Local martial arts club brings two championships to Jax
Jacksonville Muay Thai is celebrating two championships won at the 2018 Thai Boxing Association’s Muay Thai World Expo June 21 through 24, North America’s longest-running and largest amateur tournament.
Ricardo Cortes won the Adult Male Novice Heavyweight Belt, while Austin Amell won the B Class Bantamweight Belt.
More than 800 fighters represented hundreds of Muay Thai Clubs from the United States, Canada, Europe and Puerto Rico.
Jacksonville Muay Thai was established in 2013 by Kru Giles Wiley and his wife, Denise.
This year, Wiley brought seven members of his club to the World Expo, representing a broad range of ages and weight divisions.
The 2018 team included: Diesel McConville, a 12 year-old Novice Junior Middle Weight Division; Maryann Mina, Adult Female Welterweight Novice Division; Landon Amesbury, Adult Male Lightweight Novice Division; Ricardo Cortes, Adult Male Novice Heavyweight Division; Katie Alford, B Class Welterweight Division; Austin Amell, B Class Bantamweight Division; and Omar Lee, A Class Men’s Middleweight Division.
Jacksonville Muay Thai is located at 14129 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville.