E Pluripus Unum “ Out of Many, One”
In its purest form; “Many Uniting into One”, a phrase that elegantly captures the symbolism of this new union.
A new nucleus has been formed, a new beginning and a new birth. Our nation, the “United States” has become much closer, much more tight-knit in many ways. A binding and a bonding of our peoples have shown significant strides. In the field of martial sports and martial arts another bonding is taking place as descendents of some of the America’s most feared fighting warriors, have taking a unique but vibrant stride to a fighting art from another land, which display similarities to their own ancient and unique combative fighting skills. This South East Asian martial art come sport, is proudly called Muay Thai and Muay Chao Cherk by its people from the Kingdom of Thailand.
Americans and Native Americans have begun to move in the direction of true warrior fighting skills. Even today in the modern forms of competitive fighting seen in America, many Champion fighters we tell you that ‘first’ they still needed to learn the fighting arts from Thailand to succeed.’ The USMTA has accomplished many ‘firsts’ in its 16 year span. The ‘first U.S. Muay Thai team’ to compete in Thailand, the ‘first Judge & Referee Association’ for the sport of Muay Thai in the USA and outside of Thailand, the first Native American Division and League for Muay Thai. These are just a few of the known firsts.
2007 has another first to be proud of. The USMTA, and the NAMTA, (Native American Muay Thai Association). Both American Muay Thai associations have decided to join forces in strengthening and promoting the sport and art of Muay Thai and Muay Chao Cherk not only to the world but to America too. The USMTA’s ‘Native American League’ or ‘NAL’ with the strengthening and nurturing of NAMTA plans to widen its scope of influence in the sport. The fostering of a brotherhood in Muay Thai is not unique, the USMTA has strong links with several of its international brethren as does NAMTA, and holds a maternal and powerful link to the BTBC of England. However, the link it cherishes deeply is the link to its people of the ‘first nations’. With this in mind, the USMTA has honored the union with NAMTA by recognizing a single “star” on its National emblem/logo for the joining together of two proud associations of our one country. Truly E Pluribus Unum! (See website for description of emblem.)
Arjarn Clint Heyliger President of the USMTA and thePresident of the NAMTA have strong connections to the past. Their lineages stem back in American history through their blood lines of the Blackfoot, the Cherokee, the Choctaw and many more, with a blending of European, Caribbean and Pacific thrown in for good measure.
‘We feel this is a great move forward, a great stride in bringing back to the people a new and exciting era of combative marital arts. I think many things will stem from this new beginning once people see what we have in store for them. A whole new range of events and competitions will rise here in America, never fought for beyond our own boundaries. I see many countries will take notice and for the first time will want to come and enter these events and take part in something old but new. They will see new flags from our proud nations.
The NAL and its divisions are going to be the most fought for and the most coveted. It will become the ‘truly American’ trophy, the ‘Prize award. My personal wish is to have Thailand’s fighters grace our shores and compete with us for our Native American International championships. This will be the ‘feather in the cap’ for me and I feel I can speak for Kru Ric on this also.
We will be the spearhead and the battle axe for this endeavor, our skill and communication will bring a breath of fresh air to the development of the Amateur and the Professional leagues and the divisions. Our first objective is to invite to the campfire representatives of the surrounding nations to bring forth ideas and suggestions to help us solidify a unique and lasting bond for the sport. The NAL will become one of the famous and most coveted in the world. When I see the flag of the NAL hanging in some of the worlds top sports stadiums, then I can say
“…we have shown our colors and they look good…”
President: United States Muay Thai Association