王者風範 Heart of a Champion
Kru Rong與他的MMA世界冠軍腰帶 Kru Rong and his MMA championship belt
Kru Rong冠軍賽照片 Kru Rong’s championship fight
Kru Rong with multiple Muay Thai championship belts
Kru Rong (在右邊)和雅桑克萊(左邊)
Kru Rong (right side) and Yodsanklai Fairtex (left)
Kru Rong的MMA比賽精彩片段Kru Rong’s MMA Highlights
圖片來源Photography credit: Evolve MMA, ONE Championship
我的許多師父或教練都有生平故事可以很容易地被改編成為勵志電影或電視劇劇本。除了武術之外，他們中的幾個做人處事的方式，是我可以效法、看齊的榜樣。Kru Rong (羅榮教練;全名為Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke ) 就是這樣的一個人。Kru Rong是我的教練中仍然活躍於職業格鬥比賽場上的一人，另外一個是我之前的文章中已經介紹了幾次的Pakorn教練。像許多職業的泰拳選手一樣，Kru Rong 在很小時候9歲開始泰拳訓練參加比賽幫他貧困的家庭掙錢。 最終，Kru Rong贏得了泰國「倫披尼泰拳體育館」(Lumpinee)三個世界冠軍腰帶。在他輝煌的職業泰拳生涯中，他打了350多場泰拳戰鬥。他最喜愛的記憶之一是擊敗後來在國際搏擊/泰拳圈變得和Saenchai (善猜) ，Buakaw (播求) 齊名的Yodsanklai Fairtex (雅桑克萊)而成功地衛冕冠軍腰帶。(注1) Kru Rong加入Evolve MMA教練群之後，他開始訓練MMA(綜合格鬥) /巴西柔術。隨後在2015年，他成為第一個泰國世界泰拳冠軍獲得了ONE Championship (亞洲最大的MMA賽事) 世界MMA冠軍腰帶。可惜的是去年他在曼谷舉行的冠軍衛冕賽中失去了金腰帶。 他親愛的奶奶也在同一天去世。毋庸置疑，對於Kru Rong來說那是一個非常痛苦的一天。
Kru Rong今年從谷底反彈2連勝全由KO收場。Kru Rong今年39歲。在職業格鬥比賽中被認為是高齡的。 我曾經問他打算繼續比賽到什麼時候。他回答我他只要他的身體健康允許他計劃繼續比賽下去。Kru Rong除了忙碌的教職外，每天都還要嚴格按照計劃進行各種訓練。他常參與慈善活動。當我在Evolve MMA進行訓練時，我幾乎每天都會看到Kru Rong。 當他看到我的時候，他總是面帶微笑過來和我握手聊天。 儘管再兩個星期有一場重要比賽，他仍然同意給我上MMA一對一的私人課傳授我他從泰拳世界冠軍的成為的MMA世界冠軍成功秘訣。我非常感謝他的善意和慷慨的分享他的技術和知識給我。除了欽佩他在擂台和鐵籠裡的成就，我也敬佩他競技場外的做人處事。他堅毅的尚武精神。也是一個非常負責任的好教練。年齡越大、閱歷越多，我越覺得一個人的品格及為人處事遠比他的功夫高低或成就大小更重要。從Kru Rong身上我學到的不僅僅是格鬥運動而已。祝他早日奪回MMA世界冠軍腰帶。 但對我來說在我心中他永遠是個世界冠軍。
在MMA(綜合格鬥) 格鬥運動的早期，巴西柔術選手幾乎無往不利。 然後，換成角力選手開始在MMA鐵籠裡大放異彩。 近來，我們看到不少泰拳冠軍或者有泰拳背景的人在MMA比賽有非常優越的表現。 例如，像UFC的冠軍Anderson Silva，Jose Aldo和Joanna Jedrzejczyk，都具有很深厚的泰拳底子。原因可能是因為泰拳是少數的站立技格鬥運動之一，允許拳打、腳踢、肘擊和膝擊。(注2)
注1：Yodsanklai Fairtex(雅桑克萊)今年六月宣布退休。 在他宣布之前，有傳言說他將在2018年與Buakaw (播求)進行一場「世紀之戰」。很多拳迷會因此感到扼腕。
Many of my Sifu or coaches have life story that can easily be adapted for a movie or TV script. Several of them the way they carry themselves and the way the treat other people are things that I can emulate besides their martial art skill. Kru Rong (his full name is Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke) is such a person.
Kru Rong is one of my coaches who is still active competing in the combat sport, the other one is Coach Pakorn who I have covered several times in prior article. Like many professional Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, Kru Rong started training in Muay Thai and started to fight in his young age of 9 years old to earn money to help his impoverished family. Eventually, Krun Rong won three championship belts. He fought over 350 Muay Thai fights in his illustrious career. One of his fondest memory is to beat Yodsanklai Fairtex to defend his championship belt successfully. (For those who don’t know. Yodsanklai Fairtex, before his retirement this year, was as famous as Saenchai and Buakaw in the international combat sports circle. Note 1) After Krun Rong joined Evolve MMA, he started to train MMA/BJJ. In 2015, he became the first world Muay Thai champion coming out of Thailand who gained a world MMA championship belt. Unfortunately, he lost his belt last year in Bangkok in ONE Championship. His beloved grandma also passed away on the same day. Without a question that was a very difficult day for Kru Rong. Kru Rong has bounced back this year with 2 consecutive wins both fights ended with KO’s.
When I was training at Evolve MMA, I almost got to see Kru Rong everyday. When he saw me, he would always came over to shake hands and chat with me. Even he had a fight coming up within two weeks, he still went out of his way to accommodate my wish to have a private session on MMA with him, so he could share his secrets of becoming a MMA world champion from a Muay Thai world champion. I'm honored he took the time to work with me. I was very grateful for his kindness and generosity of sharing his knowledge to his student. He likes to be involve with charity event. Krun Rong is 39 Old which is considered old in the combat sport. I asked how long does he plan on keep competing in this rigorous sport. He said as long as his body can hold up he plan on fighting as long as possible.
No matter will he get his championship belt back or not, to me, Kru Rong is always a champion in many ways. Besides admiring him what he has achieve in the ring and cage, I look up to him for how he conducts himself outside of the competitive arena. The older I get the more that I feel a person’s character is more important than his or her fighting skill or achievements. I learn more than just combat sport from him. I wish him best of luck on his way to re-gain his title belt. However the result turns out, he is always a champion to me in my heart.
At the dawn of MMA scene, BJJ players dominated the sports. Then, wrestlers started to win many MMA championship belts. In recent years, we have seen many Muay Thai champions or people who have Muay Thai background are doing very well in the MMA arena. For example, UFC champions like Jose Aldo and Joanna Jedrzejczyk both had a strong Muay Thai background. Probably, due to the fact that Muay Thai is one of the few stand-up combat sports allows punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes. (Note 2)
Note 1: Yodsanklai Fairtex announced his retirement in June this year. Before his announcement, the rumor had it that he was going to have a “Fight of the Century” with Buakaw in 2018.
Yodsanklai Retirement/Kulung Fight Video
Note 2: Burma’s Lewei also allows head butts, besides punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes.
Lethwei Headbutt KO Video