The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has always been a leader when it comes to officiating MMA and other combat sports. It was the first commission to sanction Mixed Martial Arts at the state level and is one of the most respected commissions in the United States. Many other commissions look to the NJSACB for its experience and expertise in regulating combat sports. Even UFC President Dana White has called the NJSACB "the best commission in the country."
In its quest to always improve, the NJSACB conducted a Muay Thai officiating seminar this past Saturday at Coban's Muay Thai Camp in NYC. Here is the official press release about the event:
(October 19, 2013) - Today the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board conducted a comprehensive and "hands-on" Muay Thai officiating seminar held at Coban's Muay Thai Camp in New York City. The seminar lasted four hours. This seminar had a focus on the role of the referee.
The previous NJSACB Muay Thai seminar was held at North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi, New Jersey in December 2012. That seminar, which focused on scoring, lasted six hours and was led by England's Dr. Tony Myers.
That was preceded by a seminar in July led by Vladimir Borodine of the famed Borodin's Gym in Brooklyn, NY and held at Strategic Combat in Sayreville, New Jersey. This seminar focused on proper muay Thai technique, balance and striking maneuvers.
The October 19 seminar was led by Coban who is a NJSACB licensed Muay Thai referee. Coban Lookchaomaesaitong was born Banlu Ansiwet in Thailand His first fight was when he was 11 years old. It was at a fair sponsored by a Buddhist temple. One year later, a physician named Sam Rhung Jong Gon, whose brother was a Muay Thai fighter, and himself a ringside physician, had relocated to Buriram. He invited Coban to train and provided him with a heavy bag. By the time he was 15 years old, he had fought at least 35 fights.
As a youth, he was sent to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong, where he was given the nickname Coban by one of his trainers. Coban literally means Cowboy. When Coban was ready to attend high school, Sam Rhung Jong Gon sent Coban to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong where he was given the nickname Coban by one of his trainers. Coban literally means Cowboy. Later on his career he was named " The Cruncher" by his fans.
He won his first World Championship at the age of 19 at Lumpinee Stadium (1985).He won his second Lumpinee title (1990), his third World Championship in The Netherlands (1990), and his fourth in France (1990). A year later, Coban went on to win his fifth World Championship in Bangkok (1991), sixth in England (1991) and seventh in Australia (1991). In 1994, Coban went to California, where he earned three additional belts. In his entire career, he has earned 250 official victories and 90 knockouts.
The toughest fights of his career were against Ramon Dekkers. He fought him a total of four times,the Coban vs. Dekkers fights have been rated as the best by any standards, by Muay Thai fans worldwide.
Those who attended today's seminar include Michelle Agustin, Donnie Carolei Steve Cirone, Eric Colon, Bradley Desir, Vincent Dudley, Justin Greskiewicz, Munah Holland, Dan Miragliotta, Dr. Steven Oxler, Jaime Phillips, Darryl Porter, Julius Proenza, Paul Querido, Derek Riddick, Prairie Rugilo, Sue Sanidad, Vincent Sinclair, James B52 Smith, Liam Tarrant, Dave Tirelli, Chris Tran and Dr. Sherry Wulkan.