People looking for a different form of fitness can try muay thai in Cobram.JEMIMA LEWIS November 6, 2013 4:10am
Members of Cobram Muay Thai: Jake Eddy, Phil Gilfillan, Stephanie Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Koby Withers, Brooklyn Ellis, Darren Withers, Kallum Simpson, Josie Franco and Will Simpson.
Daniel Ellis is the head trainer at Cobram Muay Thai, part of the Bob Jones Corporation Muay Thai, a Westernised form of self-defence.
Muay thai is the national martial art of Thailand and is comprised of using weapons for self-defence.
‘‘Like all martial arts, it’s for self-confidence,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘We don’t promote violence — but it’s good to know how to defend yourself. Discipline and respect play a very important role in all classes.’’
Cobram Muay Thai classes are held every Tuesday night at Cobram Showground’s art and craft pavilion.
Children train from 5.30
‘‘Even if it’s something you’ve never done before you can walk in, come down and have a look — and 99 per cent of people who come down have a go and love it,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘It’s definitely hard work — I had never done anything like it before.’’
Ellis’ involvement with the sport began through work about six-and-a-half years ago.
‘‘I’m a baker and my boss was the head instructor at the time. He told me to come down and have a go — I haven’t looked back since.’’
Ellis has been the head instructor for about 12 months and is aiming to build the sport in Cobram.
‘‘Getting it out there — that’s my biggest problem because nobody really knows we have it here in Cobram and have the facilities,’’ Ellis said.
All are welcome to give the martial arts sport a go with Ellis suggesting people may be pleasantly surprised.
‘‘It’s not a typical testosterone-filled place — in fact there are probably more female than male students,’’ Ellis said.
The first night for new students is free, with classes $8 for children and $10 for adults.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring Archie Roach and Kevin Kropinyeri.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
Cobram Barooga Cycling Club president takes his talents on teh world stage for masters competition.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.