Two years ago a guest stayed with us on a training holiday at Sutai, a Kenyan man named Maurice Odera. He came with the focus of understanding the traditional style of Muay Thai fighting and also the teaching techniques. His aim was to gain as much knowledge as possible to return to Nairobi, Kenya to use in his own gym, Ultra Fitness, and also to promote Muay Thai across Kenya. He soon became part of the Sutai family and we have enjoyed seeing his progress over the past two years.
We were very pleased when he contacted us to say he would be returning with his team members Stephen Kymani, Tedd Raymi & Brian Brayola. He is currently organizing one of the 1st Muay Thai events in Nairobi, Kenya with fighters from competing at a high international level. So this trip was an essential part of their fight preparation. The event will be held on 2nd June which is Madaraka Day, this day is significant as it marks the celebration Kenya’s independence making it even more important to the team.
When Maurice asked Sutai if we would like to be part of his event we were honoured and jumped at the chance to include two of our top fighters Lea Pederson from Denmark and Martin Avery from England as headliners. Craig Dickson, our 2x MX champion from Scotland will also be accompanying the team and holding a seminar to share his wealth of Muay Thai knowledge and experience.
The future looks good for Muay Thai in Kenya and we are proud to be partnering with Ultra Fitness and the Madaraka event. We hope to help to increase the exposure of Muay Thai in East Africa encouraging more people to take up the sport. The team set off this week and we will be updating you on their trip via our FB page as well as posting coverage of the fight.
Here’s an interview with Maurice and his team:
Chok Dee (good luck!)