Yardbirds. / by Mark Fulinara

 Brian Del Rosario gets ready for a light spar with Luke Drews at The Yard Muay Thai.

Brian Del Rosario gets ready for a light spar with Luke Drews at The Yard Muay Thai.

This past weekend I dropped in on part of James Law's seminar given through Leica Akademie US.  It was a 3-day class, but I only stopped in for the field trip to The Yard Muay Thai gym.  It was really exciting to watch James do his teaching thang with a captive audience.  His students were of varying experience levels and looked like they were really taking what he was saying to heart and appreciated that he was forcing them to get out of their comfort zones.  The provided Leica gear was an added bonus (I shot my first medium format shots, BRO.  Wasn't my memory card though, so I don't have a copy, BRO.).  I took a few photos, got to see some sparring, chatted with some of the fighters from GLORY and Lionfight, and made a few new friends.  If one of my new friends is out there reading this, we're friends right?  REIGHT?!?  Please?

 Amateur champ Natalie Morgan, looking like she's about to hand me a professional beating.

Amateur champ Natalie Morgan, looking like she's about to hand me a professional beating.