Devo­tee kicks on with sport dream

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Whether he’s train­ing for a fight or steam­ing in a sauna, Muay Thai fighter and trainer Rob Lovett loves to share his knowl­edge of the sport.

He has re­cently opened up one of the big­gest Muay Thai gyms in the re­gion and is con­fi­dent the sport will gain more fol­low­ers in Albany.

Lovett said he had found refuge in Muay Thai, which is the na­tional sport and mar­tial art of Thai­land.

Muay Thai is a sym­phony of kicks, punches, el­bows and knees and has since grown in pop­u­lar­ity all over Aus­tralia.

Lovett found his pas­sion for the sport when he was 20 af­ter a fam­ily hol­i­day in Thai­land and has since trained in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity.

With 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in Muay Thai, Lovett has won sev­eral ti­tles, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur fights in Kaza­khstan.

He is now a proud owner and main trainer at the Lovett Muay Thai gym in Lock­yer Av­enue. “I ac­tu­ally never in­tend to open a Muay Thai gym in this ca­pac­ity in Albany,” Lovett said.

“But af­ter a while I re­alised there is a huge void in Albany when it comes to mar­tial arts, in par­tic­u­lar Muay Thai, and so I de­cided to take the next step.

“We started from just a hum­ble lit­tle gym in the garage with only the three of us, and now we’ve got more than 80 mem­bers and so I de­cided to open this gym to cater (for) the de­mand.”

Out of his 80 mem­bers, half are un­der 20.

“There are a lot of pres­sures for any young per­son in to­day’s so­ci­ety,” Lovett said.

“And I find a lot of the young guys here (have) found a sense of be­long­ing with the sport and with the com­mu­nity we got in our gym.”

Lovett said he had re­ceived good feed­back from par­tic­i­pants and their par­ents and those who took part had found the sport lifechang­ing.

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

Su­sanne Chalmers, Taij Parker, 14, Har­mony Daw. 16, Gian­luca Gu­tier­rez Con­tr­eras, 17, and Rob Lovett.

Har­mony Daw and Aimee Lenz.

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