35. Muay Thai Ambassador Matt Lucas

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Matt Lucas is an American author who has dedicated his adult life the art of Eight Limbs. Today the expatriate resides in Thailand where he continues to push and promote Thai Boxing all over the world.

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Matt Lucas talks about moving to Thailand, fighting, writing, and living life on his own terms.

Check out Matt’s book, The Boxer’s Soliloquy on Amazon and all platforms where books are sold.

 

Song: The Genesis Of The Omega; by Sean Price.

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31.Chasing The White Lotus With Alex Banchamek

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Alex Banchamek Bublea is a Romanian kick boxer who left his cozy life in England to pursue his passion in Thailand. Alex now trains and fights out of the Buakaw Village under the watchful eye of the most popular Thai Boxer in the world, Buakaw Banchamek.

With over a hundred fights, Alex is determined to become the best striker on the planet.

On this Episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Alex talks about following his purpose, going through the ridiculous and most rigorous work out ever, leaving the Western world behind, and training alongside Buakaw and the rest of his teammates.

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Music: French Blends 2, by The Alchemist

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28. Grappling With Thomas Keenan

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Thomas Keenan is an elite Brazilian jiu jitsu player. In 2017, when he was a brown belt,  Keenan won the world famous ADCC tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Now as a black belt, TK is set on achieving more glory on the mats,  in the cage, and through the growing list of students that he is coaching.

No stones are left unturned in this episode of the Catching Wreck podcast.  TK and I talk grappling, MMA, mental warfare and much more.

Click the arrow below and enjoy.

 

Music: Freaky Styley, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

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21. The King Maker, Tito “Tiburon” Ocasio

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Tito Ocasio, the owner of John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club in Ocala Florida, is a former Florida State champion boxer who once doubled as an enforcer for the Latin Kings gang. like most gangsters, Tito Ocasio ended up in jail. It was during a stint in prison that Ocasio decided to change. “I came to life in prison,” Ocasio said. Tito left the Latin Kings shortly after his prison bid and decided to give back to the community by opening his own boxing gym.

Many of the boys and girls Tito trains are from low-income households. The gym, John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club, has become a sanctuary to these high risk kids. It is a place where they learn about themselves. The kids learn discipline, accountability, and hard work.

Tito’s gym not only caters to so-called delinquents, the facility also attracts serious fighters who are looking to reach or stay on top of the food chain. For instances, Tito’s roster includes champions like Antonio Vargas and Gamalier Rodriguez.

 

 

“We make champions here,” Ocasio says. At John 3:16 and 17, fighters train physically, emotionally and spiritually. He counsels them when they’re in need, and works with them to make better fighters and human beings.

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Tito talks about the strategies he uses to motivate and improve the athletes that walk through his door.

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Music: Apache by The Incredible Bongo Band.

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19. World Class Wrecking Kru: Nestor Marte On The Art Of 8 Limbs And Combat Sports

 

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Kru Nestor Marte is a pioneer in bringing Muay Thai to U.S. shores and is the first and only American to be certified by three top camps in Bangkok: Saktaywan, Luk Bahn Yai, and Sor Sil Kune. Training at these three distinctively different sister camps, Kru Nestor has had the privilege to learn from some of the greatest Muay Thai Fighters in the world. Nestor has aquired the knowledge, the skill, and the language of Muay Thai and Thai culture which enables him to give his students at the Ultimate Gym the authentic teachings and fighting spirit of Muay Thai in the U.S.

Kru Nestor Marte is a considered a leading expert in the art of stand up fighting. When MMA fighters such as Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Ryan Gracie, Anderson Silva, and Israel Gomes needed to train their stand up, they sought out Kru Nestor Marte to brush up on their technique.

No longer a competitive fighter, Kru Nestor still makes bi-yearly training trips to Bangkok to keep on top of Muay Thai’s latest techniques, regulations, training strategies and conditioning methods.

Over the past few years, Kru Nestor has been studying and developing his ground fighting skills, training with Teimoc Johnston-Ono (former Olympic great Judo Master), Sensei Edson Carvalho (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), and Israel Gomes (Vale-Tudo Champion).

Kru Nestor is also a personal student of the legendary Brazilian Vale-Tudo and Luta Livre fighter Master Eugenio Tadeu. Kru Nestor has continued his training with Alexander “Pequeno” Nogiera and is currently a Luta Livre black belt and the only US representative for Team Pequeno.

In this episode of the podcast, Nestor and I talk all things martial arts. Click the arrow to hear the audio.

Music: New York State of Mind, by Nas

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17. Triple OG Shonie Carter

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Shonie Carter is a United States Marine Corps veteran and an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. He is a former WEC Welterweight Champion, a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He has also competed in Pancrase, King of the Cage, M-1 Global, KSW and Bellator. Shonie Carter is known for his flashy outfits, and outgoing personality.

Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his martial arts training in Greco-Roman wrestling which led him to judo, jujutsu, sanshou, kickboxing, and Shidōkan Karate. He is also an accomplished personal trainer who enjoys drawing and music.

In today’s podcast, Shonie Carter talks about his illustrious career, training law enforcement, street fighting, and much more. Click the arrow below and enjoy.

 

Music by: PJ Pressure

 

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