IN DEMAND: Muay Thai champion Michael ’Tomahawk’ Thompson during the training day at Martial Arts First in Lismore on Saturday.
IN DEMAND: Muay Thai champion Michael ’Tomahawk’ Thompson during the training day at Martial Arts First in Lismore on Saturday. Marc Stapelberg

‘Tomahawk’ – all spinning elbows and packing a punch

WORLD lightweight muay Thai champion Michael 'Tomahawk' Thompson ran a training seminar at Martial Arts First in Lismore on Saturday.

The Brisbane-based fighter is regarded for his spinning elbows and knockout ability.

"A few of the boys met him after a fight in Brisbane and we were keen to get him down here," Lismore coach and Martial Arts First manager Rod Ramsay said.

"He is hot property and one of the most in-demand fighters in the country."

Thompson covered basic defence strategies and shared some of his favourite techniques.

He sparred with some of the local competitors and the club hopes to have him back during the year for more seminars.

"I've been involved in the sport for a number of years and we always try to get guest instructors," Ramsay said.

"I have some contacts from over the years and we often get overseas fighters here as well."

Club fighters Luke Patch and Jake Anenatt will have muay Thai bouts in Brisbane next month.

The club is open Monday to Friday with classes in the morning and afternoon.

Phone 66224547 for more information.



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