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Khlong Toei Fight Festival at the OGF4 Academy

The OGF4 Academy successfully hosted the first Khlong Toei Fight Festival, in what proved to be an incredible day of support for the local community in one of Bangkok’s most notorious slums.

The charity event, organised by the International Fighting Sports Association (IFSA) and the Fight for the Future Foundation, aimed to showcase local talent and raise awareness of the OGF4 Academy project and its work to support the next generation with educational opportunities and career paths through the practice of martial arts.

The day featured a series of 11 exciting bouts across a wide range of disciplines, including MMA Striking, Muay Thai, Boxing, Grappling and MMA, plus a memorable live music performance from Def Jam Thailand’s rising star Iron Boy.

Prizes were on offer throughout the day, with generous donations from sponsors Fairtex, Guyvy Healthy Food, OSC and others. Prizes were delivered to much excitement by Frank, Thailand’s favourite translator at ONE Championship. Food was also generously provided to athletes and members of the community by MK Restaurants.

The day culminated with thrilling main events, including a grappling superfight between OGF4 Academy coach Best Prach and BJJ black belt and pro MMA athlete Gilbert “El Gringo” Patrocinio, with a submission victory to the Brazillian American Patrocinio.

As well as adult contests, the event allowed many promising young athletes their first chance to compete in front of a crowd, including four students from the OGF4 Academy.

Situated in the heart of the notorious Khlong Toei slums, the OGF4 Academy is a community project created by the Fight for the Future Foundation and OG Fightwear - offering young members of the local community free daily MMA training. The project provides structured pathways for educational and career opportunities for those growing up in some of the harshest environments in Bangkok - all from the practice and community of martial arts.

A huge thank you to all the organisers, sponsors, local authorities and community leaders that made this event truly special.

Check out our highlights from the day:

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