Muay-Thai exposition brings cultural flare to Beach 96th St. boardwalk
The art of fighting comes to Rockaway 1
CROM students Sean Boyle, left, and Willie Robles tussle.
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A fighter sharpens his skills before a bout.
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Coban Lookchaomaesaitong, left, looks on as Chris Romulo shows respect for the world-renowned fighter.
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More than a hundred spectators came out to the boardwalk to watch the exhibition.
The art of fighting comes to Rockaway 5
Aileen Andre, left, and Wendy Lau show off their muay-thai skills.
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.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am.
Updated: 1:39 pm.