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By: King Eddie

123952Since opening it's doors in Waikiki in 2000, Team Island Thunder has been steadily cranking out some quality Muay Thai training for all ages.

Owner and Head Instructor, Andr'e "Boom Boom" Washington, has made it clear that he is here to spread the beautiful art of Muay Thai as well as a positive message. This gym is like many others in the respect that all egos must be checked at the door. It's an openly instructed environment, meaning the students become teachers by helping the greenhorns along in their progression. It's literally a place where you can look to almost anyone for guidance, because they all have the same goal in mind. . . to grow as a team as well as individuals.

From ages 13 to 66, the students of Island Thunder Muay Thai have made it clear that it is an experience they will cherish their whole life through. Being located in town, many of the students have to leave after several months due to relocation for school or because they were extended tourists. But Andre remembers nearly every face, and something about them. He has even opened up Saturdays as a free open sparring day in order to attract more people to the school. This, he feels, will show people what Island Thunder is all about and will be beneficial both ways. New students may find a place to train, and current students get to spar with new people.

Read more about Team Island Thunder in an upcoming issue of MMA Hawaii Magazine.



 

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