By Titus Filio
Here’s Pinoy power at its best. Joseph Concha took the world championship in Muay Thai last February when he beat the highly rated Dane ‘Daddy Kool’ Beauchamp for the 61 kg MASA World Title held in Orange, NSW.
Joe has been getting the attention of martial arts experts in recent years for his never-say-die style in the arena. The young fighter from the stable of the Full Force Gym finished his opponent in heroic style – a knockout in the final seconds of the last round.
“It was a tough fight – Joe got dropped on the second round. Joe dropped Daddy Kool on the third, then Joe got dropped again on the fourth round,” said Reinhardt Badato recalling the crucial fight.
“It was all-out war on the last round and both went fo r it. Joe gave a clean elbow and KOd Daddy Kool that he couldn’t get up – it was just five seconds before the bell!.” Daddy Kool is no easy conquest. The fighter has been in Muay Thai for over a decade.
Holding the title as Australian champion for several years, Daddy Kool has been a seasoned fighter who had fought matches around the world.
Joseph, who turns 25 this year, raised his record to (29 fights) 19 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw with 10 KOs.
“That was my third world title shot – the first in Canada and the second in New Zealand. Now I was very happy and blessed to have that chance to fight the best in the world,” Joseph told magPinoy.
Born in the Philippines, Joe was three when his family moved to Australia. He was, like most all ordinary curious teenagers, daring and trying out new things. One day, when he was 15, he had his first glimpse of Muay Thai training and since got hooked to the sport under the watchful eye of Reinhardt.
“I just went with some of my friends who decided to visit the Full Force Gym to get fit. That’s where I met Reinhardt and I’ve been there ever since.”
“When I’m competing for a fight I like to get at least 5-6 days a week with 3 – 4 hours a day. When I’m not fighting, to stay active at least 3 times a week, depending on my work and university schedule.”
Outside the arena, Joe is busy with his studies. He is currently taking a master of education program after completing his Bachelor in Health Science.
Other than training and fighting, Joe is also into music playing the guitar. “ I love hanging out and going out with friends. I love listening to RnB, hip-hop, dancce and electro.”
He’s setting his sights on more triumphs in the ring in the future. But does the danger of martial arts sport ever discourage him?
“I guess people might view it as dangerous because of the sterotypes of Muay Thai with being knocked out, getting cut or having matches with lots of blood but in my opinion its only dangerous if you compete without the proper training and conditioning.
“When you compare it to other sports there’s always that element of risk or danger, but with Muay Thai, theres always a qualified ref, a doctor, judges and officals monitoring the bouts. For amateurs theres padding and protective gear.”
He attributes his growing physical power to The One above. “I dedicate this victory to God, through him all things are possible,” he said.