On Saturday July 15th 2017, Pu’u Muay Thai Ventura hosted a fundraiser for the United States Muay Thai Federation (USMF) a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, for them to help raise funds for Team USA. To best explain the purpose of this fundraiser, it’s a long time coming! There are two sets of world amateur championships known as the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA), one taking place for Junior Competitors (ages 18 & under) as well as for adults. These both take place during different parts of the year and in a different host country for each event. Many of the countries who compete have government support from their home countries to train, travel and win these events! Sounds great, right? Well, take a step back as we are one of the only countries that doesn’t do this for our athletes. And with the growth and provisional recognition under the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the USMF has set a goal to be able to help support our fellow countrymen as they have been fundraising on their own and paying out of pocket, for an art & combat sport that pays very little at the professional level. Most entry level professional Muay Thai fighters receive $400-$600 per fight, not even enough to cover medical expenses required to fight professionally.
On this day, along with the support of the USMF, Pu’u Muay Thai Ventura hosted the West Coast Spar Wars Fundraiser to help raise funds for the upcoming Jr. Team USA who will be going to bat in Bangkok, Thailand this August. Meanwhile there was a Spar Wars in Arizona, Houston and Maryland. Spar Wars is an event that was host to 25+ active Muay Thai practitioners from around Southern California who visited our academy to help better their skills with technical sparring for this great event! Our efforts alone helped to raise over $250 but would like to extend the ability for everyone to donate directly by clicking here! Since the USMF is a registered 501(c)3, this is a tax deductible donation.