Muay Thai (also known as Thai boxing) is a combat sport known for its brutal kicks, knees, elbows, clinching techniques, and its efftiveness in mixed martial arts. It is a favorite among stand up fighters and has contributed quite a bit to MMA/full contact fighting (in part because its focus on clinching techniques makes it very useful for close in-fighting, where a fighter may be trying to avoid going to the ground). It has also been popularized through movies like Ong Bak and Gang-Rajan.
As the name suggests, Muay Thai hails from Thailand. It’s origins are in dispute as much of its known history was lost with the Burmese invasion of Thailand. It is widely believed that it was developed through centuries as tribes migrated south through modern-day China through South East Asia into what is now modern-day Thailand. One of the more popular legends states that a man named Nai Khanomtom (often hailed as the father of Muay Thai) defeated 10 Burmese fighters, one after another, using a series of kicks, elbows, and other Thai boxing techniques.
Over the years, Muay Thai would become more of a sport, and develop certain rules and restrictions, much like boxing. In addition to being a popular national sport, it also attracts fans from across the world. Many practitioners of other martial arts have even traveled to Thailand to test their skills against Muay Thai fighters.
Just as MMA and other combat sports have gained favor in Southern California, Muay Thai has also gained appeal. Much of this has to with the fact that it is so effective in mixed martial arts. Just like MMA, Muay Thai is especially popular in the South Bay area, which includes Carson, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, CA.
Muay Thai is central to the curriculum at IMB Academy. As a certified Kru, Sifu Bustillo enjoys passing on this highly effective martial arts to eager students. And along with his dedicated staff, he provides training that consists of warm ups, heavy bags, thai pads, sparring and other drills. So whether you want to compete, learn to defend yourself, or simply get a good workout, the Muay Thai classes at IMB are a perfect option. So come in and see for yourself how we train!
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Torrance has been growing rapidly since it was incorporated in 1921. Its estimated population for 2013 was 146,478. This light high-tech industries and residential city has 30 city parks and 90,000 street trees. The city is well known for having low crime rates, and it ranks consistently among the safest of all Los Angeles County cities. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was founded in Torrance. The city also has California’s second-highest percentage of Japanese individuals.
During the early 1900s, Jared Sidney Torrance, along with other real estate developers and investors, created a mixed residential-industrial community located to the south of Los Angeles. The group bought part of a former Spanish land grant. They then hired Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., a landscape architect, to design a planned community for them. In May 1921 the city of Torrance was officially incorporated. The initial boundaries for the town were on the west Crenshaw Boulevard, on the north Del Amo Boulevard, on the east Western Avenue, and on the south by Carson Street west at Plaza Del Amo and Plaza Del Amo east at Carson Street. Gramercy was the first residential avenue that Torrance created and Andreo was the second one. In 2012 many of the homes on those avenues turned 100 years old. Those avenues are both located in an area called Old Town Torrance. That section of Torrance is being reviewed to be classified as an historical district. Irving Gill, an innovative and renowned Southern California architect designed some of the early residential and civic buildings, in his distinctive style of combining early Modernist architecture with Mission Revival.
Following World War II Torrance began to experience rapid new growth with the wartime industries transforming into post-war aerospace manufacturing as well as related technology industries. During the 1950s and 1960s, in order to accommodate the new influx in population, large housing developments were constructed. During the 1990s statewide recessions many of the oil refinery and aerospace developments closed in Torrance.
From the 1970s into the 2000s Torrance was able to survive the national recessions, regional economic slowdowns and deindustrialization. Over the past few decades large-scale Asian immigration has transformed Torrance into a multicultural and diverse city.
The city of Torrance is located around 20 miles (32 km) to the southwest of Los Angeles. Between Malaga Cove and Redondo Beach on Santa Monica Bay is Torrance Beach. The southernmost part of Torrance Beach is called “Rat Beach” by the locals and is on a cove on the north side of Palos Verdes peninsula.
Cultural events are hosted year-round by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation has partnered with the City of Torrance to provide diverse entertainment, educational and cultural experiences. The Torrance Performing Arts Consortium provides additional performances, including The Torrance Symphony, South Bay Conservatory, South Bay Ballet, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, Torrance Art Museum and Aerospace Players.
At the Rose Parade in 2010, the Garden of Dreams float from the City of Torrance was awarded the Lathrop K Leishman trophy as “Most Beautiful Non-Commercial” float. Torrance was awarded the Tournament Volunteers’ Trophy in 2011 for best floral design for a parade theme less than 35 feet long. The city’s entry in 2012 was awarded the Governor’s Trophy as the best depiction of California life. In 2015, the entry from Torrance that honored Louis Zamperini, the Rose Parade’s Grand Marshal, was awarded the Theme trophy for its excellence in presenting the parade’s theme. At the 2016 Rose Parade, the City of Torrance float was awarded the Princess trophy as the most beautiful float 35 feet or less.