Posted: December 19, 2018||
Over the weekend on 16 December, a double-bill showcase featuring YOKKAO Next Generation and YOKKAO Kids took place at Thai Boxe Torino in Turin Italy.
Organized in partnership with Carlo Barbuto, a stacked card of up-and-coming fighters as well as some very young athletes took to the ring. Teams and supporters showed up to rally behind their fighters who were pitted against each other in an exciting display of Muay Thai skills.
For many in attendance, the highlight of the show was the young competitors of the YOKKAO Kids segment. Some of them were as young as 8 years old. These promising junior fighters put on one intense match up after another, leaving the crowd in awe and the parents proud.
This is just a preview of what’s to come as YOKKAO Kids will return for a bigger show on 27 January 2019 set to take place at the 5000-seat PalaRuffini arena in Turin. The massive event will host fighters from Italy and countries around the region, as well as junior Th
Posted: December 04, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation and YOKKAO Kids were introduced in 2015 and 2017 respectively, to give young fighters a platform to showcase their skills. The 2 programs aim to provide wider exposure and offers athletes a potential career in professional Muay Thai.
With the talent-search initiative moving progressively towards global expansion, YOKKAO promotion team has identified Turin Italy as the next in line to host the events. YOKKAO Next Generation was recently held on 1 December at the Zola Predosa Sports Hall in Bologna. The show was headlined by the cracking match-up between French-Algerian fighter, Karim Bennoui and Italian representative, Cristian Faustino.
As was previously announced, a full-scale YOKKAO Kids Next Generation will be staged on 27 January 2019 in Turin. The event will take place a day after YOKKAO 35 - 36 at the 5000-seat PalaRuffini arena. The scale of the show sets the mark for what could be the biggest promotion for junior fighters anywhere in the
Posted: August 11, 2018||
Over the past few years, more and more kids are taking up Muay Thai training all around the world. They are not just training as a recreational sport but are competing in world championships. In 2017, YOKKAO Next Generation Kids was introduced in UK to give young fighters a stage to compete on, providing wider exposure and a potential career in professional Muay Thai as they proceed down the path. Through the immense hard work of the entire team, and support of the Muay Thai community, YOKKAO Kids has grown rapidly to become one of the most prominent platforms in the world for junior Muay Thai competitors. The next obvious step for the event is to bring the concept worldwide. With the plan for global expansion, comes the need for realigning the event’s focus and structure. However, the efforts to expand have been met with resistance due to restrictions arising from associating the brand strictly with just one federation in UK. Since day one, it is YOKKAO's vision to work with
Posted: July 06, 2018||
The Italian Muay Thai scene is getting a jolt of fresh energy with the arrival of YOKKAO Next Generation Kids. With new Italian promoter, Carlo Barbuto from ThaiBoxeMania on board, the leading junior Muay Thai event series from YOKKAO is expanding with Italy joining the global initiative in discovering and grooming the new generation of fighters. Both the date and venue have been confirmed for the show that will take place on 27th January 2019 at the PalaRuffini in Turin, Italy. The amazing 5000-seater will make this the biggest event for junior fighters anywhere in the world. In another step towards globalising YOKKAO Next Generation Kids, the event will be headlined by the lively junior Thai fighters who train out of YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. The young prospects have been featured regularly on YOKKAO Instagram, training and learning with the very best at the camp. They will now test and pit their skills against the best in the European region. First launched in November
Posted: June 21, 2018||
In a month’s time, YOKKAO Next Generation Kids is set to be staged once again at Barnsley Metrodome. The young rising stars of the UK and Europe will come together to pit their skills against each other in the ring of the world’s eminent junior Muay Thai promotion on July 21st. Headlining the event will be YOKKAO Kids Fight Team member and junior world champion, Ellie Barker who fights out of Hanuman Darlington. Below is an interview with Ellie in the lead up to the show. YOKKAO (Y): Hi, Ellie. You are co-headlining the YOKKAO Next Generation Kids in Barnsley. Are you looking forward to it and do you know much about your opponent? Ellie (E): Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it as I couldn't get matched for the last show. My dad and I came to watch and it was really weird not fighting. The only things I know about Siria is that she is usually a K1 fighter and she fought my best friend Erin on the last Scotland show C class rules. It
Posted: June 15, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation Kids is set to be staged on July 21st when the rising stars of Muay Thai will congregate once more in Barnsley Metrodome for a full day of fun and action. The YOKKAO Kids show has grown rapidly to become the most important platform for young fighters to prove themselves in the ring. Kids from UK and around the region enjoy the complete fight experience including marching down to the ring in their own walk-in music. For the series’ fifth show, the promoters will be matching as many novices as possible to give them the opportunity to taste the experience of competing in the ring. To keep the fights close, opponents will be matched within 1-year age gap and 2-kg weight difference. There will also be many 4-fighter mini tournaments to spice up the show. The July 21st event will finish with 10 high-end experienced junior bouts featuring several of UK’s finest against overseas opposition. The main events are dedicated to “Girl Power”:
Posted: March 15, 2018||
Following his 2017 Fighter of the Year award and an impressive performance on the YOKKAO Next Generation Kids show in February, Anthony Deary joins Joe Ryan and Ellie Barker to become the newest member of the YOKKAO Kids Fight Team. Anthony trains and fights out of Liverpool’s Fortitudo Muay Thai, under coach Allen Kaufman as well as his father, Ian Deary. He started training in Muay Thai since he was 5 years old and won his first Area title at the age of 8. The 13 year-old now holds multiple titles including 3 European titles, a British title, an Intercontinental title and a junior World title. To date, Anthony has fought really strong opponents from countries all over the continent including France, Portugal, Lithuania, Scotland and Ireland. He would often give up weight of up to 3 or 4 kilograms and has never turned down a fight even at only a few days’ notice. Anthony embodies true Nak Muay spirit of the Thai fighters, which is amazing for someone his age. 2017
Posted: February 25, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation Kids returned to Barnsley Metrodome on February 10th, for another fun-filled day of junior Muay Thai action. The card was completely stacked with 55 pairs of bouts taking place at the show. Over a hundred young competitors arrived along with their coaches and families flocked to witness the return of YOKKAO Kids. Besides competitors from the home nation, young fighters from Holland, Germany, Cyprus, Spain and Ireland descended to take part in the event. YOKKAO junior fighters Ellie Barker and Joe Ryan both defended their titles successfully against their respective challengers. The 2 fighters put in a world class performance as the headlining acts of the show. Ellie took on her old sparring partner and good friend Anya from Steve Wright’s Erawan Gym. The fight was closely-matched but Ellie was able to secure her win with big late rounds. Joe was fresh off his silver medal win from IFMA Baltic. He took on a dangerous Kyriakos from Cyprus that resulted in
YOKKAO Next Generation Kids has built a world stage for a new generation of junior fighters to showcase their skills, laying the path for a career in Muay Thai. Come the 3rd March at the Grangemouth Leisure Complex in Scotland, the event is bringing two amazing stories that illustrate how junior Muay Thai can also improve lives both in and out of the ring. Two amazing young ladies, Maddie and Darcy will come together at YOKKAO Next Generation Kids Scotland for a local Scottish junior title. The even greater prize involved in the matchup will go beyond the ring as they will both represent beneficiaries for 2 nonprofit social causes respectively. First up, Maddie fights out of The Griphouse in Glasgow where she trains under YOKKAO regular, Keith McLachlan. The 10 year-old has already accumulated four decision bouts since she started to compete. Maddie is living proof of how Muay Thai helps to overcome adversities as she battles autism along with Tourette’s. Since she started training
Posted: February 02, 2018||
In about a week’s time, the increasingly prominent YOKKAO Next Generation Kids returns to the Barnsley Metrodome for another round of junior Muay Thai fun and action. The date is fixed for 10th February Saturday and the stage is now set for the young warriors to show what they have got. The return to Barnsley follows the event’s inauguration held last November 26th. Organized in partnership with SuperShow, the resoundingly successful event saw a stacked 59 bouts featuring Muay Thai Kids from UK and around Europe. The event also saw the crowning of Joe Ryan as the first YOKKAO Junior World Champion and Ellie Barker as the YOKKAO Intercontinental Champion. For the February 10th show, it is going to be another truly international event with 20 overseas juniors attending from Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Germany and Ireland. Headlining the event will be none other than Ellie Barker who trains out of the Hanuman Gym in Darlington with Craig Willis. This is a great North