By Ryan McKinnon

Formerly of Kawartha Combat, Brennan Picard now calls Kalsamrit Gym in Bowmanville his home for training, alongside 4 other teammates who will be representing Canada in Bangkok at the Youth World Championships this August. Brennan is extremely excited to take on the world’s best in the 57kg division. He has all of the necessary skills to bring home the gold.

Last September, Brennan won gold at the 2016 WKF Canadian Nationals in Ajax when he defeated Jason Mercado. This earned him a spot on the WKF Team that competed in Italy for the WKF World Championships. Brennan won all of his fights by decision, capturing gold for himself, his team, and his country. An international event of that caliber is great experience for Brennan who has his eyes set on winning the championships in Bangkok.

 “I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of the Junior National Team!” said Brennan when asked what being selected means to him. “Muaythai has taught me discipline and respect, and I am in great physical shape because of it.” Brennan has been training in muaythai since he was 11, and gets to share his journey with his close friends from Kalsamrit Gym. Like his teammates Savannah and Riley Foden, muaythai is a family affair for Brennan. His cousin is Peyton Corrigan, a recent TBA World Muaythai Expo Champion, and competitor at the Youth World CHampionship this August.

Brennan began his muaythai journey with Kevin Henry of Kawartha Combat before he and his family moved their training to Kalsamrit Gym with Brendan Kalijundic. “My journey at Kalsamrit has been amazing. I’ve learned the values of respect, discipline, perseverance, how to teach vs when to be taught, but most of all it has taught me what being part of a ‘fight family’ is all about.” Brennan is becoming a smarter competitor each day alongside his teammates Riley, Savannah, Peyton and Ethan.

With the support of his muaythai family and friends, Brennan is pumped to visit Thailand, and plans to visit the country with an open mind. “I’m especially excited to fight in Thailand, the origin of Muay Thai. I am also excited to experience their culture, food, weather, religious beliefs and everything else that Thailand has to teach me.” This is exactly the type of attitude that makes for a great athlete. Brennan not only competes, but wants to educate himself on the rich heritage of Thailand and it’s national sport, so that he can share his cultural knowledge with others.

You can be sure that Brennan is sweating it out in the gym alongside his stablemates from Kalsamrit gym, as the team prepares to take Bangkok by storm. Brennan is ready for the challenge that awaits him, and is especially grateful for all of the support he continues to receive from his family, friends, and the Canadian muaythai community. With his current skill level and intangible qualities, Brennan Picard has all of the right tools that make for a Youth World Champion.

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Ryan McKinnon is the host of The Bloody Ballet Podcast and website, found at www.thebloodyballet.com. He is a regular blog contributor to www.lannamma.com and www.mississaugaelite.com. You can find him coaching 5 days a week at the Mississauga Elite Training Center.

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