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Life and Whatever Else #58 – Will “Do Work” Watson & Raquel Harris

Eric Rivera | January 23, 2019

Will Watson was back in studio and he came with fellow fighter, 5x Muay Thai champion Raquel Harris. Check out the show, and show your support.


Jonny Lee Mill, Actor Turned Muay Thai Fighter Tops Friday Night Fights

Jonny Lee Miller (r) in his Muay Thai debut in May 2018 / Pic: Instagram @elsifish
Jonny Lee Miller: from silver screen to boxing ring

Jonny Lee Miller is the English actor living in the US. His resume includes numerous films and TV series, including Hackers and Trainspotting, just to name a couple. Since 2012 he has been a lead character in Elementary on CBS, portraying a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

Last year Miller made headlines in Muay Thai circuits. The 46-year-old actor debuted inside the ring in May, after completing a five-week training camp, wrote Lilian Dikmans in a feature story. The latter is the Australian model who simultaneously competes in Muay Thai.


Jonny Lee Miller, Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes in Muay Thai Ring
Lilian Dikmans | September 20, 2018
Jonny Lee Miller inside the ring ahead of Muay Thai bout / Pic: via Instagram @raphdelrio

There are many misconceptions about Muay Thai and the types of people who practice it. It can easily be framed as a violent blood sport attracting a certain type of character.

However, for me and many others, the “Art of Eight Limbs” is a discipline that can be respectfully practiced to build physical fitness and mental strength. British born actor, Jonny Lee Miller, would seem to agree.

Life and Whatever Else #15 – Will “Do Work” Watson & Raymond S. James
Eric Rivera | August 14, 2017


On this episode, we have fighter and trainer Will “Do Work” Watson and artist, martial artist, tv show host, renaissance man Raymond S. James. Watch and listen as we discuss the mega fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather and other hot topics in the fight world.

4:13 – Thoughts on the McGregor-Mayweather boxing match

28:41 – Paulie Malignaggi & Conor McGregor controversy

36:11 – Canelo/ GGG conversation

45:52 – Jones/Cormier review

1:00:34 – Will and Ray talk about their future projects


Muay Thai Is the Most Badass Workout You Haven’t Tried Yet: Brandon Levi
Kylie Gilbert | August 4, 2017

“Muay Thai is second only to Brazilian jiujitsu for women’s self-defense,” Levi says. And it’s surprisingly approachable. “The techniques are simple, effective, and easy to learn. Within six months of beginning to study Muay Thai, the average person can reasonably expect to be able to defend themselves reasonably well in most situations,” Levi says.

What I Learned from 2 Weeks of Muay Thai Training In Thailand

Literally the most badass thing I’ve ever done.


Fighters of New York: Mark Davis and Adam Karami
Pari Aryafar | August 3, 2017

“I’ve never seen another fighter like me,” Davis says firmly. “There are many accomplished gay female fighters that are out and fighting, but I don’t know of any gay male fighters. I always thought I couldn’t be both: a fighter and a man that was out. Now I realized that I can be that person. I never could see myself in someone else, like, “Hey, they’re like me.” Well, if I couldn’t find it, maybe I can be that for someone else.”

After training for the last couple of years, Karami feels as though he has changed dramatically as a fighter and a person. ”Before, I only pushed myself if someone else lit a fire under my ass. But being at Evolution, it’s become so much different. I have to push myself every day if I want to keep up, if I want to do well instead of just try to survive. This particular camp has taught me my potential and has shown me what I’m really capable of.”

Muay Thai fighters Adam Karami and Mark Davis of Evolution Muay Thai will be competing this evening at Friday Night Fight’s long-awaited Rumble on the River. The two men have been looking forward to their bouts for several weeks now and are eager to show New York City what they’re capable of. “It’s my debut… View Article


Glory 43 Results
Pari Aryafar | July 20,, 2017

Chris “Super Swiss” Lukusa–Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy v. Bart Botwina–Evolution Muay Thai

Winner: Botwina by Majority Decision

Glory Kickboxing made its way through New York City once more this past July 14th, with several amazing New York fighters on the card. Held at the world’s most famous theater, Madison Square Garden, it was an unforgettable night filled with upsets, crazy knockouts, and dreams coming true. Catching all the action for New York… View Article


Victoria’s Secret Model Gracie Carvalho Stays Fit with a Seriously Badass Workout

Alexa Tucker | July 17, 2017

“Muay Thai is a combination of strength and conditioning…and it uses almost every muscle in your body,” says Muay Thai coach Brandon Levi, founder of Evolution Muay Thai in New York City. The movements are explosive, he says, which gets your heart rate high for a cardio challenge. You’re working the muscles of your upper and lower body when you’re throwing kicks and holding or punching the pads, and it’s a major abs challenge as well, because your core stabilizes and powers you through every movement.

While there are major physical benefits of Muay Thai, they’re not the only reasons to try it as your workout, Levi says. What sets Muay Thai apart from going to the gym and splitting your time between the treadmill and the weight room, for example, is that you’re learning a skill that you can build upon.

“When you practice and practice and notice you’re getting better at it, that’s really a good feeling. That self-improvement aspect is probably one of the most important parts of what we do,” he says. Plus, if you’re at a level where you’re sparring, getting your butt kicked once in a while also helps improve mental fortitude. (Not to mention, it feels pretty powerful to be able to throw a punch or a kick.)


Fighters of New York: Bartosz Botwina
Pari Aryafar | July 14, 2017

“I’m just really happy to be here,” Botwina says. “I have a good life. I don’t want very many things, just to travel and to be comfortable. All I care about is training Muay Thai and getting better at it, to keep fighting, and to keep seeing my little dreams come true.”

The sound of timers going off is what greets guests as they walk into Evolution Muay Thai. Nestled on the second floor of 27th St and Broadway, the gym is lively and rambunctious. Head instructor and owner Brandon Levi walks amongst his students, correcting their form or cracking jokes on their behalf. Off to side,… View Article


Raquel “Rocky” Harris at The Forefront of The Evolution of Women’s Fighting
Pari Aryafar | April 14, 2017

“My team loves me,” she says simply. “It’s critical to have people around that make you feel good and safe. There’s no one else I want in my corner other than my coach, his wife, and my boyfriend. Being a part of the team means being a part of the family. My confidence in myself is higher than it has ever been because I am around the best people I could be around. I think it’s very underestimated how much your camp helps you to get to where you’re at. I didn’t do this by myself, my accomplishments are a testament really to the investment that my coaches and teammates have put into me. I’m never afraid to go into the ring because I don’t walk alone–I can easily turn my head and see who is there for me. I have that when so many fighters unfortunately don’t. It’s not just about hard work and technical training for us, it’s about a bond that very few are lucky to experience.”

Raquel Harris – 2016 Highlight Reel
Strike’ng Fitness | Dec 31, 2016


Jeremy Sanchez vs Van Lopez (FNF November 11, 2016)
Watch Friday Night Fights | Dec 21, 2016


Finding My Stride (Again) in Mixed Martial Arts
Tanvier Peart | Dec 10, 2016

“My kru (teacher), Brandon Levi, went on to open his own spot, Evolution Muay Thai, that’s still in business and kicking some major ass.”

Mixed martial arts has taught me to dig deep within myself and live beyond perceived limitations. I’m so grateful and can’t wait to see where this goes.


INTERVIEW: Hong Kong raised Brian Kemsley of Outbreak, Gravemaker, Muay Thai champion
Unite Asia | Oct 29, 2016

Martial arts is what helped me get right mentally. I know “depression” is a loaded fucking word, but if you struggle like so many people do, there is something very calming about trying to not get punched in the face in a humble environment where everyone is there to learn.

INTERVIEW | Brian Kemsley Outbreak, Gravemaker, Muay Thai Champion NYC Cover Photo: Dan Gonyea Hong Kong. Two words certainly not synonymous with hardcore or punk rock. Not much a dent or even a scratch has been made on the worldwide spectrum of heavy music, let alone the world of punk rock and hardcore. So…when …


Huge congrats to our boy Brian Kemsley (originally from Hong Kong) of Outbreak fame!
Unite Asia | May 24, 2016

Today we found out that our dude entered a Thai boxing competition in NYC and actually WON the title at the 2016 WKA Nationals!

Our boy Brian Kemsley, who grew up in Hong Kong, has been in the US trucking it out in a variety of hardcore bands – namely Grave Maker and Outbreak. The past few years he’s been hustling it in NYC and is even said to have signed up to chauffeur King Ly Chee around the …


Fight Night | Cooper Squared
Kelvin Huang | May 15, 2016

Eldris Barbosa, a 21-year-old Dominican American hailing from the Bronx, sits in a room backstage. He stands at 6’1” and weighs 170 pounds. Tonight, Eldris’ trademark boyish grin is replaced by a steely grimace. He’s wearing a pair of black shorts, shin guards, 12-ounce boxing gloves and a mongkhon, a traditional muay thai headgear that resembles a white rope tied around his forehead. Eldris focuses on steadying his breath and ignoring his cotton-mouth. Brandon, his coach, is saying something, but Eldris barely hears him. All he can think about is stepping into the ring against Brett Taratko, his heavily tattooed opponent.

There’s a buzz in the air of Queens Theatre. It’s 7 PM on a Saturday night, and rap is blaring through the speakers on either side of the stage. The crowd has just settled into their plush red theater seats. Their eyes gradually begin to fixate on the red boxing ring in the center of the stage. A few men sneak glances at the bored, scantily-clad ring girl propped along the ropes of the ring. At 7:10, a bearded black man in a black suit appears. He deftly ducks under the ropes and swaggers his way to the center of the boxing ring. “Welcome, ladies and gentlemen!” the announcer roars into his mic. “We are live in Queens, New York, at the world famous Queens Theatre. We present to you, Warriors Cup XXV!” The crowd – mostly family, friends, and gym members of the fighters – claps impatiently.


A Day In the Life: Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill
Angela Hill | Jun 12, 2015

It’s almost noon so it’s time to grab a bite to eat. My Muay Thai coach, Brandon Levi, and I go to Mooncake, one of our favorite lunch spots. The food is yummy but also healthy so I’m not all sluggish during evening training. On the way to lunch we’ll game plan, talk about life in general or just share gross pictures we found on the Internet. Anyone who knows Brandon knows that a picture text from him will not be suitable for work. I would share one with you, but I’m not sure your gag reflex is strong enough.

Ever wonder how UFC fighters prepare for a fight? We caught up with UFC’s first African-American female fighter, Angela “Overkill” Hill, to find out.


Muay Thai Guy Podcast – Episode #55
Sean Fagan | Oct 27, 2014

Why he moved from Australia to New York.
The reasons and process behind starting Evolution Muay Thai in NY.
What type of unforeseen challenges and obstacles he initially faced when starting up his own gym.
How he’s able to balance training his fighters while still giving equal attention to the fitness-only members.
How he went from training and fighting Muay Thai to eventually finding his calling as a trainer.
The types of ways he’s able to push, motivate and get the most out of his fighters during training.
What he believes makes a quality trainer, cornerman and fighter.
Why he thinks it’s important to have fun and joke around, but also make sure that his fighters/gym members take him seriously.
The importance of building a “community” around his gym and having all the members support each other during fights.
And much more!

MTG 055: Evolution Muay Thai Owner Brandon Levi Talks Training His Fighters, Opening a Gym and More

Muay Thai Guy Podcast – Episode #55 Brandon Levi has been one of my favorite and one of the best trainers I’ve worked with throughout my career. Training with Brandon and the guys (and …


Kahleem Poole Tejada | Oct 2, 2014

In this series, we follow New York martial arts native and now The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 star, Angela Hill during her early MMA career highlights.
TUF 20 is the first season and the very first MMA-centric reality series based entirely around a female cast. Angie “Overkill” marks another milestone in being the very first African American female within the show with a strong mother-base background in Muay Thai.

OVERVIEW In this series, we follow New York martial arts native and now The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 star, Angela Hill during her early MMA career hi…


Enter Evo Muay Thai- Angie Overkill – OFFICIAL SERIES – episode 2
Kahleem Poole Tejada | Sep 11, 2014
Welcome to the world of Brandon Levi, Evolution Muay Thai’s owner and head coach. If you need a quick background note on Angela Hill’s martial arts support, look no further than the “Bad News Bears” of the East Coast.

Brandon Levi, Evolution Muay Thai’s owner and head coach.


Angela Hill is the first African-American woman to fight for UFC
Scott Fontana | Sep 9, 2014

She and her husband began training at Evolution Muay Thai in the Flatiron District to stay in shape after graduating from Cooper Union in the East Village and working in an animation studio. Eventually, she worked her way up to become a kickboxing champion.

Hill is the first African-American woman to fight for the UFC.


Angie Overkill – OFFICIAL SERIES- episode 1
Kahleem Poole Tejada | Sep 8, 2014
In this series, we follow New York martial arts native and now The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 star, Angela Hill during her early MMA career highlights.

In this series, we follow New York martial arts native and now The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20 star, Angela Hill during her early MMA career highlights….


TUF 20 Tryouts Angela Hill
Wombatsports | Apr 29, 2014

MMA Fighter Angela Hill talks about trying for The Ultimate Fighter 20.

Greenglass House – Page 376
Kate Milford | 2014 – ‎Juvenile Fiction

“I am so much obliged to Kru Brandon Levi of Evolution Muay Thai for letting me write about his other, secret life in Nagspeake.”

New York Times Bestseller National Book Award Nominee Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.


World Kickboxing Association – Fighter of the Month
WKA | Angela Hill | 2014

Sean Fagan vs Chris Williams – WKA US Championship: 8/16/13
Friday Night Fights | Aug 16, 2013

Broad Street Ballroom, NYC.

Interview with Angela “Overkill” Hill – BKO Martial Arts
BKO Kung Fu | Dec 6, 2013

“Before muay thai, I was an art school undergrad working as a bartender and an animator. All that sitting around was catching up to me and I wanted a work out that wouldn’t bore me. I took a trial Muay Thai class with Brandon Levi, the owner of Evolution Muay Thai, and I’ve been hooked ever since!”​

Angela Hill: Dominating with Hands, Feet and Speed
AmericanAthleteMag | Dec 5, 2013

Maryland native Angela Hill walked into a Muay Thai kickboxing gym in New York City three years ago. In her first session, she fell in love with the sport. Now she is an imposing fighter with an unbeaten 12-0 record, including a World Kickboxing Association North American championship title.

Angela Hill – Lion Fight 11 Post-Fight Interview
LionFightPromo | Sep 21, 2013

Angela “Overkill” Hill Highlight Reel
Angelainjapan | Aug 22, 2013

Angela Hill is an amateur Muay Thai fighter with a record of 14-0 4KO’s, making her pro debut on September 20th at Lion Fight 11 in Vegas, and MMA debut on XFC in December. Follow her on Facebook at or twitter and instagram @angieoverkill. Stay tuned, big things to come!
Special thanks to Jeremy Ross ( for the sick logo, Friday Night Fights, Lion Fight, Take On Productions and MBK Fight Night for the for the opportunity to perform on your shows and for any footage used, and of course Brandon Levi and Evolution Muay Thai for supporting me throughout my career.

Angela Hill is an amateur Muay Thai fighter with a record of 14-0 4KO’s, making her pro debut on September 20th at Lion Fight 11 in Vegas, and MMA debut on X…


Fightland Blog: The Restlessness of the (Martial) Artist
Valeriya Safronova | Mar 22, 2013

“Many fighters project their personality to the world through their ring style. Some kick with a grace and agility that seems to soar, while others throw lumbering punches that resemble shifting monoliths. When I first found out that Hauck is not just a Muay Thai fighter but also a painter, it made sense. Like his fighting style, Hauck’s art is characterized by raw edges, an explosive and swift sense of dynamism, and an intense, dark undercurrent.”

Aaron Hauck finds outlets for his obsessiveness in painting and Muay Thai.


Brandon Levi’s Work-to-Train Program at Evolution Muay Thai
Muaythai Project | Mar 11, 2013

Muaythai Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, sits down with Brandon Levi of Evolution Muay Thai to discuss his “work-to-Train” program, a program in which childr…


Sean Fagan vs Omar Estevez – Take On Muay Thai XIX – Feb 22nd 2013
Sean Fagan | Feb 24, 2013

Current 145lbs Take On Productions champion, Sean Fagan from Evolution Muay Thai, fights to defend his belt against tough opponent Omar Estevez from Sitan Gym in NY. A great back and forth 5 round amateur Muay Thai fight!

The Fighters Life
Nethaneel Mongonia | Feb 12, 2013

Now I’m training at Evoution Muay Thai with Brandon Levi and he’s been great and really pushing me hard. I’m feeling confident and ready for this fight although I’ve only had a couple good weeks of training in.

So today I have with us on The Fighters Life, Sean Fagan. I want to introduce Sean. Sean has had a very successful amateur career, with an impressive record of11-3. Just recently taking home the 14…


We Did It: Muay Thai
Shana Lebowitz | Dec 19, 2011

It’s not every day you get to kick your boss in the stomach. Does it count if he has fair warning and wears appropriate protection? I was encouraged to attack not only Derek, but also other members of The Greatist Team and even several strangers at our introduction to Muay Thai last weekend. Muay Thai’s a form of combat that comes from ancient Thailand, where it’s still the national sport. Down at Evolution Muay Thai in NYC, we learned the basics from studio owner Brandon Levi.

This week, the Greatist team tackled a Muay Thai for beginners class— here’s what we learned! Rule #1: It’s (sometimes) ok to hit your boss.


JSN Properties Continues to be the Commercial Real Estate Broker of Choice in the Boxing/MMA World
PRWEB | Jun 29, 2011

JSN Properties has completed yet another lease transaction for a major gym in the MMA world. Evolution Muay Thai led by teacher Brandon Levi now has a full floor space in midtown Manhattan.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 — With its newest placement and creation of the Evolution Muay Thai Gym, JSN Properties owner Jeff Nissani continues to


Friday Night Fights April 29th Weigh in – Be There
Friday Night Fights NYC | Apr 28, 2011

The Weigh-In.


Simon Camaj & Jimmy Besselman Interview
Friday Night Fights NYC | Apr 22, 2011
Simon Camaj sitting down talking to Jimmy Besselman about their up coming fights.

What are the best Muay Thai Gyms in New York City
Review | Feb 11, 2011
Warren Liao, Co-Founder of Black Lapel Custom Clothiers

“Check out Evolution Muay Thai in Flatiron – 27th and Broadway. It’s a new, growing gym started by Kru Brandon Levi, who hails from Australia and has fought in Thailand. I’ve been with Kru Brandon before he started this gym and he’s the kind of guy who emphasizes great technique and strong fundamentals. Evolution is energetic, friendly, and very team-oriented. If you’re a beginner, you’ll feel very comfortable here.

The other gyms that I know of in the area but haven’t checked out myself are: 1) The Wat (run by Phil Nurse), Five Points Academy, Church Street Boxing, Sitan Gym (in BK), and Fighthouse.”

New York MMA- Episode 2- Two Perspectives – Angela Hill & Marco Ruas
Kahleem Poole Tejada | Jan 15, 2011

New York MMA is a web docu series dedicated to educating and giving exposure to the schools, gyms and teachers who make up the DNA of martial arts within New York State.

In Episode 2, we bring you two stories. One of a young up and comer and one of a wise veteran.
Angela Hill trains out of Evolution Muay Thai, with gym coaches Brandon Levi and Rene Driefuss. This chronicles her last training day before heading to downtown Wall Street for an amateur Muay Thai bout.

On the other side, we venture back to Ultimate Gym, hosted by Kru Nestor Marte. An old friend comes to visit, giving words of wisdom, his perspective on training students and a glimpse into the politics of Brazil’s martial arts culture.

Muay Thai: NYC
Fishing with Jersey Justin | Dec 15, 2010

A Steel Pigeon Production: This is the rough cut trailer for the Upcoming Pilot Episode of “Muay Thai: NYC” Stay tuned for updates!

A Steel Pigeon Production: This is the rough cut trailer for the Upcoming Pilot Episode of “Muay Thai: NYC” Stay tuned for updates!


Muay Thai -Evolution Muay Thai New York City #1
bbbe321 | Nov 20, 2010
A quick glance inside Kru Brandon Levi -Evolution Muay Thai Gym.
A clean, safe and friendly environment, women friendly. If your goals are to get in shape, learn self defense, compete in the Muay Thai world, make real friends and have some fun, Brandon Levi is the one to teach you and Evolution Muay Thai is the place to be !

Evolution Muay Thai -New York City #2
bbbe321 | Nov 20, 2010

A quick glance inside Kru Brandon Levi -Evolution Muay Thai Gym.
A clean, safe and friendly environment, women friendly.
If your goals are to get in shape, learn self defense, compete in the Muay Thai world, make real friends and have some fun, Brandon Levi is the one to teach you and Evolution Muay Thai is the place to be!
One of the only trainers i we meet that pays interest into training and not into the business aspect of the gym. That is why he is happy and successful.

Fedor Emelianenko Public Workout at the Fighthouse NYC
Kristal Hart | Aug 29, 2009