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The art of fighting comes to Rockaway

Muay-Thai exposition brings cultural flare to Beach 96th St. boardwalk

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 1:39 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Summer may be over, but that didn’t keep the crowds away from the newly renovated boardwalk island at Beach 96th Street, where a Rockaway gym owner hosted Battle of the Boards, a muay-thai exhibition that attracted Rockaway residents and mixed martial arts enthusiasts from across the city.

From 3 to 7 p.m., fighters showed off their skills in the ring on the boardwalk.

Chris Romulo, owner of CROM Martial Training gym in Rockaway Beach, said the event was aimed at promoting muay-thai in the Rockaways. His gym has bounced back after being destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and opened in a large space earlier this year.

Raffles were also sold during the fights to raise money for scholarships to Romulo’s gym.

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