Thursday, April 12, 2012
On Wednesday, March 14th Rockaway Park resident Melvin Vega won the 108 pound open division of the famed Golden Gloves Amateur boxing tournament at the Empire Casino in Yonkers, NY. Vega took on a more experienced opponent in Daveshua Sepulveda from John's Gym in the Bronx who was this year's returning and reigning Golden Gloves champion. With Melvin being the underdog, though it was his 3rd attempt at the Golden Gloves championship, he showed great heart and tenacity while keeping his opponent on his heels. The open class competition for the Golden Gloves was a scheduled 3 round, 3 minute bout where both fighters put on a classic display of boxer versus puncher. Through out the fight Melvin was the aggressor, landing the more significant power shots in the 9 minute battle.
With his hard earned win this past Wednesday, it's hard to believe that just 5 days earlier Melvin debuted at the Friday Night Fights NYC Broad Street Ballroom show as a 115 pound amateur Muay Thai contestant. As with Wednesday, Melvin was victorious on Friday, March 9th with a dazzling non stop action filled performance using his Muay Thai skills aka "the science of the eight limbs".
Melvin is not only a devoted student and fighter representing CROM Martial Training but also an instructor at the facility. He looks forward to defending his title at next year's Golden Gloves Tournament as well as continuing his journey in Muay Thai boxing.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
CROM MARTIAL TRAINING HOLDS A MID WINTER SPARRING EXHIBITION AND FUNDRAISER FOR THE CRUSH CANCER FUND FOR CLARE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012
NEW YORK (Rockaway Beach) – February 28, 2012
Chris & Sarah Romulo, Muay Thai instructors and owners of CROM Martial Training held a Mid-Winter Sparring Exhibition and Fundraiser for the Crush Cancer Fund For Clare on Sunday, February 26th.
The event included a Muay Thai boxing exhibition with the children from their youth program aged 8-14. Chris Romulo, a recently retired Muay Thai champion displayed the art of Muay Thai through the Martial Art’s distinctive pad work training. The students also demonstrated fundamental techniques in a sparring scenario and showed great skill and heart, which are synonymous with Muay Thai Boxing; the most distinguished Martial Art in the world! Sarah Romulo followed up the show with a pad work demonstration with Ladies’ Boxing student and Belle Harbor resident Amanda Boggiano. Sarah and Amanda displayed grace, beauty and teamwork with their demo of this unique fighting art. The expo took a step to the next level half way through the show when 8 adult Muay Thai sparring matches took place with students from CROM Martial Training (Rockaway Beach), Evolution Muay Thai (NYC), Church Street Boxing Gym (NYC), Coban’s Fight Camp (NYC), Lion’s Roar Muay Thai Camp (The Bronx), and The Mayo Academy (Ozone Park).
Legendary Muay Thai kickboxer and World Champion Coban Lookchaomaesaitong was in attendance with fighters from his camp. Coban, being the Muhammad Ali of Muay Thai was a treat for all the students to meet being such a great ambassador for their sport.
All the students who stepped in the ring tested their skill for a good cause! CROM Martial Training raised a generous amount for The Crush Cancer Fund for Clare Droesch through a raffle and cupcake bake sale. Clare Droesch is a lifelong Rockaway Resident, and at only 30 years old is suffering from stage 2 Breast Cancer which has unfortunately metastasized to her spine, and hip. Clare is an amazing person, highly respected basketball player (Christ the King, Boston College, etc.) and known for always helping others, and our community.
4 lucky winners were awarded with one of the following prizes:
1. A 1 month all inclusive membership to CROM Martial Training
2. A private training session with Chris Romulo
3. A t-shirt and $50. gift card from East Coast MMA in Rockville Center
4. 2 tickets to Friday Night Fights NYC Pro Muay Thai matches on March 9th, 2012
Donations for Clare Droesch can continue to be dropped off at CROM Martial Training Monday- Friday from 5 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am-1pm. Checks should be made out the The Graybeards with Clare Droesch’s name in memo section of check. No amount is too small!
CROM Martial Training is located at 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693For more info please visit www.crom-mt.com
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Click here to read up on Chris' interview in Runner's World article "Running is the Foundation"
Chris explains how running has roots in a more stand-up fighting style, such as Muay Thai . Chris states his opinion and remarks on how he advises his students to incorporate running to improve one's overall cardio.
You can expect to see fighters from Coban's Muay Thai Camp, Evolution Muay Thai, Lion's Roar Muay Thai Camp, and The Mayo Academy this sunday, 2/26 starting at 2pm! Come through and support the art of Muay Thai!
Raffle tickets are on sale at CMT for 5bux a pop ALL WEEK in order to support the CRUSH CANCER FUND for CLARE DROESCHE...
An all inclusive 1 month membership to CMT
A private training session with "Mr. Classic" either in NYC or Rockaway
... 2 tickets to the March 9th Friday Night Fights show
Tee shirt and gift card to East Coast MMA
We will draw 4 winners this Sunday 2/26 at CMT!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I want to thank everyone that supports my passion for Muay Thai and is still a part of the journey. Family, friends and fans make all the ups and downs worth the effort. Chasing dreams is not always an easy thing to do since falling flat on your face is part of the process. But getting back up and clicking your heels together without missing a beat is what we should all be looking to do with our lives. If there is one impression that I hope that has been left through the years of winning, losing, struggling, and celebrating, it's that a happy life is easily accomplished if you have a dream and chase it too!
After 16 years fighting through the sport that I first came across on a VHS instructional tape, I am now stepping back and taking more of a "Phil Jackson" or "Pat Riley" position. I will be coaching and teaching at my school in the Rockaways and keeping the fighting spirit alive through up-and-comers in the game. In addition, I recently became one of two metro area certified PDR Fundamentals coaches under the world renowned Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems. I will be instructing private clients in Manhattan in a fusion of Muay Thai, Boxing, fitness training, and Personal Defense Readiness.
I will also continue to be a spokesperson for the Anti Bullying group Bullying...We're Kickin' It, visiting schools and helping kids to build confidence with in, facing adversity head on.
There is no real way to completely retire from something that you love, but now its time to look at it from a different angle. As my long time coach (Jason Strout) put it, "time to move on to the next chapter". Thanks coach!!
If you have a moment, here are a few articles written about my retirement that I am proud to share with you:
Happy Holidays and thank you to everyone!
All the best,
CROM aka Mr. Classic