MUAY THAI CARBON SHORTS

Introducing an innovative material for Muay Thai Shorts that resembles carbon fiber material and in a new fitted style design, YOKKAO launched the first pair of “YOKKAO Carbon Shorts” at YOKKAO Extreme 2012. The shorts were worn by Buakaw Por Pramuk (Buakaw Banchamek) during his fight against Dzhabar Askerov, and instantly became the most requested Muay Thai short ever.

70% of the best Muay Thai Fighters in the world fought at least once in the YOKKAO Carbon Shorts.

 

BUAKAW and YOKKAO in SURIN

After a dispute with his previous Muay Thai Camp, Por Pramuk in Chachoengsao, Buakaw moved to Surin, a province in northeast Thailand. During that occasion, YOKKAO’s staff convened at Surin to help Buakaw in setting up his new Gym with YOKKAO heavy bags, kicking pads, Muay Thai gloves, focus mitts and a brand new YOKKAO ring completely handmade in YOKKAO’s factory in just 72 hours.

On March 17, 2012, following the move to Surin, YOKKAO announced on Twitter that Buakaw would return to training under his new name “Buakaw Banchamek”.

 

MUAY THAI COMBAT CAMP

FFrom June 2nd until the 14th of June, 2012, Stefania Picelli, Valerio Cecchetti (YOKKAO TRAINING CENTER Muay Thai Combat Gym Rep.of San Marino) and YOKKAO, came together to host the “Muay Thai Combat Camp” in Republic of San Marino. The event set a precedent by becoming the first international training camp in the world to host Muay Thai Fighters and trainers from Thailand that included Saenchai, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, Tham Sityodtong, Phon Sityodtong, Ekapop Sor Klinmee and Imwiset Pornnarai. Fans arrived from all over Europe to partake in this rare occasion to be trained by the best in the sport. During the 12 days, the camp also took the opportunity to hold the YOKKAO Extreme 2013 pre-selections.

 

MUAY THAI COMBAT MANIA RICCIONE

On top of the Combat Camp, YOKKAO collaborated with leading online fight equipment store, Muay Thai Combat to launch the brand new event series, “Muay Thai Combat Mania” in June, 2012. This was a YOKKAO sponsored fight event that was to be headlined by the participation of at least two top tiered fighters from the YOKKAO TEAM along with the best local fighters.

Through Saturday the 14th of July, 2012, Muay Thai Combat promoted “Muay Thai Combat Mania Riccione” at San Martino Square in Riccione.

The event was streamed for free online on the Muay Thai Combat website, crashing the website due to the unexpectedly large number of viewers. The main event of Muay Thai Combat Mania Riccione was headlined by Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym from USA, against the YOKKAO Fighter Imwiset Pornnarai from Thailand.

 

FIGHT OF THE YEAR 2012

After the positive reception in Riccione, YOKKAO promoted “Muay Thai Combat Mania Pattaya” on the 30th of December in 2012 at the Pattaya World Boxing Stadium. The event was headlined by Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Yodsanklai Fairtex. Completely sold out within the 1st week of the announcement, the fight has been touted by countless Muay Thai lovers as the 2012 Fight of Year. On 12th of March in 2012 following the success of the event, YOKKAO took to Twitter to announce that YOKKAO EXTREME 2013 would be held on 26th of January 2013, returning to Forum di Assago in Italy.

YOKKAO EXTREME 2013: THE STREAMING RECORD

In January 2013, YOKKAO EXTREME PPV streaming reached 8937 subscribers from all around the world who all tuned in to watch Yokkao Extreme 2013 LIVE from the Forum d’Assago in Milan (attendance 12,000 people). The PPV sales set a new precedent for streaming revenues of Muay Thai events.

YOKKAO EXTREME 2013 lit up the stage with two-colored cubes on either side of the giant LED screen with the Yokkao Angels, dancers chosen to further invigorate the event. The outstanding fight card was headlined by Andy Souwer vs Dzhabar Askerov, Aikpracha Meenayothin vs Frank Giorgi, Muay Thai Living Legend Saenchai vs Diesellek Uddonmuang, Houcine Bennoui, Tham Sityodtong, Ekapoop Sor Klinmee and the best fighters from Italy.

 

MUAY THAI COMBAT MANIA YOKKAO 5

Originally set to be hosted on Reunion Island, the event was moved to Thailand in the Pattaya World Boxing Stadium on the 15th of November, 2013 due to issues arising with the local promoter Maximin Lafuteur of Reunion Island.

In one week, YOKKAO managed to salvage the whole event by moving it to Pattaya, and inviting fighters who were already contracted by YOKKAO from Reunion Island. The event, headlined with a matchup of a highest level between Muay Thai Living Legend Saenchai vs Singdam Kiatmoo9, saw a sold out crowd at the Pattaya World Boxing Stadium.

 

YOKKAO Affiliate TRAINING CENTERS

In 2013, YOKKAO signed a multiyear agreement with Australia’s SRG Thai Boxing Gym owner’s Luis Regis and Eduardo Azambuja. SRG Thai BoxingGym marked the opening of the first YOKKAO Affiliate Training Center in Sydney, Australia. The same year, YOKKAO also signed a multiyear agreement with Ring Mall Gym, which became the first YOKKAO Affiliate Training Center in Korea.